Becky B’s Squares: Bright Face Says, “Welcome Home”

#BrightSquare Day 14

“As usual for a Squares Challenge month I will be sharing squares daily, and I would love it if you did the same. However if daily sounds too daunting, don’t worry. It is fine to join us weekly or even just pop in occasionally with your squares. The frequency of your squares depends on you and also your blog. All I ask is that your image has 4 equal sides, and that it reflects the theme of bright.”

Becky B.

Bright Puppy Missed Us SO Much

It didn’t matter if we were gone a minute, and hour, a day, or a month, Kalev is always glad to see us. Her face lights up like a neon sign, and her tail twists her body into a welcome home dance. It’s not a bright idea to pick her up until her ritual is complete. But if you wait too long, she starts her shrill screeching. Suggestions are welcome!

Pick me up now, or I’ll keep up the noise.

Kalev/Puppy Girl
white puppy

Yes, she is brighter than we are. I wondered if she was brighter in color or black and white. What do you think?

Happy blogging. we’re almost half-way through the month!

What or who welcomes you home when you’ve been gone?

I invite you to tell your story of Faith, hope, expectations on Writer’s Quote’s Wednesdays today.

#WQWWC #20: Faith, Trust, Belief, Hope, Expectation

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

Corrie ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom was famous for writing her family’s story during the Holocaust. The book, The Hiding Place, came out in 1971, and the movie followed in 1975. Wikipedia

Corrie ten Boom book covers The Hiding Place

A Time and Place for Faith

Corrie ten Boom spoke from a the roof of a drive-in movie theater snack shack in probably 1972 or 1973 in Portland, Oregon. As she spoke, I listened in the privacy of a friend’s car through the loudspeaker hanging on the driver’s window.

I didn’t know too much about the Holocaust at the time I heard Corrie ten Boom. My father did not fight in the war because of a disability. History doesn’t officially become history – in textbooks – until 25 years after the event. That meant that the end of World War II wasn’t officially history until after I graduated from high school. I listened blindly, to her story of faith, without even reading her book first.

The day she spoke it probably was raining, at least drizzling, it usually was during winter months. Corrie ten Boom was a short, plump older woman, and she sat on a high stool so people in their cars could see her. The pastor held a big, black umbrella over her head to keep her dry. Cars honked and blinked their headlights to welcome her.

She spoke for about twenty minutes telling us the story of how her family defied the Nazi’s by hiding and protecting Jews and Resistance leaders in their home. I remember being impressed with hers and her family’s faith and their determination not to be dominated by fear. Instead, they did what they felt God wanted them to do.

Even after they were arrested and sent to concentration camps under deplorable conditions, they continued to trust God rather than fear their persecutors. During those cold, damp twenty minutes on the snack shack roof, she did not dwell as much on the horrors of the Holocaust. She impressed on us, as we sat in the warmth of our cars, of the hope that she and her sister tried to share with the other prisoners as they leaned against each other in the bunks to try to sleep.

She told of many miracles. But the miracles did not save her sister’s or her father’s lives. The pastor and his wife put their arms around her back and stood close to her to keep her warm. She did not sound bitter about what happened to her and her family. Of course, she was sad especially that her sister died, but amazed and baffled that she survived. She told us that she trusted that there was a reason that she lived and the rest of her family did not. She said that her sister had more faith. Yet, it was Corrie that lived to tell the story on the cool day from the roof of the 82nd Street Drive-In snack shack in Portland Oregon

Great tragedies need and produce great faith and can inspire others to call on faith during their own times of tragedies. New Hope Community Church exposed us as young people to many speakers like Corrie ten Boom who shared their faith with us. It was an amazing time in my life.

We all die. We all lose people that are important to us. We get sick, lose jobs, go broke, and have unwanted responsibilities thrust on us. We face fear, and people who hate us for no reason. But we can all face our tragedies with faith. And in doing that, there is an inexplicable joy that bubbles up in us.

Do you have a story of faith you’d like to share?

Thank you to those who shared their Inspiring stories of Fitness last week.

Becky B’s Bright Squares: No Reflection On You, I’m Leaving

#BrightSquare Day 13

“As usual for a Squares Challenge month I will be sharing squares daily, and I would love it if you did the same. However if daily sounds too daunting, don’t worry. It is fine to join us weekly or even just pop in occasionally with your squares. The frequency of your squares depends on you and also your blog. All I ask is that your image has 4 equal sides, and that it reflects the theme of bright.”

Becky B.

Virtual Vacation to Vegas #11 Leaving the Bright Life Behind

bright Las Vegas sun reflects in hotel glass doors
bright reflections in Las Vegas Hotel

You saw it coming. Maybe it was reflected in our faces. You knew that even virtual vacations had to end sometime.

There’s no place like home, and you can’t wait to get there. 🙂

Have a great trip! Hope you enjoyed Las Vegas.

Becky B’s Squares: Bright Without Glitz

#BrightSquare Day 12

“As usual for a Squares Challenge month I will be sharing squares daily, and I would love it if you did the same. However if daily sounds too daunting, don’t worry. It is fine to join us weekly or even just pop in occasionally with your squares. The frequency of your squares depends on you and also your blog. All I ask is that your image has 4 equal sides, and that it reflects the theme of bright.”

Becky B.

Virtual Vacation to Vegas #10 Bright Relief from Glitz

bright shiny floors in Las Vegas hotel
bright shiny floors in Las Vegas hotel

Eventually too much glitz and glamour wears on your eyes, ears, heart, and spirit. When we needed a break, our hotel combined bright with neutral drab to make a rest for our busy eyes – almost like coming home!

Happy Monday!

Sunday Stills: Emerging in Prescott

#SundayStillsEmerging #Prescott Walk #10 #Jude’s Life in Colour

SS Logo
Sunday Stills Logo

Good morning, everyone. Happy Sunday.

I know you hoped to see Terri again in her new house blinged with internet service and all the other new-house bling. Alas, the internet has not EMERGED on time, and you are stuck with me as your hostess for one more week. So please, grab your camera, sift through your photo archives, and play along!!!

When Terri asked me if I’d hang in there for one more Sunday, I agreed knowing that I’d be doing Sunday Stills anyway. As the guest hostess, it just means I have to get my post done a little sooner, LOL.

I can do this!

“There’s nothing more beautiful than watching trees getting dressed up for Spring and Summer”

Charmaine J Forde

Emerging on my Street, Blooming Hills Drive

I walked around our neighborhood with Puppy Girl on Tuesday night. I wanted to give you something fresh that just EMERGED out of my camera. The golden hour of 4:30-5:30 pm felt like about 65 degrees F. with a fairly brisk breeze, I stayed comfortable with a sweatshirt over my long-sleeved shirt. Puppy Girl was fine without her jacket.

I scanned the lawns and landscaping and found very little color EMERGING from the ground except weeds. Trees and bushes were starting to leaf out. So I thought this theme can’t be all about spring flowers emerging out of the soil. I’m not in California any more. This EMERGING dandelion adds some bright color to the grass for Becky B’s #BrightSquare and Cee’s FOTD (Flower of the Day), and it was all I could find!

Obviously Geoffrey, from Tuesday’s Story Chat, “Miniature Planet,” by prize-winning author, Doug Jacquier, doesn’t live on Blooming Hills Drive. (You’ll have to read the story to verify that statement.)

Emerging Theme One: Bright Blossoms

On March 29, I took pictures of Blooming Hills as the blossoms emerged. Leaves delayed, white blossoms proliferated, Granted, I played with the photo by adding a couple of filters in Photoshop Elements.

In less than a week leaves started EMERGING. On April 6th leaves appeared between the blossoms. I love the threesome of leaves that are emerging at the top of the left-hand picture. The tiny middle leaf looks almost like a star.

As we strolled down the street that same evening, we noticed that some of the trees didn’t realize that the weather had changed. The trees feared the return of a wintery 30 degrees instead of the lovely 82 degrees it was yesterday.

On closer inspection, the tree above showed signs of life.

As we continued up Blooming Hills Drive, we noticed that not all trees blossomed at an even rate. This single peach tree might have been two different trees, one in full bloom and left side still waiting for warmer weather. The owner told me that the blooms only lasted for two weeks.

About a week ago, Prescott endured 30 mile an hour winds. The gale stripped the tree of about half of the blossoms before the leaves had fully emerged. These two photos are submitted to Jude for her Life in Colour pink challenge.

Emerging Theme Two: New Homes

In this EMERGING real estate market, the dearth of inventory of homes for sale is the bane of realtors. As we drove down the street earlier in the day, my realtor husband, pointed to his left and said, “Emerging, look a house is emerging.”

What is EMERGING from YOUR imagination and files of photos?

EMERGING breaking out, popping up, transpiring, becoming apparent , ore even surviving a difficult situation. EMERGING can refer to markets, technology, butterflies, economies, countries, resources, and much more.

Titling Your Own Blog Post

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Please join me this week. And don’t forget Wednesday’s Quotes Challenge– writing or photos work.

Thanks to those who joined Sunday Stills last week.