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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Fall Photo Montage'

As women,
everything in our lives
are like these spokes.
We are the center of our families,
with many spokes radiating outwards,
to meet the needs of all.
Women are passionate people...
about our famiies,
our friends,
our homes,
and our passions.

comes from within us,
as well as around us,
in what we see and feel,
and in all that we do.
Creativity comes from inspiration,
through things we dream about,
things we see,
beauty in nature,
through our art,
and from
dozens of other places,
happening in our lives.
 Beauty surrounds us,
do we see it?

It is..
in the Fall colors,
in our families,
in the art we create,
in our our homes,
even us as women
are a thing of beauty.
Direction for me...
comes from within,
from listening to the Lord,
through our families,
and event hrough our
Moving forward...
is something that is good,
it is often hard,
is usually rewarding,
and is called growth.

I have chosen to move forward,
and am loving it,
once I got past the fear,
made some tough decisions,
now I'm so glad I chose
to move forward.
I am often working towards peace,
often still over extending myself,
but trying to learn
 to say
"no thank you".

I am a work in progress,
and God is definitely
 not finished
with me yet.

Side note:
All photos in this blog post were taken last week by me, when I went to see my Dad and family in north central Minnesota.  Through a friend I met online from another blog, I recently have started taking the time to take notice of the smaller things in life and thus I thought to take my camera on a gorgeous MN fall sun filled day and capture a few shots of my 200 mile trip up and back.

The church photo is especially important, as it represents so much...it was where Jon and I were married almost 17 years ago.  If you look real close, you'll see the town water tower in the background and it says UPSALA, which is where I was born and raised, and the front tree is a maple, which was ablaze in beauty on this day and represents my new goal to start paying attention to the beauty surrounding me on a daily basis.

Two weeks ago, I would of never thought to stop and take the photos of the windmill, country street sign with gorgeous red vine growing up it, or any of these other photos.  So exciting and fun to be growing and making these changes.


  1. Hello Gretchen, what a beautiful post! (As you know, Upsala holds special memories for me too...is that by any chance Pine Lake???)
    Glad to hear things are going well for you...sometimes you've got to "get out of the boat" to "walk on water" ;) Blessings, Laurel

  2. What a nice post! Thank you ! I am trying to learn how to stop, take a deep breath, and appreciate the little things in life more.
    Have a great week.

  3. This is a wonderful post..perfect read to start the week off! I love the pictures you took. I have also been inspired through many bloggers words and their pics to slow down and enjoy what is around me...I'm hoping to buy a new camera soon and will be snapping pics everywhere!!
    Have a great week!
    Tammy :-)

  4. Hey Gorgeous Gretchen....!

    My time away surrounded by WONDERFUL blog Friends such as yourself has shown me there really are more important things to consider....I'm back at 'the pesky day job' today but it was with a smile on my lips I entered the office this morning rather than a furrowed brow....!!

    THANK YOU for being art of the AWESOME inspiration I feel I'm filled with at the moment....I'll have to come back to you all though QUICK SMART for another dose though....!!

    Cheers from Oz,
    Tamarah :o)

  5. gretchen ..i think these windows into your life ate filled with beauty ..so creatively put together!!

  6. These pictures are just beautiful, I am so glad you stoped to noticed what was around you! The post was lovely, you are so right...there is always room for growth and change! Hope you have a great week, can't wait to see what you notice this week...

  7. Gretchen
    Beautiful pictures. Wow, you
    sure did notice your surroundings.
    I am proud of you. Huge accomplishment for you. To stop on your ususally hurried ride back home, unheard of. You really captured some amazing shots. Really cool picture of YOUR church.
    We have so many beautiful things to look at right here in our own backyard. What a great journey you are on.

  8. I am so happy you thought to take your camera too. It is the small things that make it all worthwhile. Beautiful post!


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