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Happy Thanksgiving!!

I’m grateful for many things this year and to list them would be very long! I want to say many thanks for all my blog readers and this community. Even though I don’t post everyday, I have an ongoing internal dialogue of what I plan to share, how to improve my photography skills, pondering on other people’s posts and updates, and thinking of friendships I’ve made in this community.

Despite the occasional setbacks and life challenges of this year, I look back wondering how I made it through those ordeals without having a complete meltdown. When I feel like giving up on homeschooling, Jesus nudges me to keep going and to try again. When I feel the day is doomed and unproductive even before it starts, I pray for a new attitude doubting that’ll make a difference; but God in his mercy answers making the day better than I imagined.

Thank you my ever precious peeps: Chris, Elliot, & Ellis! My heartfelt thanks to my family on both sides, my awesome friends and neighbors, skilled doctors and nurses, everyday people I interact with in various places, and kind strangers who make the world shine a bit brighter. But the greatest thanks goes to Jesus who blesses me with the company of these people, His presence, and turning difficult circumstances into blessings that only He could make possible.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day (if you celebrate it) or a day of giving thanks for life and all that makes it beautiful!

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.

Philippians 1:3 NL

Peace and Blessings, Esther

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Welcome to my blog! My name is Esther and I'm so happy you are here. I'm an avid nature photographer and a daydreaming thinker. My posts revolve around photos of nature's beauty, homeschooling adventures with my 2 kids, sporadic reflections on my child's heart condition, Bible reading reflections, gardening feats, and other mish mash things. Hopefully you'll leave encouraged, pensive, or smiling at the simple things of life. Thank you for stopping by and hope you'll find some interesting posts to read!

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  1. That was a beautiful and heartfelt post Esther – I’m sorry I’m behind and not reading on Thanksgiving. Your positive attitude is what keeps you going to help you deal with life’s daily trials and tribulations. Blessings and hugs returned to you.


    1. Thank you Linda! You encourage me so much with your kind encouragement and acknowledgement that yea, my life comes with different circumstances that are hard to explain.
      Don’t feel bad about catching up on Reader…I’ve been gone for a whole week with kitchen demo and doing life with kids and Chris at a hotel for the past week. Good to be back home!

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      1. I was all caught up Friday – woo hoo! It was short-lived as I’m trying to get out weekends before the weather gets too ugly and wrote a long (very long) post yesterday. The time flies sometimes much too fast.


      2. Agree!! “Catching up” is a moving construct and it seems the catch-up period lasts for a few hours.
        You are good and take your time! I’m glad you got the time to write a long post and it must take hours to write and place the right pictures in just the right part. I hope you know it’s appreciated!

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      3. Thank you Esther … you are right; it does take a long time. I tell myself next time go easy on the pictures while you’re walking or not too many pictures in the post as the narrative is long enough … it doesn’t always work though. 🙂

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      4. Your posts make the reader jaunt through the walk with you, peppered with nice nature pics and witty captions! Go where the writing takes you. 🙂 Hope you are having a lovely weekend and weather is not unbearably cold. It’s chilly here and expecting rain in the next day or two.

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      5. Thank you Esther … we had horrible winds yesterday, 50 mph to 60 mph which was scary, but it was better today. I was going to take the car for a little run to a bigger park, but we had many power outages around here, so I figured there may be trees down, so I went to my regular park. Right now there is a shooter on the loose in my city – shot a teenager then escaped. This was about a mile from me. He has not been caught yet – yikes!


      6. Linda, what is going on with these shooters?! The school shooting and then the incident you mentioned here. How are people getting this deranged to go out shooting and killing people? So many lives devastated.
        Did you hear about the smash and grab burglaries in Ca? It’s awful how people are scared to even go out shopping and I feel bad for the employees who feel unsafe in their working spaces.

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      7. Since I wrote you, the number of kids calling in false threats and caught doing so has risen to 100. There will likely be more and this is just crazy in my opinion. All this for what they are admitting is simply a day off from school? The police/sheriff’s department are understaff as COVID is going around and they said today that their first responders are pulling double shifts for co-workers dealing with the mental trauma of the Oxford High School mass shooting on November 30th, some have COVID, some have cancer … the ones who are working are burned out and this is not just a job where you sit at a keyboard and type or answer the phone … every day out in the street. We had a murder in my city last Sunday and he was at large until Wednesday when they posted his picture and he turned himself in. I have seen and heard about it and was shocked. This makes no sense to me either … the news keeps talking about “The Big Resignation” … I am glad to work from home and would not go on site again. Just too crazy.


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