While this is stated on the blog purpose page, it is also an important enough disclaimer for me to feel a need to place on this front page for first-time visitors. I am a stay-at-home-wife and mother, busy with home educating my children, doing daycare, and preparing our church-turned-home to embrace special needs and terminally ill children in need of a forever family. These "Hidden Valley Ministries" are my first and top priority. While the passions that drive this blog are a close second, they are exactly that --- a second. And so, there may be periods of time where no new posts appear. Rather than take your time to check in every day, the best way to be aware of when I do post, is to either subscribe by email, like the Facebook page, or subscribe via a reader of your choice. (Links found at the bottom of the page) These will notify you when a new post has made it's appearance. (NOTE: Facebook settings much be adjusted on Facebook for this to appear on your newsfeed.) If the blog is quiet, it hasn't been abandoned. Instead,my first ministries have taken the time God allots me each day. I'll return as soon as I can, for I can't imagine a life without writing, sharing what God shows me in this Hidden Valley I dwell in, in order to encourage others, and of course, playing with photography and by doing so, share the beauty that is my life. Thank you for visiting. I pray you are blessed somehow, someway a a result of being here.