Wednesday night I was doing the first church van pickup and I knew the sunset was beautiful, because I could catch glimpses of it from my sideview mirror. Finally the other adult told me to stop as we crested a hill before our first pickup...I was way ahead of him! And this is why my camera goes just about everywhere with me!
It just does not get any prettier than this! Thank you God for your glorious painting!
Each one new and each one different, but always spectacular!
Sometimes life gets away from us. Summer is here and everyone is busy. Family life takes priority more so in the summer than during the school year. Fall/winter/spring typically revolve around school and school activities. Believe me, been there, living that! But, summer slows down (although it flies by, how does that happen?!) and you spend time with family/friends.
I've had 2 more Tiny Footprints sessions since May (one in Birmingham and one in Nashville) and then trying to keep up with kids schedules and the "I'm bored" factor has kept us busy all summer. But last Friday we were knocked for a loop and it makes you step back.
The boys were out of town (THANK GOD) and the 2 of us had had a few days of putzing around the house/garden. Peaceful. We decided to go to the local fireworks. They put on a great show and it's easy to get in/out. Unfortunately while we were out, someone decided to rob us. Things, they just took things. Things can be replaced. Feelings cannot be replaced. How do you get back your sense of security? We don't live in a bad area. We don't typically lock the doors. As a matter of fact, my husband's favorite saying is locks are meant to keep honest people out. How do you replace your anger? How do you find your peace? I am trying. One.day.at.a.time.
It had clouded up the other night, but about 4pm, I noticed the clouds clearing a bit and knew it would be a great night for a beautiful sunset. So we started off in hopes of finding a better/higher view. Heading out of town, we happened to be following our local BBVFD. Turns out there was a small field on fire right after where we were turning.
Apparently there's not an easy way for the truck to get across the creek bed from the right to the fire over to the left.
Where there is a will (or fire), there is a way! Too small for the engine, but I think this little tanker was able to follow the creek bed until it opened up. Not sure what they would have done had the fire been any bigger!
Just past the fire area, up a hill and looking west, we had this view.
Further down the road we had this view. (I may have to post the before/after of this, because my settings were off and this was a complete save.) And it's my favorite picture in a long time! I may even print this on canvas.
Down another road, chasing the sunset, we pulled into a field. As I came over the hill, I think we scared each other!
It changes so fast, it's really incredible.
Next time we'll be on the other side of this hill! I think the view would be even better!
I knew it had been a few weeks, but I did not realize it's been 30 days since I've posted. A lot has happened in 30 days. Highs, lows and everything inbetween. But we had faith that it would all work out and it did. With a little exhaustion thrown in for good measure!
Let me just say that I HATE moving. I'm not sure that I know anyone that likes it though. We were blessed with beautiful weather and after getting everything moved and cleaned in the old place, are so much happier. With a view like this, who wouldn't be?!
We've had a different sunset every night.
2 days after we moved, the rain started. And it rained for 4 days. I could not have imagined moving in the middle of that! So we will be thankful, grateful and peaceful in our new home, because it could have been so much worse. We had perfect weather!
What road? It gives new meaning to the "Turn around, don't drown" slogan!
We've been blessed with some AMAZING sunsets lately...and the other night at the fair was no exception. I wish I had had time to grab my big camera, but since we were parking car, I had to settle for my phone. It still makes you realize you're just a little peon in the grand scheme of things! I guess this was my "gift" for working 7 hours! :)
With temperatures above 100 for the last 10+ days, we've only been going to the lake late in the day. When we left at 5:30pm, it was STILL 103 degrees. But shortly after we got down there, it started cooling. As we pulled on the lake shore, I snapped this with my phone...fishing tournament about to start, so they were all lined up. (By the way...all the land you see...is supposed to be underwater! That's why we are in a severe drought...and why we can drive right out onto the lake bed.) :(
Behind again...what else is new?! But motherhood to me means spending time with your kids, doing what they like to do. This was the first one of the set that I took when we spent the afternoon together. Somehow I missed it...not sure how, as those eyes just reach out and grab you!
Sickness has struck again and I'm a day late...but...I am closer to catching up! I was struggling with "pretty ugly" and was going to go with some trash in the ditch that I saw, but the light was so pretty, I decided to go another way. So my pretty ugly is the bare, boring winter trees that are missing their leaves in the pretty setting sunlight. I can also throw in that my "pretty" boy has an "ugly" case of strep. :( And after the nurse said "no school tomorrow because you've got to be on the antibiotic's for 24hrs", he "perked" right up. Although the look of horror might have crossed my face. ;) At least he's on the mend and will be back to just being "pretty" soon enough.
We teach our kids about right/wrong. We teach them to be polite, thoughtful and loving. But somehow people change when they become adults...or maybe they weren't taught those things? How do people not have morals? That they can hurt people and not care? How does that happen? Questions I'm struggling to find answers for. I guess it's the same as asking why people kill others, just on a smaller scale? I don't know the answers, I wish I did. I wish I knew the right things to say when people are hurting. Sometimes you just have to look out the window and thank God for the beautiful show. (Or in my case, I grabbed keys and camera and took off in the car...no phone, no wallet...time is ticking away when you're chasing the sun! :)
Taken @ 512pm
Taken @ 515pm, 1 mile further down the road.
Amazing how fast it changes!
THANK YOU for the GLORIOUS sunset on my drive back home last night. Although trying to find a spot to pull over (without power lines and during rush hour) was a bit crazy, but I did it! And it kept getting prettier the further I went...unfortunately by the time I found another spot with a clear background it was almost gone. I LOVE this state and its beautiful sunsets.