Katherine’s Wedding

By Carrie Hurley | June 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Following the ancient pattern, Saturday welcomed another pair whose story will over time tell what is family. My daughter, Laura, and Katherine, Matt’s new bride, have been dearest friends since college. Both have been waiting for their turn to enter the door of matrimony and Kat went first. With great joy for her friend, Laura […]

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A Perfect Day for a Photo Shoot

By Barbara Rainey | May 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

It was an exceptionally beautiful spring day in May when Jim, Carrie and I descended on the farm where my mother was born and grew up for our photo shoot. The fields were full of wild flowers, aka weeds in bloom, but beautiful nonetheless. We’d borrowed an old pickup truck from a friend and my […]

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Local Life

By Barbara Rainey | May 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

One of the joys of spring is the arrival of strawberries. It seems to me that our Arkansas berries are the best of any in the country, but I know it’s really just getting them freshly picked when ripe that makes all the difference. When my kids were all still at home I took them […]

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Photography Session #2

By Barbara Rainey | May 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

If you were following this blog last fall you might remember we posted about our first Ever Thine Home photo shoot in early October. We have been preparing for our second one so watch for stories to come about photo session #2 in the next two weeks. Yesterday morning, May 13, you would have found, […]

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Mothers Love Crayon Scribbled Cards

By Barbara Rainey | May 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Words are streaming this week on blogs, greeting cards and in conversations about mothers. Or maybe not. I don’t think I’m the only one who has stared wordlessly at the blank space inside a Mother’s Day card. It’s not that I have nothing to say it’s simply the impossibility of forming an adequate expression. And […]

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Restoration

By Barbara Rainey | April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Paint brush and roller in hand is a task that brings me a lot of joy. There is something wonderful about the transformation that happens with a simple can of paint. This past weekend, I worked with the bare canvas of an empty, all-white room into which my daughter moved in to as she begins […]

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Why We Need Beauty

By Barbara Rainey | April 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

This past weekend my husband and I took my mother and my brother to the new Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. Normal Rockwell’s traveling exhibit was there along with the museum’s permanent collection of wonderful art. While I knew my mother would enjoy it I was surprised that my brother, 6 years my […]

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Exultant

By Barbara Rainey | March 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Have you ever danced for joy before God? Or shouted with glad hoorahs? Outloud? Or jumped up and down with abandon? All because your sins are forgiven and your destiny delivered from death? Most of us have done all these actions at sporting events, at weddings or parties, but before God in worship? Resurrection Day […]

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Remember the Lamb

By Barbara Rainey | March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

A rough wooden cross. Central image of Easter, of victory over death. But the cross without the Lamb would be meaningless. “A body thou has prepared for me,” Jesus said (Hebrews 10:5). A human form was His dwelling place among us. But from the beginning this form was destined for sacrifice. Incomprehensible that His deity […]

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Speechless

By Barbara Rainey | March 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Before His accusers, all of them false, all of them dead wrong, Jesus did what none of us could or would do. He stood, silently eloquent. His life did all the talking. We, however, would have defended ourselves, thereby ruining the power of the moment. Proof, if any was needed, of our absolute depravity. Jesus […]

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