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Photography Contest - Please vote and share!

Here is today's friendly reminder to please vote for my photo at the website for Arkansas Graphics! You must use their website or Facebook page for it to count, and I've included the link below. The contest ends on May 31. The prize is a generous gift certificate that I would use for printed business cards and brochures for my Missionary Care ministry, "Women Helping In Missions." Thanks so very much!!

Remembering Joplin...

As I looked back through my Facebook history I was faced with my timeline from the Joplin Tornado 5 years ago. It reminded me to pray for the people in and around the Joplin area when the tornado hit. I know the area is rebuilding well, but I also know that hearts and heads don't forget something like that, and many are still recovering from the effects of it, mental images seared in their souls.  We lived near Joplin for 18 years, and all of our kids attended college there. Both of my sons-in-law grew up and have family there. We did shopping and doctoring and date-nights and other errands there. It was a part of our life. At the time of the tornado our son was living and working in Joplin. I remember FB messaging with a friend who had just finished performing at the Stained Glass Theater. She was desperate to let her kids know she was ok, and one of her sons (that I knew) was out of the country at the time. For some reason, she could communicate with me, but couldn't get thro

Sister's Outing: Lake Pleasant, Arizona

My sister has been a good sport to take me out and about while I visit with her this week. I know that I haven't finished editing the photos from the Botanical Gardens yet, but I wanted to share where we went to today, Lake Pleasant, AZ. We enjoyed lunch at the Marina, and drove through many areas of the park. We found many little nooks and crannies of the lake, but also found the beautiful mountains that surround the area. Here are some of the photos from our outing! #LakePleasantPark #Arizona

Photo Journal: Desert Botanical Gardens, Part 1

I'm visiting my sister in Peoria, Arizona and today we went to the Desert Botanical Gardens in nearby Phoenix. It was evident we missed the FULL spring blooming, but there were still many things in bloom! If you go, go early (it gets HOT), watch the weather (you don't want to be there in a dust storm), bring your water bottle (there are fountains to refill at), and wear your sunscreen and hiking shoes. We did a LOT of walking! I hope that you'll enjoy this first installment of photos from today's hike! #DesertBotanicalGardens

Book Review: Catch a Star - Shining through Adversity to Become a Champion

I don't know what led me to want to read a book on three-time Gold Medalist and WNBA All-Star basketball player Tamika Catchings life. I'm not a basketball fan at all, don't follow the sport and didn't know her name or any of her story. I think I was just looking to expand my reading horizons, and this book caught my eye! It also held my interest. From the get-go, reading about her home life, her upbringing, her personal story, was interesting. I admit, I got a little lost in all the stats of her college and career games, but a true sports enthusiast would enjoy that part of it. I was more interested in the person rather than the game. Still, the relationships and activities that made her who she is was good to read. I found many nuggets of gold towards the end of the book, as she grew in faith and saw God's hand leading her through difficult circumstances and injuries. It is an inspirational story as much as it is a story about an accomplished woman, and we c

Reflections on Psalm 121 - By Roy Lessin

A few weeks ago, I checked in (via email) with our dear friend Roy Lessin and his wife Char to see what they are up to, and let him know what's been going on here. They have been enjoying everything blooming in their gardens around their home. Roy thought you might enjoy this reflection he wrote on Psalm 121...  -Marina  Reflections on Psalm 121 Roy Lessin I found real help when I stopped looking in the wrong places, stopped depending on the wrong things, and stopped leaning on the wrong people. I found my help in the Helper, the Lord God Almighty, and the One who reigns on high and reaches down to lift up the lowly. He not only gives help, He is the help! The reasons to trust Him as my true Helper are endless…after all, He is the One who formed, shaped, and brought me into being…He created everything that exists beneath my feet, above my head, and all around me. The Maker of it all is the Helper in it all. He is The Helper at sunrise, through the day, at sunset, and d

When Mother's Day Brings Baggage

Sometimes Mother's Day brings baggage along that's sad or bad. I try to see God's hand in it...and don't always find it... but I know it's there. I don't know why I lost my mom to cancer at such a young age. The year prior to her passing was tough, and because I was a pre-teen and "knew it all," I didn't understand what she was going through or may of been thinking. I still don't, but I have a better idea. I often thought my mom didn't love me (my sisters too) enough to fight for her life. I know that's not true, and I refuse to believe that lie anymore. I think I let it live so long to ignore the deeper pain of missing her so badly. I missed her as I shopped for my wedding dress. I think that was my first awareness of missing her. I vividly remember a Bobby Goldsboro song ("Honey," a favorite of hers) coming over the piped in music, as if God was letting me know she was there, watching from heaven. I still cry at