Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. We have a few things that are the same every year, like the manger scene and Daddy reading to everyone and Midnight Mass, but for the most part you never know what is going to happen. Last year my sister brought several people home (mostly international) from school, this year, however, was just our family. It was nice to be together again. My Dad, one sister, two brothers, and towards the end mom got a bad case of the flu. Anna and I stayed with Grandma, trying to not catch it and we weren't around too much. By Christmas day everyone was pretty much better. We had a great day, and were surprised by a visit from my Aunt and Uncle. That night I got colllld, and it was obvious I was sick too. Since then I've been laying around. Today is the first day I feel somewhat good...I'll be so glad when the sickness is gone. God bless y'all! Enjoy the pictures.

Every year we have Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve; such a wonderful night! Church usually ends right at about 12 am Christmas morning, but this year we were a little late in starting and it was closer to 12:30-1am.

Awww...sleeping baby

This year most of us wrapped presents in newspaper to save money, and because nobody remembered to buy paper until it was too late, I found some fun Christmas themes.





Christmas morning breakfast: coffee (before I got cream, real fresh cows cream [be jealous], I do not like black coffee) and pancakes with maple syrup. Yum.

The cat on the right did not want to be on the couch or have ribbons on. It was kind of humorous, until she decided to bite at me.

kitty paws.

Someone got a little excessive with the paper...



My little sister made a poem book, mostly filled with her own poetry.

Daddy read the Christmas story.

Feasting time!

Fresh, Florida oranges. SO good.


Well, that's it for now. 'Later!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

And He Shall Be Called


Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the greatness of his government and peace

    there will be no end.

He will reign on David’s throne

    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.





Merry Christmas, folks! As you cherish this day in history, celebrating with your family, remember to say a prayer of thanks to God on high for the birth of his Son. It's a blessed thing indeed that He humbled himself to be born as a babe-fully God, yet still fully man. It's the great mystery of the world. God Bless!

And the Angels cried with a loud voice...

Glory to God on high and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men.



Merry Christmas, folks! As you cherish this day in history, celebrating with your family, remember to say a prayer of thanks to God on high for the birth of his Son. It's a blessed thing indeed that He humbled himself to be born as a babe-fully God, yet still fully man. It's the great mystery of the world. God Bless!

Monday, December 17, 2012

the day we went exploring.

First of all, I do want to apologize for a couple of things. 1.) If any of you looked at my blog in the past week, you may have noticed a completely different layout, name, and header pictures (that were obviously not mine and one not very nice pic) I'm sorry. I would say that I didn't know, but I did. I got tired of blogger's templates, and uploaded a new one from a different site. I really like the layout of it, and never got around to changing the pictures because I was focusing on my website design (!!). To be honest, I forgot about it, then I planned on making the blog private temporarily and couldn't find where to do that...so I'm sorry if you saw the blog like it was, but it's all back to normal. :) I am working on a new site, with my own domain and new look, so be on the lookout for that sometime soon! 2.) I'm so sorry I haven't posted much. The plan was to have the new site up and post on it, annnd well, it's not ready yet. I decided to go ahead a keep posting here until I get that up and working. So, I'm back.
Thanks for sticking with me!
Enough rambling, without further ado, the day we went exploring...


So there's this house on the way to town that people say is haunted. My family doesn't believe it though. And my sisters and I are constantly arguing who gets the house to live in when we grow up. Needless to say, I've always wanted to explore it. What you can't see in this picture is a balcony and front porch, which has old Victorian trim. So cool. 





One thing I want to point out: the wall color. I love their choice of wall colors, in all the rooms! And with it being old, and paint peeling, it was even prettier. 

My dear friend, Kat

Adding a little color to the post. :)




Hmmm...let's see if anybody is home.



Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Bit of a Problem

Hey there! I haven't forgotten you all, but I did run into a problem that hinders me from posting. Well, posting pictures anyways. I've run out of free photo space in Picasa photo albums, which is what my pictures are loaded on when I put them on the blog. I'm trying to figure this out, and have considered moving this blog to a new one, but I don't want to loose all my followers! :) If anyone knows how to resolve this problem, and would like to let me know how, that would be great. Just leave a comment on here, or shoot me an email (photographybynl@gmail.com) if it's too long. Thank you!
~Sveta D.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Walking on Water | Loving God With Our Whole Being

Pardon moi for the random-ness or 'rabbit trails' of this post. I tried to keep it all [somewhat] on topic and make a good point in the end. I've started this post three times, each time deleting every word not quite knowing what to write. Here I go again, trying to get some inspiration out. It's not that God hasn't been working in my life in the past weeks; quite the opposite, actually. It is hard to put into words that make sense sometimes. 

I really love this picture (below) I took on vacation last week. A young girl running into the crashing waves, and sea-gulls starting their ascent into the heavens. This lighting is just right, the clouds are perfect. It has the glorious morning light, though you cannot see the sun - you know it has risen just hours before from the way the light shines in. Christianity is like that sometimes, you cannot see God per-say, but you simply know He is there, just from what we see in the nature or life's experiences. I like the little conversation, from a movie called 'August Rush', that is between a young boy, August, and older man, Wizard. It goes something like this: (talking about music all around us.) August asks, "And only some of us can hear it?" Wizard's reply was: "Only some of us are listening." This can be applied to our Christian faith. People talk about God not listening to them, or them 'just not hearing God speaking'. God is all around us; He is bigger than the universe; He is everywhere. Another way to put it is, "Where is He not?" God speaks to every one of us, in some way, shape, or form; but, maybe we just aren't listening. 

"Well," you might say, "I read my Bible every day. I got to church every week." That, my friend, is not what makes you a Christian or hear God speaking. Don't misunderstand me though, God may use these things as a way to speak, but you have to be listening for it. I learned this first-hand, as I read my Bible every day, but never got anything from it. And went to church every week, yet never came home learning anything significant. You have to really want Christ, to get him. You have to put your heart into your faith, to really get faith. Another Wizard quote is, "You gotta love music more than you love food. More than life. More than yourself." You have to love God more than your food. More than your technology. More than your life. You gotta love God with your whole being - heart, soul, mind, and strength. Christianity transforms you, and it's a free gift. It's well worth eternal life to love God. All you have to do is love Him, for real and certain. And He will transform you like never before. It won't be easy, though, but completely worth it. Jesus is so amazing. 

So to tie it all up, and bring us back to where we started: this picture? It shows courage and faith. The little girl is going to run into that roaring ocean without fear of being swallowed up, because she knows she will not. She's going to'walk on the water', step out of her comfort zone, and live life to the fullest. I desire to know Christ better and better every day. I'm going to step outside of my comfort zone, live life to the fullest, and with all my being live for Jesus. People say it's impossible to walk on water, but I disagree. I'm going to take the leap of faith and 'walk on water'. How about you?