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Thursday, February 6, 2014

And Now It's February

taking a moment to find joy in the little things

Over the weekend we visited a park on the other side of the city. It was some sort of wildlife refuge within the city limits and there were so many ducks, geese and birds. So many varieties, too. They seemed to be used to people being around, so they were pretty tame and let us get pretty close. It was nice to be able to watch them and enjoy them in their natural habitat.

I can't seem to resist going out and watching the sunset. It's different every time and even when it's average, it takes my breath away.


Right now my girls have the opportunity to take art history/painting lessons. Both of my girls love painting, and show skill above their age. I'm happy to take them each week, and happy for the hour I have to sit, drink coffee and read while they are painting and someone else is picking up the mess.

Last week after they were finished with their self-portraits, they had time to create whatever they wanted. Here are the results.

by Sydney, age 9

by Kayleigh, age 7

It's cold here this week (cold for us is anything below 30) . We decided to see if bubbles would freeze. It was a little tricky because it was so windy and we could hardly get a photo snapped before they blew away or popped. 


Well, here's where I should have a photo of myself laying on the frozen ground, trying to take pictures of bubbles. All the while, my kids are whining that it's too cold to be outside. 

For months I've been dreaming about and planning a Compassion event for sponsors and advocates here in my area. The event got much bigger than I could have ever hoped and I'm so excited that it's finally here...Friday and Saturday! It's going to be a FULL weekend...lots of preparations Thursday and Friday and then the conference itself Friday night and Saturday. 

To say I'm excited is an understatement. We have a top-notch speaker (Julian Alum - a Compassion graduate whose story is features in the Compassion Mobile Experience, a great musician to lead worship (Peder Eide) and many other Compassion staff who will be sharing. 


  1. Love the frozen bubbles. I tried to blow some bubbles in the -7 degree temperatures of Wisconsin one day and was too cold to see if they froze, let alone photograph. Fascinating!

  2. I'm jealous of the frozen bubbles :) I've tried three different times and can't get a thing. I think it's been too windy.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your Compassion conference. It looks like you have great helpers.

    And that sunset? Gorgeous!

  3. Beautiful artwork - thanks for linking to the Virtual Fridge! I love the frozen bubbles too - such a fun idea!

  4. That third duck is beautiful. I'm she he has an official name, but he is beautiful, and your sunsets swoon. The kids really want to try the frozen bubble thing. I need to buy some bubbles. I suppose you could make them with dish soap and a straw. Hope you can have your Compassion Conference.

    1. I think it's a wood duck. There were several and they were so beautiful to watch.

      I've heard the bubbles freeze better with homemade bubble solution - probably can find one on line.

      The Compassion event has been cancelled...a relief and disappointment all rolled into one.

  5. Thanks for joining! I love your photos and I also love your {real} -- very real!!

  6. Gorgeous photos! Thank you so much for linking up with us! Hope to see you back again this week (obviously I'm super late in catching up on last week's posts! ;)