Gratitude ~ Day 19

Today, I was able to join a group of teacher-friends at a monthly meeting where we are doing the heavy lifting of curriculum alignment and assessment preparation – in the sense of writing items which is a lot harder than I had once thought.

I received word that I was needed at home, and had to leave early.  Thankfully everyone was safe, and all turned out well.  In fact, I ended up with a few free minutes and took my husband’s advice to get outside.  So I did.  I visited a nearby ridge where I’d seen some work being done – well actually, just evidence of work (heave machinery, trailers, etc.) but I hadn’t viewed the finished product yet.

I wandered down and was amazed!  A bridge, a gazebo, a footpath to the water.  It was stunning, with weather to match!  I was so thankful for the opportunity to take in the beauty and I snapped this quick picture with my phone.

Greenview Point

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Best Shot Monday ~ Priceless

I’ve joked before about how difficult it is to fit a full-time job into an already full-time schedule.  So one would think that by going to a part-time work schedule I would have oodles of “free” time to write, read, reflect, oh and if you bother to stop by here anymore…blog!  In fact, I’m finding that the balance is much easier to strike, but I’m also spending more time choosing to be an active participant in the goings-on. 

While I’ve been taken lots of pictures there haven’t been as many of my two favorite subjects as of late.  However, these two…they just make me laugh and cry at the very same time!  Sometimes I feel as if my heart will actually break because it is constantly being stretched to accommodate the capacity of love I have for my kids. 

Even though her expression is a little silly, I just adore this picture of my lovely little lady – taken a few weeks ago at my cousin’s homecoming football game. 

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And Calder…he’s becoming quite the little man.  Here, he was playing with his coffee stirrer straw and spinning around to get “busy” – I think he was trying to see himself.  I’m quite certain that he’s laying a great foundation for his dad to trick him into trying to see his ear in a few years!

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Be sure to spin over to Tracey’s for more Best Shots today!

Enlightenment ~ Best Shot Monday

I remember thinking once that because I was in on the planning and the behind-the-scenes work of the women’s retreat, that it might not be as “real” an experience for me.  I’ve already interacted with the journal, put labels on the candy bars, and gone back and forth to design the t-shirt.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The power of honesty and really connecting with other women who are also seeking God’s will for their lives, was amazingly transformative.  Whether we shared in a large or small group setting, or spent quiet moments reading and reflecting, we all left changed in one way or another.

There were so many breathtaking moments that couldn’t be captured by the camera, so these few shots at sunrise on Saturday morning, will have to suffice.  I honestly can’t pick a favorite as my best shot, so let me know which one you prefer.

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See what best shots are shining over at Tracey’s this week.