“The Unmaking” – A Lyric Photoshoot

Hello!

Time flies! With school started back up, my blogging schedule is a bit more on the back burner. I’m still keeping my plan to post on Thursdays, but we’ll see where the school year takes us… 😉

For this Thursday, I am excited to show you a photoshoot I got of Julie. I got this photoshoot to go with the song, “The Unmaking” by Nichole Nordeman. I really like this song, and I love the lyrics.

I’ve included the YouTube lyric video in this post so you can play the song while you look at the photos and read the lyrics along with them. Enjoy!

 

 

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This is where the walls gave way.

This is demolition day.

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All the debris and all this dust;

What is left of what once was,

Sorting through what goes and what should stay.

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Every stone I laid for you.

As if you had asked me to.

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A monument to holy things,

Empty talk and circlings.

Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do?

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What happens now,

When all I’ve made is torn down?

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What happens next

When all of You is All that’s left?

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This is the unmaking,

Beauty in the breaking.

Had to lose myself to find out who You are.

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Before each beginning,

There must be an ending.

Sitting in the rubble, I can see the stars.

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This is the unmaking.

This is the unmaking.

 

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The longer and the tighter that we hold

Only makes it harder to let go.

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But love will not stay locked inside,

A steeple or a tower high:

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Only when we’re broken are we whole.

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What happens now,

When all I’ve made is torn down?

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This is the unmaking,

Beauty in the breaking.

Had to lose myself to find out who You are.

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Before each beginning,

There must be an ending.

Sitting in the rubble, I can see the stars.

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This is the unmaking.

This is the unmaking.

 

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I’ll gather the same stones where

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everything came crashing down.

 

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I’ll build You an altar there, on the same ground.

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‘Cause what stood before

      Was never Yours. 

 

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This is the unmaking,

Beauty in the breaking.

Had to lose myself to find out who You are.

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Before each beginning,

There must be an ending.

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Sitting in the rubble, I can see the stars.

This is the unmaking.

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This is the unmaking.

This is the unmaking.

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Had to lose myself to find out who You are.

 

 

 

Which photo is your favorite? Which part of the lyrics is your favorite? What’s your favorite song, or a song that is impactful to you?

 

Have a blessed day!

Gracie Sign Off

 

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Conversing, Compiling, and Comparing – A Back to School Discussion Among the Dolls

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Clara: So, I guess we’re here to talk about… school?

Grace: Uh-huh. *Turns to look at readers*

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Grace: Gracie just came in and told us four dolls that we’re doing a post, so we obliged. It’s a kind of discussion between me and Clara, and then between Julie and Caroline. Each pair has to make a list of five things we’re thankful for coming into the school year. Afterwards we’ll compare lists.

Clara: What?? Thankful for about school? Why not “Five reasons we’re thankful that fall break is going to come.”?

Grace: *giggles* I think it’s supposed to be a bit of a challenge. And besides, didn’t you hear Gracie tell us what we were doing earlier?

Clara: *shrugs* I guess I spaced out at the word, “school.”

Grace: Ok, let’s start then. What about… friends?

Clara: …Huh, you’re right! That’s not so hard, we get to see our friends!

  1. Seeing friends

Clara: Ok, number two…. Um…? I’m stuck.

Grace: Already? How about…

Clara: Oh, wait! Recess!

Grace: Well…

Clara: And lunch!

Grace: But… Ok. Why not?

  1. Seeing friends
  2. Recess
  3. Lunch

Grace: But now lets finish up with some more serious ones.

Clara: Ok…?

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Grace: Like, how about, that we are able to get an education?

Clara: Yeah, that’s good!

  1. Seeing friends
  2. Recess
  3. Lunch
  4. Ability to get an education

Grace: One more!

Clara: All right!

Grace: I think this last one is yours. You haven’t done any serious ones yet.

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Clara: What? Recess and lunch are awesome!

Grace: Ok, yes, they are things to be thankful for, but you know what I mean.

Clara: Hmm, well, *thinks* I’m thankful that we get to have breaks from our work.

Grace: *Shakes head, laughing* I give up. But I also agree, though I think there is definitely more we could have thought of!

  1. Seeing friends
  2. Lunch
  3. Recess
  4. Ability to get an education
  5. Breaks from working

Clara: Yay! We did it!

Grace: I guess it’s Caroline and Julie’s turn now!

 


 

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Julie: Now that Grace and Clara are cleared out, it’s time for us to start. I wonder what took them so long? We all have the same task right?

Caroline: I believe so.

Julie: *Shrugs* Ok. This shouldn’t be too difficult.

Caroline: Yes, but it’s always good to step back and thank God, even for the things that seem mundane.

Julie: *nods* What should be first on the list?

Caroline: I know I always love getting fresh school supplies and books.

  1. New school supplies

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Julie: Yes, and as I think about it. As much as school seems ordinary to us, to many kids in other places around the world it is a huge privilege. So I’m thankful we have the opportunity to get a good education.

  1. New school supplies
  2. Opportunity and privilege for education

Caroline: Yes! And how about seeing friends, old and new.

Julie: I’m thankful for that.

  1. New school supplies
  2. Opportunity and privilege for education
  3. Friends, old and new

Caroline: I have one more, if you don’t mind.

Julie: Of course!

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Caroline: I’m thankful for learning. Even though we don’t always see the impact in a week or a month, you can look back on years and see how much you’ve learned and improved. We can read, write, and do math so much better now than when we started.

  1. New school supplies
  2. Opportunity and privilege for education
  3. Friends, old and new
  4. Learning

Julie: That’s a good thought! And I have one to finish off our list, though I’m sure we could keep going!

Caroline: Yes, it’s hard to only to list five, after you’ve started thinking about it!

Julie: Though we’re listing a lot that’s good about school itself, I’m also grateful for breaks from the business to refresh. Even the Lord rested after creating the world, as an example to us.

  1. New school supplies
  2. Opportunity and privilege for education
  3. Friends, old and new
  4. Learning
  5. Breaks from the business

Caroline: Very good!

Julie: That was actually pretty fun. Let’s go compare with the other girls.

 


 

Clara: You’re done already?

Julie: *nods* We actually wanted to keep going!

Grace: *giggles* Oh dear, I’m not sure I want you to see our list.

Clara: It’s ok, Grace thought of the good ones!

Julie: Let’s compare!

Clara and Grace’s List:

  1. Seeing friends
  2. Lunch
  3. Recess
  4. Ability to get an education
  5. Breaks from working

 

Caroline and Julie’s List:

  1. New school supplies
  2. Opportunity and privilege for education
  3. Friends, old and new
  4. Learning
  5. Breaks from the business

 

Caroline: Very nice!

Clara: I told you, Grace! Breaks are serious!

Julie: *laughs* I think those are all good things to be thankful for!

Caroline: Even thinking of seemingly little things help us to be grateful.

Clara: True. I guess I’m a bit more glad for school. And recess seems sweeter too! *winks*

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Julie: *turns to look at readers* Thank you all for reading! I hope that you appreciated seeing us compile these lists, and that it might have inspired you. Now it’s your turn, what are you all thankful for, coming into the school year? Bye for now, and have a good school year!

 

 

 

 

Caption It! #4 – Winner!

Happy Thursday! How has your summer been so far?

Thank you all for voting for your favorite captions! Today I will reveal the winner!

The winner is…

 

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JEWEL!!

Great job, Jewel! You had a great caption!

Here it is:

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[Grace]: I got the suitcase!

[Caroline]: Thank you, Grace. One question: I only have room for one more shirt. So should I wear the tee-shirt or the sweater for our vacation?

[Grace]: Oh definitely tee-shirt! Julie gave you that.

[Caroline]: OK…

[Grace]: On the other hand it is cold in Alaska…

[Caroline]: Yeah, that’s what I was thinking.

[Grace]: But Julie might be upset you didn’t bring the tee-shirt.

[Caroline]: Yikes… It’s possible.

[Grace]: But the sweater is so much cuter!

[Caroline]: True… I think I’ll go with that…

[Grace]: Now, that I think about it, didn’t it have fleas?

[Caroline]: Grace!

[Grace]: What?

[Caroline]: Nevermind… I think I have as many clothes as I need.

[Grace]: Glad to be of service!

 

That’s about all for this post! Congratulations Jewel!

 

Anyone have plans for the rest of summer? This weekend I’ll be going to summer camp with my youth group, and then I will be going to a cabin with family. Hopefully I can take a doll along and have a post next Thursday with pictures around the cabin! Which doll do you want me to take along?

 

Have a blessed day!

Gracie Sign Off

Caption It! #4 – Voting

Hello!

Currently I am on a mission trip with a group from my church, so I’ve scheduled the voting session for Caption It #4. 🙂

Here’s how the voting works:

  • I post the picture to be captioned
  • I post a few of my favorite captions below it
  • and you vote for your favorite caption with the poll!

I plan to post the winner in about 2 weeks! (In one week I plan to post the blogiversary winner!)

 

I loved reading all of your captions!! You all had great ones!

I picked out four of my favorites for you all to choose from, and even if I didn’t pick yours, I still really enjoyed it! Thank you all for participating!

 

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(Note: These are not listed in order of favorites.)

 

Hannah‘s Caption:

Caroline: Which shirt Grace?

Grace: I don’t know, look outside, is it hot, or cold?

Caroline: It’s the middle of June, what did you think?

Grace: I know it’s the middle of June, Caroline. So what are you going to wear?

Caroline: I asked you, you’re the fashionista after all.

Grace: Just put the pink t-shirt on Caroline.

 

Jewel‘s Caption:

[Grace]: I got the suitcase!

[Caroline]: Thank you, Grace. One question: I only have room for one more shirt. So should I wear the tee-shirt or the sweater for our vacation?

[Grace]: Oh definitely tee-shirt! Julie gave you that.

[Caroline]: OK…

[Grace]: On the other hand it is cold in Alaska…

[Caroline]: Yeah, that’s what I was thinking.

[Grace]: But Julie might be upset you didn’t bring the tee-shirt.

[Caroline]: Yikes… It’s possible.

[Grace]: But the sweater is so much cuter!

[Caroline]: True… I think I’ll go with that…

[Grace]: Now, that I think about it, didn’t it have fleas?

[Caroline]: Grace!

[Grace]: What?

[Caroline]: Nevermind… I think I have as many clothes as I need.

[Grace]: Glad to be of service!

 

The Director‘s Caption:

Grace: What are you doing with those?

Caroline: I have too much stuff in my closet, so I’m going to give these away.

Grace: But you wear those all the time!! Aren’t you supposed to give away what you don’t use, not what you do?

Caroline: Well… Yeah, I guess so!

Grace: Good. Because I was worried I wouldn’t be able to borrow these from you anymore!

 

Jaylin’s Caption:

Grace: Aha! Here’s a perfect spot for a photo shoot! People will certainly enter Gracie’s blogiversary giveaway after they see these pictures! *stands perfectly still posing for the camera*

Caroline: Grace!!

Grace: *screams* Caroline! Why did you scare me like that! I’m doing a photo shoot!

Caroline: *Looks sheepishly at Grace* Sorry, I was just wondering which outfit I should wear.

Grace: Um…

Caroline: I think you’re right! I should wear the blue shirt.

Grace: Wait, I didn’t say… Oh never mind.

Caroline: So I should wear the pink one?

Grace: Sure!

Caroline: Thanks Grace!

 

Have fun voting!

 

 

Which caption did you vote for? Have you participated in any of Smile and Craft AG’s past Caption It games?

Don’t forget to enter my blogiversary giveaway! Final day to enter is Tuesday, June 26!

 

Have a blessed day!

Gracie Sign Off

Happy Resurrection Day! {{Easter 2018}}

Happy Easter everyone!

Today I’m here with some family photos of my dolls in the Easter outfits that you all voted on for them!

I hope you enjoy the pictures. Most importantly, my hope and prayer is that you remember the reason we celebrate Easter.

It’s not the rabbits, the chocolate, the egg hunts.

It is Resurrection Day. A day we commemorate Jesus rising from the grave after his death on the cross, conquering death and sin.

And as the song “Glorious Day” puts it,

~Living He loved us.

Dying He saved us.

Buried He carried our sins far away.

Rising He justified, freely forever.

And one day He’s coming back, oh glorious day!~

We don’t deserve His love, yet he freely gives it. Don’t take this message lightly! It is the most important news the world will ever know. Without it, we are doomed to eternity in Hell.

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him [Jesus] the iniquity of us all.” ~Isaiah 53:6 

There is hope in the power of the cross!

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” ~Acts 16:31. Visit my “What I Believe” page, or find a Bible church for more information 🙂 . And for those of you who are Believers, let’s rejoice in Jesus’ sacrifice, today and for eternity!

 

And now, onto the photos!

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I really like this year’s Easter dresses 🙂 . Click here to see last Easter’s photoshoot!

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I think Easter is a great time to get family doll photos 😉 .

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And here’s Consuelo! (and the dress I had you all wait to see!) I sewed it recently. Her collection of clothing is growing.

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Caroline and Consuelo wanted a photo together 🙂

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The two oldest.

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And the two youngest!

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And finally two last pictures of Consuelo.

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Favorite photo? Favorite thing you did this Easter? Did the dolls wear the outfits you voted for them?

 

I hope you enjoyed the pictures, and that you had a blessed Easter!

Gracie Sign Off

 

Bonus photo comparison:

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I was using a white poster-board as a reflector. The above photo is an unedited picture without a reflector.

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And this one is an unedited picture with the reflector! I simply propped the board in front of me while I took the pictures. It really seems to even out the shadows, and help their eyes to shine a little more.