Thursday, March 5, 2015

Personal Joys, part two

Here's even more of the good stuff.

2014 in review, part 2

I've enjoyed many photoshoots this year.  Seniors are my favorites.

I was able to visit my niece, and namesake, twice this year.

A friend introduced us to a new music venue, an old Quonset style barn painted aqua blue 
and filled with the music of the Ozarks.  This truck graveyard was in a nearby field.  

We took three trips with my parents this year.  
This is my mom on Tybee Island.

Over spring break, we took a trip south to Tennessee and Georgia.  
It was a real joy to visit our hometown and meet up with old friends.  

These are the flowers from the second grade team's 
back-to-school luncheon.  I am so blessed to work with friends. 

Jeffrey took me on two trips to Tulsa, one of my favorite 
near-by cities, to enjoy two wonderful Broadway shows.

What were some of your favorite joys from last year?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

hazy beauty

 one of the seniors I photographed this year
A single photo capturing a simple moment.  
A reminder to slow down our always busy lives and to savor this moment. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Three Things I Know To Be True

Sloane in the snow

After a long walk in the snow today, I was rewatching my favorite Ted Talk - again.  And, Sarah Kay, asked the audience to take a moment and think of three things they knew to be true.  She said, "... the only rule is don't think too hard."  Of course, I paused the computer and started thinking too hard.  Are you like that?  Do you immediately over-think?  I do.

Trying again; after a long pause to stop over-thinking.   Ok, the first three things that entered my mind are these:

Jeffrey loves me.  That makes my life joyous, peaceful, possible.  I love him.  That is inevitable, obvious, and a great joy.  We are so very blessed.

Words and story are the second-most powerful force in the world.  Images are the third.  We all already know what the first is.  Right?

I love the internet!  Especially YouTube.  When I spend time poking around, I find that my world grows, I get smarter, and I feel happier.  Bonus, I always get up and get busy doing something in my own world, only now it's brighter.

What three things do you know to be true?  Quick.  Don't think too hard.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Faves

close encounter of the squirrely kind

* Quote of the Week: "Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity." ~ Simone Weil

* Blogspiration: Simply Breakfast by Jennifer Causey - no longer updated, but still inspirational

* Song of the Week: Let It Be Jesus by Christy Nockels

* Bookish Thoughts: images by Reinier Gerritsen

* Film of the Week: Ballet Portraits in Motion by Sue Bryce

* Images of the Week: a collection of frozen water by Bored Panda

* To Make You Smile: a dog who smiles back, Gluta by Miss Moss

* PINspiration: Eekhooms, curated by Ran

* This Made Me Tear Up: We can all do so much more, pay it forward

* In Case You Missed It:  Color

Happy weekend, friends.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

before the wedding

my niece, before the wedding
A single photo capturing a simple moment.  
A reminder to slow down our always busy lives and to savor this moment. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Personal joys, part one

I recently wrote about the best part of 2014.  I wrote about the way that God turns brokenness into joy and sadness into laughter.  But, He does more than that.  He fills each day with moments of joy as I trust in Him.  So, here's more of the good stuff.

2014 in review

 Sloane has found her "thing."  
She's a swimmer. 

 I continue to enjoy art everywhere I find it.  
And, I am finding the courage to ask to photograph strangers. 

 We attended a wedding where the bride and groom's love reminded me 
so much of Jeffrey and I, that I cried.  And smiled and smiled. 

 We were able to see my brother, sister-in-law, and nieces twice this year.

 We spent a lot of time in the woods, walking, and talking, and laughing.

We had lots of happy surprises, like the time we caught the Clydesdales in Atlanta. 

What about you?  Please tell me about a happy surprise you enjoyed last year.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Morning Poetry

The night is darkening round me,
The wild winds coldly blow,
But a tyrant spell has bound me
And I cannot, cannot go.
The giant trees are bending
Their bare boughs weighed with snow,
And the storm is fast descending
And yet I cannot go.
Clouds beyond clouds above me,
Wastes beyond wastes below;
But nothing drear can move me;
I will not, cannot go.
~ author unknown, shared by Edward Hirsch

Oldies, but Goodies