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Top Five Favorite Pictures

It's been a long time since I've linked up with Show and Tell Tuesday.  But when I saw on Suzanne's blog that the theme for this week is your TOP FIVE FAVORITE PICTURES, I knew I had to link up.  I love pictures and I can't wait to go back and look through the other blogs that linked up, see their pictures, and hear why they chose those pictures. 

My problem is going to be to limit it to five!  But here we go.



In this picture I am helping my mom pack our belongings to head back to Nigeria.  Our loads would have been shipped on a ship while we traveled by plane.  Back then there were few household goods one could buy in Nigeria (now you wouldn't really need to take anything much), so we took it all with us.  I love this picture for the lighting, but also for the story it tells.  So much isn't said as well .... the tennis rackets waiting to be packed, knowing my mom is going to wrap that bowl in the towel, the vintage wall paper that was vintage even then reminds m…

Fixing Our Focus, Part II

In the first of this series, I talked about how the photographer can focus on something in the foreground and leave what is in the distance of the picture blurry.  In my Christian life, I need to focus on what God has given me to do now.  I need to live in the present, not in the past or the future.  I have spent too much time either regretting the past or wishing I could return to it.  I have also spent too much time thinking about the future and wishing I was there.... only three months until we get to make the trip across the Big Pond and see our kids and grandbabies and our parents and other family.  Oh yes, I spend too much time there in the past or in the future and not enough being present.
But there is a sense where I do need to look at the future.  A photographer can focus on something in the distance, leaving the foreground blurry. 

 Paul also told us to do this in Hebrews 12: 1-3 (read the entire chapter for some great encouragement!).  He says (God's Word Translation):  

You Know It's Time for Home Assignment When.....

We took a two-year home assignment from June 2009 - July 2011.  Then in 2013 we took a short three-month home assignment. We spent so much time traveling and none resting that we came back to Niger feeling like we hadn't had a break at all.  Now we're wrapping up a four-year term that has felt like a six-year term.  Here are some signs that we'll be coming on home assignment in July.

You know it's time for home assignment when ...

...your sheets (and your underwear) start falling apart and your clothes look faded and worn out.



...your trash cans start overflowing with stuff you are getting rid of and boxes of stuff to give away or store start accumulating in the storeroom and in random corners of the house.



...you spend every Saturday doing a sorting out chore.  I found a great website called Declutter 365.  She gives you one 15 minute task a day to declutter.  A lot of it doesn't fit me such as clean out your garage or sort through your kids' clothes.  So I looked…

Cooking Ex Nihilo -- Using Ginger

I thought I would occasionally do a food-related post in keeping with my October theme of cooking ex nihilo (from nothing).  If my recipes work here in Niger with a limited list of ingredients, they will work anywhere.   If you are looking for gourmet, this will not be the blog for you.😋

Ginger is one of those things I use on occasion, but certainly not every day.  I always struggled with ginger because I would end up with too much of it and then I didn't know how to keep it fresh and it would just get yucky.  Then I discovered that you can freeze ginger.

Last week I asked my vegetable man for 100 cfa of ginger.  This is the amount I got (some peeled, some not peeled, plus a pile of peelings).  So 100 cfa is about .16 cents.  Since ginger is so abundant here and so cheap, one should make good use of it, right? 



I washed it off a bit since it was pulled from out of the ground and may have sand sticking to it. (Actually I might have forgotten to wash it this time, but I peeled it!) Th…

Fixing Our Focus, Part I

Every January all the SIM missionaries on our field get together for a Spiritual Life Conference.  We invite a special speaker and spend four days together being richly fed from God's Word, fellowshipping with each other, and just spending time hanging out as a big family.  
This year our speaker spoke on the book of Philippians.  While listening to the messages, one word kept coming to my attention:  focus.  Photography is a hobby for me, and “focus” is certainly a word that occurs often in photography.  I’ve been thinking a lot about focus in our Christian lives and how photography can illustrate the importance of focus in our Christian lives.
And instead of one long post I'm going to write this as four short ones.  The sections will be:  focusing on what is near; focusing on what is ahead; focusing on what is behind; and focusing on the big picture.


A photographer can focus on something that is near while the background of the picture will seem blurry or out of focus.  In my C…