I sent my Canon Rebel XSI camera in for repair on the 24th of August- 16 days ago.   It had a problem with the autofocus feature, and I wanted to take them up on the warranty while it was still available.

I expected to get it back 7-10 business days from the day the Canon company received it.   They received the camera on the 26th, and it has been 11 business days since then.     I called them and they said it could be later this week or next week before I get it back.  I was hoping it would be here already.

So that is why I haven't been posting for a while- I was waiting to get it back and thought it would be here by now.   I always feel like posts are much more interesting with pictures.     And I usually take about 1,000 pictures every two weeks or so, so you can imagine how lost I feel without it!

Today I was looking through some of my recent photos though, and decided I'd post some random photos just for fun.  

Here's the first- One of my kids had done this with Noah's teddy bear, making him look wistfully out of the window.  Too cute!

Here's a closeup:

Second, here is a picture of Bonnie's big stuffed dog sleeping comfortably in her bed.   I love finding things like this- they bring me a lot of happiness.

Here's a picture I had taken of some Macaroni Grill bread I had made a couple of months ago - it is so good with some extra virgin olive oil and spices. Recipe here.

James and Noah sleeping...Noah sucking his little thumb.

The picture below was done by Caleb, and it meant a lot to me and was very special. The reason?   The picture is of our family tree.   On the top you'll see our ancestors who have passed away, and they all have wings.   The bottom three smiley faces are Caleb, Noah and Bonnie- and if you look to the right, there's another little branch that Caleb added with a smiley that had wings.  He told me that one was Blessing, our baby that we lost through miscarriage.  

And this last one is a picture of some paint on a plate- sometimes after I get done painting and have excess paint leftover, I will swirl it around and enjoy the marbling effect it gets...

That's just a few that I thought would be fun to share.   Hopefully my camera will be here soon because I don't know how much longer I'll be able to stand not having it around!


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  • 9/9/2009 11:59 AM diane wrote:
    you are so creative in thought and in pictures. I love reading your posts. it's a great break in my day to read what you've been up to. I'm 54 years old and have daughters ages 30 and 34, you're like another daughter! My 34 year old daughter has a husband and 2 little boys, my wonderful grandsons named Benjamin (age 4) and Nathan (age 3) and my 30 year old daughter recently got engaged and she and her fiance want at least one child, so I will get some more grandchildren!! We've been hit hard by this economic mess the country is in. My son-in-law is a Purdue University engineering graduate and has been unemployed since Feb. There just aren't any jobs in the manufacturing sector right now. My daughter has been a stay at home mom to their boys and she is also a Purdue University graduate and she can't find work either. It's getting us all down and very concerned as to how long this is going to take. My 30 year old daughter has a masters degree from Purdue University in technology and she was out of work from Oct. 2008 to May of 2009 finally got a job. She was let-go from that job last Fri. My husband was let-go from his engineering job of 32 years last year in Aug. but luck was with us and he was only out of work for 3 weeks and got on at our local Caterpillar Plant with a contract company and he's been working ever since. I think God is having him work so we can help our kids survive. I work part-time at Purdue University as a receptionist. I do not have a college degree, but I feel very fortunate to still have a job. I just wanted to let you know that when I read your posts it's fun for me. It's like I have a window to your world and I do miss it when you don't post anything. I began getting your automatic updates about a year and a half ago as I came upon your blog while searching for an apron pattern. Take care and God bless you and your family Bethany.~diane
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  • 9/9/2009 1:01 PM Sandi wrote:
    I absolutely LOVE the teddy bear pic.
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  • 9/9/2009 2:38 PM Amy wrote: the pic of the bear in the window and your sleeping men...Aww!! I know what you mean...I LOVE my camera and few so lost without it!
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  • 9/10/2009 8:36 PM Jen wrote:
    You should make big prints of your swirly paint... I love it! People love big canvases of that on their walls. Or, you could just lay paper over the top of it and transfer the paint that way
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  • 9/10/2009 9:19 PM Mandie wrote:
    Hey the pics!! I agree with Jen! Love the swirly paint and would totally put that in my house.

    Hey can you do me a favor...I haven't updated Passionate Chaos in a million years (ok maybe only 6 months) and I decided I needed to get back into the swing of things, but also decided to move to blogger and go with a new name/look so can you update your blogroll list??

    New blog name is "A Mom With Many Names"! Thanks!!
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  • 9/10/2009 10:24 PM Marie wrote:
    You probably already know this, but JUST IN CASE you didn't, I'd feel bad about knowing & not sharing!

    God bless you & your family. You all are so sweet!

    Please read the whole article. It's gardening as well!
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  • 9/10/2009 10:55 PM Janet wrote:
    Very sweet pictures! I like the swirl art very much!
    At Christmas time when we decorate sugar cookies or gingerbread men, we will swirl colored "royal icing" on top of the cookies. It's also very pretty on top of Easter egg-shaped cut-out sugar cookies in nice pastels.
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  • 9/19/2009 5:48 AM Kelli wrote:
    I would love a print of that photo (the swirls) to hang on a wall Bethany - you could totally sell that! Beautiful!
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