Since I am in a reminiscing mood, I continued to look through last months photos. Several of these are inspired by my friend and fellow photographer Kari. She encourages those of us who are often shy of taking pictures of ourselves to do so. She loves taking pictures of paths and encourages people to go outside and enjoy nature. And finally, when I visited her in the Midwest, I saw some brilliantly purple flowers. May you be encouraged to go outside and do the same!
When dear friends move away, and you keep finding yourself missing them… you go through your recent photos. When you go through your recent photos… you remember how awesome they are. When you remember how awesome they are… you want others to know just how awesome they are too!
There are times when you connect with a friend on so many levels that it is hard to count them all. That is how I feel about April. We met when we were pregnant the second time. Each of our kids came within a few weeks of each other; although this time around it is just me expecting. I remember going to April’s after Natalie was born and being so relieved that her house looked as crazy as mine, and she had the same struggles in parenting that I was having. I truly believe being able to connect to her during that season after Natalie’s birth helped me steer clear of the blue seasons I had after Eliana was born. I love that she loves to walk and pray. Her ability to shower me with grace showed me more about God’s love for me than I often show myself. Over the years April and I have shared adventures, tears, laughter, prayer, food, and so much joy.
One of the blessings with having the girls close in age is that they have such different personalities. So, they played well together and allowed April and I to catch up.
And these two… Our double date before they moved was filled with laughter because of these two.
How can you not chuckle?
There are moments that make me stop and soak in the beauty. Then there are moments I realize the beauty continues to unfurl.This is the same rose over a couple days.
I am amazed at the beauty God displays in roses. This petal is holding the brilliant pallet of a stunning sunrise.
Today I am thankful for the homeowners before us who planted roses in our yard. They sure are delightful to see and need little water or tending.
I can’t remember who said it today, but someone said, “You don’t meet grumpy people on hikes.” I think there is something to being outside walking through God’s creation. This was our first hiking adventure that we included our kids and friends. Some other friends of ours did this trail a few weeks ago, and they have little ones like us. I figured if they could, we could at least attempt it. It was a huge success. Hooray!
If I had time as a pregnant mom of three young children, I’d love to make the pink flower photo and the blue flowers with the rock behind into art pieces. Since the likelihood of finishing such a project is slim to none, I am super grateful for the nice camera we have that captured what I saw.
Yes, I know the picture is totally out of focus, but I said right before it was taken, “Let’s take a picture! I want to document we all made it!” Next time I need to check the clarity of said documentation. But hey, the plants in the foreground are crystal clear!
Hooray for new adventures! The weather was perfect, the company was fabulous, and the kids did an awesome job.
Adventures begin with one step.