Pizza Bagel Tease

February 3, 2013

Since I already teased you with photographs of my first ever homemade bagels, I will now tease you with my first ever homemade pizza bagels from yesterday’s adventure:

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Superbowl snacking, watching the game, writing, ah, Sunday night peace and restful fun.  Feeling blessed.


Images of Grace and Glory!

January 22, 2013

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January 15, 2013


To the heart that wants to sing, 

there will ALWAYS be a song!


Words and images by Martha L Shaw Copyright   2007-2013

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up close color



Six Word Saturday – Jesus

December 29, 2012









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angel made from shoulder pads


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

December 21, 2012

for meWhat does surprise really mean?  Thinking about it, I know that I’ve enjoyed a “surprise” from when I was very young.  Thinking about it further, I suddenly realized that in some ways the words change and surprise are not all that different.  One merely has come to receive a more  positive response and the other a more negative one, not unlike weeds versus wild flowers.  An odd bit of greenery grew in my yard not long after I moved here.  I nearly sprayed it with weed killer.  I’m glad I didn’t because this beauty surprised me one morning soon after I considered spraying:


Changes . . . surprises . . . weeds . . . wild flowers . . . when we approach life with an open heart, the surprise, the greatest surprise of all, is the joy which erupts from deep within the soul!  This is a season for the celebration of the greatest surprise of all.  The birth of a baby who was also a King.  He came to earth to suffer for our redemption.  Wow, think of being a peasant girl asked to give Him birth!  As your rip the paper and bows from packages this coming week, consider the real surprise and joy the day celebrates!

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Merry CHRISTmas!

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Quick, Look Up!

December 19, 2012

Sometimes God blesses us hugely and when that small voice in our soul says “quick, look!” we aren’t listening and oh what we miss!  I was impatiently waiting for Mom as we were a few minutes later than I wanted to be in leaving for church this evening.  I looked up just in time to see the last bits of an amazing sunset.  She stepped out a minute later and it was gone.  If she’d been on time, I’d have missed this:


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