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yellow2I struggled with whether to use this photo for this week’s challenge. It makes me cringe to see anything anti-Israel, but I think this photo is thought provoking for a much different reason than the subject being protested. When I was recently in Washington D.C., I saw this lady camped out protesting nuclear weapons right across from the White House.

I had never heard of Concepcion W. Thomas before. How did it escape me that a woman had been protesting in Washington D.C. since 1981? Or, let’s put it another way…this lady has been protesting since I was 6 years old! She camps out 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. (Yes, even during the cold, snowy winters.) By law, she can’t lie down, so she sleeps in a sitting position. If she were to leave her tent, it could be taken down. Basically in 1981, it was okay to camp out by the White House, but now it isn’t. She’s only allowed there because she set up camp back when it was okay. The only time this lady gets away from her post is if her friend sits in for her.

All I could think was…is there anything that I could feel so strongly about that I would spend 30 years devoted to non-stop? It makes me ashamed to admit how quickly I can move on from one thing to the next. Or, how quickly I can complain about the daily (sometimes) monotonous duties of being a mom, teacher, spouse, and so on.

I can’t understand what drives this lady, but I can appreciate her zeal.


  • ashinbleu - All I can say is "Wow!"ReplyCancel

  • Tamar SB - Wow! Thanks for sharing! I went to college in DC and got used to seeing her down there all the time. Talk about determination to protest, got to give her that much!

    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Life with Kaishon - Oh my goodness. I can't get over this. I must go and learn more about her. Awesome post.ReplyCancel

  • Dana-from chaos to Grace - WOW…that is determination! And the photo is something totally different and thought provoking! I like it! LOLReplyCancel

  • JM PhotoArt - I don't know that there is something I would sit for 30 years in a tent for.. wow. Great picture and thanks for the thoughts as well.ReplyCancel

Balcony turned into a bathroom remodel – part 2:

Half to Full Bathroom in small space remodeling balcony renovation

Mark and his friend, Scott, spent all of today working on the “balcony” bathroom remodel. (It’s so nice to see that space transforming into something functional!)

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  • Lori - sweet! that will come in handy, especially with 3 growing kiddos. i need duane to see the bookcase/'door to a secret place' that mark did, he's getting ready to do something similar in the basementReplyCancel

We have had a balcony that was absolutely useless. It was skinny, went nowhere, and had absolutely no function. Mark and I decided to change the space into a (small) bathroom.

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  • Kathy - Like the diagram 😉ReplyCancel

  • Life with Kaishon - That sounds like a lot of work. That Mark is a whiz. And you can tell him I said so. : ) I miss you. I think I should drive to Ohio tomorrow so you can chit chat with me…and edit the wedding pictures from today : ) See you in the morning : )ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - This looks a lot like my house when mum was re-modelling. It's hard but will definitely be worth it in the end :) Good luck.

    Have a happy day,

    K xxReplyCancel

  • Jonathan Roth - So are you converting the old bathroom upstairs into a bedroom?ReplyCancel

  • Drew - Jon,

    The old bathroom is now going to be Jordyn's bedroom. Ben is going to have the room that he and Nathan share right now, and Nathan is getting the middle bedroom. They won't know what to do all having their own space! :)ReplyCancel

trampolineThis week on I Heart Faces, we’re supposed to share an image that captures the spirit of being a mother. We just got a trampoline, and at first, I didn’t even touch it. Then it occurred to me that I’m not eighty yet!:)I got out there and joined the kids. Whew! What a workout! This, to me, is what being a mom’s all about…having fun with my kids and getting a welcome reminder of the joys of childhood.


  • Life with Kaishon - I LOVE trampolines! LOVE. LOVE. LOVE! I am so glad you aren't 80 yet. : ) You know what you are? Skinny. And beautiful. Happy Mother's Day to you Drew!ReplyCancel

  • Elyssa - Love this! Looks like a blast!ReplyCancel

  • Lizz - This is a fantastic capture! LOVE it and LOVE this part of being a mom!

    Stopping by from I Heart Faces
    My photo: alwaysclickingaway.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • Simple Girl - I love this picture and how much fun your son is having playing with his mom!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - Such a happy picture…that what was captured here!ReplyCancel

  • Erica - what a fun mom! making memories :)ReplyCancel

  • Tamar SB - What a fun mom! Love it!! Happy mother's day!

    TamarReplyCancel

  • Valeria - Lots of FUN. I like itReplyCancel

  • Jessie - Great shot! Happy Mother's Day!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - This is awesome! And thanks for the reminder to have fun with my kiddo's!ReplyCancel

  • Skeller - yay to not-being-80 and discovering good times on the trampoline!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Buell - I love that you're having fun with your son! :)ReplyCancel

  • Mommy to Tyler & Kendall - What a fun capture! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Britney Emilie - Moms are so fun! What a joyous moment to capture and remember forever. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne in Ohio - Looks like fun! Happy Mother's Day, Drew!ReplyCancel

  • Our Family - How fun!!! I hope you get many more opportunities to enjoy life through and with your kids!ReplyCancel

  • Veronica Leaptrott - there is something about kids that keeps us young and jumping on a trampoline is one of them. Nice shotReplyCancel

  • Team Lando - I love this. I just wrote a mother's day post for my mom about the trampoline we had growing up!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - love it! courtney wants me to ask for one for my birthday (cuz her birthday is too far away) :-) and I just might cuz I love them!ReplyCancel