oh what fleeting moments I should capture, oh what memories I should still possess

Joy

Red Cats and Elephants

I snapped this picture the day my sister and I took the girls for a walk downtown. Seeing these cats sitting in the window made me happy for no particular reason. What I see is a window sill filled with someone else's nick nacks. What I think of is how much happiness our little treasures can bring us.

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They were all so happy they could hardly speak at first.
They just looked with shining eyes
at those lovely Christmas presents.
But Laura was happiest of all.  Laura had a rag doll.

Laura sat down on the edge of the bed and held her doll.
She loved her red mittens and she loved the candy,
but she loved her doll best of all.  She named her Charlotte.

– Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little House in the Big Woods

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Proof

There's nothing special about this picture. But it speaks to me just the same. What I see is a pair of stockings that weren't meant to stay pristine. What I think of is an Easter Sunday filled with laughter and joy, and little girls who were allowed to be little girls.

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We may come home

a little dirty,

but isn’t that proof

we lived the heck

out of our day.


God’s Brushstrokes

This is a view from my front door. What I see is magnificent color, with clouds that look as though they were painted on the sky. What I think of is an evening after the storm, comfortable solitude, quiet, and an awe at what wonders there can be.

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Heaven

and the heaven of heavens

belong to the LORD your God,

the earth

with all that is in it.

– Deuteronomy 10:14


Cool Cool Kitty

I know this is early, but as soon as I saw this picture today, it just made me happy. What I see is sparkly fun and maybe a little bit of delight. What I think of is the first dusting of the season and how magical that can be.

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Oh the weather outside is frightful,

but the fire is so delightful,

and since we’ve no place to go,

let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!


The First Picture

My niece Amanda. I love this picture! What I see is unreserved exuberance, joy, enthusiasm, wonder. What I think of is living a life wide open.

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Children are a blessing,

and the lessons they teach are many.

My aspiration is to pay attention…

and maybe learn a thing or two.