2015 was a quiet year for the blog. There were a few new posts and some recycled from the archives, spurred by Facebook’s On This Day feature. Thank you to all of you that found this tiny little space and hung around! I hope you found something that encouraged you, made you laugh or simply let you know you aren’t alone. That is after all, the purpose and power of story.
This year I am hoping to be more intentional with this space. I’m not sure what that really looks like at this point other than you’ll definitely be seeing new content more often and on a more consistent basis. There will be posts featuring my photos. I’ve enjoyed seeing the world through the lens of my iPhone camera. Doing so has really had me rethinking perspective. You’ll see a little more light-hearted content – – simply because sometimes life throws things at you that you just can’t make up! There may be a couple of series happening as well.
I’m wrestling with a OneWord post. At this point there are two words that have piqued my interest. I’m thinking that I need to really flesh out one before I can embrace the other but we will see where this road leads me.
I participated in The December Photo Project this last year. The DPP is a photography project that anyone and everyone can join! It involves taking one photo each day for the first 25 days of December…It’s 25 days of photography in one of the most awesome months of the year. It’s hosted by Rebecca Tredway, www.tredways.org  Here are some of my most viewed and a few of my favorite photos from the project. The rest can be found on Instagram or at Upside Down Grace on Facebook.

Beauty can be found in the castoff. Easily trampled under foot. Tread lightly with open eyes and hearts.

“I Believe”

This is a bittersweet moment…Cameron’s last time to paint the pads. He has been the Student Section Leader this year for Independence High School. He has embraced this moment in time and made the most of it! He has lead the student section with abandon and taken them on the ride of a lifetime. Tonight is the last time he will wear these pads as Indy is playing in the State Championship. “I believe…I believe that we will win!”

These ladies and I have been friends since high school. If you do the math, that’s over 35 years! We don’t see each other often enough; sometimes only once every two or three years. Barbara passed away a few years ago and I don’t think I ever told her I loved her…so ladies, I love you and I’m honored to call you my friends.
Celebrate the people that share their life with you and make sure they know how you feel about them.  We never know what tomorrow may hold.
“Sacred Moments”
There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the incarnation. Madeleine L’Engle
I think the sacred can be found in the ordinary. The fingerprints of God are all around us. Waiting for us to find them.
In every change, in every falling leaf there is some pain, some beauty. And that’s the way new leaves grow.
Amit Ray
Out of difficulties grow miracles. Jean de La Gruyere
The only real antidote to the clamor of the crowd is time in the wilderness, where our true identity can be established and we can hear the still, small voice of God. Jonathan Martin
“Christmas Past”
Christmas day six years ago. Oh my word they have changed so much!
“It’s Christmas”

It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you…yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand. Mother Teresa


You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.

Matthew 5:15 Msg 

There are stories waiting to be shared. Some will find their place on these pages. Some are like prayers and meant to be held close. Come share the journey with me. Let’s write on the blank pages before us with our words, our music, our art, our prayers, our encouragement. Whatever your giftings are, have the courage to lean into them.
Here’s to a beautiful 2016!
“All of us continue to be painted on by the brush of God. 
This kind of unexpected beauty is salvific.”
Luci Shaw