Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

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Quite a few years ago, we spent a week at Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee. We stayed in a sort of bed and breakfast that was actually a converted assistant living facility that went belly-up. I wasn’t at all thrilled with the accommodations as I’m one who likes to have my privacy when I’m just chillin’. But a great surprise to me was that where the lodgings were located, we had a fantastic view of the sunset each evening.

Reelfoot Lake,  is a shallow, natural lake, situate in the northwest corner of Tennessee in Lake and Obion Counties. It was formed after the 1811 New Madrid Fault earthquake which was the largest earthquake recorded in the United States east of the Rockies. (Thank you Wikipedia!)

Another plus for me, a genealogy fan, I located my long-lost great, great grandmother in Obion County in 1880. After much searching through census records, I was able to find her under her misspelled name of Daufield, instead of Lacefield. Just goes to show, you never know what surprises you will find if you keep looking!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Security

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In one of my cases when I worked in the Cyber Crime unit of the Sheriff’s Department, I was preparing to apply for a search warrant for a residence that was not visible from the roadway. This necessitated a trip up in the helicopter in order for me to view the residence and be able to describe it in my warrant application. I was very fortunate the day I went up that the crew had other missions to fly so instead of just getting to go up and view our destination, I got to fly around the entire county. It was such a great experience. We flew over what, to me, had been my security for most of my adult life, my church, Our Savior Lutheran in St. Charles, Missouri. You can see by looking at it how the physical church has grown over it’s 50 years, starting with the rectangular building on the left. The next progression was the church itself on the right and lastly, the gym and classrooms in the back. Sadly, although the preschool is doing well,  the church body hasn’t grown, but has declined the last few years. Things change, people change.  The buildings can remain the same, but the heart may go out.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dense

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Dense: “Parts that are so close together so that it is difficult to go or see through them.”–Cambridge English Dictionary

I was sitting at work watching through the window while a thunderstorm raged around me. I’d wondered how strong the storm would be when I saw these clouds approaching.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Match


My girls, Molly and Lilly. Half-sisters, always together. The sun was low on the horizon and the campfire was burning with the smoke billowing in their direction and it seemed as though they were posing for me. A very good match for each other and for us. I don’t know what we’d do without them.

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