Monday, September 15, 2014

summer garden {macro monday}

I fully intended to get outside with my macro lens this weekend; it didn't happen. However, I did edit a few pictures from my mother-in-law's beautiful garden. I took these while visiting Newfoundland this summer. My mother-in law adores her garden and tends to it lovingly. It's her special place where her creativity blossoms and beauty reigns. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

autumn moon festival {simple things sunday}

The Autumn Moon festival is an occasion for outdoor reunions among friends and relatives to eat mooncakes and watch the moon, a symbol of harmony and unity. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, on the night of the full moon between early September to early October.

In the past, we have made our own version of moon cakes, but this year we found some at Costco and decided to give them a try.

It was just Miss C and me who gathered on the porch to enjoy our moon cakes beneath the autumn moon. (Miss I and daddy were off to hockey practice)

We made tea, lit some lanterns, wrapped ourselves in prayer shawls (thanks, mom) and headed outside to enjoy the beautiful moon.

We chatted, enjoyed our treats and sat peacefully. We didn't rush. Instead, we relaxed into the beautiful night.

 Miss C wanted to chat about Greek Mythology. So we did. She taught me a lot.

It was a beautiful evening in so many ways and as we blew out our candles and headed inside we were both filled up in ways that only happen when you pause, look at the moon and soak up the good company of the people you love.

Monday, September 8, 2014

macro monday {spring leaf}

Last week was very busy as the girls and I headed back to the classroom. So besides capturing a few back to school pictures I didn't pick up my camera. My goal this week is to get outside with my camera and macro lens.

So today's picture reaches back into my spring archives to a picture I took as the leaves on our oak tree were just waking from their long winter slumber. 

Shine the Divine

Sunday, September 7, 2014

friendship {simple things sunday}

"The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it."
Hubert H. Humphrey

Madi has been her friend from the very beginning, since the day we became a family. They both arrived in a government building on that same fateful morning. Both found the arms of their family just moments apart. Both loved beyond measure.

Every year we get together to celebrate their "Gotcha" Day. This year we celebrated 14 years together. 

A lot has changed. The girls have morphed from tiny babies into beautiful teenagers. Madi's mom and our dear, sweet friend, Wilma sadly bid us farewell.  Gotcha Day celebrations feel a little empty without her, but we know Wilma is smiling down from Heaven and happy we are together. I feel her presence surrounding us and as I watch Madi grow I know Wilma is bursting with pride for the beautiful, bright and confident girl she has become. 

Miss I has many friends and each of them hold a special place in her heart, but Madi feels extra special because of a deep understanding and a similar life path. Their friendship is special and unique, and my heart overflows with happiness because they have each other.

Monday, September 1, 2014

macro monday {garden flowers}

If you are visiting from Macro Monday 2, I accidentally linked up to the wrong picture. You can see this weeks post here.

I woke early on that warm summer morning. I grabbed my camera and headed outside to enjoy some quiet time before everyone else woke up. The flowers in my sister-in-law's garden seem to be calling out to me. They stood tall and beautiful in the morning sun. As I snapped away, I thought about how short their time in her garden would be, but now captured by my camera they would live a much longer life. That's one of the things I love most about photography. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

zoo day {simple things sunday}

This year we went to the zoo without Miss I. She had other plans. Plans to hang out with her friends. They went on a picnic and then to a movie. I missed having her with us, and I know she would have enjoyed it, but I was happy knowing she was off having a great time with her friends.

So without her .... my best friend, Jacquie, Miss C and I packed a picnic lunch and headed for the zoo. It was a gorgeous summer day, not too hot, not too cold. The zoo was quiet, and the animals were very interactive. 

Miss C. spent quite a while letting the sweet bunnies feed from her hand.

The spunky horses were also very eager to enjoy a healthy snack.

I loved the camel. His face was filled with character and he almost danced with excitement when he knew we had carrots.

Miss C adored these gentle Capybaras. Truth is we didn't know what a Capybara was until today. :-)

Sweet face ... I just loved her orange beak!

Look at the Lemur's little hand reaching for a banana. Loved him, too!

The goats are always funny. They couldnt contain their excitement over their popcorn treats. 

We had a great day, and I can't think of a better way to spend one of our last days of summer because next week it's back to the classroom for this gang.

Monday, August 25, 2014

macro monday {moth}

I am working on improving my ability to take pictures up close and personal, so today I am joining the Macro Monday challenge. 

I found this little guy hanging on the deck of the chalet we rented in Newfoundland. I loved his colours, his furry little head and his big black eyes.