One Word Photo Challenge: Hot


After a very cold winter, traveling from Virginia (January 7, 2915), back to Florida (January 9, 2015), back to Virginia (April 2, 2015), and finally back to Florida on May 7, 2015, we never were “hot” until this day, May 18, 2015. We traveled from Cocoa, Fl (and never were “hot” there) to Troy, Alabama. Well, except for a short time the day my hubby crawled up on the roof of our new home to inspect it:   So on May 18 in Troy, Alabama, it finally hit 90! We settled our home into it’s site, and then took a two mile hike around the beautiful Walnut Creek RV Park. We were covered in sweat, but no close ups! After our hike, we went inside to start dinner. We heard a whirlwind and then a crack. Looked out the door to see the destruction of this once perfect tree!  Our hike around the lake:  Where we were (in our new home):  Husband took this pic of a sweaty me with this new beautiful sign: And that was our hottest day for longer than we can remember! We’re Floridians because we like it HOT!

One Word Photo Challenge: Cloudy


Cloudy
Buying and selling your residence is stressful. But this new “home” was a long time dream come true. But throw in a car accident in the mix. The clouds separate and reveal the clear blue sky, and that’s where we are now!

We live full time on the road. This picture was taken as we pulled out of the seller’s homestead. And wouldn’t you know, it was the beautiful clouds that inspired me to take the picture! I did jump out of our car to take the pic with my iPhone.

Motion Photo Challenge: Love


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Motion.”

Running to his grandma!

Running to his grandma!

We’ve been “off the road” so to speak (we’re full time travelers) but for a month camping near our 19 month old grandson!

Grandparents joy when grandson comes running!

Grandparents joy when grandson comes running!

More love

Caught him running to me again!

Just love him!

And finally, He’s running towards the sound of a tree trimming operation at our campground!

He’s always in motion!  But I’m never camera ready. Except for these few precious pictures. When I’m picking him up from Daycare or have him at our campground, he makes my heart smile with LOVE!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed!


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Shadowed.”

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

Aren’t wonderful childhood memories the best? We lived in Colorado Springs for six years when I was 4 – 9 or so. My favorite memories are of Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, playing on my sister’s husband’s family ranch, and Glenwood Springs. I was able to take my husband to all these places in 2011, except the ranch! The family moved. But my last picture showed what things I loved about the ranch, the boulders!

So while there on this particular trip, we also traveled to the top of Pikes Peak where I learned “America the Beautiful” was written – in part and was inspired.  So looking at these shadows, helps one see how this song was created:

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!
O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!
O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Written by Katharine Lee Bates, and the music was composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale


Oh, how I love these boulders!

Makes me feel so small!

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Scale.”

Photo taken September 24, 2014 outside of Lenoir, NC.

We love the outdoors, so most of my pictures are either from our fun outside adventures, or of our grandson.  He’s not only so special because he is our first, but because his birth helped us do what we really wanted to do, travel full time!

So in his honor, here is my “scale” of him at one day old, taken by his mother who is in awe!

One day old

One day old

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”  Ephesians 3:16-19

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity


imageIn response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Serenity

This maybe 3 weeks late, but I can’t wait for our new prompt! We LOVE our full time RV lifestyle because of our constant companion: Serenity!

This is our reason for our serenity:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
John 14:17

Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth


It was so much fun to take the photo challenge on “Express Yourself.”  It looked like a great response when I went back to see the blogs posted.  It made me think how easy to write about ourselves! :-} But today’s challenge and prompt is much tougher: Depth.

So flipping through my recent photos, this one popped up. I love it’s charm, simplicity, old town feel and the fact that it was hard to find a parking space, but it looks nearly deserted!  I’m only using my iPhone camera so to think I could find this much depth, to me, was amazing. I love the sky and streaks with the most beautiful Christmas tree and the old fashioned lamp post.  I love Christmas and after the “season,” I missed all the “Merry Christmas” wishes everyone was bestowing upon us.  So I’m ready to go back to the season a little!

As we travel full-time in our RV, this is the type of place we love to visit. But shopping is the last thing we enjoy or want to do, except at Christmas! IMG_1736And since this is a Christmas picture and is about depth, I had to find an appropriate scripture that seems to fit perfectly!

“I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV)