Sunday, October 26, 2008

Photos from the Weekend....


This is my favorite pic of Ki this fall....

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Saying Goodbye

In what should be the highlight of his life - the last few days before the November election - Senator Barack Obama spent today saying goodbye to his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who is gravely ill.

You can read all about it here at the New York Times....

Regardless of your politics, I think you'll agree, this has to be one of the most difficult times in his life.

I'm thinking of him and his family tonight. I know how hard it was to say goodbye to my grandma (dad's mom) - it's hard to believe she's been gone for 17 years (this fall); and say goodbye long-distance to my grandmother (mom's mom) - she died a few days before I had to head back to Kentucky for school.

Prayers to the Obama family. May you find a peace that only God can give you at this time.

Lending a helping hand

An on-line writing friend works with children in Costa Rica and is making plans for Christmas...
I've copied the info from her blog below.

If you are looking for a small project you can do with your kids to help other kids (so Christmas is more than what "we can get") check out the blog here...

takingastroll. blogspot. com


Dear Friends,
Christmas is fast approaching and here in Costa Rica we are already making plans for the celebration we will share with the children to whom we minister. Last year I posted on our blog about the need of donations to provide gifts for the children, and with help from those who read our blog around the world, we were able to make Christmas a special time for more than 70 children.

We are praying that we will be able to make that happen again this year. Like last year, we are hoping to raise $20 per child. I have just put up a post about the children and put up a photo of each of them on our blog. We invite you to visit and read the post at http://takingastroll. blogspot. com

This year we need help for 28 children. Please pray with us that we will be able to make Christmas 2008 a special time for these children. And if you would like to sponsor a child please contact us at this email address or by posting a comment on the blog post entitled Share the Blessings 2008.

Blessings to you and your family.
Kathie Nolasco
Missionary in Costa Rica
http://takingastroll.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A trip to the corn maze

Here are a few pics from Sunday's trip to the corn maze.
You can see the rest of the pics by clicking here.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Takin' Photos in Elm Springs

Trying my hand at "pro" photography.
Took these this weekend at the fall festival at Elm Springs UMC.
Of course, G & K are my primary subjects - their own personal paparazzi...G said I'm worse than the "people" on Hannah Montana....
I think that's a complement!

Anyway....Here are few of my favorite shots from the day...
(I'm still taking pics...so I may keep adding to this post...)
The rest of the photos can be found on my photo blog....
kaytebug photography

Gi with the pumpkin

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Kiki sayin' cheese...

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Gi and Ki
Dressed in their Yester Daze Costumes

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Ki Who?
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Photo Booth Photos

Missy's kids
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Abigail

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David being goofy....

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Another little one....
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Family with Twins



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Beverly's Granddaughters
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Friday, October 10, 2008

Become a story teller

My digi-friend Jessica found her passion this summer....for telling stories.
In that, she's devised a free class to help all of us become a story teller....




What are you waiting for.....(You don't even have to be a digi-scrapper to have fun....)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Who to choose

I'm officially registered to vote in the Nov. election.
Ever since I turned 18, I've always made it a point to register to vote. It's been a priority.
This became especially true after taking my political science classes in college - if you're going to minor in it, ya better at least vote! (Thanks Annetta St. Clair and Tom Simpson for being such great role models).

I'm not sure who I'll vote for in the Nov. elections....I'll just say a quiz I took (blind quotes) through ABC News put me 8 to 5 - almost split down the middle depending upon which candidate said what.

Some days I like candidate a, other days candidate b says something or does something that surprises me and I say "hum."

I will vote in November, because it's important to who I am. I still believe one vote can make a difference in a sea of uncertainty.

My friends, however, don't all share my opinions (which is ok....this is not a slam, but rather a snapshot of our generation I think).

One set of friends, working overseas, are waiting for their absentee ballots - hoping that they will come in time to vote. These same friends are also scowering the net for news about the election....the friends, whom shall remain nameless, stayed up REALLY late their time, to listen (on the radio) to the vp debate. It would be really easy to be ex-pats and just let things "happen." But instead, they are making time to vote. It's important.

Another friend, whom I love dearly, is not voting/registering for the election. Life is dumping a bit on this friend and trying to get registered was just "one more thing" on a lengthy to-do list.
This friend - a well educated, middle class late 30s/early 40s person - has a deeper reason though.

This friend (notice no gender reference...lol...) feels like his/her vote doesn't really matter. That it's just politics as usual. That what the candidates say before the election never really transfer to "reality." This friend is frustrated. "Am I part of the electoral college" is his/her response to my plea that his/her vote really is important.

His/Her take on the recent debates is just as poignant - "They are basically standing up there like little kids trading 'I'm right' 'no, I'm right' 'no, this is how you are wrong.'" My friend is waiting for both candidates to actually say something that matters.

I still believe in America and I still believe voting matters.
But like most of my friends - yes, we're the "aging" Gen-X'ers, we're tired of the establishment. We want to see a change, we want to make a difference - we're just not sure what we've been given (our voting options) will really do that.

How will I vote in November? I'm not sure. Can we go back to the old system where the candidate who got the most votes became president, and the other, vice president? It worked for John Adams....can it work again?

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Blowin Bubbles

Ki and I blew some bubbles today...
I played around with the camera as we blew bubbles...
I thought this one turned out awesome!

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