Photography Out Of The Blue

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There are many times as we walk through this world of toil and pain,

That fear grabs hold of our hearts, and won’t let go driving us near insane.

We fear what know and what we don’t understand,

We fear what we see, and what we can’t, we fear being strong or taking a stand.

We fear being to open, people might get to close,

We fear being alone, solitude and friendship, both we oppose.

We fear our own strength, the responsibility is far to great,

we fear our own weakness, not knowing weakness is a human trait.

We fear our sleep, the dreams that strike, the past that haunts,

We fear the day, the present that hounds…the future that daunts.

Yet there is one who has no fear in his heart or mind,

He conquered it long ago and is loving gentle and kind,

He stretches out His nail scarred hands wanting to take your fear away,

Because of Him you need never again fear the sleep of night, or terror of day.

You may ask, “who is this man, who conquered fear for all?

Who was the One who sacrificed His life so I may live, walk and not fall?

I will tell His name, the Name that took my fear,

The Name above every name, yet remains so near.

His truth cuts through the lies of fear, like a double edged sword,

It is no secret of whom I speak… He is JESUS CHRIST THE LORD.






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Freedom Isn’t Free ~*


When sin holds us tight, and chains us in the dark and the cold,

We lose our hope, misplace our courage, and we forget how to be bold.

Though we may try to break the chains that bind our heart and soul,

Our own strength is futile, if freedom is our goal.

It matters not how we scream, swear or fight,

Not promises, not pleadings, nor petitions will help us out a mite.

Chained in sin, death and darkness, are we all from Adam’s race,

Cursed to walk in darkness, never seeing God’s glorious face.

You may ask, “Why have you come to tell me, that all our hope is lost?”

Despair is not my message, but you have to know the cost!


For the freedom of our souls, there is a price that must be paid,

An account must be given for all sins which at our feet are laid.

“Freedom is not free!!”, I have heard many people say,

This is true of many things, but especially of your soul this day!

Your soul , from deaths dark clutches, can certainly be released,

Your heart made clean, your sin removed, as far as the west is from the east.

Yet the price of your release, is greater than you can bear,

Death is the price, it must be paid, sin, God’s compassion, does not share.


Now…REJOICE with me, for to you good news I bring,

The price of your release has been paid, paid by the Most High King!

His Son was sent to pay the cost, death He paid for all,

Perfect in His glory, Almighty, Eternal, for us He gave up His heavenly hall.

He came and took our punishment, the beatings, scorn and shame,

He who made the heavens and earth, and knows each star by name.

Bleeding and broken He carried OUR cross, to free us from death and sin,

The Prince of Peace, God of Hosts, knew He would ultimately win…


The moment came, His life poured out, a sinless man was dead!

The demons cheered, the angels wept, it was for US He bled!

Death was conquered soon enough, it had no power over God’s own Son,

He came back to life to give us life and freedom, if only to Him we will come!

He bought our lives, with His own life’s blood, poured out on Calvary,

He opens His arms and has loosed our chains, now we may be free!!!!!!


After all of this, why are so many still in chains?

Why do you choose the darkness, why do you choose the pains?

The door is open, the chains are broken, death defeated and gone,

All you must do is stand up and walk out, open your eyes to the dawn!

                                                God’s only Son bought you, and offers you light and love,

He wishes to make you clean and pure from sin, to be with you forever above.

To welcome you as His child, beloved and friend,

To help you on your way, and to your death to put an end.


Linger no longer in your pit, going deeper into hell!

God has glories in store for you, that words could never tell.


Put your trust in HIM, and He will find you and carry you out,

Out of your chains, darkness and death He will take you, and the enemy He will rout.

Grab a hold and don’t let go, don’t whimper, whine or fuss,

The One who holds you will never leave you, His name is JESUS!



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The Sound Of Silence ~*



As the silence surrounds you stop and listen to the sound,

The sound of your heart beat as it goes “thump-thump” instead of “pound-pound”.

Listen to the stars as they sing praises to the Most High King.

Listen to God calling you allow your soul to take wing.

Every day there must be time to sit in silence, to reflect and pray,

How else will you find the courage and conviction to face the day?

We are called to, “Be still and know that I Am God.”

Yet so often we shun the silenceas on our path we trod.

We fill our life with noiseso loud we cannot think,

We hear only the sound of moneyas it goes, “clink-clink-clink.”

No wonder so many people don’t know who they truly are inside…

They never learned to listen but rather they learned to hide.





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Faithful ~*

Christ is always faithful, no matter my highs or lows,

He is always by my side…no matter the caresses or blows.

Friends, I’ve had a hard life that much is true,

But tell me who hasn’t…was it them or you?

We all have our own crosses to bear,

Yet we have Christ, our burden with to share.

There are times when we must walk without brother or friend,

But when all others leave us, He’ll be there to the very end.

Though its friendship that we long for, and love that we need,

There are days when we must follow, giving Christ our only heed.

And we will find when the road gets tough,

When all our friends have had enough,

That no matter how long the haul…

Our Lord will be with us through it all.



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*~Darkness and Light ~*


When all the lights go out around you, and you are left standing in a cold dark place;

Keep your eyes on the light that’s within you, the light of God’s love and His grace.

When all others leave you and push you away,

Keep your eyes on Jesus, don’t let yourself wander or stray.

Though the pain within your heart and your soul is so great you feel as though you’ll explode,

The pain of this world lasts only a moment, while the glories of heaven shall be your eternal abode.

So cower not from the fight that the Lord has laid before your feet,

Fight with confidence in your weakness and God’s strength, never daring to sound retreat.

He has never forsaken you, He shall certainly NOT start now,

God loves you more than you could ever know, and has given you His vow!




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Rain On Me *~*


I love the rain.

I love the smell of damp earth, the sound of thunder rolling down our canyon and the sight of lightning flashing across a dark sky.

There are some people who don’t like rain.

I can see why when I ponder on it. Rain is not “comfortable” {especially in northern NM,} it is cold, creates a really big mess {especially if you have dogs} and if you’re from the south west/west then it usually comes with a good dose of horizontal hail just to top it off. Oh! and did I mention that it brings dark, foreboding clouds and it interrupts your schedule like little else will {especially if you live in a place with lots of arroyos}?

So I see why there are days when I find one my favorite things a burden. On a day when I have a picnic with friends planned, or a day at the zoo with the nieces and nephews or just a day when I feel like playing in the sunshine. On days such as these rain is considered to be inconvenient antbest and anger inducing at worst.


I was thinking today how it’s the same in our relationship with God.

Rain is considered a blessing throughout Scripture

Acts 14:17

Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.


Deuteronomy 28:12

The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

But it’s more than just physical rain,  God uses “rain” to teach us and refine us into the Christians He would have us be!

Deuteronomy 32:2

My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

Romans 5:2b~5

 … and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.


I liken “tribulation” to “rain” in my mind because we treat them the same.

Rain brings about the good end for which it was designed, it is a blessing that many don’t accept and appreciate as God’s good and perfect gift for, not only us, but those around us as well.

Tribulation brings about the good end in our lives for which it is designed and very few of us {myself included most of the time} accept and appreciate the refining that takes place in our lives that could never happen other wise.

Crops won’t grow with out rain.

Fruits of the Spirit won’t grow with out tribulation.



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Take Me Out To The Ball Game…*

Take me out with the crowd…

Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks…

I don’t care if I ever get back!

For it’s root, root, root for the…CUBS!

If they don’t win it’s a shame.

For it’s one! two! three strikes you’re out!

At the old ball game!!

It was the girls first baseball game!

This was the cutest thing ever!! The little guy can throw pretty well too!

The guys just chillin’





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So my family and I went to the lake the other day, it is always fun to watch my parents with their grandkids! They had three of their five with us plus my brother Kevin, his wife and then me. It was super fun and of course we had to get rained on {yes it happens all the time, but we don’t mind because being in the middle of a drought we really need the moisture!}


I know I promised Scotland pics…soon I promise!



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Indiana Part I


Dear lovely world,


So if you have been following my blogger blog  { The Mountain Cottage }  then you know that I kind of dropped off the face of the earth for a number of months and have now re~appeared at a new blog of all things! I will still be posting tutorials and recipes on this blogs cooking by touch page.

I’ve begun a new blog as a way to work my way through this new adventure of photography! My new tool is the Nikon D3100 {her name is Emrah if you wanted to know} and I am just trying to learn everything that I can!

Lets begin shall we! As some of you know, I travel a good bit so I wanted to start ya’ll with the beginning of my Indiana trip…which begins from my front yard.


The train tracks in Chicago.

 on the train from Chicago to Indiana as the sun goes down.


 the “emerald farm” my Uncle’s farm in Iniana…yes I loved it there!


Nana! My Dad Rick’s Mom! { I love ya Nana Dear!!} 


My cousin Noah trying to show my Aunt how to shoot a rifle since she is right handed but left eye dominant. Grace is being her usual cute self! 


Noah and I had to fix Dixie’s {the horse} fence, I had to earn my keep! {I did some of the sawing too don’t worry!}


There’s Dixie! Aint she sooo cute?!


Oso, the cutest of the ity-bity dogs!


“my girls”!! They are so beautiful inside and out,

 Compassionate AND tough, a rare combination!


It can be really hard to get him to smile for photos…there are a few later on though! {enter evil big cousin that acts like a big sister laugh here} 😀


Psalms 3:1~3

1 LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. 2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. 3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

Next trip stay tuned and you will get to experience Scotland part I {My Scotland trip was thrown in the middle of the Indiana trip}