The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

Discussions on grieving infant death & stillbirth; only the strength of the Lord makes it possible to tell the tale...

Saturday, January 31, 2009

You Got Your Peanut Butter on My Chocolate!

Chocolate & Peanut Butter, originally uploaded by pbody.

Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Valentine's Day cupcakes, originally uploaded by cupcakechicutah.

something comforting yet passionate for the page

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sweet Hearts

Loretto Heights University at Sunrise

this looks like it was taken from the little park that's behind LHC. The magpies are so awesome over there.

Incredibly Impressive

096.jpg, originally uploaded by lordnose.

I loved my time at Loretto. I had a few profs influence my life with lasting principles. It was a time in my life when it was about finding me--though I think I was more lost at the end of my career there than I expected.

I wasn't yet a mother or a wife with household and IRS responsibilities. I was on my own in a whole new city. There were no high school friends or siblings to go with me. I was on my own and investing in me. At least that's what I thought I was doing.

Of course, I drank too much, partied too much, and fell in with yahoo's who did the same thing. I think U2 says it best when they exclaim that they still haven't found what they're looking for. I don't know as if we ever will on this side of the Rainbow. There's a part of us that will always be restless and just a little lost.

But in spite of that earthly anxiety, I rest in the same promises of God that motivated the Sisters of Loretto to further themselves in education. The same Spirit who motivated them to climb those blasted stairs every single day of their lives is the same Spirit who prompts me to persevere in similar hardships.

To my astonishment, I found out after I'd studied all that liberal artsy intellectual stuff that it's only the peace of Christ which keeps the heart & mind. I learned that to partake in religious study books and such doesn't necessarily teach the heart about religion or the objective of it. It's the love of God which is shed abroad in our hearts that provides the "aahh-ha" moments - see Romans 5.

I truly loved my time at Loretto, and I would do it all over in a heartbeat. But I kid you not when I say that I've loved studying the bible so much more than any other subject I ever studied on that lovely campus. The information found in the bible has gotten me through the darkest blows of my life. It gave me assurance, comfort, love, and answers to so many "why's" that have befallen my life.

The Quad

work lol, originally uploaded by indierocknerdgasms.

the back side of the Ad Building coming at it from the NW. We walked back & forth from the dorms multiple times a day from the road where this is taken. Machebeuf Hall where we grubbed three squares is off camera to the right.

Isn't She Lovely?

2007.05.05.0017, originally uploaded by Future Mrs. Carnahan.

LHC Soccer Field

2007.05.05.0021, originally uploaded by Future Mrs. Carnahan.

omgosh all the treks across that field to meet the bus on Federal Blvd. and the Bluegrass Festival gatherings we held there -- seriously good times!

The Bell Tower

2007.05.05.0019, originally uploaded by Future Mrs. Carnahan.

and yes, I've been all the way up to the top--several times. It's the scariest, most thrilling thing I ever did in Denver next to riding the Original Mr. Twister, and birthing my son.

Just Like I Remember Her

2007.05.05.0020, originally uploaded by Future Mrs. Carnahan.

and my knees remember every one of those steps

Southest end of the Administration Building

2007.05.05.0009, originally uploaded by Future Mrs. Carnahan.

My Alma Mater

2007.05.05.0014, originally uploaded by Future Mrs. Carnahan.

Teikyo Loretto Heights University Campus

2007.05.05.0013, originally uploaded by Future Mrs. Carnahan.

Check out the windows

Texas (Galveston/03 - "Bishop's Palace" @ 1402 Broadway)
Sketch by: Mark E. Hickey of Greensboro, Georgia.

In Galveston’s great period of mansion building--the 1870s, 80s and 90s--Gresham’s commission of Nicholas Clayton, Galveston’s premier architect, resulted in Clayton’s most spectacular residential design and arguably the finest of the “Broadway beauties.”

Constructed of steel and stone (it survived the Great Storm of 1900 virtually unscathed), the Bishop's Palace soars three stories over a raised basement level, with steep roofs and long sculptural chimneys. The building is classified as "Chateauesque," a derivative of the French revival style popular in the last quarter of the 19th century. It has many distinctive touches, ranging from varicolored stone to round Romanesque and depressed Tudor arches. Its facade features highly articulated carvings of plants, animals, people and other creatures.

The 7,500 square feet of interiors are as lavish, with rare woods and ornate and idiosyncratic details. The front parlor boasts a large fireplace mantel made of Santo Domingo mahogany that was a first-place winner of the 1876 World's Fair in Philadelphia. In the adjoining music room is a mantel made of onyx, pewter and silver that won a first prize at the New Orleans Exhibition.

Another view of "Bishop's Palace"

Built of stone and steel for the railroad magnate Walter Gresham and his family, this famous house was designed by Nicholas Clayton, Galveston’s premier Victorian-era architect. The Bishop’s Palace is recognized as one of America’s finest examples of Victorian exuberance and Gilded Age extravagance.


And look at this one!!! Absolutely gorgeous! The caption posted with the foto reads:

Texas (Galveston/02 - "Bishop's Palace" @ 1402 Broadway)
Sketch by: Mark E. Hickey of Greensboro, Georgia.

The Bishop’s Palace is one of the best known and most widely recognized historic attractions in the country. It is listed by the U. S. Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark, and has been named by the American Institute of Architects as the 14th most important Victorian building in America.

The house was built from 1887 to 1892 for Colonel Walter Gresham and his wife Josephine, with whom he had nine children. An attorney and entrepreneur, Gresham came to Galveston from Virginia following his service in the Civil War. He was a founder of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad, eventually working to bring about the merger of the Santa Fe with the Atchison and Topeka Railroad. He also served in the Texas Legislature.

SE18 58

SE18 58, originally uploaded by kenjonbro.

Type 'A' Victorian Wall Box SE18 58.

Outside the site of the old Brook Hospital on Shooters Hill Road, London, SE18 4LH

**isn't it fab?

Castle in the Winter

Castle in the Winter, originally uploaded by KoolPix.

this is just lovely!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

LHC Class of '84

Teikyo Loretto Heights University (TLHU) is an American university in Denver, Colorado, part of the Teikyo University Group. It opened in 1989 on the campus of the former Loretto Heights College.
Its campus consists of 19 buildings on a 74-acre site, the highest area in the mile-high city. The Administration Building, the centerpiece of the campus, opened in 1891 and is entered in the National Register of Historic Places. Its prominent bell tower can be seen from miles around, serving as a landmark for many Denver residents.
As part of the Teikyo-Harvard Program, the university has completed its human anatomy lab, a state-of-the-art facility that will have access to all forms of multimedia technology for faculty and researchers, including a portable wireless camera system, which allows the instructor to project live images onto a large screen, and video monitors for easy viewing by faculty and researchers.
Teikyo Loretto Heights University has funded a $2.5 million grant toward the start-up expenses of the program. "We are excited to be able to fund a new program initiative that serves multiple members of the UNITE consortium, said Mr. Fred Van Liew, president of the Teikyo Foundation. "Through this grant, we are able to help develop a new program in a new market, while also adding a significant presence to the Teikyo Loretto Heights University campus."
The Teikyo University (Group) comprises: six foundations; undergraduate and graduate universities; and a number of specialized schools and institutions, including the largest private medical school in Japan, with three teaching hospitals, a school of pharmacology, a law school, and a graduate school of engineering. The group's 50,000 students are spread out among 46 campuses located in Japan, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.
Founded by Mother Pancratia Bonfils, S.L. in 1891, the Sisters of Loretto started a private elementary and secondary Catholic school for girls they called Loretto Heights Academy. Located on one of the highest points in the Denver metropolitan area, the school was very successful. For the much of the last century it was the premier woman's Catholic school in Denver.
In the early 1900s the school began its transition to a women's college. Then in 1988 it was absorbed by its sister school Regis University in 1988 due to a financial collapse. Alumni are still very active with Regis and the Health Services program at Regis was started at Loretto, and is now one of the most successful programs there.
The campus remains a college and still retains much of its early charm. It is now a part of the Teikyo Group and known as Teikyo Loretto Heights University. It is focused on international studies. (end article)
*Musings from an LHC Graduate:
Loretto always was known for their remarkable nursing program. I'm glad to learn that Regis has taken that over appropriately. What this articles fails to mention is that LHC became a co-ed liberal arts college in 1979, and that the Bonfils dance & theatre programs were as renowned as their nursing credentials. Plus, I wonder if Sister Pancratia still haunts Pan Hall? And I hope the Japanese are taking proper care of the little graveyard out back behind Walsh dorm where all the ancient Sisters of Loretto lay in wait--what a cute little graveyard it is. And of course I can't help but wonder if Scottie is still zooming that tractor mower over the expanse of lawn--his wild, unruly hair flying in the wind from under his mammoth headphones....

City and County Building, Denver, CO

Civic Center, Denver, CO.

Red Wine Cupcake

Red Wine Cupcake, originally uploaded by kim siciliano salem.

how pretty!

Brown Sugar Maple Bacon Cupcake meaty...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Forest girl

Forest girl 64/365, originally uploaded by smittee.

The Blythe gal who shared this photo said,

"Princess Milky spent the Australia Day weekend with us at Dwellingup. All Blythe are forest girls deep down I think."

Her name is Smittee and I learned that Dwellingup is in Western Australia.

Tyto alba, female

Tyto alba, female, originally uploaded by ratsal adsand.

Isn't she gorgeous. I happened upon her at Flickr and thought I needed to show off this member's beautiful bird. I bet her wings are gorgeous too!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Felt Icing

Felt Icing, originally uploaded by PatchworkPottery.

In fact, I think I have a book with all manner of pincushion patterns; I know I've got felt scraps. I may need to get up and away from this box of bolts and go sit at the sewing machine instead...

Cupcake Pincushions

Cupcake Pincushions, originally uploaded by PatchworkPottery.

this would be a fabulous and simple craft to do with felt & flannel scraps. soooo many projects, so little time...

What Kind of Cupcake are You?

1st Birthday Giant Cupcake with cupcakes

my commentary noted on my previous post

1st B'day Cake & Cupcakes

I'm member of a fabulous cupcake group at Flickr. This photo is lovely, and I'm sure the shoppe bakery executive is even more lovely.

Of course the cupcakes are delightful, and I can only imagine the family who ordered these for their little baby's first birthday party. I can imagine that it was a fun & festive time for the baby's parents, grandparents and all their friends.

I guess the operative phrase for me is, "I can only imagine..." They probably can't imagine making a flower cake for the cemetery that looks just as stinkin' cute and cost a hell of a lot more in grief & sorrow.

I guess Debbie Downer is my new lot in life. Always a party pooper, never a party girl. I don't begrudge them their party; really, I don't. I just wish my girls had gotten to be one and have a gooey pink cupcake party with my friends. There were very few of my pre-Abigail friends who shared Abigail's birthday with me. It's been a lonely to walk in the shadows of other people's pink cupcake parties...

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Toronto, Canada.


Originally uploaded by Mr. Ducke


Originally uploaded by NC Cigany

Kingsbury churchyard, North Warwickshire, UK.

Originally uploaded by camperman999

Cassandra's Christmas

Originally uploaded by *Pao*

Winter Cupcakes

Winter Cupcakes
Originally uploaded by SweetToothFairy

Mmmmmmm, more blue...

Winter Cupcakes
Originally uploaded by SweetToothFairy

A Winter White Frost

Fluffy and white
Originally uploaded by ♥Maru-chan♥

Joe-Joe's Cupcake with Double Chocolate Peppermint

Buttercream Comforts

Double Christmas Cuteness

Red Velvet Holiday

Family of red velvet
Originally uploaded by cakeflower

Sparkling Splendor

t-057 ~totcupcakes~
Originally uploaded by

Lots of Christmas Cuteness

christmas cupcakes
Originally uploaded by *liis*

Christmas Cuteness

Christmas cupcakes
Originally uploaded by *liis*

Mmmmmm, blue....

Holiday Happiness

Holiday cupcakes
Originally uploaded by Poison Cupcakes

Chocolate Pink Peppermint

Winter Wonderland

Originally uploaded by Fancy Pants Designs