in appreciation of the first flower

first flowerMost of the flowers on this property were planted by Seth’s great grandma. This is 2009’s first flower.





My sweet baby holding me down in some snugglies.




My big boys in the window seal with their bow and arrows (hangers) have some serious imaginations.


sunsetThis week I loved the winter setting-sun after a rain.


I’m posting a picture of us on Valentine’s Day to honor my girlfriend Windy from The Hall Family Page. She has been given new perspective this week, and it is changing my life. Her young husband needs your prayers. Windy has impressed on me to grab my camera (and my words and actions) and capture what I can of our love. She has caused me to ask the LORD to make it last. We only have this one life. Let’s love in it. *UPDATE* This picture was acting squirrelly so I deleted it. BOO.

If you’ve posted your happies or your gratitudes today, leave us a link in the comments so we can be happy and thankful with you.

About me


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How Right Living Was My Brokenness: a guest post from Kelly Smith
August 11, 2015
Marriage Letters: On Home
July 06, 2015
A Final Haines Home Companion: a Secret I’ve Kept
June 06, 2014
On Broken Parts in Regular Towns: Alabama, Arkansas, and Haiti
April 03, 2014
On Losing Place
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How the Light Peeks Through
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A Haines Home Companion: A Little Eden
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A Haines Home Companion: Alter
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Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
Reply February 19, 2009

Amen and Amen - what a beautiful post...lets definitely learn to love on it. :)

Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam’s last blog post..Asking your prayers for the processing...

Amy Hannon
Reply February 19, 2009

The Lord put a song in my heart for the Halls today when I was praying for that He would be exactly what they need today. I have listened to it about 73 times today, and it becomes more and more powerful with each play.

Peace. Love. Hope. Cornerstone. Strength. Song. In Christ Alone.

The Lyrics and Song Link are posted on today's blog.

Amy Hannon’s last blog post..cupcakes to curveballs

Reply February 19, 2009

Your happies always make me grin!

brittney’s last blog post..happies that warm the heart

Reply February 19, 2009

Lovely! I can't believe you have flowers there! We're still covered in snow.

BlueCastle’s last blog post..Random Bits And A Quiz

Megan @ Hold it UP to the Light
Reply February 19, 2009

That was beautiful...I am headed over to Windy's page as soon as I leave here! I know I'll be praying along with you, from the tiny sneak peek you gave us.

Turns out, my post today is a HUGE praise post....that includes a video of all 3 of my kiddos. It's one I know I'll treasure forever. I am so thankful for all the love in my life, too! Thanks for the reminder!

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting
Reply February 19, 2009

I have leaves, but no flowers just yet. I can't wait. I love the spring. I love getting my hands into the earth and planting and impatiently waiting for my beauties to rise and for vegetation to bless us with beauty. I am nervous, though, for our new home, our new location, what we can and can't do here. Will our shady backyard grow? Will the horrible Louisiana heat kill off everything?

Today I talked about being grateful for the best mother's day present I ever received ...

My boys play bow and arrows with their hangers, too. Such smart kids we have. I love their imaginations, and everything they concoct. Makes me wish I had a video camera attached to my forehead, just to get every second down I can.

Off to see Windy's page :)

<3 you all

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting’s last blog post..The Best Mother's Day Gift. Ever.

Reply February 19, 2009

Those flowers are divine. We've still got a few more months to go before the daffodils squirm their way up through the snow. I say snow, because yes, it feels as if we will have snow from now until June. Which is why I got all giddy about seeing a picture of flowers!

Jo@Mylestones’s last blog post..Paralyzed by Possibility

Ann Voskamp @ Holy Experience
Reply February 19, 2009

You bless.
In ways you'll never know.

One life... a one-piece life... love well. You do.

All's grace,

Ann Voskamp @ Holy Experience’s last blog post..His Daily Art

Jane Anne
Reply February 20, 2009

It's late in the great NW. I just got my Thursday Thanks Tank posted.

I enjoyed the pictures of your happies. Now I am off to check out the Hall Family page.

Jane Anne’s last blog post..Thursday Thanks Tank #75

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