Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mother-to-Be at Sunrise


My daughter had her maternity pictures done over the weekend. (You can read a tiny bit about her journey to motherhood here.)

As someone who grew up with a camera in my hand, and did children's photography way back when, I was blown away by these images. They are, indeed, magical to me, and I teared up as I scrolled through them...for so many reasons. The quilt in the pictures was made by my mother years ago, using Leslie's fabric scraps. I can't wait for Mother to see them.

Click on this link: http://meganellaphotography.com/leslie-ll-maternity-session/ to see the breathtaking shots.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Creating "Home"

I spent most of today decorating my daughter's apartment (at her request), hoping to give it the warmth and feel of "home." I mixed a few old things, with some new things, and some borrowed things, with some blue things. I loved how it all came together. This color combo is so soothing, and I had no idea it was so popular right now.

Leslie loved it all, and I just got a text from her, saying that she is taking a bath and relaxing in her "pretty home." That makes my tired body feel good as new.
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I'm joining Mary's new blog party based around "words" for inspiration. This week the prompt is "HOME." You can find her blog here: Little Red House.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Outdoor Wednesday ~ Lunch in the Arboretum




After a quick lunch yesterday, I drove to the arboretum for a leisurely stroll in the sun. It's too early for many blooms, of course, but it was lovely, just the same.

A comfy swing soon drew me in, and before long, I was smiling at a young mother (with friend and photographer in tow) attempting to capture her baby girl's picture amongst the bushes and plants. If anything makes a mother act like a fool, it is her offspring. Each time the photographer zoomed in on the child, the mother and friend jumped, and clapped and yelled, "Yaaaaaay!" I recalled younger days, when I did the same thing.

Within a few weeks, blooms will explode, and I'll return with a good camera in hand. Until then, I snapped a few for the picture book with my iPhone.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Loving as He Loves - A Tall Order to Fill


February is here, and that means love is in the air.

Quite frankly, I don't know how people get through life without the love of someone. A mother, father, sister, brother, spouse, sweetheart, friend. Someone who loves them...regardless.

Thankfully, I am blessed with a loving family. My parents, sisters and I don't always agree, but when the dust settles, we love each other...regardless. I hope our children keep that commitment alive when our voices are dead and gone. It is a special thing, and not all families share it.

Loving someone isn't all roses and sunshine, of course. Putting your heart in free fall can be a gut-wrenching experience. Yet, Jesus commands us to love one another"as I have loved you."

That is a tall order to fill, and it makes me wonder what Jesus would do if he were here in bodily form, handing out boxes of chocolates on Valentine's Day.

Would he focus his attention and affections only on those who love himas you and I usually do or would he also give to those who hate him, and hurt him, and use him, and curse him?

We all know the answer to that: He would seek out those individuals who don't love him, and who don't "deserve" chocolates, some might say. Those people who bring him pain. And he wouldn't shove the chocolates in their faces and say, "Here! You know you don't deserve these, but you can have them anyway."

On the contrary, he would extend his offering of love and say,"These chocolates are just for you, my dear child. I bought your favorite kind, and I hope you enjoy every piece. Please remember that I love you to the cross and back, and I always will...regardless."

Loving others as God loves us is a tall, tall order, indeed. But if we choose to only love those who love us, who root for us, and who think we're the best thing since sliced bread, we shouldn't expect to receive a reward of any kindnot even on Valentine's Day.

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"If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that."
Matthew 5:47 (The Message)

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