I’m glad I tried one more time.

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One of my cherished possessions when I was a little girl was my letter from Miss Nancy, the hostess of Romper Room. Miss Nancy taught me to be a Do-Bee and not a Don’t-Bee with lessons such as “Do be a milk drinker” and “Don’t be a street crosser.”

Miss Nancy was probably the first person I heard say the word “Jupiter” when she sang “Bend and Stretch,” the show’s exercise song.

Bend and stretch,
Reach for the stars.
There goes Jupiter,
Here comes Mars.

Music and visuals are powerful teachers. Monday night Ray and I stood on our side porch looking for Jupiter. Six decades after I saw Miss Nancy bending and stretching, reaching for the stars, and singing “There goes Jupiter,” her song was going through my head.

I followed Ray out to the porch on Monday night after he read a news report saying that Jupiter and its moons would be visible through binoculars. We didn’t have success with our binoculars, but we did with my camera. I attached my zoom lens, zoomed in as far as I could, and snapped. Then, we zoomed in on the photo on my camera. There they were — Jupiter and four of its moons. I kept snapping.

When we came inside and looked at the shots on my computer. I zoomed in on each one of those shots until I got to number 26, which was my last, and by far my best, shot. I told Ray I was certainly glad I snapped that one more shot!

Jupiter and moons, shot 26

The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
Psalm 19:1

After shot 26, I decided enough was enough. I gathered up my camera stuff and headed inside. Sometimes it’s time to stop what you are doing and go do something else, like Jesus did after He fed the 5,000 . . .

Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat
and go ahead of Him to the other side to Bethsaida,
while He Himself was sending the crowd away.
After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray.
Mark 6:45-46

. . . and sometimes we need to try one more time.

But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.
2 Thessalonians 3:13

And for those of you who had trouble with the audio of the video I sent out yesterday, let’s try that one more time. Here’s a new version. We believe the kinks are out.


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  1. You look AMAZING for being sixty decades old, Charlene!:-) Ha-ha! Seriously, though, what an incredible shot of Jupiter and its moons! So glad you thought of using your zoom lens—and so happy you kept trying! Good job, mama!:-)

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