Category: Photography

ADVENT acrostic


A  doration and
D  evotion
V  ision of
E  ternity
N  ow in
T  ime

This is a favorite poem, and this year I am posting my ADVENT acrostic with a photo of our new poinsettia.

Thank you and blessings,

Ellen Grace Olinger

Thanksgiving Complete – Poem by Charles A. Waugaman


Thanksgiving Complete

Father, I wish to praise You for the whole
of life. Besides these blessings obvious
and bright with benediction for the soul;
beyond intangibles that comfort us
when doubters cower under circumstance
and faithless people cast all hope on wealth;
even before the graces that advance
our comfort, pleasure, family and health,
I would give thanks for pain, displeasure, fear,
reversals that avoid the cul-de-sac
of pride, anxieties, and every tear
that draws me near through prejudice or lack
to Your forgiveness. Surely all is good
that leads me into doing what I should.

Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010)

WITHIN The Circle Of Seasons
Poems by Charles A. Waugaman
Elin Grace Publishing
ISBN 0-9729848-1-X
2003, Author Copyright
All Rights Reserved


Photo by Ellen Grace Olinger

Spring photos for The Daily Post challenge “Victory”

For the Victory challenge at The Daily Post:  spring photos, with two short poems.  We keep spring in our hearts during the beauty of winter.

For, lo, the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing
of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtle
is heard in our land . . .

Song of Solomon 2: 11-12 (KJV)

PrimPinkPhoto by Karl:  primroses


Photo by Karl: daffodils in blue vase

Photo by Ellen:  tulip and other plants grow in the sun.


all winter
flowers rested
in the earth
beauty begins
in the heart


birds sing
outside the window
as we join with many
who pray the Psalms
this Mystery

Poems by Ellen Grace Olinger



Photo by Ellen: wildflower

Trees – some photos over the years

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Photo by Karl: we bought this tiny pine tree at a grocery store one year.


Photo by Ellen: November 2015.



Photos by Karl: winter 2014.

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Interesting Lake Michigan beach photo by Karl in 2011, at the beginning of spring.


Photo by Ellen: yesterday in the yard.


Photo by Ellen: the tree stumps have their beauty too.

For the “Ornate” challenge at The Daily Post


For the WordPress Challenge Ornate: I made this needlepoint picture of the Cezanne painting years and years ago.  The kit was high quality and then we had the needlepoint framed.  Photo by Karl.

These photos from my garden journal (2015) also seem to go with the theme this week.

of teaching Sunday School
burning bush


roses in the sun
some ending
some beginning
and some in full bloom
good to grow older

Ellen Grace Olinger