lorashank Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness. 4h

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lorashank Just like how I was the apple of your eye, you were the balm to my soul. I miss you, Dad.️ ______________________________

It's been 8 months today that my father passed. I still miss him as if it was yesterday. He's the one person that was my protector, provider, listener, always knew what to say when I was upset or mad about something he was always there for me. And, most of all, I always knew that he loved me more than life from my first day until his last day.️ This photo holds many years of memories, from my childhood until last summer. He had fruit trees in his yard and the sour green apples were my favorite. He would call me to tell me the apples were ready to be picked off the tree. He'd have the ladder ready when I got there, I'd climb up the ladder and hand pick the apples and hand them down to him so they wouldn't hit the ground.
The apple tree only had a few apples this year and I couldn't go pick them without him. Maybe next year.

What I've realized the past 8 months of missing him is missing the little moments that we take for granted and don't realize we're actually making memories that last forever.

I took this photo last year because the dahlias from his yard and apple picking was our thing. I'm so thankful I took it with him by my side.
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lorashank Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realise just how beautiful You are, And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us,
Oh, How He loves us all

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Another Tree from Fort Fisher facing Cape Fear River. Yet, another heart on another tree down by the river.️ I only had a few minutes to take photos because the sun was already down. But, God showed me love in all directions I looked. Blessed.
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  •   lorashank @underdogs_feathers thank you very much! 3d
  •   fridakitten Beautiful 3d
  •   butterfly.and.sunshine Oh dear I hear you.. I miss my dad too. I know the feeling!! Hugs 3d
  •   lorashank @fridakitten thanks Diane! That's perfect timing bc I was just going to ask you if mextures is the 1.99 or free app? I was going to download last night, then saw 2 different apps. Thank dear 3d
  •   lorashank @butterfly.and.sunshine thank you, Dee. Has it been recent for you? People say it gets easier with time, but I don't feel like it's easier. I still want to call him daily. Hugs to you, too 3d
  •   fridakitten I got the free one last year.. I assume it's the same! They recently added some new filter packages for purchase, and I've gotten just 1 of those. You'll be good with the free one! Yay - can't wait to see what you come up with! 3d
  •   butterfly.and.sunshine Nope.. Been years but the feeling is still here.. No longer sad anyway.. It is always a sweet time to remember him. I'm sure your father smiling up there, every time he looks at you, so be happy 3d

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lorashank The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands.~ Psalms 19

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Our last night at the beach we drove down to Fort Fisher, far south end of the island, facing Cape Fear River.
There's a small tree on top of the knoll with roots about the ground. I've taken hundreds of photos of this tree in the past. This time I saw a different perspective of the Tree and the Heart in the root. A little reminder of God's love is all around us.
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lorashank You can make a difference to One “Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?" The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean." "I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die." Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!" At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one.” ― Loren Eiseley
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lorashank And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine ~Oceans
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lorashank Seashells are Love
Letters in the sand...
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lorashank Because there's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it's sent away~ 2w

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lorashank Don't shine so others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see Him.~ C. S. Lewis 2w

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lorashank Our first day on Carolina Beach. We had mild cloud coverage with possible chance of rain..... *sarcastic tone*

iPhone 5, No edits, Hella Storm
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lorashank The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor touched but are felt in the heart. ~Helen Keller. 3w

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lorashank "Love is like a rose. When pressed between two lifetimes, it will last forever." 3w

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lorashank ✧Simplicity✧ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I visited one of our local rose gardens yesterday. My camera battery died before I was finished taking photos. There's so many beautiful roses there. I will be making a trip back there soon. 3w

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lorashank Come and follow me, said Jesus, and I will make you fishers for men. 3w

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lorashank Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory. ~♡~♡~ 3w

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lorashank The gardens that make us happiest flourish because we have taken the time to make sure they feed our souls and fill a special place in our lives. Sometimes you have to think about what you really want from your garden .... 3w

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lorashank Where flowers bloom so does hope. ✽❁♡❁✽❁♡❁✽❁♡❁✽ 4w

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lorashank Perfectly Imperfective~

If you look for it you can always find beauty in brokenness.
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lorashank A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and we cannot live without love. 4w

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lorashank Flowers from Don’s Garden

We have a local man that grows the most beautiful flowers every year,  He starts preparing the ground in early Spring and meticulously attends to it throughout Summer into the Fall.  He lives on a main street through our little town, so his flowers are displayed for all to enjoy as they drive by.
I’m blessed to call this man my friend and one of the most inspiring and wisest men I know.  His name is Don Jones and his wonderful wife is Jerri, both are 80+ years young.  I could go on and go about this couple, but for now I’ll just share some of their beautiful flowers. Hope you enjoy.
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