isleofview In the little things He reminds us of His faithfulness #bloomandgrow #IOVmusings 1d

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isleofview "So to the indifferent inquirer who asks why Memorial Day is still kept up we may answer, it celebrates and solemnly reaffirms from year to year a national act of enthusiasm and faith. It embodies in the most impressive form our belief that to act with enthusiam and faith is the condition of acting greatly." -Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. , 1884 // Grateful for freedom and those who have served and paid the ultimate price and those who continue to serve in sacrifice. America may not be perfect, but I believe it's still the greatest country on earth #grateful #socality #vscocam 2d

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isleofview My little eyes are watching
My ears are listening too.
They take in everything that you say and do...-Patsy Gaut #Momentswithsunday #lalahbrooke
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isleofview Sometimes your favorite photos aren't the posed ones #Momentswithsunday 3d

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isleofview This beautiful baby is right outside the kitchen window, a transplant from one of Papa's Epithelium Plants. My green thumb may actually kick in yet (much to my mother's surprise and joy), it's fun to have heirloom plants! #darlingweekend #50momentsofbeauty #iovmusings 4d

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isleofview If you have to clean on Saturday, you may as well have a full breakfast #darlingweekend 4d

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isleofview Happy Trails to you... #liveauthentic #iovmusings 5d

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isleofview "Be strong and take heart, all you who trust in the Lord." // My camera roll is full of so many photos from visits down to SoCal over the last few months, before Papa's passing and after. This one is one of my favorites, part of the collection of odds and ends on his dresser. He was notorious for writing down one-liners and verses and sending them in letters or storing them in notebooks in various places. It's the little reminders that are priceless. I now have this one in my Bible to greet me every morning. #iovmusings 6d

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isleofview April 23, 2015 at 12:40am, Lewis Edward Vang slipped peacefully from this life into the hands of God. Loved by all who knew him, my 93 year old Great-Grandfather was a man of many talents and a heart full of love for people and the Lord. While we mourn the loss of Him, I celebrate the many memories and time spent during the years that I was blessed to have with him. We spent hours in his garage, working on glass bottle lamps and woodworking projects, some as small as cut-out ornaments and others as large as cupboards and bird-houses. He was a man of great integrity and character and the man that I measure others by. His laughter, his letters and his love for American-made products live on in the legacy of the family he left behind. I've waited to share the news of his passing, as to process it myself and make it through the scattering of his ashes and memorial and be able to present the beauty of his life and death together. Thank you to all who kept him in your prayers over the past months Isle of View Papa, I'll see you again #iovmusings 7d

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isleofview "Only love can soften a hard heart. Only love can renew trust after it has been shattered. Only love can inspire acts of genuine self-sacrifice. Only love can free us from the tyrannizing effects of fear...In spite of the trivializing influence of romantic and sentimental views of love in a Western culture, love is the strongest force in the universe. Gravity may hold planets in orbit and nuclear force may hold the atom together, but only love has the power to transform persons. Christianity puts surrender to love right at the core of the spiritual journey...Christianity is the world's greatest love religion. God comes to us as love, in love, for love. Love invites surrender, and surrender is at the core of spirituality." - David Benner, "Surrender to Love" // One of the biggest blessings of journeying alongside my sister (@elegantowl) as she pursues her DMin is to share the books and curriculum she works through. Hands-down this book, Surrender to Love, has to be one of the best books I have ever read in my life, and I'm only three chapters in. Grasping the concept of a love so great that nailed our Savior to a tree, so that He could set me free is humbling, and reinforces my love for Him and my need for daily surrender to that Love. I live as I do for love, because of HIS love for me. #isleofviewreads #goodreads #momentswithsunday #surrendertolove #iovmusings 1w

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isleofview Very proud of my friend @Melody.Colleen & her iTunes release today of "Devotion", an acoustic piano worship album. Search "Melody Colleen" to listen & purchase! #Devotion #acousticworship 2w

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isleofview Friday's hold good things:
1. Surprise Flowers from thoughtful friends
2. National #ChocolateChipCookieDay - surprise gifts for the neighbors!
3. #FoodRevolutionDay (spokesperson @JamieOliver) Thanks @TashaShoemake for alerting me to this...which is in direct opposition to #2 on the list️ Lets teach our kids what real food is and moderation in all things. (P.S. Those cookies include oatmeal & wheat germ. That makes them better for you!) #payitforward #tgif
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isleofview Incredibly proud of my friend Lyndi, upon completion of her MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner Program. It's been a long road, and her persistence paid off! Surround yourself with friends who not only lift you up and encourage you, but who challenge themselves with goals and achieve them. Then you know they've walked their talk. 2w

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isleofview Beautiful things take time :: Bloom where you're planted. Even when it seems like slow progress, if we are patient and persistent, our lives will bear the perfect fruit that God intended. #livefullyalive #tgif #iovmusings 2w

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isleofview I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I've got a hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. - George Bernard Shaw #isleofviewreads 2w

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isleofview Sometimes we run short on words and inspiration which is how I've felt on @instagram lately. And sometimes people post something that, while is in totally separate context, speaks to you spot-on. @JessAConnolly posted the following words this morning and spoke to where my heart has been lately (not purposely sounding cryptic, later posts will explain):: "there's a difference in leaving and being sent. You leave of your own accord, but when you're sent - everyone stands behind you, even when they're sad to see you go, and they cheer you on...We're sending one another. Cheering on. Hoping for the best. Holding up one another's arms. Even when it's not super easy or comfy. Because it's great to send and be sent." #scaredorhungry 2w

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isleofview 52 years of wedded bliss ️ Happy Anniversary Grandpa & Grandma Andy #familyfirst 2w

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isleofview Making the most of Monday #chroniclesofcnc 2w

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isleofview To the woman to gave me life, prepared me for it and reminds me to make the most of it. I love you ️ Happy Mothers Day! #50momentsofbeauty 2w

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