B-day Surprises, Trip to the Park and Photography Experiment

February 8 – Okay, so I kinda thought that my birthday celebrations were all over. No big deal. But…. this morning I was washing the dishes, and Jaden scurried inside and produced a LARGE package for me! I quickly wiped my hands on a towel, and started to open the package (it was from my best friend, Kathleen), but Jaden stopped me. “Let me go get everyone else to witness you opening it.” I laughingly agreed but “begged” to at least read the card. Soon, Jaden was back inside with his whole entourage of siblings (who had been working on cutting down our tree, btw).

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Reading the note Kathleen put with the gifts. 🙂
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One of the gifts. I LOVE the bow she used for this one! 🙂
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The presents. I have already read the book (yeah, I know…), and I can hardly wait to wear the darling necklace and bracelet. A friend is getting married soon, so maybe then… 🙂

February 12 – Spring’s here already?? Hmm…

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Daffodils in our neighbors’ yard. You might be wondering why on earth these silly plants are blooming already– well, it’s Texas, that’s why! 😀
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Faces to the sun, smiling all the while…
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Boy, I am SO thankful that God created flowers and wildlife in general. They add a splash of color to life. 🙂

February 15 – Yet another birthday surprise came in the mail. It was from my dear friend, Rebekah. 🙂

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This darling necklace– such a sweet gift. 🙂
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Rebekah made this card to go along with it. Isn’t she super talented? I think she made the necklace too. 🙂

February 17 – My brother, Caleb, was down here for the day (we had Bible study and fellowship as a family). So, after lunch, all of my siblings (except Joel) and I went to a nearby park.

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On our way…
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Caleb
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Phoebe
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Skipping rocks
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Jaden tries a hand a skipping rocks
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Here I am, holding an un-opened clam that I found
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More rock skipping. It’s quite good fun, actually!
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Time for siblings portraits 😉 Yes, I subjected my siblings to a torturous venture. haha, just kidding.
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“Hey everyone, let’s act crazy so Jo will pull her hair out!” 😀 😛 Apparently Phoebe didn’t get that memo. 😉
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I think this is one of my favorites of the four of them. 🙂
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Goofsters
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Jaden decided he would hang onto a branch of a tree, instead of lean against the other tree. Hey, it makes for an interesting photo, huh. 😉
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Band members, haha. Don’t ask me why we look so serious (or are those grumpy faces?? :D)!
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Another crazily posed photo. 😀
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Not sure what these are called (any of you know?), but as a child I loved picking them and making “bouquets” out of them. And I was appalled when Mom said that most people them of them as weeds (I thought of them as dainty flowers). 😀

February 21 (today) – I thought I’d try out a photography “trick” I had seen before.

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A book in the sunlight, with a ring between the pages casts a shadow in the shape of a heart. How cool is that? 🙂
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I suppose this is a late Valentine’s Day themed photo. 😉
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I took the photo with my Bible as the book– turned to Ephesians 5, where it talks about how a husband and wife’s relationship should be modeled after Christ’s relationship with the Church.