Wednesday, November 26, 2014

more than a run

I like to run. I really do.  Of course, there are days when I'm trudging along quietly questioning my sanity. Somehow at the end of my run, without fail, I am glad I took the time to tie up my sneakers and get moving.  

I run to for many reasons, not the least of which include better health, quiet time and spending time outside. But a few weeks ago when I hit the road and joined my beautiful girl in The Cookie Race I found the best reason of all to run, being with her. 

The morning of the race was cold. We had to pull out our winter caps, gloves and add an extra layer beneath our jackets.  As we climbed into our car and headed to the race I savoured the fact that I wasn't just driving her to the race, I was running with her. Granted she would run 10 km and I only 5, but we were together.  I enjoyed our chat on the car ride there; I smiled as we walked together to start line and felt pride that we would both cross the same finish line. These special moments have never been lost on me. 

We completed our races and after a brief stop to refuel, we headed for the warmth of our car.  

Back at home we stopped and grabbed a quick picture with our medals, and a warm feeling bubbled up inside me for I knew this morning was far more than just a run.

Friday, November 21, 2014

grace in the classroom

A few weeks ago I headed to my friend's classroom to spend some time with her grade two class. She works in a very high needs school; so many of her students have difficult lives, which often shows up as behaviour problems. She has been bringing her cat, Grace, a couple times a week and having an animal in their midst has softened many of them and opened their hearts in a way that only an animal can.

Since I work with six graders, it was fun to spend time with littler children. I am photographing the class with the cat and in the end we will create a video. The video will marry their words with my pictures. It is such a fun project. We created a similar video a couple of years ago when I brought our cat Teddy to school.

I love that Grace is bringing grace to these sweet little souls. Animal are a gift to the world.

Monday, October 27, 2014

a fall walk {macro monday}

Autumn bowed to place a beautiful crown on the Queen of Morning, and her velvet robes sway merrily in the chilly breeze.
 ~Terri Guillemets~

I grabbed my camera on a sunny, chilly fall morning and headed outside. With my darling Macro lens on my camera, I took a closer look at the beauty along my normal walking trail. Usually, when I walk or run this trail I move quickly and take in only quick glimpses of the beauty that surrounds me. That morning I moved slower, pausing to see the gems that live quietly on the trail. Those gems that one must stop completely to appreciate, and I am very thankful that I did. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

cat girl

When witches go riding
and black cats are seen.
The moon laughs and whispers
'tis near Halloween!

Our beautiful Fall is slipping away far too quickly. Many of the leaves have left their summer perch and quietly landed upon the ground. My walking paths are now filled with blankets of colourful leaves. With less than a week left to October, we are thinking ahead to this Friday, Halloween.

Miss C has decided to be a black cat this year. We headed out late yesterday evening to capture her in her cat costume, minus the makeup. She has swimming lessons on Friday evening so there won't be time to take pictures before dark. 

Here she is crouching like a cat on our street. 

Oops, this is a fish face, not a cat face. Perhaps next year you could be a fish. :-)

I love how her eyes sparkle in this picture, such a sweet kitty.

There is something so wonderful about the traditions that we celebrate each season, makes life feel very grounded.

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.