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An Extraordinary Day! is a place of joy and inspiration.

Some days, the inspiration is as much for me, as it is for you.

Sometimes we just need a ray of hope.


The golden hour is the time when I prefer to take a walk.

It’s the time when I can get the best photos.  Or at least I make the attempt.

Not many, but when they happen they are dramatic thanks to the lovely light.

Isn’t this white Echinacea stunning in the light?


As long as there is sunshine and flowers…there is hope.

and then again…

Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.
Robert Green Ingersoll

That’s where you’ll find me.

With the bee who makes honey without flowers.


It comes from the ONE who IS and gives us HOPE.

Hanging on to HIM.

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Catch up on all that’s Extraordinary…


this week at An Extraordinary Day:


8/10 :: The Week at a Glance :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


Here’s a rundown of this week’s posts…

  1. Ralph W. Emerson Quote…Patience :: The Week at a Glance 8/3
  2. God cares for you :: Joy Day!
  3. Coastal Vintage Window :: Photo Frame
  4. In the Waiting…


It was another Extraordinary Week on the blog!

Our Saturday’s wrap up of the week included a few thoughts on patience and a photo in the park with an Emerson quote.  Joy Day! began with a story of how God demonstrated his care for me and some words to encourage us both in the journey.   Then on Monday, I shared my vintage window in yet another seasonal dress.  This particular post was also run as a guest post on A Diamond in the Stuff.  I have to say, I am really happy with the way this window looks.  Plus it’s a totally different look.   Wednesday took a different twist with more floral photos and my response to a quote I read by Jeff Goins on waiting.


On a Personal Note

Instead of doing anything really important this week, I played.   I even got out my paint brush and painted a water picture, and created a new vignette, and decided to make the sun room all coastal (there might be pictures…providing the gray clouds go away soon).  And even though my garden will be someone else’s soon…I weeded and swatted bugs and moved plants around and came inside all dirty and sweaty….and it was good.  And in between….first I forgot (hangs head) and then I remembered…watered my neighbor’s many potted flowers while she was away.   Then there was the midnight walk in the fog when I couldn’t sleep one night.   And oh the delight of the best blueberry pancakes ever…two days this week….made by my sweet husband.  Those are all the good things, while we wait, and wrap our minds around the idea of packing, which I avoided all week, and still not knowing where we are going on moving day.  We know God knows…please pray that he shows us his plan…quick.

So now that I’ve shared my week…please fill me in with what’s been happening with you.

Did you or do you need an extra dose of hope?

Have you been playing the waiting game too?

What good things made your heart sing this week?


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  1. Dona says

    Some people have the knack for inspiring and lifting others, and you are one of those. I pray with you, that God will show you where you are meant to be. In the meantime, let me tell you that my brother has completed his chemo and radiation and now we wait until Oct 1st to see if it did what it was supposed to. Seems like a long time, doesn’t it? To know if you still have cancer? But God has his back, so I’m not worried! God bless you Diane! Have a wonderful…..extraordinary….day!!! Dona

    • Diane says

      And you, my friend, have a gift of encouragement. Thank you! 🙂
      Dona, I’m grateful to receive this update on your brother. I will trust with you for God’s perfect healing and the words, “all-clear” on October 1st. 🙂
      God is able and we will trust him to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.
      Hope your weekend is filled with extraordinary moments!

  2. Gwen says

    So today, like each day I read, I pray for you. It’s not how its supposed to be. There’s to be a cute cottage at the end of a row called Joy Day. And that will be your purchased home where there is no more uprooting but just a peaceful puttering to the end of this wait. I pray with all my heart believing that God will make a way, when there seems to be no way (Psalty tape of 28 years ago). And for your faithfulness in this, He will provide perfect jobs for each of you. And your cup runneth over with provision.

    • Diane says

      Dear sweet Gwen. Your words of prayer and blessing brought tears to my eyes.
      In the Name of Jesus, I ask in agreement, and Lord, I receive your blessing. Amen.
      Thank you Gwen for your loving kindness in faithful prayer. You have no idea what those sweet tapped words flowing across my screen meant to me this very day.
      p.s. gotta love Psalty…what a way to make scripture live in our hearts.

  3. Babette Castanos says

    Dear Diane
    I just want to say that you are such a blessing and I pray, God’s blessings upon you and your family. I know that times are rough now. I too am unemployed, I keep praying, and God says He has not forgotten us. I love all your interesting and amazing crafts. I Pray that you will be blessed in your coming and your going, both now and forevermore. In Jesus Name.

    • Diane says

      You are so sweet Babette. 🙂 Thank your for your prayer and blessing. 🙂
      I too believe God has not forgotten us. But, I must say, I’d love to understand his timing just a little bit better. [wink]
      I just prayed for you too Babette. God is able to do amazingly more than we can ask or imagine. Yay!!
      Thanks for your kind words and for being an extraordinary part of the community here.

  4. Mel says

    First of all, I have the advantage of being late posting–I wondered about those beautiful waves with the shell. Now I know! And I glad you got/took a break to just BE and create and breathe a bit. Walking in fog is an awesome thing, but I think I prefer a bit of light with it. Oh, but I do relate to that ‘not sleeping’ bit and deciding a bit of a walk would be a good thing.

    Did you or do you need an extra dose of hope? Yup–I’m getting a bit antsy about this surgery deal, and not necessarily in a good way. *sigh* WHY I’m borrowing troubles, I do not know……
    Have you been playing the waiting game too? Ummmm……yup! *sigh* In a lot of areas. But when I’m ‘stuck’ in the muck, I tend to look for things to validate how upside down all of this is. (not real helpful, huh?!) I keep trying to shove myself in a different direction with some success–brief success. Yeahyeah….tells me I’m NOT surrendering and trusting. (there’s a surprise! LOL)
    What good things made your heart sing this week? Probably the opportunities I took to do for others–those always bring joy and peace to my heart. Do more of that, eh? 😉

    • Diane says

      Oh yeah! How many times do I need to remind myself it isn’t about me. 🙂 I’m not telling either. 😉
      My midnight walk…it was foggy….and I came home wet. :-/ I know we could look at that several ways…but you’re right…sometimes it would be good to not have to exercise so much faith.
      I’m keeping you in my prayers. I’m sure there is a date for that surgery….did I miss it?

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