January 23-29: Photo Project Week 4

I’m pretty proud of myself. I’ve stuck with this project for almost a month. I’m not good with consistency so this is a very good thing. But that being said, this week was hard. I think the grey and gloomy weather is finally taking its toll. I knew coming back to Germany that it would be dark during the winter, but this week it has really hit me. Motivation for lots of things has waned and I would rather be reading a book than doing anything in the house. Which may not necessarily be a bad thing. I’ve finished three books this week for our local book club. I’m on the final one for the year after deciding that I wanted to get those finished before I moved on to books in my own bookshelf. I’m so thankful for the Libby app!!!

January 23, 2022 – My desktop.

I spend a ton of time here. It is where I homeschool Eric and work on household tasks like balancing the checkbook and make the budget. I love this space. I love seeing the sky and I love that my computer blocks out the drab buildings around me. They mirror the grey in the sky right now.

January 24, 2022 – Hornbeam Hedge

I love all the Hornbeam hedges around here. This was was planted to hide the chain-link fence which borders a local rehab hospital. Hornbeams can be shaped into all sorts of designs like a Yew or cedar topiary of formal gardens. This path is the one I take on my walk down to the city. I cannot wait for spring to see this hedge green again.

January 25, 2022 – Strider’s place?

I intruded on our dog’s sleeping quarters by deciding to fold laundry on the bed. One of the many joys of life is laundry and so I took a picture of our laundry pile. I realize that blogs and social media only show a snippet and most of the time we only show the good stuff. But all the chaos that surrounds life and the stuff that isn’t shown still goes on. And that includes laundry and smelly dogs.

January 26, 2022 – Waiting Rhododendrons

I said, #WaitingforSpring was a theme. And these Rhododendrons in the local park are definitely in wait mode. When we lived in Wales in 2001, we went to a park shortly after Brennig was born. He was probably 2 weeks old? It was mid-May. The Rhododendrons were absolutely beautiful. I cannot wait to see these bloom come spring. I know they can be invasive, but here in this park they are welcomed and will be enjoyed when the light returns with Spring.

January 27, 2022 – Praying for our World

There is a heaviness about our world. And if I am honest, it has been there since Adam and Eve partook in that forbidden fruit. But this is the time that I am living and so I feel the weight of all of the international events that are being thrown at us right now. Thursday night, I gathered with a few other women to pray for our world. I made these cookies and they, sort of, look like the globe. May we pause for a moment each day to continue to intercede for all of the world for the Glory of His Name.

Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed: Kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all people the true love of peace, and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth; that in tranquility your kingdom may go forward, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

–Book of Common Prayer, 2019
January 28, 2019 – Blessed Sunshine

We woke up to this on Friday morning. What a blessing it was. The sun shone in to our living room windows and it bathed me in light while I read. I am so glad for sunshine because it makes me so happy when I see it after the gloom.

January 29, 2022 — Happy Light

I purchased a “happy” light yesterday morning. I hope it actually makes a difference. It is very very bright. I am so glad that we’ve been here before and we know from experience that the light will come back. By the end of this week the daylight will be 30 minutes longer than this past week. We are straining toward spring and though it is hard, we know it will change. We’re trying to find the good each day.

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