Sunday, May 03, 2009


Mike stayed at the base to work.

The boys went out with friends to see X men.

The younger set played Play Station.

I worked on photos all afternoon. I got 58 pages done...and I'm thoroughly saturated in memories. ::snort:: It's a good thing I'd written lots of details down as we've done things of which I have no memories. It will be good to have albums to thumb through. I should have switched to naked albums years ago. ::snort::

Roxanne, I discovered that I also LIKE the natural pages much better than the white....of course by the time I use up the albums and pages I HAVE I should be at the spot where we switched to digital....but now I know. ::snort::

One fun thing I've thought of as I transferred photos is that I can now go back, find dates and create some uniqued US holidays.....for instance August 10, 1988 is the day Mike shaved his beard...that seems like a good event to celebrate annually. I ws thinking we should celebrate Josiah's prenatal healing (we were told he'd have no brain stem and his intestines would be on the outside - all was fine)....then I realized we do celebrate that every 9 Feb. ::snort::

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~ Coram Deo ~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Oh NO!!!

I innocently decided to go through our Nikon film camera bag. I REMEMBER having a flash that might work on the hot shoe of the Nikon. No flash...WHERE did it go...I can picture using it, adjusting the angle of the flash etc....


I really SHOULD have organized a "help De'Etta with Photos" party..... Of course it would go much faster if I didn't stop and cry every 20 - 30 minutes.

I'm currently scrapping Bre's 3rd birthday, Krista's first (6 days apart) and I was pregnant with Josiah....and I am remembering to cherish the memories ..... not cling. I wish I had time to stop and scan photos in of the younger years...they were dolls.

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~ Coram Deo ~
Living all of life before the face of God...


Laura at Heavenly Homemakers held a giveaway last week. I WON!!!! The prize is an ebook package. I'm very excited. The prize won't even add to our weight. ::snort::

Which reminds me that I have a Mother's Day Giveaway coming up this week. I'll post the reviews tomorrow and try to pick a winner Tuesday....maybe the winners will receive their books by Sunday? Not likely, but I'm not supposed to review until tomorrow. I'll be giving away all copies because I'm in downsizing mode. I have several book giveaways coming up before we move....I'm going to enlist Jamin to review one.

I am TORN. I realize this is our last week with Jamin under our roof....well he may be under the trailer roof with us....but I want to bake his favorite bread, make his favorite meals and yet I sense, with less than a week to move out to the trailer, we'll be eating junk. I want to bake, cook, nest....and I'm going to have to sort, trash, scrap, pack.

Back to either photos or garage boxes....

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~ Coram Deo ~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Saturday's Fun

We spent the day on moving projects! We were productive. We may YET figure out what to do to prepare for the packers.

Mike and Zander sealed the fence

mike,zander,fence,moving project

zander,fence,moving project

Jared slaved diligently over Apologia Science. He has one more test and our school year is officially over....and I can work on portfolios.


I attended a PWOC tea. Bobbie Jo had this great sign in her of my hallway to follow. Each dog tag has the name of an assignment engraved on it. I have a home is where you hang your heart and we've put ALL our moves on it...and I love it...but it's getting very long. THIS one would be able to easily hold up to 14 assignments...and we may only have one more after really this one would be our "military moves".....


I also got 42 pages done in a photo album...I'm now at 1988....I figure I have about 9 years left to process. I began scrapping at 1995 - 2002.

I caught photos of our squirrel at the pond.

It doesn't sound like we got a lot done, but we were all exhausted.

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~ Coram Deo ~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Behold His Face

"For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face".
Psalm 11:7 (New American Standard Bible - Observation)

{Care for a sneak peak into my Life Journal? Devotional thoughts and word studies as I read - my tryst thoughts and NOT in depth, inductive study.}

Words I Love (Interpretation):

Righteous - #6662 - just in conduct and character

Righteousness - #6666 - truthfulness, righteous acts

Upright - #3477 - straight, level, pleasing, correct, appropriate

I wrote about "Behold" #2372 and "Face" #6440 here while discussing another "Behold God's Face" verse. Quick refresher - behold = to see and perceive by experience and face = presence, person.

Life Lessons (Application):

My personal memorial stone this year is intimacy. Earlier I shared these words, "I sense that I'm moving from the place of surrender (taking it with me somehow) into a place of new intimacy". As I look back at those words from this vantage point a few stand out to me, MOVING (::snort::) I have lots of thoughts on that and how it applies to our spiritual walk, SURRENDER (always) and INTIMACY. The concept of intimacy has been surrounding me.

Being face to face with someone is surely considered intimate. Here I'm told that if, through the grace of God, my conduct, character, personality are truthful, appropriate, just - RIGHTEOUS - I WILL see, gaze, perceive and know God's presence by experience. God loves righteousness and the righteous.

This is not about ginning up some sort of approved conduct in my own strength. Righteousness is a part of the armour of God (Eph 6:14). Righteousness protects me. Righteousness is mine as I clothe myself with Christ and all that He provides. My part is to see that I AM clothed in the full armor which God has provided. I must make sure that I AM walking in relationship with Jesus.

My righteousness is not a result of what I do - but then neither is it something that I'm to passively wait to HAPPEN to me. Paul instructs Timothy (and by extension me) to pursue righteousness. (2 Tim 2:22).

Righteousness yields peaceful fruit (Heb 12:11) and sometimes I will be called to suffer for the sake of righteousness (I Peter 3:14, 15).

Too often I'm guilty of claiming the promise and not exploring the condition of the promise. The condition in this verse is that my conduct be upright. Too often I pursue "stuff" (good stuff even - well-mannered children, well-educated children, Bible studies) other than righteousness and intimacy with God....but I'm learning.

BTW I'm fully aware of the balance needed between being MADE righteous and PURSUING righteousness. At various times in my life, I've seen myself swing....sometimes to a huge focus on grace alone, sometimes to a focus on purusing righteousness and holiness....don't you think there is a balance/ a mid way point? My goal is to avoid swings of the pendulum (which I believe are both truth) and live in the balance. An intersting discussion would be the various aspects of our faith walk that are lived in this will....grace/ (stewardship thing)....

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~ Coram Deo ~
Living all of life before the face of God...