Perhaps, in many ways, this is my favorite photo of the two of us for the year. It captures much of our unique and very different personalities. It gives a glimpse into our tendency to sit side by side sharing a space as we share our lives, and it represents the deep comfort that comes to me as we share not just our home and hearth, but how we share our lives in a mostly peaceful and contented state. Evenings spent side by side, find us reading, recapping the days news developments, or I might write in my journal while Jim watches some movies, or t.v. programs on his iPad. This to me is true bliss.
I’ve learned I can’t live without flowers in my environment.
I clearly remember a day in March when these words words that Julie had left on sticky note on her desk came back to me:
Words can become touchstones in my journey through a year dotted with political unrest and division, broken relationships, compromised health, and the effects of an aging body.
Not long after Julie passed away, I wrote these words from I Peter 5:10 on a slip of paper and placed the note on my refrigerator. These words are a daily reminder on how God through Christ continues to restore me, make me strong, firm, and steadfast.
Psalm 42, a Psalm my pastor preached on in March, spoke so deeply to me.
Why are you cast down, O my soul?
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|A mini-family reunion|
In August, the eclipse was experienced and viewed from this patio. I was fascinated by the designs cast on the stones by the shadows made by the sun and and the moon.