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One of My Favorite Pastimes

I just love drives to places I’ve never been. And I love drives to places I have been. Scenic routes, I like to call them. Country roads. I just get fulfilled physically with rest and spiritually with awe and wonderment and therefore, emotionally full.

Creation is so artistic. Colors and shadows and wildlife. Man’s church needs to recognize the artistic more. God created all this beauty yet we tend to recognize the logic more than the art. It all comes from Him. Let’s stop packing Him into those boxes we made and stop cutting Him in half. There is so much of the wholeness of God that we are missing when we pack Him up into our self-made boxes because we don’t understand.

I want to understand. I want to open the boxes I’ve stashed away and let Him loose and learn as much as humanly possible.

So, on that note, one of my most favorite pastimes is exploring new areas and being with family. One son and his lovely bride live in KU country. Rock Chalk town in Kansas. We had a great lunch together and a FANTASTIC latte and then a drive to a local lake. Also to mention, Lawrence, Kansas is an amazing town. Full of mid-west charm and shops galore and students everywhere. A small-town atmosphere with city influence and Kansas City charm. Great food to eat and coffee to drink. Love it.

Here are a few pics of our day.

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You CAN Do It!

You CAN Do It!

I am not very savvy on the etiquette of blogging, tweeting, FaceBooking, or whatever social media is out there.  I do know my way around my computer and can do a fair amount of techie stuff – for my age group.  But in reality, I am of the generation that was brought up to always send a thank you card for a gift of any size. To always respond to a compliment with a thank you, spoken loud enough to hear and politely.

Do I do those things I just mentioned?  Not always.  I think part of that is because I HAD to as a child.  When I expected my own children to follow suit and was met with feet dragging, I lightened up on them.  Changed my ways a little.  Became my own person as a parent.

But now I blog.  I’ve read some more experienced blogger’s posts about how to increase your following.  Well, I followed others and some followed back.  I hit that like button often because I want to encourage them to keep blogging.  

About that Like Button – younger folks tell me that I hit that like button A LOT on Facebook.  It’s not necessary to do that.  Wait.  I know that when I get Likes on my posts on Facebook it makes me feel good.  It tells me I was heard.  That is a good feeling.  Don’t we all want that encouragement?

On my blog I LOVE to get Likes and I’ll tell you why.  I am an artist.  I create through words.  I have things to say and I want to encourage others with my words.  If no one ever hit the Like button then how will I know that someone is benefitting from me?  Us creative people need all the encouragement we can get!

And Comments?!  I LOVE comments.  I like to comment to people on their posts.  I’m not the greatest with my words of encouragement but I try to cheer them on, even if all I say is, “Great Pic!”

I don’t have the answer to this type of socializing.  I just know what I like and what helps me to keep doing this.  So, I say – Be yourself!  Make your own rules for blogging.  Encourage each other often and cheer each other on.  There is no competition here.  We are all different artists just trying to be seen and heard.

With that, I wish you all the best in your creations.  Speak highly of one another and remember to encourage each other and I guarantee that it will come right back on you.

Enjoy!

cate b