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Day 7: Children

Some people may look at this picture and think… there is one child and one dog in this photo. But…. that dog is like 5 toddlers in one! So I’m counting this photo for my day 7 challenge titled ‘children’. 🤣

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Life without facebook.

“Even when we aren’t talking, moments are richer because we’re paying attention.”

I decided a couple months ago that enough was enough. After 10 years of having a social media account and then downloading an Instagram account.. I decided I was done. Please read the post below that I read today in my Focus on the Family magazine.. it says it all. Our society today lives through facebook. Relationships are lacking.. don’t even get me started on social skills! Comparing your life to other peoples “perfect” Instagram life is bound to lead to some form of depression, insecurity, self-criticism… this is not Gods will for our lives! I wish everyone would just delete it.. for their own sake.

I really do enjoy the moments in my life a whole heck of a lot more.

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Be brave.

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
And they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
Innocence, your history of silence
Won’t do you any good
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

Brave by Sara Bareilles

This song. These words. Such powerful speech into the lives of those that struggle with being brave. I’ve listened to this song quite often over the years. There is so much encouragement and truth in these lyrics! We live in such a harsh world with so much entitlement and careless people that have no ounce of care in how they treat others. The bullying. The gossip. The hate. I struggle deeply with needing to ‘please’ others. I say ‘yes’ instead of ‘no’ because I don’t want to upset. I never used to be this bad…. it bothers me deeply to think that someone doesn’t like me or is mad at me. These thoughts and feelings are lies from the enemy.. he knows exactly where to get me. God is trying to speak these words of bravery into my life and I struggle to hear them. I know I am not alone in this. There are lots of people out there that need to hear these words as much as I do on a regular basis. You are brave. Say what you want to say… but do it with love. Don’t be harsh. People who hurt others are deeply hurting themselves. Instead of lashing out we need to pray for them. I think of this often.. people who hurt others are deeply hurting themselves.. remember that. ❤

Photography

Gardens.

I’m still admiring the beautiful pictures I took at the Hershey gardens yesterday. I’ve been pretty disappointed in my flower gardening this year. A lot of my flowers are dying, my hydrangea bushes never bloomed and weeds are almost to much to keep up with. I did so much research before planting what I planted so I’m a bit confused. Anyways, at least my vegetable garden is doing well! I am new to it all and I must say I’ve learned a lot about what to do and what not to do for next year!

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Butterflies.

The butterfly atrium in Hershey, PA is a must see!! Such a relaxing environment to be in with beautiful butterflies flying all around you. The room is so peaceful with the sound of water running and butterfly wings fluttering. I got my son a bug lore before leaving the gardens today and we have been in search of caterpillars all afternoon. Sadly, we didn’t find any! But tomorrow is another day and we will be in search of more. I’m so excited to fill the bug lore with caterpillars and watch them form cocoons! It will give us some excitement at home!