Just wanted to stop in and share my joy. I just love my kids. Aren't they precious? We did a photo-op today at the park and got some really great shots. Too bad I did it with digital. Oh, well. I saw some ladies with fancy zoom lenses and had to admit that I got a little jealous! I could do wonders with the right tools... but maybe another day when I can afford them! If I did use my 35mm, I wouldn't be able to afford all the film. I am a prolific photographer... hardly a second goes by that I'm not imagining a "shot". Even the most mundane household items inspire me to take pictures. The problem is, without proper lighting and equipment, I DELETE a lot. My husband says the best money we ever spent was for our digital camera (because it has saved him a MINT in developing fees). I am a perfectionist with photos. That is why I was so sad to see the quality of my 5 mega-pixel digital shots when I finally coughed up enough money to get over 50 shots developed at Walgreens this past summer. They just don't compare to 35mm.
Each year I always say that I'm going to get it together and send out Thanksgiving cards. Maybe this year I will get some in the mail. After all, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I just don't get in to Halloween. We don't celebrate it in our family. On the other hand, Thanksgiving is very meaningful and full of traditions and memories for me. I remember how excited I used to get to go be at my grandmother's house and eat with the whole family (Grandpa carving the turkey just like the famous Norman Rockwell painting)... playing with my cousins while the grown-ups napped, cleaned dishes together, or watched the parade on TV... and enjoying a fun day in the country. The food and the family togetherness were so special and unspoiled by the fast pace and rush of Christmas shopping. Thanksgiving is one of the purest holidays we have left in this country... just food, family and thanking the Lord for our blessings - nothing commercial about it.
We will miss our family in Texas this holiday season. Missing them for the second year in a row at Thanksgiving will make it all that much more wonderful when we finally get to move home for good, though. We're thankful for our kids, our family in Texas (and the family we have who aren't in Texas), our friends at home and here in Arkansas... and for the lovely blessing of fall colors and cool weather... for sweaters and spiders, little grey squirrels and tiny woodpeckers... and for pumpkin, spice, homeschool fun, good books and laughter.
Yet He has not left Himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; He provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy. ~ Acts 14:17
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