Tuesday, January 7, 2014

My introduction to 2014

2013 went by so fast.  They get faster each year, I believe.  Or so it seems.  I have nothing profound to say about the new year at present, but I could reflect on the last year for hours, recalling things that God has taught me and changed me.  

10 Things I learned this year:

  1. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all
  2. God's mercies are new every morning (I already knew this, but came to a new and deeper understanding of it)
  3. It is never too cold for ice cream
  4. "Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy"~quote by Isaac Newton
  5. Those who are the hardest to love need it the most
  6. Tennessee is more beautiful and magical than I could have imagined
  7. Worship to God goes far beyond singing and's a lifestyle and commitment that requires self-abandonment and total submission to God and His will
  8. Change is never easy
  9. I am desperately flawed and it is only by the grace and mercy of God that I am here today
  10. Caring for others brings a peace and contentment that is incomparable 
Personally, I've never really believed in New Year's resolutions, mostly because they are often short-lived.  Anyway, if you resolve to do something, start right then, even if it's September 17th!  That's one of the reasons why my friend Emilie and I began our photo challenge on May 1st--we were eager and inspired to begin, and so we ignited the spark.  If you have set your mind to something, seek the Lord for perseverance and help, and begin as soon as possible.  Leave each moment to the fullest and the glory of God!

"Perseverance is falling nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth."
~Julie Andrews

Well, I've cleared my thoughts and written from my heart, and that is the best I can do for now.  May it bless you in some way and bring you nearer to Christ.  And now......for photos!

Day 205:  Beams through time

This was a very easy shot to take, which is wonderful because you can do it in a short amount of time and still get an impressive photo.  See if you can figure it out!

Day 206:  Erecting and perfecting a family tradition

See that woman on the roof?  She's repairing the chocolate chip roof tiles, of course.  One must keep a tidy house!

Day 207:  Silhouette......nativity style

These window stickers, also a family tradition, have graced this window every winter for 8 years.

Day 208:  Endlessly dark, bright eyes staring at me

A long title, yes, but those eyes are simply beautiful!  Our new little friend was a joy to have in our home, and her family as well :).

Day 209:  Half Moon Bay

Our family spent a day at this breathtakingly lovely seaside town, and it was so peaceful to walk along the shore and watch the waves.  There were many surfers out enjoying the water too, which was delightful to watch!

Day 210:  Then there's the city, and all it's oddities.......

A strange photograph, you say?  The man in the photo is The World Famous Bushman.  I'm dead serious....this homeless man has been sitting on the sidewalk near Fisherman's Wharf scaring people since 1980.  It scared me, and it obviously scared this young lady.  It was the funniest thing I saw all day!!

Day 211:  Perspective

It's all in how you look at it

Day 212:  Gingerbread house flood survival plan

Survival 101 at the Sweet Street people's house.

Day 213:  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

How late did y'all stay up on New Year's Eve *and day*?  I stayed up until 5:00 a.m., then had 4 hours of restful sleep before having another fun day. :)

Day 214:  Musical reflections

I got a new guitar!!!!!  It's absolutely wonderful, and I love playing it.  I saw this idea online and decided to try it........success!

Day 215:  Word-shaping

"A good book on a shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend."

Day 216:  Two are better than one

"There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved.  It is God's finger on man's shoulder."
~Charles Morgan

Day 217:  More perspective

How do you see the sunset?


  1. Great pictures! love your creativity.

  2. So many lovely pictures Haley!! I love your creativity also :)

  3. Great post, Haley! I'm not really a resolution girl either, but I've been thinking of a couple resolutions the beginning of this year that I could grow in. Like striving to be a better example to my brothers, striving to read God's Word more, striving to read more biblical, edifying books that encourage me in my walk with Christ, and ect. I love your pictures! You're very getting quite creative! ;)

  4. Wow, Haley!! you are so creative with your pictures. I love the last three especially!! I learned many similar lessons last year! And you are right, anytime is a great time to start something new :):)!!

  5. Time does seem to go by faster each year - which is another reason to make them meaningful and to live intentionally! I like the creativity in your pictures as well ;-)

  6. Awesome pics! Love the one with your new guitar!!
    Auntie Didar

  7. Those are great pictures, Haley! Love the creativity!

  8. Hey Haley! Nice photos, Can't imagine where you got the gingerbread survival idea...
    The last one is really creative and your guitar(I can personally attest) is awesome(nice reflection too). I didn't stay up quite that late on New years, but I know a few family members that did. haha. Great seeing y'all and thanks for putting up with us then.