Little Things Thursday

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Portra 400 rated 200 in 35mm format

What a crazy week last week was! It was one of those “putting out fires” kind of weeks. All I could think about was how I wished I could just sit in my new robe and sip coffee quitely, but there was no real way to phone it in, so I had to just show up to take care of the urgent things around me all week long. By the week’s end, I was feeling drained.

You ever have those weeks where you just can’t get off the hamster wheel of too much stuff? It’s difficult to find joy in the midst of weeks like this, but I did manage to find a few things to brighten up the week.

First, I got my film scans back. It was a little bit of the good, the bad, and the ugly. My 40 year old camera was having issues and messed up quite a few frames due to a sticking shutter, missed focus, and light leaks. However, I actually like the light leak in the above photo, so I can’t complain. It’s all another lesson in a long journey and I am cool with that.

But, I did purchase a slightly “newer” model Minolta because I didn’t want to continue wasting film. I need to get through the roll in my 1960’s model before I can check it out the 1981 version, since I only have one lens for a Minolta mount. 

And then…

February 2016

I bought new teak wood cooking spoons. My husband doesn’t understand my preference for wooden cooking spoons over metal, but I just love the wooden ones. So do my pots and pans! These spoons smell just like Thai handicraft markets that are filled with teak crafts. Smells like home, to me.

I bought myself a bouquet of pink tulips.  I don’t know what it is about tulips in winter that makes me so happy, but I love having them around for a little cheer. This particular morning, captured above, had the most beautiful sunlight falling on the flowers. I had to document.

The boys and I stopped for ice cream one afternoon near my daughter’s school. This particular parlor is right in downtown Senoia and the hub of all things The Walking Dead. The show is filmed, in part, just a few miles from my house. I have to admit that I do not watch the show, but the show has become part of our area’s pride. People from all over come to tour the sets, but we just wanted a cone.

I’ve been trying to make a point in the afternoon to take a moment for a cuppa tea. Just to collect myself for the end of the day rush.  It is so helpful to pause, if even for just a few moments.

All in all, an okay week! How was your week?


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Unwritten

Staring at the blank page before you

Open up the dirty window

Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find…

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Today is where my book begins. The rest is still unwritten.

2015 has been the year of questions both answered and unanswered.  The main question I faced was how to stay afloat in a sea of waves that I felt were carrying me every direction except the one that I wanted to go.  This summer I faced a moment of surrender to the rocky seas.  I realized that the waves were not meant to harm, but to push me in the best direction.

I felt very much that my future was already written and that it wasn’t one that was excited me.  It wasn’t one I would choose for myself, if I held all the power to choose.  I was feeling stuck in the mud, as my former toddler use to say when he didn’t want to do something.  The mud was self-inflicted and imaginary. All he had to do was stand up.

I, too, had to stand up.  Once I gave up the fight, so to speak, I started to see bits and pieces of the shore. Though everything was certainly not perfect, the pieces were falling into place.

God was in the business of providing some needed change that would shake up the monotony of right here. Through that, I began to see anew that I could trust Him with much larger things.

If He could provide a school for my daughter and more time outside the four walls of home for the rest of us, He could provide for the other concerns of our hearts.  But, first and foremost, He was just concerned with my heart that was starting to lose hope. I felt a very real call from God to just turn from my striving and seek Him.  The real answer to all my questions.  That was exactly what I needed and still need each day.

God showed me that while He has certainly written my future, it isn’t second best to my imaginings.  His plans are bigger and better than any dream I could dream.  Right here, with exactly what we have, at this exact moment, is good.  But not just good, BEST.

I guess you could say that He is disciplining me in trust and contentment.

I’m living with my arms wide open to God’s plans for us, whatever they may be.  I still pray for those little heart’s desires, but I won’t break if that’s where they stay.

This new school year is so different already and I’m encouraged by all the growth I’ve seen both in me and my students.  All I have to do is be faithful to the day’s work. Fruit is on the vine.

Linking with Good.Random.Fun, Songography, Black and White Wednesday, and Wednesdays Around the World.

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