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 My lake is now frozen.............isn't it pretty?  I could look at ice crystals all day.

Ice crystals, frozen lake :growcreative
Ice crystals, frozen lake :growcreative

This was the week when everything outside froze and my family came to stay with us in our new house!  Exciting stuff! 

Even though my life is hectic and stressful right now (I'm getting ready for Endometriosis surgery #3 in a few weeks), I keep finding more proof that I'm in the right place and that is a good feeling.  

The kind people around me that reach out and help when I need it make me so aware of a God who cares about me.  He's given me the people I need in my life right now and it makes me cry to feel that love, to know that I'm not forgotten.  Illness can be a very lonely thing.  In my darkest, hardest moments I have cried out "Where are you Lord? How could you let this happen to me?  Why don't you help me fix this?" I felt abandoned, but eventually He always finds a way to show me that He is still there and that I'm not alone. Yes, He does let me struggle and I don't always understand that, but I can't deny that He is there and will step in at the right moment.  He won't let me fall.

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Last week, I drove as high up the hill behind my house as I could go at dusk and tried to capture the golden light and the reflections of the mountains in the lake.  It was a gorgeous site and a wonderful escape.


Do you ever have those moments where you wish you could hide under a rock and just stay there a while? Even though I'm a grown-up I still have those moments.

I was born into this world scared of most people.  That's just how I came.  I battled shyness all throughout my childhood and now still into my adulthood.  There are times when I'm feeling well and I'm confident and I feel like I can meet the world without batting an eye.  Then there are times when I wish I could just dissolve or hide so that I would be safe.  Maybe it's the tiredness and the stress of having an incurable disease.  I don't really know why, but sometimes I feel very small- hence the wish for a rock to hide under.

At this point in my life, I'm more comfortable and ok with the kind of person I am.  More comfortable than I've been in the past.  I am a more-quiet type person and for years and years I was made to believe that there was something wrong with that.  But the older I get, the more ok I am with the way that I am.  Introverts have some of the best qualities and I'm learning to appreciate that more.

So even though I still have my moments, I don't apologize for being quiet because I learn so much by listening and observing.  And the world needs more listeners!

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First Snow!

winter snow photography:growcreative
winter snow photography:growcreative

And a flashback to warmer days- my hubby took this one! He's a man of many talents :)


Painted Leaves- Tribal Design


Aztec Painted Leaves Fall Craft

I'm at it again............. painting leaves is a favorite fall past time. 
I picked and dried these weeks ago with my son, then I broke out the acrylic craft paints and invented my own tribal/aztec designs in blues, pinks, and reds.

Painted Leaves- Tribal Designs: Grow Creative

Now that the leaves are all painted I have to figure out what to do with them.... a garland perhaps?  I know I'll come up with something :)

What would you use these for?

Aztec Painted Leaves Fall Craft

Painted Leaves- Tribal Designs: Grow Creative

Click on the Fall Leaf Art Projects below to get more leafy inspiration:








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Enjoying the last of the warm fall weather ..........

Yellow Fall Foliage: Grow Creative
Yellow leaves: Grow Creative
Yellow Fall Foliage: Grow Creative
Yellow Fall Foliage: Grow Creative
Yellow Fall Foliage: Grow Creative

The light is golden and perfect this time of year- that's what makes fall so ideal for nature photography.  I wish I could hold onto it longer, keep it for the middle of January when cabin fever sets in and I need the sun.  I guess these photos will have to do!