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As school closed on a horrible day, I took my troubled soul here to begin the healing. When my reserves run low, I seek affirmation from those I love, and I bask in God’s majesty.

Such beauty reminds me that God is in control. All isn’t right with the world, but its not my job to fix everything, just to do the best I can with the gifts God has given me.

For the next two weeks, the lives of my young charges are out of my hands. Worrying won’t change whatever may be. I did what I could. I will have to trust God and prayer to do the rest.

To help me relax, I went to this park, took my camera and tripod out to the point, and savored the salt water breeze and the sand, sun, and sea. The tide was coming in, so the sea put on a show. As I watched, a measure of peace returned.

There are many things in this world bigger than I am, but there is nothing bigger than God.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. You know… ANYbody can take great pictures if they are given GREAT views! LOL! But YOU take spectacular pictures!!! And if I had those views I don’t think I could stay upset/anxious/angry/uncertain for long. I’m with ya — God speaks VOLUMES there! So glad one of us gets to enjoy it!

  2. Beautiful pictures Quilly we live on such a wonder planet. I will say a wee prayer for you troubled soul my friend.

    thank you for sharing and thank you for being a friend.

    PS I hope you got my email I sent you a couple of days ago. Just wanted to keep you up on the news.

    Blessed two week rest. God will watch your charges while you relax and recharge.

  3. Tranquil(ly) shots. And you’re so right. It’s not our job to fix everything – just to understand, rationalise and work around the things that grate on us.

  4. Hey! One of my own comments is missing! Where did it go? Spam of course, but I retrieved it.

    Melli — you know you’re welcome here!

    Bill — thanks for the prayer. I got the email. Keep me posted. I’m praying for you, too.

    David — that’s hard to do when it’s a child’s welfare at stake. The mother isn’t abusive, just so uneducated and clueless that the kid suffers unintentional (we hope) neglect. Trying to get something done about it is frustrating. Mom needs help and won’t accept it.

    Brian — thanks. That’s what I needed most of all.

    Polona — so far I’ve been sleeping and cleaning house.

  5. (Okay I know I can be smarter than this. This is the 3rd time I am trying to leave a comment)

    Quilly, I am so glad I found your site. It is such a beautiful find. Thank you for visiting me and leaving me a trail to follow.

    I agree completely with you. We do live in a broken world. I am so grateful that God has things all planned out. It isn’t our job to fix it all. Our task is to listen and obey. It is His job to fix and orchestrate.
    The photos are wonderful. Thank you for bringing back the memories.

  6. Cath — you don’t sound so crazy to me. 🙂 Every time I start to worry I try to hand it off to God. Now, if i could just quit taking it back!

  7. Ohhhhhh. I love Hawaii with all my heart and there are a few posts on my blog to prove it. Thanks for the photos. If this is what I can expect on your blog, I’ll be back for sure!

  8. Carolyn — here you will consistently find photos of Hawaii and moments from my classroom and/or private life. I also have a blog primarily about Hawaii, and one about life with my love. And one about ….

  9. What beautiful photos, it must be a really inspiring place to live. I hope that your charges are ok for the two weeks, sounds like you need to get some time to yourself for a recharge, so you can start again with a full charge!

  10. That was beautiful. I think I will head down to the river tomorrow when I get off work and enjoy the sites and sounds as like you Quill, water helps to calm me and bring a sense of peace that I am so desperately looking for after having been at the hospital with John as he suffered yet another heart attack.

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