Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy Birthday Star Origami

HPBD Star Origami by Laura Moody

It's the birthday of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ this month! 
We celebrate Him and His Graciousness. 
We thank God for creating us and allowing us to know Him and to have our own birthdays! 
Praise the Lord Jesus Our King - Ruler over everything!


Monday, December 14, 2015

Aloha Christmas & German Traditions :)

Foam Christmas Ball decorations by Laura Moody.

Christmas is celebrated worldwide and each family has its own traditions, sometimes based on their heritage. Part of my family is of German descent and thus some of our fun during the month of December comes from that country and its culture. My relatives and I place an evergreen tree in our family room and make popcorn and cranberry garlands to decorate it. We also bake and construct small gingerbread houses and give them away or enjoy them in our own homes before eating them. 

As an adult I have been able to visit Hawai'i and I love the idea of 

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season filled with lovely memories. :)


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Christmas America - LP Record (Song - America the Beautiful)

Christmas America LP Record
Yep, we pulled it off the shelf, slid the album from its sleeve and 
played it on the record player!

It is that time of year again. Yea!

Here at this house, the LP Christmas America shouted out its instrumental version of America the Beautiful by The Hollywood Pops Orchestra & Choir while we merrily strung cranberries and popcorn for the Christmas tree. It was a lovely moment! 

If you have never read or heard the America the Beautiful lyrics, I encourage you to read the poem below and to also listen to Ray Charles singing his version of the 1910 poem 
with gusto, jive and jazziness in the video!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season. I pray that your relationship with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will grow with each passing day. 


by Katharine Lee Bates (1859–1929)

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Be A Light in the Darkness

Photo of Lights at Cheekwood Botanical Garden by Laura Moody.

Jesus says: "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." - John 10:10

Have Faith in our Lord God and His Incredible Plans!


Monday, November 16, 2015

1 John 4:4 God is Greater! Do not Despair!

Reflected Light and Glass Stones
on acrylic painted canvas board.
Created by Laura Moody, Nashville, TN.

Jesus is sovereign over everything in the universe. He holds it all together with His strength and might! He knows every tear that falls and every thought that comes to pass. He knows every creature, every star, every plant, every rock and river. Every bit of life is a result of the Lord God's hand and owes Him their praise.

For those individuals who have willingly accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, you are a new creation and the Holy Spirit has been deposited in your being. 

Jesus will work in you, to mold you into that person who reflects Christ and all his incredible attributes. Your life is no longer your own. In worship of your King, you freely submit to His wishes for your life and move with Him, not against. Consistent prayer is your communication with your Savior who will soon be your best friend!

People are walking, talking pieces of art created by the Lord! 
All who have a relationship with Jesus will watch Him work through them 
while they accomplish the good things that he has prepared in advance for them to do. 

We live in the world, with all its imperfections, 
but we are spiritual beings who know (or will soon know) the Truth! 1 John 4:4

Jesus is master over all and we will not despair. He has a plan, the best plan, and knows exactly what to do and when. Praise Him! His name will be known throughout the Earth, throughout every generation. Romans 14:11 Hallelujah!


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Oswald Chambers Quote

Wisteria. Photo by Laura Moody.

“He who believes in Me . . . out of his heart will flow . . . ” John 7:38     
Jesus did not say, “He who believes in Me will realize
 all the blessings of the fullness of God,” but, in essence, 
“He who believes in Me will have everything he receives escape out of him.” 

Our Lord’s teaching was always anti-self-realization. 
His purpose is not the development of a person—
His purpose is to make a person exactly like Himself, 
and the Son of God is characterized by self-expenditure. 

If we believe in Jesus, it is not what we gain but 
what He pours through us that really counts. 
God’s purpose is not simply to make us beautiful, plump grapes, 
but to make us grapes so that He may squeeze the sweetness out of us. 

Our spiritual life cannot be measured by success as the world measures it, 
but only by what God pours through us—and we cannot measure that at all.” 

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: Traditional Updated Edition


Thursday, November 5, 2015

High Standards Needed Today

Hummingbird feeder & Plumeria blooms.
Photo taken by Laura Moody, Nashville, TN.

One quote from the video production entitled "Secrets of Highclere Castle", which aired on my local station WNPT this week caught my attention.

Despite the rich detail of historical facts surrounding the now famous English property 
where the TV series Downton Abbey is filmed, 
I zeroed in on the words of Colin Edwards the butler:

"I believe it's most important to maintain high standards because once they disappear, they will never come back."

A healthy society would be one where the people respect themselves and each other, 
not wanting any harm to befall the precious life that Jesus gave to each one of us.

Pray that all cultures will submit and be obedient to our Lord God, Jesus. 
Our Savior hears every prayer. 
Peoples' experiences will not be as positive here on earth as they could be 
until more individuals have their own personal relationship with Jesus. 

I hope you will tell someone about Jesus, His Saving Grace and His
Incredible Mercy this day, this week and/or this month!

He loves people so very much!

The Gospel In A Nutshell

God loves you - John 3:16
We have all sinned - Romans 3:23
Jesus died for your sins - Romans 5:8
You can have your sins forgiven - Romans 10:9 


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Thank you to Jesus!

I discovered a gospel group called The Williams Brothers this week. It was fun to see and hear their decades old recordings posted on You Tube. Members of the group still perform today.
Blackberry Records promotes their recordings.

"Another Blessing" is a tune that I appreciate because the words say it all, giving glory to the One and Only Jesus as He deserves for all He has done for us!

Wishing you a lovely day!


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Fall Poem by John Greenleaf Whittier

End of Summer leaf getting a head start on Fall!
Photo taken Aug. 2015
by Laura Moody, Nashville, TN.
a mighty flower garden
blossoming under the spell
of the enchanter, 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

John Steinbeck Quote

Photo taken by Laura Moody while on the
patio of the Ford Ice Center, Antioch, TN.
and that there are as few as there are any other great artists.
Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts
since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”
Greatest Teacher = Jesus Rabbi 
Greatest Artist = Our Lord God, Creator
Greatest Comforter = The Holy Spirit

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The A B C's of the Zoo

Soda pop vending machine at the Nashville Zoo, TN.
Photo taken by Laura Moody.

My mother and I were perusing through her teaching materials as I prepared for my next tutoring session with my student. I was pleasantly surprised when a well-preserved mimeograph machine page titled "The A B C's of the Zoo" appeared, complete with my name at the top written in my own elementary penmanship.

I do not know who originally wrote the piece but it is "catchy" and melodic as one might presume a 1970's poem to be. :)

I attached web site links to the names of some of the animals. Some feature non-profit organizations that are working to preserve the creatures while encouraging awareness of their existence. Enjoy!

A is for the Alligator with a mouth so big.
B is for the Beaver, who likes to build and dig.
C is for the Camel with a hump upon his back.
D is for the Duck who always goes quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack.
E is for the Elephant, the biggest one is he.
F is for the Fox, he's just as smart as he can be.
G is for the Giraffe, with a neck that's oh, so long.
H is for Hippopotamus, so big and fat and strong.
I is for the Ibex, he's a cousin to the goat.
J is for the Jaguar with spots upon his coat.
K is for the Kangaroo, he's from the land Down Under.
L is for the Lion, the king whose roar is just like thunder.
M is for the Monkey, he's the cutest little thing.
N is for the Nightingale who always likes to sing.
O is for the Ostrich, he hides his head in the sand.
P is for the Pelican, his bill holds more than his belly can.
Q is for the Quail who has a little bitty tail.
R is for the Rabbit he's swifter than a gale.
S is for the Skunk, to tease him is to bungle.
T is for the Tiger he's the terror of the jungle.
U is for the Unau, an animal from Brazil. [NOTE: There must have been a typo (common with carbon copy creations) by the author as the original word for "U" on this line was "urno" but I found no such record for an animal with this name. I altered the list to include the animal Unau which fits the description. :)]
V is for the Vulture always waiting for the kill.
W is for Wolf, a mean and heartless cur.
X is for the Xerus with a tail of fluffy fur.
Just two more letters and this story will be told.
Y is for the Yellowtail, a fish that's painted gold.
Just one more letter then class will be dismissed.
Z is for the Zebra, the last one on the list.

Additionally, here is an excerpt from The Holy Bible, NIV version, Genesis 1, verses 20 - 25.

20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Have a wonderful day!



Friday, September 25, 2015

Creative Mornings!

Shadow self-portrait by Laura Moody, Nashville, TN.
An event that I regularly look forward to attending is the
CreativeMornings session in Nashville, TN
CreativeMornings chapter members meet in their respective
cities around the globe each month to network,
enjoy a cup of coffee (or tasty treat)
and to consider and discuss a pre-set theme.

Today's presentation was given by photographer and
business man Lee Steffen.
He spoke on Empathy at Studio 615.
He reminded us that each person's journey is unique and
yet at the same time will encompass some of the same
attributes as other people's paths. 
Each walk will include trials and errors but
nonetheless do not fear.
Keep pushing forward, experiencing each moment
and remember to be kind. :)

Here is a Lee Steffen quote from the a.m. event posted on
"Most importantly be kind. Art is a gift to make people's life brighter.
Be a light, whatever you do. "

I also want to add - keep learning and communicating!
Read books. Meet people. Travel!

Life here on earth is finite and we are here partly in order to enjoy it,
with all its incredible landscapes, cultures and creatures.
As life is a gift of the Lord Jesus, the other part of life is seeking Jesus and
having a relationship with Him. 
Then, as we thank Him for his precious gift and learn to be at peace in all circumstances, 
we will discover and soon know the definition of living
as our Sovereign God meant it to be!


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Quote by Helen Keller

Cinnamon stick and dried rose bud cross that I
purchased during a visit to Mykonos, Greece.
Photo by Laura Moody.

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt within the heart."
- Helen Keller

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Gentle Giant Moves Us

When I saw this truck, I thought of the song
He's Got The Whole World In His Hands.

Our Lord Jesus moves His followers where he needs them and 
usually there are multiple purposes for the event! It goes something like this:

#1 - So the person relocating may learn to trust Jesus more.

#2 - So that the person may continue to live as Jesus intended,
free and with joy, holding tightly to the Lord's hand
as their every step is guided.

#3 - So that the Lord may use that person to share the love of Jesus Christ
with others who need to experience it which
will prompt their relationship
 to grow with our Lord and Savior too.
Jesus is Sovereign and so is His overarching plan for the world
and the people that exist in it.
How exciting to be a part of the Lord's Will,
 knowing we have a purpose!

As I considered how to write this post, knowing I wanted to use the photo above of the Gentle Giant Moving Company truck that I snapped en route, but not sure exactly what words to incorporate with it, I researched the Gentle Giant Moving Company on the Internet.

The company was founded by Northeastern University rowers a little more than 30 years ago. That made me smile and acknowledge my Lord and Savior because I have my own connection to the wonderful sport of rowing.

Jesus allowed me to organize my Virginia high school's first rowing team that continues to exist today. It began as a club in 1984 and continues to give children the opportunity every year to learn how to stay fit and work together as a team.

Thank you my Lord for the life you have allowed me to lead and for the relationships you have allowed me to experience each decade! May your Light in me shine brightly as you continue to use me to encourage, inspire, teach and love others in Your Precious Name.

 (Latin for "Glory to God in the highest")


Sunday, August 30, 2015

New Frontiers - Move Forward with Jesus!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:
The old has gone, the new is here!
- 2 Corinthians 5:17. NIV The Holy Bible

Embark on new horizons with our Lord Jesus Christ!
Move forward in His will. Pray often and experience the life He wants you to live.
Love the people he puts in your path with the 9 Fruits of the Spirit.
Rest in the knowledge that He chose you to do good things on earth!
He has an exciting plan just for you!
It is ongoing and transforming.
It will be revealed daily in His perfect timing, each little step. 
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you
with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people,
to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge
that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
- Ephesians 3:16 - 19 - NIV The Holy Bible.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Scrumptious Hummingbird Cake!

Hummingbird Cake Design made
with pecans and shredded coconut.
My mom made this wonderfully delicious Hummingbird Cake
for my birthday celebration this summer.
It was the first time our family ever had it and
I am sure it will be made again in the future!

This recipe is located on the Living Well Spending Less web site
which features photos of the cake making process.
We used the site's recommended cream cheese frosting.

The preparation time is well spent in order to enjoy this fantastic flavorful dessert!

Recipe: Hummingbird Cake

Summary: This truly southern cake is simply to die for!


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups very ripe chopped bananas
  • 8 oz. crushed pineapple (un-drained)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • Browned Buttter Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 3/4 cup coconut
  • softened butter & flour for greasing pan


  1. Grease & flour 2 9″ round baking pans.
  2. Beat eggs in small bowl.
  3. Add eggs and oil to flour mixture; stir with spatula just until moistened.
  4. Stir in bananas, pineapple, pecans, and coconut. Mix at medium speed until well blended, about 1 minute.
  5. Pour batter into baking pans. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, until knife inserted into middle of cake comes out clean.
  6. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10-15 minutes, then invert cakes onto wire rack and cool completely.
  7. Spread coconut and pecans on baking sheet; bake at 350 degrees for 5-8 minutes until toasted.
  8. Spread Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Sprinkle top with pecans and/or coconut if desired.

Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: 30-35 minutes

Happy Baking!
* <>< *

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Plenty of Foods that Begin with P

UPcycled Pizza Owl Image created by Laura Moody.
She used magazine pages and a paper plate in her design.

At a business luncheon I encountered a co-worker who shared her thought that all the delicious foods started with the letter P. She referenced pizza and pasta, adding how they were terrible for her waist line but that she enjoyed them so much!
That day's conversation stayed with me for multiple reasons but for the purposes of this entry, I want to add to her list of palatable foods that begin with the letter "P". :)

palm hearts, pancakes, Panini (a grilled sandwich), papaya, paprika, Parmesan cheese, parsley, parsnips, pasta noodles, pastry, peaches, peanut butter, peanuts, pears, peas, pecans, peppercorn (crushed spice), peppermints, pepperoni, peppers, persimmons, pesto, pickles, Pierogi (dumplings), pies, pineapple juice, pineapple, pink lemonade, Pistachio pudding, pistachio nuts, pizza, plantain, plums, polenta, pomegranates, pop tarts, popcorn, popsicle, pork chops, pork steaks, pork ribs, porridge, portabella mushrooms, pot pie, potato chips, potato pancake, potatoes, pound cake, pralines, pretzel, prune juice, prunes, pudding, pumpernickel bread, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin, punch

I know there are a few I missed. Let me know your favorite food in the Comment box below. :)
I particularly like eating the fruits, vegetables and nuts but certainly enjoy treats of pizza, pasta, potato chips, pancakes and pound cake when the opportunities present themselves! 
I just have to remember: Everything in Moderation. :)
The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:9 - NIV Holy Bible)
Have a great day! <>< Laura

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Madison Latimer - A Follower and Artist Too

I discovered the painter Madison Latimer when I visited Charleston, SC in June 2015. She had a tent there at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Art Show showcasing her colorful canvases of bird fowl that included chickens, guineas and peacocks.
What I enjoyed a great deal was that the Lord allowed me to see her truck (in photo above) on route to the event. It certainly caught my attention and I had no idea it was associated with anyone at the festival. There are many trendy businesses in that area and since no name appeared on it, I was not sure who might use such an eye-catching truck.
I soon found out. :)
After my family and I arrived and started to peruse the artist tents, I found myself shortly thereafter standing in front of images of happy lively birds and
reading a framed page of Ms. Latimer's testimony.
What I like most about her story above is that she obeyed God. "Period."
This is exactly what we all need to do daily. 
Jesus died on a cross to save us and we owe our very lives to him.
He has a plan in mind for each individual created and knows best.
Are you willing to find out what your God given purpose is?
Seek the Lord your God and learn what peace, joy and love really are!
That my friends is truly living!
An incredible adventure awaits. :)


Saturday, August 15, 2015

What's Your Cup of Tea?

Pink hibiscus flower and turquoise mug painted with acrylic
on wooden kitchen cabinet door = UPcycled ART :)
Photo by Laura Moody.

According to sources, tea is the second most highly consumed beverage in the world. As a gal with a southern background, I was raised on drinking tea. We mostly consumed Lipton black tea when I was younger but over time I have learned to appreciate green tea and oolong tea along with other unique tinctures.
Here is a list of several businesses who sell tea bags that I have enjoyed over the years: 
(now only sold by Bigelow as traditional black tea)
The operation offers very well done tours (including one by trolley of the grounds) and shares interesting details of its tea growing, leaf collecting and multiple packaging processes. There is also a gift shop on site where tea is served throughout the day. (Click on the word "tours" above for nice photos of the gift shop.) Bonus - no pesticides are used on the crops and land at this environmentally conscious farm!
Enjoy a cup of beneficial tea today! :) <>< Laura

Friday, August 14, 2015

Christmas 365 days a year! Our God is an Awesome God!

Magnolia bloom. Photo by Laura Moody, Nashville, TN.
A few years ago I heard a radio show on Christmas night.
It was a recording of the Dec. 24, 1949 CBS Grand Central Station presentation
Miracle for Christmas.
meets God and realizes how amazing our Lord and Savior is. :) 
The first link above allows you to hear the entire radio show medley that WAMU presented that night. There are some very entertaining shows on the recording prior to the one I mention. Worth a listen if you have never heard old time radio programming.

The second link features the script for the show.

The third link (beginning with 09:30 above) gives the option to listen to the Grand Central Station - Miracle for Christmas show only. Just click on the Listen playbar arrow in the middle of the page.
Enjoy! <>< Laura