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In my year long word study of LIGHT - recall my One Little Word® for 2018 is LIGHT - I have already begun searching out ways - and words - to study light. I want to actively engage with my word. Be intentional. Because - although the sun will rise everyday, and light will shine in the darkness, light - in me - will not create itself. Whilst researching light, I came across this quote:

Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow - Helen Keller 

Sunshine versus shadow intrigued me. Sunshine and light versus shadow and darkness, or darker. Knowing that Helen Keller was both visually and aurally challenged and yet was able to write those words fascinated me even more and I know there was significance for me and for others seeking light in her words. Because Keller was unable to see the sunshine or the shadows meant this quote had to be a reflection of something other than actually seeing sun and shadows.  Maybe, it reflected an inner experience of sunshine and shadow, of light and dark, of peace and rage, of truth and falsehood, of love and hate. While she may be able to feel the warmth of the sunshine she could not feel a shadow yet she was able to say 'keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.' I can only assume she was talking metaphorically, or an outlook on life - maybe.

I took note that sunshine, light, is warm and bright, and nourishes the earth, and, yes, necessary for life to flourish. When looking, or keeping your face to the sunlight one cannot also be looking behind at the shadow at the same time, instead one looks ahead. Looking forward. To Possibility. To Hope. To the future.

That must be how Helen Keller had to see or visualize sunlight and shadows. In a time when others like her, with her handicaps, had little hope, she looked at the light instead of the shadow and did spectacular, brilliant things that guided those, like her, even decades later. A guiding light. She had a guiding light and became a guiding light.

As noted, sunshine and shadow are obviously being used metaphorically. It maybe that sunshine means love and goodness and truth. And shadow means that which is not - love, goodness, or truth. Keeping your face to love, goodness, and truth, fixing our eyes (whether we can see visually or not) on that which is...and moving in the direction of makes me think of... 

"So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever." - 2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT

Helen Keller had to have spiritual eyes. It was her spiritual eyes that saw light and not shadow.

How else would she know that when the shadows are at your back, and not in front of you, they cannot affect your vision or ability to see because she...

"Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." Philippians 4:8 NLT




all about me | elevensies #2


You might have noticed I am 'filling' my ALL ABOUT ME album 2018. This is simply another page for my album. My plan is to make 'elevensies' pages, pages of lists throughout the year. It's a great way to add insight, simply, into about me.

This page highlights those movies I can watch again and again - and again, when I'm alone, when my guys are at campouts, or working, when I'm vegging in front of the television, when I've eaten way to much as I put movie after movie in well into the night - and morning. Love these movies!

For this page I mimicked the first 'elevensies' page I made (see below):


Project Life 2018 | Week 2


This was a really good week and ended with a great weekend, filled with good stuff. For these pages I used two unifying elements: a 'stories' brush set by Ali Edwards and a wood grain template set by Paislee Press. Keeping my goal of clean and simple. I knew if I wanted to keep up with Project Life this year I would have to keep it simple.


Big highlights for the beginning of the week: I began mentoring a lady from church. This came after I recently prayed for someone to mentor while reading the book Adorned - a book on mentoring. I received my One Little Word necklace - what I will wear to keep my word visual for the year. I made Symphony Brownies for The Sunshine Girls ministry (this is the ministry that goes into the clubs and ministers to the working girls in the clubs)


The weekend began early Friday morning with Jeff going to Band of Brothers men's breakfast where he is on the cooking team. He gets up crazy early (2:30am) so he can go and cook the eggs for 150+ guys who attend the Christian fellowship group each Friday morning. He hasn't been able to attend because he's been working out of town and he is thrilled to be back serving with the men.

Friday evening was date night! Jeff and I went Pistol shooting. I tried a Sig Sauer P938 compact handgun and I think I've found my weapon of choice. I loved the way it felt in my weak hands with no loss of strength the entire evening of firing. It was a challenging evening but I walked away so pleased with my improvements and identification of things I need to work on. I love that we have found a hobby that we both love.

Saturday was breakfast at Waffle House, errand running, an afternoon wedding and then family homemade pizza and a movie night! Great day! Sunday we began small group again for the new year and also began Financial Peace University. Super excited about the class.


stories 2018 | for the love of snow


Creating the last (I think) of the snow and winter wonderland pages, probably for the year. Because I highly doubt we'll see another measurable snowfall event that leaves Savannah covered in white.

This, of course, is a 6 x 8, 2-page of Jeff and I. And, while I think he could have done without the snow because he grew up with snow and had enough of snow, then, I, however have been dreaming of a white Christmas. If, simply, a white new year.

We were both exhausted after difficult days at work but we took time to play together when Jeff got home and before the sun went down.


Digitally, again, I am using a large photo to cover on side of the 2-page layout. Makes life scrapping crazy easy. But, digitally, I had to do a bit of clever fashioning to make the entire background of the photo snow.

I'm totally pleased with the results of the 2 pages. These will be going into our Stories 2018 album.

all about me | begin again


I am actively adding pages to my all about me album. Most are simple stories about me. Some, like this one, began with a thought. I want to re-read my J.D. Robb books from start to finish because I haven't read them all in years.

Because my reading goal is simply read 100 books without the new qualifier, I now have the grace in my goal to read the In Death series I love so much. I might even hold onto the February and September book releases as my last two of the year.

Digitally I used two Ali Edwards' Story kits: For the Love and READ, plus a One Little Bird big cork READ brush. This was such a fun 1- 6 x 8 page.

all about me | playlist


Today I'm sharing a 2-page 6 x 8 for my All About Me album called Playlist. These are the songs I go back to again and again when I'm praising and worshiping God. Love them! Honestly, it's not a true playlist because I don't have my phone set up for music (my hearing aids kind of get in the way), but besides His Radio, I can play song after song worshiping and hours will pass without even realizing it. It's awesome!


My time for worship is most often on my drive to and from work. But sometimes I get in the mood for a little praise and worship at the house and hours can pass with just me jamming to the Lord. My playlist is mostly top songs playing currently on His Radio but, man, I love it when I select old favorites from past years.


The River by Jordan Feliz is one of those crank-the-volume-up-and-jam past favorites. Favorites right now are Real Love by Blanca, Wonder by Hillsong United, The Comeback by Danny Gokey, and So Will I by Tori Kelly.

stories 2018 | winter wonderland


The first, and maybe the only snowfall, of the new year covered the southeast US including Ashley and Brad in Shaw AFB, South Carolina. Deemed a snow day, the whole family got out and played in the snow while it was still coming down, and for Samuel's first ever experience with snow.


Wyatt is always good for getting into his playtime and got in to the snow and made snow angels, looking content and joy-filled to lay in the snow.


Samuel is just started walking over these past couple of weeks and the unevenness of snow made it tough going for this little guy but daddy was their to keep him safe.

And, Samuel's jacket! I died when I saw it in the pictures.

It says John on his jacket because the jacket used to be his Uncle John's when he was Samuel's age. John is 20 years old now! I was so thrilled to see it being used.

Digitally, I adore these pages! They are so pleasing to my eye!

all about me | big love for this


I wanted to make sure I recorded my story about the unusual snow fall that hit Savannah early January. I have such big love for snow, but I'll have to admit this was crazy!

I love these pages and this project.

Because this is a 6 x 8 album I love going big on one of the pages with a BIG photo and even a big title. I used Ali Edwards' Story kits for these pages. Her digital kits that come out each month as part of a subscription are so versatile. This kit is called FOR THE LOVE - yet it fits for a winter story!

Each photo I added a smaller part of the bigger story. It's not completely told, but I'm saving some of it for more photos with Jeff that were taken when he got home, before the sun went down. I'm sure, before all is said and done, the snow that hit Savannah in 2018 will be duly recorded.

Project Life 2018 | Week 1


Starting off Project Life 2018 right. I began putting these pages together on the 2nd of January with my idea already formulated. In keeping with my clean and simple goal for this project, I documented this first week of January - clean and simple.

I had a unifying embellishment - the thick, abbreviated days of the week brushes; and a second is the journal cards with the days of the week. The year began with the 1st on a Monday so it made the decision easy that I would document at the beginning of the week through Sunday, so, Monday-Sunday.

Because Wednesday was a crazy snow day Project Life will not be my only way to document this 'big' event that was our life, but, here I kept it to a minimum, one day, one photo. I caught the front of our house so pristine, without blemish from footprints when I finally pulled into the driveway after a very long day at work and a crazy slow and nerve-wrecking drive home. It turned my dismay to pure joy.

Loved our weekend. Jeff and I saw The Greatest Showman and loved it! I walked out say, "My mom would love this movie!" A stack of books came in the mail - my planned reading for the next couple of months. Then, Sunday, Dave Ramsey preached at our church for the opening and kickoff of our church's big push for Financial Peace University. Really looking forward to Jeff and I taking this class together with our small group.

one thousand gifts 2018


1. He changed the light bulb in our bedside lamp to a three-way bulb because my one little word for 2018 is LIGHT. And, made me smile.

2. We ate the best meal to begin the new year: homemade tacos; and all four of us were sitting around the table.

3. Jeff is home from working out of town and this job and his next are in town.

4. Jeff and the boys vacuumed the entire house while I was at work, to include ceiling fans and walls.

5. A new year waiting expectantly on God!

6. Received this text from Jeff, "Baby, I thank God we have a warm house to live in!" Texted when the thermometer outside read 21 degrees Fahrenheit. "Ditto, baby!"

7. It SNOWED in Savannah! Not just a light dusting but the ground was covered with snow. It was beautiful!

8. Because of the snow, driving was hazardous. I'm so thankful we got where we needed to be safely, albeit slowly.

9. Making time for my word study on LIGHT.

10. John finally got his drivers license! Passed the first time.

11. Kobi Teriyaki Chicken and rice with Yum Yum sauce when you forget to take something out for dinner.

12. The Greatest Showman. Great show.

13. Beginning Financial Peace University after listening to Dave Ramsey speak for the first time at our church.

Note: the photo is a visible satellite image of the southeast United States. The white over GA/SC is not clouds but - SNOW!