Welcome to my blog.  I am a retired corporate executive, farmer, vet assistant, and office manager–in that order.  In retirement, I am blessed to be able to pursue my passion for God, art, photography, genealogy, and design, while enjoying life with my husband, best friend, and love of my life.  I am striving to live my life in a series of graceful moments: present in each moment, being led by the Spirit, peaceful in countenance, joyful of heart, patient in circumstances, loving without condition, kind to friends and strangers alike, faithful to God and true to my convictions.  I often fall short and will remain a work in progress for the remainder of my days.

I originally created my blog, Graceful Moments, in 2008 on Blogger, with the idea that I would use it to promote my online shops on Etsy where I sometimes sell my art, photographs, and vintage items. I quickly realized in addition to writing about art and photography, I have a lot to say about faith, home, design, living in a small town, and well, a lot of other things.  As a bonus, for me, it provides an outlet for my often strange sense of humor.  In 2018, I decided to move to WordPress and am so happy to be here.
I am also a DIYer and will share some of my projects from time to time. So, this blog has evolved into something completely different from what I expected it would be and I am actually very pleased with that. I have been told that it is a pleasant and peaceful place to visit and I hope that it remains such and that you will find it to be so.

My Philosophy:

I’ll take this moment, not wait for tomorrow. Right now all is well, but morning might bring sorrow. Be present and savor this moment with grace, for time is fleeting and can never be replaced – VElish

My favorite Bible passages:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5 NRSV
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 NRSV
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? God fashioned and molded heaven and earth with His fingers. Glory!  Psalm 8:3-4 KJV

 Some Favorite Quotes:
“Growing up Southern is a privilege, really. It’s more than where you’re born, it’s an idea and state of mind that seems imparted at birth. It’s more than loving fried chicken, sweet tea, football, beer, bourbon and country music. It’s being hospitable, devoted to front porches, magnolias, moon pies and coca-cola, and each other. We don’t become Southern, we’re born that way. ”  – Anonymous



Southern Porch Rules w Border

“To what will you look for help if you will not look to that which is stronger than yourself?”  C.S.Lewis

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it” – Ansel Adams

“A picture is a poem without words” – Horace

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.”  Albert Einstein


I Wish I Could:
“Festina Lente” — a Renaissance concept of  “make haste slowly.”




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