Friday, July 19, 2013

Snapshot Love: A Blessed Week

This marks the third week of sharing my week with you through photos. Doing this has truly helped me to be present in the everyday moments God wants to bless me with. It's a beautiful thing! You will see I've convinced the rest of my family to participate. It might be with some moans and groans, but they are sharing a few pictures from their week as well.

So come onjoin Shannon and me. It's a blog hop. Thank you to the lovely ladies who hopped in last week. Don't have a blog? Share something from your week in comments or on my blog Facebook page.

Beware! I'm getting the hang of this and have many more photos to share this week!

Let us begin...

The weekend began with a quiet bike ride through Busse Woods. I took this ride on my own and enjoyed the warm, fresh air and the chance to embrace God's creation.

Stopping for a pretty view as I make my way around the 8 mile bike trial.

Yes, our town has Elk. I wish they weren't kept behind a fence.

Saturday evening was spent with my husband's brother (one of the six brothers he has) and his wife.

I have to point out my husband's way cool tattoo.  It reads, "If the sun refused to shine I would still be loving you."
"Thank You" by Led Zepplin | Our wedding song!
I'm married to an AWESOME man!

She is probably one of my husband's biggest supporters of his decision to join the Army Reserves.

Brotherly love!

Beautiful ladies!

After church on Sunday I returned to Busse Woods. 
Instead of a bike ride I choose a walk with two of my best friends.

There is one of my girlfriends driving in front of me. I'm waving to her but she's not seeing me.
Okay, I realize I shouldn't be taking a picture while driving.

Longtime friends! I love these girls!!

A few random photos from the weekend...

If I had a picture of our old ugly fence you would understand how grateful we are for this new beautiful fence!
The dogs bark much less too with a privacy fence. It is quite the blessing.

I love sharing my love for our Red, White and Blue. This sits in front of our home.
My husband is a bit like Tim from the show Home Improvement.
It must be the biggest, fastest, or tallest, and we by far have the tallest flag pole in our area.

I would not normally share a picture of myself but I wanted to show off my cute top. It's cute isn't it?
Tops are needed for my upcoming trip to Guatemala so off to Goodwill I went.
I snagged this cute shirt and a few others for a total of $16.00. LOVE IT!
(We have a way cool front patio too!)

Enjoying dinner out at one of our local favorites. I'm a big fan of eating outdoors during the summer.
This restaurant allows us to enjoy the warmer temperatures but still have the comfort of shade.

And the work week begins...

I decided why not share with you my home away from home. I'm known for having the coziest office at my company because it's filled with lots of pictures and nick-knacks.
Those I love and a few things I adore are kept close to keep me smiling.
(One must also have caffeine to make it through the day!)

This beautiful vase sits on my desk in my home office. I love the daily reminder to LOVE!

It's a delight when Friday arrives! 

I decided to be my husband's biggest fan and spent my evening watching him ump.

He''s known for this move where he shouts "Strike, Strike, Strike" at the first pitched strike for each team.
It was fun to hear others say how much they love him as an ump. He's way cool!

Too funny not to include. I'm laughing as I type!
He thinks he looks like Igore (some mad scientist).

We've become a family of golfers. 
I'm not convinced yet and neither is my son's girlfriend so there are no pictures of us golfing.

She is by far the cutest golfer!

From the ones who keep us company. (Jeremy and Hayley)

My son's girlfriend makes the BEST cupcakes!

More golf. Geez!

Hanging out with the dogs. Meet Biscuit and Drake!

From the California couple whom we miss much. (Zack and Joy)

I'm not completely sure what is going on there other than to tell you that's my son hanging out in their pool.
They are loving life in San Diego.

Joy says this photo is important because Zack has fallen in love with FETA and they now use all the time.
This is major news I'm told.

Healthy cookies stuffed with fiber. Only three ingredients and less than 30 minutes needed.
Get the recipe from Joy here.

From the California couple's archives simply because the pictures make me smile.

I love his reflection in the car too.

A favorite from my week...

It's not always easy to live in peace with everyone, so I find this reminder is needed.

From the archives...

I'm going to miss him SO much and plan to keep him overly close these next couple months.

Lesson learned and a favor to ask...

Trust in God! 
Many times I still struggle with calling myself a writer.
God reminded me to trust He gave me this gift for a reason and that is to point others to Him.

I submitted a story to where I have the opportunity to get published in a best-selling book and provide clean water for 45,000 people. I'd be honored if you would vote for my story.
It was actually selected as an editor's favorite! God is GOOD!

Thank you friends for letting me share my ordinary, but oh so wonderful, moments with you. I'm so blessed by your visits and hope you leave here knowing how much your friendship is appreciated. If you haven't joined in already, please take a moment to share a little something this time around, or join the Blog Hop.

Be sure to visit those who link up and leave some comment love!

life rearranged


  1. Hi Beth!! :) What an awesome and blessed week!!! You have such a fun family!! I loved your pictures from your bike ride, I've been wanting to get a bike...I should definitely do that! I love the privacy fence and flag pole ~ and I just think there's no such thing as too big when it comes to the red, white, and blue ;) {and I thank your great husband for his service!!} Your new top is adorable!! I just love thrift stores!! And those cupcakes-I could've licked my screen! :) They looked amazing!! I will definitely have to go read and vote for your story, that's so exciting!! ~ Have a wonderful weekend!!

    1. Thank you, Amanda! It was an amazing week. I loved that..."no such thing as too big when it comes to the red, white and blue." Amen!
      Thank you for joining us in the blog hop!

  2. Hi Beth! I am so happy that I came over to your blog today! I think God called me to see your wonderful family and friends. What fun you had this week :)

    And let me congratulate you on your book entry! Isn't it wonderful that God has called you to be a writer, and then has rewarded you for your efforts? We all have to slog through the writing, finding out what our voice sounds like, being insecure blah, blah, blah. But it sure is one heck of a ride, isn't it? Wouldn't change it for anything, even though I am new at it! You go girl!

    Happy Saturday,

    1. I'm so glad God brought you here, Ceil. Thank you for linking up. I was blessed by what you shared. Join us again next week!
      This writing adventure is one heck of a ride for sure! As much as I may doubt my writing skills at times I know without a doubt this is what He has called me to do.
      Blessings to you,

  3. Hey Beth,
    I love getting insight into your life through your photos! It is obvious that you adore your family! I like the top you are sporting for your mission trip (you are bound for an adventure)!! Love, love, love what you wrote for the book that is being published...and Yes you ARE a writer!
    Love and ((hugs)),

    1. I know I say this all the time, but I'm so grateful for you Bev. Your friendship has come to mean so much to me. THANK YOU!
      Much love and (((hugs))),

  4. beautiful first pic Beth!

  5. Thank you for the glimpse into your beautiful life. Love the new top. Color looks great on you!

  6. I SO love that your family is joining you and letting you share their pics. Your husbands special umpire moves are adorable! He seems like a fun guy - I'm glad we all get to meet him here. And your kiddos are of course gorgeous and fabulous and fun! I'm totally having fence envy. I see how you love it so much!!!! Your new top is super cute, and you must be getting SO excited for the trip!!!!

  7. Absolutely LOVING all these pictures!! (And love that top!) GREAT wedding song by the way!! ♥


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