Blast from Vacation-Past—Plus a Blogging Break

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This year’s Summer Photo Fun emphasis wouldn’t be complete without some sort of blast from the past, would it? Since I’m starting a two-week vacation from blogging today, I thought it would be fun to share a snapshot of the Barker gang while on vacation back in the day.

The year was 1989. We were headed into Tijuana for the day. Culottes were in style (at least my style!) and Don toted a camera nearly as big as my purse. Kristin fit in to California quite easily with her glamorous sunglasses while Kelli was missing some teeth. We were a happy little group—at least while taking this photo. You know how vacations go :)

Speaking of vacations, I’ll be back from my blogging break on August 4th. Whatever the last couple of weeks of July hold for you, I hope you get to spend some priceless time with loved ones at some point. Blessings to all—and see you in August!

“the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:8

*Will you be taking a vacation this summer or have you already taken one? What did you do or where did you go?

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Summer Photo Fun: Name That Flower Returns!

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Have you noticed that I enjoy adding a little guessing game twist to some of my Summer Photo Fun posts? Hope you don’t mind working a little when you drop by here, but what can I say—I love making you guess!

Since I did a Name That Flower post last summer that featured flowers from our region, this time I thought I’d make you guess the names of some flowers my daughter Kristin and son-in-law Shawn saw while they were in northwest Washington and Victoria British Columbia in June. I don’t remember seeing these flowers here in the Heartland before, but I’m not even an amateur expert on flowers so they may be seen in regions other than the Northwest as well.

So let’s see how familiar you are with these flowers seen in the Northwest. Are you ready to name that flower?

Can’t wait to see your guesses in the comments. List your guesses 1 through 8, starting with the top photo (the one above), and I’ll chime in from time to time and let you know if your guesses are correct. Have fun with it—and rejoice in the beauty from the hand of our Creator!

“May you be blessed by the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15

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IMG_4208*Looking for the name of the white/pale green flower not the pink one.

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*So what are your guesses? Good luck!

*Photos by Kristin

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Remembering Mom

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I think my current Summer Photo Fun emphasis here on the blog is the perfect time to honor and remember my mom and share a few treasured photos of her with you.

As most of you will remember, we lost Mom unexpectedly last October as a result of injuries she received in a car accident. Our family misses her like crazy and feels her absence every day. I hope you’ll enjoy this glimpse of the woman that we loved so dearly for so many years.

God blessed us with many tender mercies during our initial loss of Mom, and the photo above is one of those tender mercies (also the shot below of Mom kissing Dad on the cheek.) Just weeks before Mom’s accident, Mom and Dad’s church had photos taken for a new pictorial directory. How grateful we are to God to have these precious photos now.

And so here is my precious mother. I love you, Mom, and miss you so!

Mom and Dad WeddingMom and Dad’s wedding picture.

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R1-39Christmas morning with one (among many through the years) of the silly gifts we got Mom. She always acted like she loved them.

R1-28On the way to church. I’m on the left, already in prayer :)

R1-20Mom worked as the secretary for the company Dad worked for. They were lucky to have a home office.

Boys with Grandma 2004 Ft. WorthHere she is with some of her grandchildren and a great grandbaby. She loved her family. Below, my sisters and I with our dearly loved Mom.

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Mom & DadDad loved Mom like crazy. Here they are at our family reunion last summer in Tennessee.

Great Grandma and Benjamin by AaronShe was so happy to get to spend time with her great grandkids who live so many states away.

HoyIMG_8826pJust weeks before Mom’s accident and death. Thank You, Lord, for the precious photos. Thank You for our precious Mom.

“I thank my God every time I remember you.” Philippians 1:3

*Our photos taken by various family members. We purchased the rights to the top photo and last photo by Artisan Life.

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Summer Photo Fun: Name This Location!

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We kicked off Summer Photo Fun 2014 earlier this week with a “Caption This” post so how about continuing with a “Name This Location” challenge? Let’s just say it will test either your world-traveler status or your observation skills, huh?

Now before you complain that I’m asking you to identify a rock outcropping, take a closer look. This is a very distinctive rock formation, isn’t it? Have you seen it before? Or maybe a photo of it?

So tell me, where were you when you saw this unique handiwork of our amazing Creator God? Name this location! The first person to guess correctly will win all bragging rights. Woohoo, huh? :)

“‘He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man, he who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth—the LORD God Almighty is his name.’” Amos 4:13

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Summer Photo Fun 2014 Kick-Off: Caption This!

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It’s that time of year again—time for Summer Photo Fun on my blog!

For those of you who may be new here, every year in July and the first part of August I take a break from my regular-style blog posts and showcase some photos instead. This part of summer is topsy-turvy for me since my husband is on his break from teaching so I try to take a more casual approach to blogging for a few weeks.

Some of the photos will be mine and some won’t. Sometimes I may just use one photo, and other times I may use a few. Some may be fun while others may be more beautiful or thought-provoking.

But one thing will remain the same. I’ll always try to refresh or nourish you with a verse of scripture or an inspiring quote. I’ll always try to make your visit here a blessing, whether through the photos or the scriptures shared.

Let’s start this season of Summer Photo Fun with—you guessed it—some fun! How would you caption the photo above? What must be going through this silly kitty cat’s mind?

Hope you enjoy Summer Photo Fun 2014!

“Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14

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