Manger Scene in a Snow Globe
Snowman(s) and Christmas Tree
A Welcoming Front Door
Before the Holiday Season is over for 2017 I wanted to post a few pictures. We had a very quiet Christmas Eve and Day! It was peaceful and relaxing. Got walks in and hot tub time with music and candles and a slivered moon. It snowed off and on and at one point the sun was shining while big huge flakes were coming down. We reflected on our blessings and prayed for continued blessing on our whole family. We also prayed that our eyes would be open even wider to the many blessings we take for granted. Yeah, we all face hard times but putting God in the middle of each one can only help give hope where there is no hope, and watching for the blessings in the trial gives it purpose for our good!
The following are pictures I have taken recently! I hope you enjoy them.
The Old Homestead
Still able to wear boots, but soon snowshoes will be necessary!
Tall Pointy Pine Tree near my office in McCall
Captured from a window in my office in McCall. A storm is coming over the lake.
Purple, Sparking Water
Reflected Clouds in River
Frosty Pine Trees on Other Side of the Fence
Mountain Majesty Across the River
As we head into the New Year 2018 I pray that it will be a wonderful year for us all. Peace, joy, patience, goodness…. Hey, I guess I am speaking the Fruit of the Spirit into our lives! Yes and Amen!!!!
We have been experiencing good ole frost. Not much snow to speak of but the frost is beautiful!
Frosty Weed 2
I took this picture real quick thinking it was an eagle, later as I was looking at it I am pretty sure it’s just a black bird.
Eagle in Flight (or maybe just some blackbird) Still interesting.
My walking companions seem to wonder why I am constantly stopping and bending over something or looking at something really close but they are fine with waiting until I am done.
Patient Dogs (Luke sometimes just waits until I am done taking pictures.)
Some pictures speak peace or closure, either closure of the day or closure of the growing season when all leaves have fallen and the ground starts to have its winter blanket.
Frosty Gloaming Picnic
This next quote is out of the book The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani, page 422:
“It seemed to Ciro that so much of life was about not holding on, but letting go and in so doing, the beauty of the past and the happiness he felt then came full circle like a band of gold. The night sky, the cemetery, the memory of places past and the people who had been there to bear witness, provided all the constancy his heart required. This is what it means to be part of a family.”
I am thankful for my family, the close and the extended. We are there for each other through the good and the hard, the sweet and the bitter, the complicated and the simple. We may not alway be able to fix each other’s problems but we can listen to a loved ones troubles and help them share the burden. At times, when the unexplainable or the unwanted, or unacceptable things happen, we can lessen the pain. We can also lift one another up and double the joy when we share the blessings and the successes. They are not always easy, impossible to be perfect, but family relations bring so much into our lives. At this time of year may you find yourself surrounded by loved ones – even if it’s on social media!!!
Life has been very different for us for a while, thus the lack of blogging. Between knee surgery for myself, a busy work schedule, a trip to Missoula in October, a fun filled Thanksgiving (with one special day getting the whole family together, including all 8 grandchildren to get Christmas trees for everyone), and many weekends with our three year old granddaughter – life has whizzed by. Sometimes I have fallen far short of having a grateful heart in the midst of a trial even though I know my heavenly Father always has the best for us. Often I have forgotten to look for the good and instead focused on the bad/hard! I know I am not alone in handling life in this fashion but I know the cost is not worth it. So now as we turn our thoughts to the upcoming Holiday festivities I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS (which we are guaranteed here in the heart of the mountains), I have been DECKING THE HALLS WITH BOUGHS OF HOLLY (maybe not as much as I usually do), and looking forward to a SILENT NIGHT (Oh for a night of good sleep!). The holiday season is drawing to a close but I am going to post this blog that has been sitting in the hopper for quite some time – like I said things have been a bit upside down lately!!!
But truly, life is a blessing, every second, and we have so very much to be grateful for!!! A little effort towards enjoying yourself and your loved ones has a big payoff – JOY TO THE WORLD!!! (At least your little part of it!)
Some interesting pics!
Beauty in the morning!
Foggy River Bend
Moonscape with some crazy shadows.
It came again… It will probably “went” again…
December 14th! What?
AND IT DID!
But even without snow – the Christmas show must go on – so to speak!
Christmas Cactus (Always blooms for Thanksgiving!)
Tried to get Chooch to show some Christmas spirit but she was feeling Schroogish!
Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree!!
Here are some pics from our Thanksgiving trip:
Some Down Time
Zeke scored a point on a great game invented by Sadie!
Tickle Chooch Silly
Games and Snacks
“Everybody Dance Now ” – Dance party with Uncle Jess!
A little bit of Settlers of Catan on Thanksgiving