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One Word Photo Challenge: Teal


This week’s One Word Photo Challenge is Teal; a beautiful shade found on the color spectrum of blue, can be found in the pictures posted below.

If you have never known the love of a therapy horse, or have seen the love expressed between horse and rider, then hopefully you can see that and more expressed in the photos.

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The ever so patient horse, encouraging the ever so gentle touch from a child with special needs is awe inspiring. Tears well up in my eyes with happiness, as I watch my daughter’s slow movements in her approach towards her therapy horse, Passion, who is moving in closer to my daughter for her to touch.

Horse/equine therapy, also known as Hippotherapy, has been very helpful with my daughter in teaching her to express herself more. Not only that, but it allows her to have a love for animals that she didn’t have before; she had expressed fear when any animal approached her, whether that animal was calm or not.

She expresses a giddy, “Hi, Passion.” before reaching up to brush her fingertips across Passion’s nose. Passion, a gentle therapy horse on Harmony In Hooves Farm, stands up to her name. Her gentle, calm nature would allowing anyone a chance to pet her. Horses can be very therapeutic and just being around her can be very calming.

You can check out my other blog post for more information on how horses can be therapeutic for special needs children.

The following photos is of some artwork pieces found in Bernice Gardens in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

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This Weeks Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds


Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m always snapping a picture of something, anything, everything. I’ve never taken classes for photography…yet, it is just something that I’ve inherited from my grandfather who always had a camera on him.

This weeks photo challenge is about Rule of Thirds. As an amateur, I had no clue as to what that meant, until Jen H. described it in the Daily Post.

The Rule of Thirds is a photography concept that puts the subject of the photograph off-center, which usually results in blank space in the rest of the image.

That’s easy enough, though I find it harder to do with my mobile. It isn’t an expensive, flashy phone, but it does take some relatively good pictures.

Enjoy!

This picture is of a real dragonfly, I just have my cameras lens zoomed in as far as I could get it to zoom. I think I was about twenty feet away. This was the only clear shot I could take, all the others came out blurry.

This picture is of a real dragonfly, I just have my cameras lens zoomed in as far as I could get it to zoom. I think I was about twenty feet away. This was the only clear shot I could take, all the others came out blurry.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry


This weeks photo challenge is symmetry.

Symmetry comes from a Greek word meaning to ‘come together’. The definition of symmetry is, pleasingly proportionate; the quality of made up parts that are similar to one another around an axis or that are opposite of one another.

More photos from my navy deployment. Enjoy!

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One Word Photo Challenge: Rainbow


I love rainbows. Just something about a bow of bright colors magically appearing high in the sky after a storm. It stands out in its unique way across a dark blue sky, causing almost everyone to notice it. They make me smile and feel like a giddy child as I think back to stories from my childhood of the pot-o-gold at the end of the rainbow or the one about Noah and the Ark.
Here are a few pictures I have taken of some rainbows. Enjoy! And may you have a blessed day! 🙂
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For anyone wishing to partake in the photo challenge, or to see next weeks challenge, please check out this blog: http://jennifernicholewells.com/2014/07/15/one-word-photo-challenge-rainbow/

One Word Photo Challenge: Brown


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My daughter has been doing horse back riding therapy, also called hippotherapy, for almost seven months now and she really enjoys it. It has helped her out in many ways and has encouraged her to become more verbal, more attentive to her surroundings, plus she gets excited when I tell her that she’s going riding today.

It took her speech therapist four horses, each a different size and gait, to figure out which horse best suited my daughter’s needs (for both autism and sensory processing disorder). Though each horse she’s ridden has been really sweet and lovable, I sincerely love the horse she has now. She’s (the horse) is well taught in being a therapy horse, she’s smart, and likes to take part in some of the games we’re playing, such as puzzles, she likes to look at the puzzle board with us.

Since this week’s one word photo challenge is brown, I’ll share a few pictures of some of the horses around the farm where my daughter rides.

 

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One word photo challenge: Blue


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Tardis blue – I found a table of Doctor Who stuff at my local Barnes & Noble

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Autism Awareness puzzle piece candy dish

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Stormy blue skies

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Blue butterfly wings – sorry for the blurred image, it’s hard to catch a hyper child sitting still. I guess you can say this was taken in flight lol!

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See finds pushing the barrels at the stables comforting

Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie


A lot of us with camera phones, who are snap happy, usually take selfies. Whether it be in the mirror in a bathroom somewhere, in the car, or just about any location in general where the opportunity arises to snap a picture of ourselves. Then we upload it to instagram, facebook, twitter, flickr, tumblr, and whichever other social media outlet we have that we can share our fabulous looking selfies, followed by a series of hashtags.

I’m usually snap happy when it comes to my daughter, but since I recently upgraded my phone to a forward facing camera, I snap the occasional selfie.

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I recently got my hair cut a week ago

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I love black and white pics. This one is a fav of mine.

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Goofing around with one of the horses at the stables where my daughter rides.

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Weekly photo challenge: Beginning


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The beginning of a new friendship

Since my daughter started doing hippotherapy (therapeutic riding) this past summer, she has a new found friendship with each horse she rides. Though in the picture she is seen leaning in to kiss a horse named Peaches, she usually rides another horse named Gilly.

Hippotherapy has helped her open up more with her confidence in horses and most other animals, as well as helped her open up with her speech. Up until the age of three she had barely an eight word vocabulary, whereas most kids that age has three times that many words in their vocabulary.

Hippotherapy helps keep her calm and relaxed to the point where she can use that energy to focus on other things, such as seeing the world around her and telling us about what she sees. When she isn’t riding, she is mostly focused on one thing and has to have help in redirecting her attention to something else.

Now that she is four years old, she has started talking more and is using actual sentences. She still babbles a lot, but it is the effort in trying to say what she has to say that counts.

That Eureka Moment


About a week ago I began working on another writing project – I have several started. With so much going on in this house I’m always busy and on the go. However, I always find time to write. When I started my current writing project I had a few lines written, then came to a stop. I was stuck. This usually happens. I don’t call it writers block, just stuck, for now. I always find a way around it. Every day I would open the screen, then stare at the words, waiting for something, some idea to just pop up into my head like the proverbial light bulb that instantly lights up when someone has an idea.

Last night I laid in bed, trying to think of what to write, how to work the next sentence. I often do this. I find my best ideas are late at night when I should be trying to go to sleep. I knew what I wanted the story to be about, but I was having issues with putting the story into words. I prayed to the Lord above, send me a sign, give me a little help, a nudge in the right direction.

I pulled the covers up and got comfortable, time to call it a night and go to sleep. Then I got that Eureka moment! The idea I was wanting. I had been writing the story wrong. I had it from one characters perspective and needed to switch it around, to come from a different characters perspective.

This morning I began re-doing the story and presto, the words began to flow! It should take me a few days to get it written, then go back over it a few times, editing it. Then polish it up to be sent off.

I will give you a hint on what it’s about – horses! As soon as the story is polished and ready to be sent to the publisher, I will tell you a little more on what the story is about.

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Horsin’ Around


For the past several weeks I’ve been taking my daughter to do hippotherapy every Monday. My daughter rides a small horse named Lucky, who has a calm demeanor and is quite loveable. In fact most of the horses that I’ve encountered at Harmony in Hooves are very loveable.

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This past Monday, while my daughter and I were waiting on Lucky to be brushed and saddled, we were approached by a very tall, dark, and handsome fella. No, he wasn’t a human, he was a horse. I was leaning against the railing when he came over and nudged me. I then began to pet him. My daughter comes over to him a little closer and he leans down and watches her closely, allowing her to touch his nose. She walked in a little further and started to pet his leg. She stepped back and started to laugh, as she was enjoying herself. I was just enjoying seeing how well she’s doing in such a close proximity to a giant beast compared to her stature.

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She steps in again and pets him on the leg, then reaches up as far as she could, petting him a few more times before standing back and giggles. He leans in and touches his nose to the top of her head and they both freeze. I watch her, curious to her reaction and see her smile so big. He lifts his nose from her head and she looks up at him smiling, then laughs again before reaching up to touch his nose once more.

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It makes my heart leap for joy to see the love my daughter has with these gentle animals at the stables. I’ve grown up infatuated by horses, and always find a way to be around them. I share the same kind of love for them as I can see she has. What a wonderful feeling. I can say I thoroughly enjoy our Monday’s together.