Days 19-23

I have been rather busy, hence the reason why I have not been posting my 366’s. But here I am, at last getting around to writing this blog update and posting my pictures!

Day nineteen required me getting dirty – I loved it  :)! It was a really fun shoot, and I am rather pleased with the results. If you’re my friend on facebook, you can see more in my album called Reverie.

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I often times take at least a few goofy pictures during a shoot…

I'm silly.

On day twenty, my family went to Juniata River to conoe for five miles. It was a grand afternoon  :). Before we started conoeing, we were wading in the water a bit to cool down. My little brother spotted this colorful leaf floating downstream:

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Day twenty-one came around, and I couldn’t come up with any ideas. It was hot too, so I wasn’t very motivated to go outside to take pictures. But at last, just as golden hour hit, I came up with a plan. This was the result!

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Day twenty-two. While Jay and I were milling about downtown Ephrata, I spied this funny old man. So I snapped a picture  :).

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I only took one picture on day twenty-three  :P. Even though it’s a tad bit blurry, I love it. I love pictures of smiling people – and this smiling person happens to be my friend Lydia  :).

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That’s all for now! I’ll post today’s picture sometime after I take it…  😛

All my love,

Blythe Elizabeth

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I Baked Today

Today, I made some summer squash bread. It’s pretty much just like zucchini bread, but made with summer squash. It was fun to make, and quite delicious  :).

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Sincerely,

Blythe Elizabeth

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This morning I had the privilege of taking Patrick & Katy Winters’ photos. I’ve known Katy since I was about 7 or 8 years old, and I’ve known Patrick since I was maybe 10 or 11. It’s been neat to see how God brought them together, and is using them and their marriage as one of His tools  :).

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With a smile on my face,

Blythe Elizabeth

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We Are Dust

Today was a rather slow day, but not bad. I started the day by saying goodbye to my boyfriend who will be gone until the 17th at a Christian youth conference called Momentum. I do hope he has a grand time, and I’m praying that God will teach Him lots. After saying goodbye, I took my 366 picture. Let me tell you – it was a great decision to take the picture in the morning. You see, it reached a high of 98° today – it was quite icky, sticky, and sweaty. I so much enjoyed the cool of the morning – and the lighting was so lovely and peaceful  :)! Double bonus for sure. (btw – the photo looks much better large. Click on it!)

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After looking at the pictures I took for today’s 366, I began to think of how God made man from dust.

then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” Genesis 2:7 (ESV)

It blows my mind to think that God used dust to form the first human. How did he do it? Did He kick up a bunch of dust and voilá! Adam was standing there? Or did He carefully pick up each little bit of dust, and place it where it belonged?

After dwelling upon these questions, I am struck by the statement that God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” Does it say anywhere else in Genesis that God did this to all the animals? I wonder – is Adam the only one who God ever breathed the breath of life into?

Well anyway. I shall stop babbling. But now, dearest Readers, I would like to know: What is something that blows your mind? What is it that makes you stop mid-step, and think until your brain cells burst? I would so much like to know. Please comment if you have something to share!

Lovingly,

Blythe Elizabeth

Hey lookey! I’m actually posting the picture on the day that I took it!

This didn’t turn out how I had hoped, but I didn’t have very much time to arrange the picture. I was in the midst of picking onions to prepare dinner tonight, so I was on a slight time crunch.

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I hope you are all enjoying this fine summer evening! I know I am  :).

Devotedly,

Blythe Elizabeth

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Two Weeks

Hello all! Here I am, posting the pictures from July 8th, 9th, and 10th. When I first started this project, I definitely didn’t realize how hard it was going to be to actually post the pictures on the day that I took them! Busy, busy, busy. I’ll try and do better, but no guarantee!

Day 12 – it poured for a good while on that day. I ran outside to take advantage of the summer rain, and I’m so glad I did! I had a hard time choosing which picture to use, but I at last decided on this one. I hope you like it  :)! (By the way – it looks much better when larger. Click on it if you would like.)

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Day 13 – Went to a wedding. I happened to know both the bride & groom, all the groomsmen & bridesmaids (except for one), the photographers, and the DJ. It was a fun occasion  :). Blessings to Kyle and Anne!

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Day 14 – I am not at all happy with this photo. The idea was cool, but I don’t think I executed it very well. I did a pretty terrible job of editing it, and I really don’t like how the lens flare looks, especially in black and white. But alas – as my dad reminded me, out of 366 photos, I won’t be able to be happy with all of them. It’s just the way it is.

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Well, I have completed two weeks of my project so far without missing a day. I’m not sure what I’ll do if I miss a day… Perhaps I’ll extend the project one day for every day I miss?

That’s all I have to post right now. I shall post today’s 366 picture later  :).

Love,

Blythe Elizabeth

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Tweet

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The poor thing fell out of its nest (which was completely my fault  :\. I scared it by accident), along with its three siblings. This is a candid shot of Emily picking up the bird to put it back in the nest.

With a smile and a skip,

Blythe Elizabeth

P.S. You might have noticed that the caption to this photo is “11/366” instead of “11/365.” I assure you, it is not a typo. It just so happens that a friend of mine reminded me that 2012 is a leap year, which means, in order to take a picture every day for a year, I must take 366 photos. Not 365. So, this is now my 366 project  :P.

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Psalm 42

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As a deer pants for flowing streams,
    so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
    for the living God.

Do you really thirst for God? Do you feel spiritually parched if you skip doing your devotions? Do you feel dried out when you’re not right with Him? I’ve been asking myself these questions the past couple of days. My answers would be “Not enough”, “Usually”, and “Absolutely”.

I don’t think I thirst for God enough. If I did, I think my relationship with Him would be much better, and more radical. Right now, I’d say it’s on the better side of mediocre. In my opinion, that’s not at all where it should be. I need to spend more time with God, fall more in love with Him, serve Him more selflessly, and try more to live as Jesus did.

If I skip a day (or more) of doing my devotions, I usually feel spiritually parched. This goes to show how much I need God every moment of the day. I want to need Him. I want to feel like I can’t do anything without Him. My independence must be ripped away, so that I can be a better tool of His. All my strength must come from Him, all my decisions must be His decisions, and all my actions must be God-inspired.

When I’m not right with God, I feel dried out. Like a raison. A really ugly raison. I definitely don’t feel like a beautiful child of His – I feel dark, sinful, ugly, and uncomfortable with myself and God. Which means I need to step into the light where He is, confess my sins, be forgiven, and live in truth (read 1 John 1:5-10).

I’m not at all sure how to end this blog post. So I will just leave it as is. Goodbye, readers! Thank you for taking your time to read this. If you have anything to say concerning what I wrote, I’d feel honored if you posted a comment. I’d love to know your thoughts  :).

Wholeheartedly,

Blythe Elizabeth

 

Catching Up

At last – here I am, posting the pictures that I’ve taken the past 5 days (today’s picture will be posted tonight).
On Thursday, Jay and I went to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Fulton Opera House. Afterward, he played one of the many pianos scattered throughout downtown Lancaster. It was grand  :). This specific piano is located right by the Prince St. parking garage, which has lights in it that are continually changing color – hence the pinkness of this photo.

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This was taken on Friday, day five of my project. I went to the beach with Jay & his family  :). It was also the day that marked 9 months since Jay and I started dating. The whole day was lovely  :). I loved this boy’s hair. So orange  :)! I quickly snapped a photo when he wasn’t looking, and this was the result.

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This picture was taken at a dear friend’s graduation party. I didn’t make much effort to take any really neat photos that day, so all I have is this.

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July 3rd came along, and I went to Jay’s house for a 4th of July celebration. Afterwards, Jay and I met up with two of my best friends (Sarah and Emily) and Jay’s good friend Tony to watch the fireworks show at Longs Park. Now, I definitely didn’t want to use a picture of fireworks for today’s 365. I think it’s really cliché, even though fireworks are fascinating and beautiful. But, the day’s busyness kept me from taking pictures of anything else BUT fireworks! It turns out that I’m actually okay with that, because this one picture happens to be really lovely. Or, at least I think so. It looks like a galaxy to me. Shooting stars, planets, black holes, and nebulas… So mysteriously wonderful! (Better if viewed large… click on it!)

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July 4th! Another busy day. I went to a lake called Gifford Pinchot to spend the day picnicing, swimming, and being with family and friends to celebrate our country’s independence. Emily, Jay, Tony, and Adam came with us for the day, which provided much laughter and many fun moments  :). I’m so grateful for each of them. The only thing I took a picture of while we were there were Emily’s shoes… Despite the quirkiness of her shoes (handed down by her grandmother), it was a boring photo. So when I got home (just as the sun was setting), I grabbed my camera, tripod, matches, and some sparkles. The photo I decided to use wasn’t what I originally had in mind, but very few of the photos I took I actually liked. So, this will have to do.

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At last, I am caught up! It feels good. Now I just need to take a picture for today, and post it tonight… Off I go!

Much love,

Blythe Elizabeth