Thursday, January 16, 2014

Throw Back Thursday.

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Katie was trying to get another child's attention at the pool.  Wanting to make friends.  I remember this so well.


I found garage light.

In 2007 I leaned of Stuart Townend.

I love how the audience sings with him.
I love his songs.

Here is a poem from 2005

Winding Wool

She'd bring to me a skein of wool
And beg me to hold out my hands;
so on my pipe I cease to pull
And watch her twine the shining strands
Into a ball so snug and neat,
Perchance a pair of socks to knit
To comfort my unworthy feet,
Or pullover my girth to fit.

As to the winding I would sway,
A poem in my head would sing,
And I would watch in dreamy way
The bright yarn swiftly slendering.
The best I liked were coloured strands
I let my pensive pipe grow cool . . .
Two active and two passive hands,
So busy wining shining wool.

Alas! Two of those hands are cold,
And in these days of wrath and wrong,
I am so wearyful and old,
I wonder if I've lived too long.
So in my loneliness I sit
And dream of sweet domestic rule . . .
When gentle women used to knit,
And men were happy winding wool.

~Robert William Service

Looking back is nice.
Don't you think.

Encourage one another,


  1. Oh my, look at the difference between last night's stunning Vogue like photo, and this, vision of preciousness..... It is wonderful to look back!

  2. This is all so lovely. My soul just goes "ahhhh" !

    The cutie-ness of Little Katie. Sweet sisters together.

    Then the beautiful song. (I love Stuart Townend; two of my favorites are In Christ Alone and How Deep the Father's Love for Us).

    Plus the wonderful poem. Thanks, Donna, for all of this.

    *side note: Robert Service is HUGELY popular in Alaska, as he wrote about the Yukon and the Gold Rush days. My high school, in fact, in Anchorage is named Robert Service High. :-)

    1. How about that!!! I didn't know a thing about him!!!

  3. Anonymous11:34 AM

    Katie's eyebrows in the first (and the beads!), her "like me, like me" expression in the second and she and Emma looking so beautiful in the It IS great to look back. And it's somewhat scary how fast "our" little Katie has grown. For surely you know we feel she belongs to the QLCS, right? Thanks for sharing her!! :)

    Mary Z

  4. Thank you for loving her. The more people who love us the better :)

  5. I can't see the video.. Is it "there is a hope"? I love that one so, so much. Got me through the weeks surrounding mom's death. Townend and Getty are a gift to the church!

  6. It's Love Incarnate. This became a fave from my CD.

  7. Love that one too!!!

  8. Anonymous2:43 PM

    I like it all…{{{LIKE}}}} and those last two lines of the poem touch me so.
    love and prayers, jep

  9. I was just looking back at baby pictures of my kids this morning. So sweet, I just wanted to hold their little bodies in my arms and listen to their little giggles. I still get good cuddles out of them, but we take up a lot more room on the couch now.

  10. Anonymous4:04 PM

    I agree with jep about the last two lines of the poem. Very touching.
    Donna, if I might interject the sweetness with a bit of harsh reality. Would you bring me up to date on keeping photographs. I'm of a similar age as yourself and therefore have made the switch from 35mm to digital photography. You helped me once with a suggestion of a camera and now I need to know this: what is the new mode of keeping photographs? We used to have the film processed, choose favorites from the stack, have copies made, and then put the copies in the children's photograph books and send them to family far away. Now we take the picture and upload them onto/into Pandora. Now what. I'm stuck. What do people do now? How do we keep adding to the family archive? Keep it all on computer? Is the era of looking through family photos with pictures in hand over? Do we just flip through computer files and remember the good old days? I seriously need some guidance as to what to do now as it has been many a long good number of years since we have added anything to the hardcopy archives. This problem seriously will wake me up at night. I feel the family generations are going to miss out because of this woeful black hole. HELP, please! Jamie

    1. I look forward to reading Donna 's answer.

      I use shutterfly and picaboo and make photo books. And still create albums with prints. I guess I am sentimental that way (understatement!!)

    2. I do simple photo books, too. I don't want to bequeath to my children a hard drive. :)

    3. Anonymous11:26 AM

      But this is what mine are going to get! I could just cry.....-Jamie

    4. Anonymous11:28 AM

      Uh. We don't upload them onto Pandora. That's ridiculous! I meant "Picassa".
      See how upsetting this is.....Jamie

    5. Jamie, if you have them downloaded, its easy peasy to make a photo book. shutterfly has coupons and sales all. the. time. 40% off right now for Valentines Day. Donna might have better suggestions, but the photo books that I have made with Shutterfly or Picabo have been great. just a thought. bless your heart, I understand why it's upsetting.

  11. Donnna

    Oddly enough I get too emotionally looking back. I almost never do it. My parents LOVE to look at our pictures of the family growing up. I just don't. Makes me sad….somehow

  12. Anonymous7:59 PM

    The garage light picture is just beautiful.
    I can almost feel your excitement for when you discovered that light.

    Sarah P. from Iowa

  13. Often bittersweet. But yes ~ so nice.

  14. "I wonder if I've lived too long." Oh, that makes me weepy! What a beautiful poem.

    Katie...timeless beauty. And her earnest, "Be my friend" wave is sweet. Are friends an easier thing now that she is in school?


  15. Di,
    No :o(
    She has a good friend that she will go to high school with.
    All you need is one great girlfriend, right!?

    1. A true friend is pure gold. Lord, bless Katie 's heart and lead her and guide her step by step.


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