Jan 1, 2013

Changes for 2013

I have decided to take a new direction with my blog this year.  I will still incorporate photos, but I am no longer participating in the photo a day challenge.

I am participating in Ann Voskamp's Joy Dare -- to thank God for 1000 gifts in 2013.  These expressions of gratitude will be incorporated somewhere within each post.

You may see an emphasis on the actor, Richard Armitage.  He plays Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit."  I was totally blown away by his performance which led me to investigate what other things he has done.  I am still on that discovery path and may share what I find from time to time.

Today's Joy Dare is Three Gifts Heard and I am adding a fourth:

1. my grandchildren's laughter
2. the purrs of my cats
3. Howard Shore's gorgeous scores in all three Lord of the Rings movies, and now in "The Hobbit"
4. Richard Armitage's beautiful voice, whether speaking or singing:

I may post a few times a day using this as sort of a collecting place for what I might be researching on a particular day.  Or I may not post at all!  That's the great thing about a blog -- it's yours so you can do as you see fit.

Here's to what lies ahead in the new year!


  1. I look forward to reading about your blessings this year, Valerie. I've no doubt you'll help me be mindful of my own.

    Wishing you a wonderful 2013!


    1. Joe, how sweet of your to take the time to read AND comment! That was very, very thoughtful of you.

      Happy New Year to you and yours!