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Light in the Darkness Surrounded by Love with Hope for those in need.


Shirley is the proud mother of two beautiful young ladies. She enjoys spending time with them on their ranch in the deep South with their three paint horses. Always looking for an adventure, she looks forward to hikes in the mountains chasing waterfalls, or scouring the coast for beautiful lighthouses! Shirley writes to encourage others and often times shares things that motivate and inspire her. She believes in living life to the fullest because no one is promised the gift of another day. Join her as we honor our bodies, minds, hearts, souls, and our Almighty Creator, God above!


  1. Jamie
    May 15, 2014 @ 12:57 pm

    Pictures mean so much. I lost my Dad when I was 17 and having pictures now to show my son who his Grandpa was is a blessing. Can’t wait to have them meet in heaven! Great post, shared!


    • Shirley
      May 15, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

      Jamie, your comment really spoke to my heart. I lost my only sibling, my sister Pamela, 12 years ago. My youngest daughter never got to know Pamela, and my oldest daughter was only four and a half at the time. She remembers very little about her. Pictures have always been so important to me, and I cherish the precious photographs I do have of my sister. She lives on through those pictures and through the stories I tell my children about her.


  2. tara pittman
    May 15, 2014 @ 1:43 pm

    I am thankful for people who love to take pictures. I forget to do so but my inlaws do and my kids had a blast looking at old photos.


    • Shirley
      May 15, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

      Pictures are a MUST at any gathering with family and friends!


  3. aimee fauci
    May 15, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

    I always have a camera w me and my husband just says ”’ here we go”’ … He is silly… I know he likes looking back at them. Someone has to do.. I just wish I was rich enough to hire a trusted photographer at all my kid and special events.


    • Shirley
      May 15, 2014 @ 2:35 pm

      I carry a camera with me, too, Aimee. When Greg visited recently, I literally took 1,032 pictures. Yes … I … did! 🙂


  4. Artney
    May 15, 2014 @ 2:24 pm

    Beautiful post! I absolutely love to take photos. I will take 100 and choose one. When we capture those memories, we’ll look back and be thankful for them.


    • Shirley
      May 15, 2014 @ 2:34 pm

      I am the same way, Artney!


  5. Heidi Bee
    May 15, 2014 @ 2:48 pm

    Pictures are so important! I am guilty of not wanting to be in them and I need to be better about that!


    • Shirley
      May 15, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

      I think we can all relate to that at times, Heidi. It’s precious memories that we’ll be leaving our loved ones with … I try to always remember that, and then I smile for the camera.


  6. Ellen Christian
    May 15, 2014 @ 5:53 pm

    I take so many pictures sometimes. I really need to look back through them.


  7. Greg
    May 15, 2014 @ 6:31 pm

    Thank You all for your kindness. I have what i call “random musings” i have always been a VERY amature shutterbug. But i cherish those photos.
    Jamie, i lost my father many years ago. There is not a day that doesn’t go by that i don’t look at some of the photos i have of him and my mother.
    Aimee, i am glad that i have my camera phone i can at least use that when i am silly and forget my “real” camera!
    Artney, i couid NOT agree more TWO thumbs up!!! Hiedi, i am one that never really likes my pictures taken…but i also know that the photo isn’t for me…so yes i agree there…i need to be much better too!
    Shirley, Pictures speak to our heart…that’s why we all take them !


  8. Greg
    May 15, 2014 @ 6:50 pm


    i have spent many a hour taking old photos and putting them onto disks so i never lose them. Wonderful memories come with each one i pick up.


  9. Greg
    May 15, 2014 @ 6:57 pm

    i too miss many of the photo chances…and i too am grateful to those who never seem to miss them and give me copies. I have to be better at that. I try …but sometimes fail miserably. Thank goodness for the camera on my phone !


  10. Alli
    May 16, 2014 @ 5:49 am

    I had never been much of a photographer until I started blogging. My sister and one of my daughter’s (a pro that does weddings, etc.) always took all the pics in the family and I always call my sister the photo queen!

    Now I’m the one always taking pictures of the family and special events. Pictures are, indeed, worth a thousand words. Enjoyed your post!


    • Shirley
      May 16, 2014 @ 11:27 am

      Alli, that is why I started carrying my camera as well. Bloggers can’t miss a single photo opportunity, can we? If I ever forget the camera, my phone will do in a pinch.

      Greg writes wonderfully, doesn’t he? I hope he’ll continue to share his thoughts and his heart with us. It’s a blessing each time I read his words.


  11. Greg
    May 16, 2014 @ 11:39 am

    I try to take bunches of pics but I also sometimes get caught up in the moment and forget all about the camera.

    Thank you for your kind words.


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