Friday, May 30, 2014

Art Talk

I'd like to start a new mini-series of random posts, in which I post a piece of art and share my thoughts about it/why I like it. 
 Art is such an important medium in your life as long as you aren't blind -- and I don't think anyone who visits this blog is blind. ;)
Art affects our opinion of things, what we like and don't like, and much more. 
A good piece of art can inspire us to better things -- a bad piece of art can drag us down, tempting us to give in to "the world, the flesh, and the devil."
The advertisers know this -- they willingly spend gobs of money on photographers and models and airbrush artists to try to get us to buy their product or do what they wants us to do.

That said, here's my first piece of art!
What is said by the image you see above?
It isn't always the easiest thing (is that an understatement?) to "put a cheerful face on" and determinedly have fun despite a change in plans, a mini-disaster, etc. But in this picture, that's what these parents have done. Their plan for a perfect, sunny picnic has been quite drowned by a deluge of rain -- and yet they have set the tone of fun with their cheerfulness, coming up with a creative (and fun-looking!) solution to salvage the day.

When situations like this come up, do we make the best of them? Are we the "energy-giver," giving energy to others, or are we the "energy-taker," sapping others' energy and enthusiasm by our lackluster response? Maybe next time we come across a not-what-we'd-expected situation, you and I can remember this picture and try to make the best of it, whatever it is! :)
All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.” (Pr. 15:15)
 A science project, involving red cabbage!


 Oooh!

 I love it when the sky gets lowering and dark just before a storm!
 Sea serpent, anyone? ;)

 A misty morning...



 The water looks so luscious here

 A dear friend gave me this scarf, so this picture is for her :) :)

 Deborah + unusual camera settings = this picture

 Cloud-shadows





 What a cloud!

I shall close this post with a lovely, pastoral every-morning sight: Stephen going to take care of his ducks

Thursday, May 29, 2014

SA Again! - 4

 Katelyn seems popular, doesn't she? :)


 Attempt

 Better :)

 It's such a treat to get to put Charlotte to sleep!


Deborah decides that since Nathaniel and Katelyn are the ones getting photographed, she'd better join in. ;)

It rained while we were there -- so lovely and needed!


Hair

Some of us diehard volleyball enthusiasts tried to rustle up a game, but it kept raining! :( Oh well! ;)

Fuzzy, but I couldn't resist posting this pic!


Austin grilled chicken for marvelous fajitas!






Joshua R. was visiting the E's with his brother Samuel

Stephen found that an old towel was the perfect "peek-a-boo" thing to make Charlotte laugh!




She's so cute when she laughs!

 We watched a slideshow of Nate and Kate's "growing up" pics, which will be played at the wedding -- what fun!

Kandace and Katelyn -- so cute!

All too soon -- it was time to say "Goodbye!"


We had a tire blowout, and our amazing mechanic had it fixed in 12 minutes flat! Here Mom waits...

I amused myself by taking pics of my reflection in the driver's mirror. ;) Silly, I know!


At a rest stop, the guys changed the other front tire to make it even with the spare.

The damaged tire

Since it was Memorial Day, Dallas had lovely lights in red white and blue -- so great!

We got home late -- and have since plunged into the lovely whirl of life. :)