This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24 - BGlad!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

By Faith, Not By Sight - Book Review

This is one of those inspiring stories that cause you to re-examine your life to ensure you are making the most of each day and opportunity God has given you. It is also a reminder of the difference we can make in the lives of others we interact with – family, friends, students, mentors, and strangers.

Blind from birth, Scott MacIntyre was also born with an amazing musical talent. With the loving encouragement and support of his parents and teachers, as well as his own determined efforts, that talent has opened many doors for him.

By Faith, Not By Sight Book Review
While it may be his most well-known accomplishment, you are ¾ of the way through the book before the American Idol story begins.  Each chapter is prefaced by a snippet of his original song lyrics. Fans will appreciate the photo section in the center of the book.
Throughout his life Scott has had no time for self-pity. His musical talents started expressing themselves while he was still a toddler. He was writing his own music at age 5 and played his first wedding at age 7. That is not to say his life has been easy. He shares insights on how he has learned to function and thrive in the sighted world. He also shares how he has faced other major health issues and challenges. While telling his story MacIntyre is generous with thanks to those who have helped and encouraged him along the way. He also shares his gratitude to God for the talent and opportunities with which he has been blessed.
Scott MacIntyre’s story is well worth telling, regardless of his American Idol status. Idol has just provided him a larger audience.

I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through their BookSneeze program. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.

By Faith, Not By Sight
The Inspirational Story of a Blind Prodigy, a Life-Threatening Illness, and an Unexpected Gift

By Scott MacIntyre, with Jennifer Schuchman
Published by Thomas Nelson

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Warmth - Texture Tuesday

I've used another of our spring break beach photos to convey warmth for this week's Texture Tuesday challenge.

You can see the warm glow of the setting sun.

I can feel the warm glow of love for a daughter
who is successfully making her way in this world
as a compassionate and caring
{not to mention stylish :) }
young adult.

I used Kim Klassen's ScriptedEdges and WarmSun textures on this beginning photo.

Be sure to visit Kim's site to see this week's beautiful photo link-ups

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Summer Kick-off

Why does getting organized cause such disorganization??
Hubby's added some shelves and storage in our "bonus" room which will be great - as soon everything can find its new "home".
In the meantime everything is everywhere.
Add to that the fact that I am working on transferring important files and programs to a new computer, a visit to Indiana, a couple holidays and several family birthdays and May has been some kind of mess!
But at least it is a happy mess! :)

To help kick off the Summer season, I have this cute little guy to share.
(This in itself proves things are going well - designed and cut from that new computer!! Yeah!!)

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Texture Tuesday - Light

Love how this image transformation turned out!
This is the lighthouse on Sanibel Island.
It was a beautiful evening, we were on the beach to watch the sunset. I was surprised how well the light showed up with my little point & shoot camera in this original photo.


I played with the light settings a bit to bring out a few more details then added Kim Klassen's Epiphany and LetGo textures.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Joy in the Journey - Texture Tuesday

I decided to take my sailboat photo from a couple post ago on a little journey
and see where a little  texture play would take it.

 Here it is before once again.

The result after adding 2 of Kim Klassen's textures - LetGo and LifeIsGood -

It seems a bit more moody, yet still restful to me.

Find more photo transformations on Kim's Blog.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Flowery Card Overlay

On my walk to the mailbox each day I pass by this shrub/tree on the edge of the drive.
I have no idea what it is, but it smells so good!! There are a lot of them around in the "wild" because while out driving we occasionally get a sniff of them. Reminds me of a lilac - anyone know what it is??
In that flowery frame of mind I came up with this card overlay. And since Mother's day is just around the corner I added a welded "Mom" sentiment too.

Password = BGlad

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, comrades and friends - but only one mother in the whole world. ~Kate Douglas Wiggin

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