As I write this, I'm sorely in need of an eye exam. (And since we've established that my mother does, sometimes, read my blog, I will add this comment: Yes, Mom, I'm going to take care of that. Soon.) Things are just getting a little fuzzy, and I find myself moving books a bit to see some teeny tiny print now and then. Ah, aging.
I've found that - lately - I've been so swamped with work and schooling and - well - life in general - that my spiritual vision has gotten a bit fuzzy as well. Unable to see the forest for the trees, I've taken to grumbling and griping, indulging far too often in a pity party that has dampened my spirits and kept me from seeing clearly.
Time for an adjustment.
And so here, in this quiet moment, when the blessing of a head cold (yes, I did just type that. . .blessing) has kept me home all day, I'm taking a moment to reflect. It's picture-heavy, I know. . .but here are some snapshots of blessings that have abounded to me and mine in the past month or so.
In mid-November, I took an unexpected trip to CT to attend a funeral and love on a dear friend. Sadly, I have no pictures of my dear Darcy, but here are a few other remembrances.
|A fun night with Sheila and Tammy. . .acting like teenagers texting!|
|My sweet niece Sarah. . .so good to spend time with her and hear her heart.|
|How tall I remember them . . . . . .|
|And how tall they are now!!!|
|Jeremy, Oliver, Charlotte, Anna, and Caroline. . .I was there when many of them were born, changed their diapers. . . and now they're so grown!!!|
|With the Dirty Deed! Just as fun an zany as ever, got to meet Dave & Cheryl Blough's twins. They're still changing diapers! Bless their hearts!!!|
|Me & Sweet Emily. . .Almost a teenager. . .So lovely|
|All gathered. Love each and every one - what a blessing they all are.|
|Great shot - Dad & daughter doing dishes!|
|The gingerbread tradition is SERIOUS business.|
|Grammy & Kat play Scrabble iPad style. . .I get artsy with my camera. Or at least, try to.|
|Sisters sharing a secret on the way to Black Friday shopping.|
December has already been filled with precious memories - and here are a few of them!
|Nathaniel and friends at the BEST Robotics competition. So thankful for this program - it has really sparked a love of engineering in our boy!|
|Everyone needs to sleep under a Christmas tree at least once.|
|You've gotta love a 15-year old who doesn't mind his sister sitting on his lap during lunch - and a bunch of friends who think that it's nothing unusual to enjoy the company of your siblings, no matter their age!|
|This picture captures their joy. I just love it.|
|Beautiful shepherdess at the Walk Thru Nativity.|
|Ever seen cuter shepherds? Hannah in front, and Amy in the stripes. It was Amy's dream for TWO YEARS to be in the scene with the goats. . . she got her wish!!!|
|Kathryn was a beautiful Mary in the scene where the Angel Gabriel visited her. "Behold, the handmaiden of the Lord. . . "|
|Piano teachers are a blessing!|
|Kathryn and Fellow Fellows show off their decorated cookies.|
|The "Flohnson" Learning Community - such a special and FUN group of students! We were so glad to host them at our house for a Christmas party. It's been a great semester for Kathryn.|
|It wouldn't be December without. . .ballet! Amy in mid-air.|
(and again, since my mother reads my blog I will say. . .thank you!!!!). . . . I'll stop the pictures for now.
But my vision has been adjusted.
And I am so very, very thankful and so very, very blessed.
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.