Monday, December 31, 2012


"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart;
yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end."
Ecclesiastes 3:11

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

"Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight.
    God’s bright glory has risen for you.
The whole earth is wrapped in darkness,
    all people sunk in deep darkness,
But God rises on you,
    his sunrise glory breaks over you.
Nations will come to your light,
    kings to your sunburst brightness.
Look up! Look around!"

Isaiah 60:3, The Message
golden hour

Friday, December 14, 2012

advent in pictures :: december 14

{I didn't take any pictures today. My hands were full of three kids that I couldn't seem to let go of. So I thought I'd look back at what I posted on past December 14ths and this is what I sums up a lot of what has been happening in my heart this week.}
blue grandeur
I remember the day I took this picture. I stood on our second story deck in the cold air and watched that patch of bright blue sky open up over bare winter trees. We only had one short year in Quantico but it was enough time to watch those trees change from one brilliant display to another with each of the four seasons. I don't think I will ever cease to be amazed by the perfect beauty of seasons or by a God loving and creative enough to set them in motion. The same God that numbered stars and formed mountains, laid out my days in a perfect cycle of season. Yet just as I am somehow surprised year after year by autumn colors and spring blossoms, I am continually surprised by His goodness, His timing, His plan. So often I allow myself to believe that the scorching summer heat has come to stay or the darkness of winter has settled permanently over the light, but that will never be true. He has written me into an incredible, unfinished story. Every day turns a new page, and when I stop to gaze into an expanse of breaking blue sky, I am reminded that my story is so much bigger than me. That it's not really about me at all.
I think Christie explains beautifully today what it really is all about.... Advent (Day 18)

-originally posted on The Zinnia Patch on December 14, 2011

Thursday, December 6, 2012

advent in pictures :: december 6

nap time
nap time.
interruption #1
interruption #1
interruption #2
interruption #2
interruption #3
interruption #3
so ends nap time
so ends nap time.
off on a bike ride
how 'bout a bike ride?
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