The Road to Crater Lake

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“Twenty years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

I’m standing on the fringes of a brand-new year. None of us knows what this year will bring, and when we wish someone a “Happy new year!” we probably don’t want to take into account that every year will bring ups and downs, joys and sorrow, celebration and difficulties. That’s life in a nutshell.  I’m very grateful to know that whatever 2012 brings, I know that I won’t travel it alone. My faith is rooted in God, who promises to never leave or forsake me, and I’ve seen him work in amazing ways before, in situations that seemed impossible. So today, I’m eager to face that new year with that promise in mind. Wishing you all the best in your journey ahead!

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January Visitor


God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.  ~J.G. Holland


Last winter it seemed that the colder it got, the more birds found my backyard. This little fellow landed on a skinny branch and sat there overseeing a squawky scrub jay. Didn’t budge an inch for at least ten minutes, until the jay left. Which reminds me…I need to refill some feeders!

(*Thanks to all who have sent notes wondering where I’ve been. I’ve been working on lenses over at since August. Will try to post photos more regularly as we draw closer to Spring.)