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Full and Overflowing

February 25, 2012

I am taking a break from my piles of paper to shred, paperwork to file and then items to give away. I have taken a few boxes of books to donate to Angel View and  another bag of books to our library. As I sort through letters and pictures of children that I have worked with over the years and a few that I have sponsored, my heart returns to the sweet memory of their faces. There were  Native youth in So. Utah where I was a teacher’s aide, teenage boys from a residential treatment center, and numerous others that I worked side by side with in classrooms of  So. California and So. Utah. All of it was a learning experience for me. So many tickled my heart and many faced huge trials in their young  lives. Like my About  page they have  all contributed to the color of my life that continues to be woven into a beautiful tapestry, into a beautiful song that only I can sing. There is a melody of music and song in  each of us. It often takes trials and hardship before the tarnish begins to wear off so that the true reflection of beauty will shine forth and for the melodious song to be heard.  There has been drama, tears, laughter and so much more in my almost 61 years. Many times I was challenged by my own choices and I can say that it has been only by the grace of God did I have the strength to carry on. My heart  is touched in this moment of recollection..And as I sit and reflect I am full and overflowing from all that my heart holds….In our back yard we have grown sunflowers. We had one huge, magnificent sunflower onetime and it was the only one like it. This image is the first of this years sunflowers and it is looking somewhat forlorn but she still makes a pretty picture. I have used different processing and you can have your pick of what appeals to you..Sepia





29 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2012 4:09 PM

    They are so beautiful, I loved what you did with this photograph. Thank you dear Roberta, you are doing great. Have a nice day, with my love, nia


  2. February 25, 2012 4:22 PM

    I really love the first image. It’s fun to play and experiment. Fun to see what you do with the image. Keep up the great work.


  3. February 25, 2012 4:50 PM

    Glad you are taking a break. You deserve it! Lovely images and thoughts of memories! Take care and may your work not be trying but a labor of love.


  4. Pam Warren permalink
    February 25, 2012 5:22 PM

    You do such wonderful work. It is so beautiful!


  5. February 25, 2012 6:43 PM

    A few weeks ago, I sorted through many old photos of children that I’ve taught through the years, too…they also have been woven into my own tapestries and songs…it’s so special, isn’t it? And sunflowers…the image/sense of them has been are such a source of strength for me…. at times they have helped me stand/keep going when I didn’t think I had the strength or resilience to do that…perhaps they can offer you a bit of strength too… They whisper to me “stand tall, back straight, chin up, face the sun”…I just imagine that sunflower and say that phrase over and over again…
    (your own sunflower photos are wonderful!)


    • February 25, 2012 7:23 PM

      Kathy, I always appreciate your perspective on things. Sometimes when we are going through stuff we don’t see clearly and it takes someones input to say oh yes, that’s it! The stories we could share.. Thank you for your insight and I will go to your link. Have a beautiful and restful Sunday..


  6. February 25, 2012 6:53 PM

    I do like your sunflowers. I remember some of my students and their work. Many of them soared. I like your alterations of the sunflower.


  7. February 25, 2012 8:36 PM

    That was so beautiful. I like the pencil best. I used to grow sunflowers. Thank you for such a lovely post.


    • February 26, 2012 7:42 PM

      I tend to like a lot of the pencil images myself..Thank you for your comment!


  8. maenamor permalink
    February 26, 2012 12:45 AM

    Brilliant photo’s and a brilliant read too….


  9. February 26, 2012 4:38 AM

    It’s great how your experiment with the visual expression of the sun flower. For me the sepia is the one standing out, it’s so delicate and tender. The sepia tone simply looks beautiful and I like the high-key graphical expression. Great work.


  10. February 26, 2012 11:09 AM

    Very beautiful, Roberta. Blessings, Ellen


  11. February 26, 2012 11:36 AM

    What beautiful perspective during an otherwise busy time for you! Just an encouraging note from one who has recently moved: It’s a touch of Heaven at the other end, when we unpack and arrange our lives and belongings in a new to us home!


  12. February 26, 2012 11:56 PM

    I must say that I like the first best.


  13. February 27, 2012 6:12 AM

    Love your big beautiful sunflower. Each effect so wonderful in it’s own way. Sweet and sometimes not so sweet memories of beautiful children will keep you growing in a magnificent way. If anything, it will draw you closer to Him.
    God Bless,


  14. February 28, 2012 5:41 PM

    Hmmm I’d have to say that I really love the color original but the sepia is very close. Love them both.


  15. February 29, 2012 3:42 PM

    I don’tknow how I missed this when you posted it, but this is beautiful! Your words express such a vital truth, we each have a God given purpose that only we can achieve. Everytihg we have been leads us to where we are now, and that points us to where we are going. Thanks and be blessed. 🙂


    • February 29, 2012 10:14 PM

      Hi Ted, I am glad you got to read it.. Thank you for stopping by…


  16. March 1, 2012 7:16 AM

    the cinemascope effect look good to me…


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