There is nothing more gratifying than crafted words with beautiful similes quickening the heartbeat of the reader. But, lately I have not given it the time I should to tell you stories from my life here on Bailey Pond. Sometimes, your art needs a rest.


Volunteering for (in)courage small groups has turned into a real job.  I have been working for (in)courage for the past few weeks, which is a dream job for me.  I even had the honor of writing a blog post for them!  How great is that? Helping women become who God has created them to be is my passion in life, and that is part of what we do.


Behind the scenes is the same as the front.  There is love, grace and encouragement as we do what needs to be done to bring women into community.


I still find great gratification in creating images; and, in my mind I know the story of each picture.  I know the bee that flew past just before the shutter opened and closed.  I hear the coyote pups yelping deep in the woods, and I inhale the fragrance of sweet grass as my feet bend and press it as I walk past.  God never ceases to take my breath away with His art.   The beauty of the pasture, the wildflowers, and the geese making themselves right at home on the patio thrills me.


So right now, instead of trying to craft words to describe the beauty, may I show you images of life around Bailey Pond?


Oh, by the way, I’m thinking about beginning a link-up of your photos of the week.  Would you be interested?  A picture and a story? Let me know what you think.





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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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