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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Star Fish

This is another wonderful story from my friend Liz. I tease her that she needs her own blog, but I am happy to share her awesome photos and stories with my readers!!!

Photos courtesy of
Liz Stammel Photography

Liz is a photographer, a wonderful photographer. Liz is also a SAHM who makes extra money by watching other peoples kids (like mine). That is not always an easy job. On one particular not so good day she had forgot she had a photo shoot scheduled for after dinner. It was the last thing she felt like doing. Even though she was tired, she met her friend who is pregnant for the photo shoot at a nearby beach. This beach had very special meaning to her friend. It was the beach that her husband proposed on. It was the beach she got married on and now it is the beach she is having her pregnancy photos taken on. Somehow, at each special occasion Liz's friend found a starfish on the beach. I will be the first to tell you that they are not always easy to find.  I have tried finding a starfish myself on many occasions and still to this day have never found a starfish dead or alive on a beach! Well, while doing the photo shoot amazingly Liz and her friend found another starfish. The starfish symbolized to Liz that even though she was tired, even though she really didn't want to be away from her family, God provided a small simple gift. A star fish.

What are you thankful for today?

Have you ever had a "star fish" experience?

This post is linked to Two Questions and Thankful Thursdays


  1. 1. I am thankful I live in Canada and that my children are healthy!!

    2. I never found a star fish either...then again, I've never even seen an ocean before...mountains yes, wide, seemingly endless bodies of water,'s on my bucket list tho'...hehe

  2. It's a blue heron for me. When I was driving to work and I saw a blue heron in the pond I knew everything would be okay.

    I am so thankful for my family today!

  3. Today, I am thankful that my son is finally put in the right class, and given an decent schedule. the district mistakening placed him in remedial took us three weeks, since school started to finally get help.
    No, I haven't had that experience. Liz's photos are amazing. she needs a blog, you're right. :-) We have a sis that sells on etsy, you can see her homemade pillows on my site, she does very well on her own, but I always tell her to have a blog too...smiles.
    Thanks for playing along this week. Hope you will join us again next week.

  4. 1. I am thankful that I live in a city that provides us with such natural beauty. I plan to visit today.

    2. I have touched a starfish at the academy of sciences. It was a great experience to see them up close and personal.

  5. I am thankful that i was able to finish an important errand today without a hitch, and without losing my temper.:p

    i found my "star fish", too, this afternoon--an honest car wash crew. i had the car washed yesterday and somethings from my trunk were not returned, unintentionally, i hoped. i came back to the car wash this afternoon and they readily gave me back the things that were left behind, without drama.;p

  6. I'm thankful for life in general. There is so much I'm gratiful for and all blessings come from above. Thank you God for everything!

    No...I've never found a starfish before. How cool is that? Of course, you have to be a beach person and I'm not. I'm pretty certain I'm not going to find a starfish in the mountains, as that's where I'd rather be.

    Lovely post and good questions!

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  7. I am thankful for the beautiful day, the blessings and care that God showed us...

    There are many start fish in our place in the Philippines all for free hehee...

    Got mine too...

  8. I find God rewards me every time I do something for Him I may not want to do or feel too tired for. Often He brings energy I never knew was in me, or rather His Spirit pumps me up! Truly His mercies never fail and are new every morning!

  9. That is such an inspiring story and beautiful photos.

    Today I'm thankful that I was able to purchase gas for our car.

    2. I've not yet found a starfish but I hope to. :)

  10. I am thankful that it was a beautiful day, my family is heatlhy and life is good.

    While I have found many starfish I don't think I have ever had that kind of experience.

  11. What a fantastic story and post.
    I am thankful it is Saturday and I get some down time. :-)
    I've had many starfish experiences - they generally all involved photographing a critter of some sort.

  12. Starfish are cool ... very different ... happy critter day!

  13. What a great find. The starfish are really neat. Lovely photos. I am always thankful for the beautiful sunrises and sunsets and almost anything naturelike and critters. And of course my hubby and son.

  14. What a amazing story and photo!

  15. Beautiful story and wonderful pictures.

    I am grateful I'm well protected. Bring it on Irene!

    I've found many starfish in my life. The most meaningful was an early morning when I found dozens. I came home to learn my neighbor had had her 2nd child: a beautiful girl named Astrid (means star).

  16. Nice starfish. Thanks for stopping by :)

  17. 1)I am thankful for grace.
    2)My starfish experience might differ quite a bit--I majored in biology in college. Dissecting one was part of my laboratory requirement. Let's just say I know starfish inside and out. Amazing creatures. I like your story better!


Thanks so much for your encouraging words!