End of Year Teacher Gift – Sunday School, Parochial School

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When I was a little girl in the first years of elementary school, my mother would help me pick a bouquet of peonies from our garden early each June to take to my teacher during the last week of classes. We had beautiful peonies. Large plants and prolific bloomers, they’d been transplanted from Nebraska. When the … Continued

Unique Father’s Day Gifts for Dad

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Tools, televisions, gadgets, and grill accessories are all good gift ideas for Father’s Day. But if you’re looking for something unique…something that will convey to him how much your dad means to you…a keepsake he can treasure…maybe one of our personalized plaques will fit the bill. It’ll be custom created for you using premium museum-quality … Continued

White Mountain Lupine Festival

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I look forward every year to the lupine festival in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The fields are carpeted in shades of purple, blue, pink and white – along with many interesting hybrids. The mountains are beautiful shades of green…the deep hues of the conifers punctuating the lovely limes of the season’s new deciduous leaves. (The … Continued

Songs of the Birds

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I sat this evening, as daylight was waning, listening to the lovely songs of the birds. It took me back to hundreds – perhaps thousands – of similar evenings in my lifetime. Those songs washing over me at the end of the day is about as peaceful as it gets. As much as I like the … Continued

Memorial Day

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The holiday weekend is about to begin, heralding the “unofficial” start to summer. Enjoy the Indianapolis 500, the meals that’ll be cooked up on the grill, vacation time, sales at the mall…whatever it is you have planned. But don’t let the reason for Memorial Day get lost in the shuffle. Take a few moments to … Continued

Darkness Into Light

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There are so many wonderful Scripture verses referencing the Light that is our Savior…like this one. They often pop into my head while I’m working with my camera in the early morning hours, watching the day begin.

Good and Perfect Gifts

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Every good and perfect gift is from above. God’s gifts come in all shapes and sizes. For me as a landscape photographer, many of the things I’d categorize as good-and-perfect-gifts-from-above have something to do with nature. The lupine pictured below is just one example. In a few days, spikes will begin to open and fields throughout … Continued

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

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I like to go through my hymnal sometimes and read the lyrics…past the first verse, which I might know from memory, and into the rest of it. There is such wonderful poetry and devotion to be found within! Take Praise to the Lord, the Almighty for example. Verse 4 appears below. Not a bad thought to … Continued

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Father’s Day is right around the corner (June 17th)! If you’re looking for something different for your dad, you might want to consider one of our personalized keepsakes to commemorate the day. Introduced last year (along with plaques for Mother), they’ve been popular gift items. This is the newest design in the collection: You can … Continued

Morning Glory

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I’ve had more fruitless early morning photographic sessions at the coast than I want to think about. Cold ocean temperatures (even in the summer) scuttle a lot of cloud formations, which in turn makes for lackluster pre-sunrise color. On the morning pictured below, I had the opposite situation: too many clouds! Since it was nearly … Continued

Graduation Season

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Once upon a time, back in the Stone Age… On this date quite a few years ago, I participated in commencement exercises at the University of Iowa and received my undergraduate degree. I think of it every time May 17th rolls around. On the one hand, it feels like it was a million years ago … Continued