Some days were just made for day-dreams. Every one of these photographs catapults me into thoughts of adventure and romance. Every one tells a story of long lost hopes and treasures found. Every image is packed with imagination as my fancy takes flight on gossamer wings. If we must have Mondays, let them be filled with day-dreams, please!
Monday, December 9, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
This week has brought us an icy, frozen storm! With temperatures reaching 10 below, we're huddling up inside with coffee. I am feeling incredibly blessed because we manged to get our heater fixed just hours before the temperatures dropped! As long as it's toasty inside I am enthralled with the magic of the falling snow and frozen temps!
This week is also bringing a visit from my youngest nephew (oh, and his parents, too) and also a lot of re-organizing and re-arranging of furniture! Gotta make room for the Christmas tree! I'm also working a lot trying to catch up from my time off last week and finally getting around to hanging some pictures and painting a few rooms!
How is it that the busier I get, the more I feel I can take on and accomplish? It's some weirdly inverse time relationship that I can't quite seem to figure out, but I'm willing to enjoy the bursts of energy and feelings of accomplishment while they last! I think part of it is just the joy of this season gives me more hustle and bustle than usual!
If you need me, I'll be guzzling hot coffee topped with whipped cream and merrily sweeping the floor in preparation for pulling out all the holiday stops!
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
I am thankful for this season, for both the joys and the pains, the delights and the sorrows, the summery days and the wintry nights, the friendships and struggles and bonds forged with fire. I am thankful that through all the darkness there is beauty and light, that through suffering God shows His character, that through my weakness, over and over again He proves unfaltering and unfailing in love and compassion. I am so thankful for faithful friends and uplifting family and for a partner perfectly suited to all my needs. I give thanks for you, too, my internet friends both near and far who faithfully uplift me with your kind comments and thoughts and prayers. Have a happy, blessed Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
It's a dark and cloudy Wednesday afternoon. We're expecting snow tomorrow and I'm planning to start up a roaring fire tonight. I have pumpkin pies to bake and loads and loads of laundry to do.
As Fall teeters on the brink of Winter and we teeter on the brink of the holiday season I am swirling with ideas and possibilities for gifts and crafts and recipes and decor. I am plotting and planning away, trying to force myself to wait until after Thanksgiving to start truly embracing Christmas. Clinging somewhat idly to the last few crunching leaves and sunny afternoons. Embracing traditions and hearty stews and the last calm before the busy seasonal storm.
Enjoy this waning Wednesday!
Friday, November 8, 2013
Hey, I guess I'm here for my weekly post. I don't know what happened to daily posting, but it appears I need a break from that for a while.
Our coffee pot broke this week. And there is a specific feature that Phillip wants that apparently only comes in ridiculously expensive pots. So we're still searching for the right one. I'm drinking tea from my favorite little blue teapot instead. (Who helped me pack my last house? I'm currently missing the lid to this teapot. If you've seen my little blue lid, please report.)
What coffee pot do you have or recommend? And does it cost less than $100?
Friday, November 1, 2013
Perhaps this new motto is a little cocky? But sometimes I just need a little extra sass.
I'm starting a new job next week and it is truly a dream come true. I'll be working part time for my church as a youth administrator, doing things I love with people I love to help kids I love. I seriously can't tell you how excited I am about that. Also, this will be the second job I've started in about two weeks. The other one is a little less of a dream-job but a great challenge and I can do it from home.
When things happen, they happen fast!
I'm a bit overwhelmed by the rapid pace at which everything is progressing and changing. On the job front, on the military front, on the house front. I'll hopefully be able to update you on a few of those things soon.
But for now, I'm trying to focus on the amazing new opportunities. And to remind myself when I feel overwhelmed that I am young, I'm fast, I'm pretty, I have Jesus, and I can't possibly be beaten!
Have a sassy first November weekend!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Halloween isn't really my favorite holiday. I don't know if that stems from the fact that I was never allowed to celebrate as a child or from the fact that I just don't have a good appreciation for horror, gore, and fear.
But I love this reminder that the darkness is a promise of the light. That fear and evil are just counterbalances proving the very existence of beauty and joy and goodness.
Have a happy (and safe) Halloween!
Thursday, October 24, 2013
"Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on."
(excerpt from Phillipians 3:13-14)
I am striving and straining to just keep moving forward, even when things seem to pull me back. Even when my heart isn't ready. Even when I'm terrified of the future. And I am very scared. Because the future, aside from being unknown, contains some changes that I'm not prepared to meet. And yet the future, for as far as I can see, remains exactly the same in so many painful ways. How do I press on in hope and courage when I'm exhausted and weak and overwhelmed? When I see a new challenge facing me squarely, coming closer every day, and I'm still carrying the weight of my other trials? How do I keep climbing as the road gets steeper every day?
Sometimes forward is the only way through.
And as I look forward in anxious anticipation at the road ahead, at the steepness and rocks and troubles that seem to surround me, I comfort myself that at any moment there may be a lull, a break, a valley of flowers and rest. But if I don't keep pressing forward, I will never get to the place where I can finally enjoy the view.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
One more quick (or not) post about my recent adventures in Europe!
I spent one day biking around the canals in Groningen, which is a University town north of Amsterdam. Pretty much every one bikes in the Netherlands. I absolutely loved it!
This is the University, it's over 500 years old. It was so pretty! Also - see all those bikes in the distance?!
The rest of the my days were spent either working, schmoozing, or wandering around Amsterdam.
House boats on a canal in Amsterdam.
This house had an entire garden growing up it's face!
Another beautiful church.
Dad and I in a giant wooden shoe!
We spent one day doing WWII things - we went to a memorial/graveyard and then went to visit the John Frost bridge.
I could seriously post photos of canals all day long. I absolutely loved them!
I had one great day wandering around the Rijksmuseum. I got to see a lot of Rembrandt and Van Gogh.
Canals. Can't help myself.
So anyway! That was my trip in a 3-post nutshell!
And now back to our regularly scheduled programming...