Wednesday, October 28, 2015

It's Fall Time!

 I have loved this season, how can you tell.
 I gasp through my kitchen window, day after day, enjoying natures beauty.
I started shooting photos..September 7 right through till Oct.27th.
These photos are from my own yard...except for the lake scenes.

  "Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn."

"Even if something is left undone,
everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn."

 "The one red leaf, the last of its clan,
That dances as often as dance it can,
Hanging so light, and hanging so high,
On the topmost twig that looks up at the sky."

My camera and  I run to the front...
grasses blowing in the wind
shades of red in the background

"Autumn, the year's last loveliest smile."

"In the entire circle of the year there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October, 
when the trees are bare to the mild heavens, 
and the red leaves bestrew the road, 
and you can feel the breath of winter, morning and evening -- 
no days so calm, so tenderly solemn, and with such a reverent meekness in the air."

 I run to the south side, capturing the beauty.
"October is a symphony of permanence and change."

"Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it and 
if I were a bird I would fly about the the earth seeking the successive autumns."

 O wait...the sun's out, one more quick shot.

 One does not need to go find beauty.
"How beautiful leaves grow old.  How full of light and color are their last days."

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn."

"A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves
 away, and the trees stand.  I think, I too, have known autumn to long."
It's the end of October and what was once red in color,
is completely bare again,
reminding us that winter is just around the corner.  
 Oh last day of sun...and one last view from my window.
 Quick, one more last shot, in the early morning rays. for tomorrow's forecast is rain.

"There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in it's sky,
which through the summer is not heard or seen,
as if it could not be, as if it had not been."

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Recognizing Tiny Miracles!

2015 started with a slate of gloom for me.
I kept working through the difficult circumstances...
and finally a break through occurred. 
I was privileged to provide day care for Ivy.
It was through her eyes that I  realized I 
needed to concentrate on the beauty of life 
that was coming to me in small packages.  
And so I began a journal, 
documenting the blessings and tiny miracles that occur every day. 
Yes, the writings of Ann VosKamp have inspired and motivated me. 

And here's my journal post for this Thanksgiving 2015!
Giving thanks that Ivy and I could walk to the garden and pick fresh raspberries.

Thanks for the gift of life..planting tulip bulbs for next spring.

She reminds me about the simple things in life...
as she crunches with her feet on the  leaves.

Shes' more than excited to announces a new baby is coming in February.
Do you see that smile and excitement?

We can never take it for-granted....but I'm 
thanking God for another anniversary!

The gift of being greeted on arrival at the airport,
from our most recent family vacation......
 A family vacation that brought all of us together,
way beyond what we could of imagined.

The gift of excitement....

 The gift of sharing life and secrets.....These girls have something in common!

 The gift of two people bursting with joy and announcing that another baby is coming in April!

The gift of grand-parenting....who would of known the beauty.

 The gift of  marriage.....Jeremy and Tara, you are stitching our family together again.

There is no better gift than investing in your family.

  The gift of cuddling and tickling...bonding times.

 The gift of patience and understanding....

 The gift of laughter....

 The gift of contentment....

The gift of  curiosity....what would happen if I jumped in?

 The gift of amazement and wonder and awe...

 The gift of enjoying a slurpee....charging it to Oma's room.

  The gift of spending time, young and old as they play chess on the Ipad.

 The gift of Family....God knew about designing family relationships.

 The gift of living in a country of freedom and abundance....

 The gift of a watching a sunset, reminiscing about life, reflecting on Gods goodness...
from your own back yard.

"Thank you God for bringing love into our lives for this season.
And for happiness we have experienced with each other.
Circumstances will inevitably change; 
nothing in this life is eternal or permanent.
But while God grants us breath,
we will enjoy one another to the fullest 
and spread our love as far and wide as possible."

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Living Outdoors!

It's raining and I'm taking advantage of sharing our summer highlights.
 This year we chopped down a shade tree for our patio.
Little did we know that we would have so much sun this summer.
Forget planting a new tree...
We moved the table under another big shaded trees.
It's much easier to move the table!

 Good times with Yvonne and Gerry

 Calgary Cousins!

 More Calgary Cousins!

 Calgary keeps us busy!

 Fresh blueberries and eating outside.

 Perfect quiet dining on with a lakefront view!
( children)
Men are visiting outdoors...
The women are probably cooking in the kitchen.

 Reminiscing with cousins at Papa's funeral.

 Calgary Cousins Again!

 Camping with Ivy & Lucy!

 Camping with Christopher's father, Paul from England!

 Quiet reflections on the banks of a river.
 while the more energetic ones roll logs down the river's banks.

 Throwing rocks in the river!

 And look who I found?
Just a few campsites away from our favorite fishing hole.

 Could it be more peaceful than this?

 Look who's cooking breakfast...egg in a nest.

 Ivy's getting to know her cousins!

 Happy that she gets to go camping and sleep in a tent!

 Look who's doing dishes and sitting at the job?

 There's nothing like camping together.
Good food, and tons of laughter.

 Sailing the warm Pacific!

 With my favorite girls!

 Walking shorelines!

Splashing waves!

 Surfing for the energetic!

We loved being with family this summer!

The tans will fade but the memories will last forever.