Monday, September 29, 2014

fall leaves {macro monday}

"How beautiful leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days."

~ John Burrough ~

I feel so deeply blessed to live in a part of the world that has four distinct seasons. Each season seems to bring with it great lessons and reminders of how beautiful life can be. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

memory lane

Today we took our annual trip to the Apple Orchard. It's one of my favorite family fall traditions. I, of course, took pictures to document the outing, but for now they are tucked inside my memory card. Since I don't have time to get to them tonight, I thought I'd share a few pictures of the girls at the Apple Orchard when they were much younger. 

They were so cute! :-)

Monday, September 22, 2014

the acorn {macro monday}

"The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities."
James Allen ~

As I breath life into a dream that has slept quietly in my heart for months (years really), I find inspiration in the acorn. I love how my macro lens allows me to step a little closer, and see the up close beauty of God's dream for something bigger.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

grace {simple things sunday)

“Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you'll reach out and take it. Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too.” 


We met this scared little kitty early in the summer. 

She had arrived at the Kitty Rescue Centre with her mother, and her brothers and sisters. (iPhone pic)

They were all very scared, but as we held and snuggled them, their tiny bodies they began to relax. Each week when we returned they were calmer, and it was much easier to pick them up to hold them. (iPhone pic)

Over the last month and a half, it has been fun to watch as this little family of kitties became more and more relaxed, and then one by one they each left the Rescue Centre to move into their new homes. 

My friend, Jacquie, fell in love with this little girl. 

Yesterday this little cutie found her new home, Jacquie's home.

I truly believe this sweet little kitty was destined to be in both our lives, for her life has touched mine and ignited a dream that I had chosen to put on the back burner almost a year ago. A dream that I am now determined to bring into the light.

Her name is Grace, and I love how her life has graced mine and reminded me to move with confidence in the direction of my dreams. 

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