Stained Glass

Stained Glass Window at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church, Hattiesburg, MS

Stained Glass

This is my all time, very favorite stained glass window.  I love it for so many reasons.  It graces the sanctuary of Parkway Heights United Methodist Church, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi were my family spent seventeen years.  It is rich with symbolism and stories, and absolutely every color imaginable.  It is over 30 feet tall, and adds a vivid visual to meaningful worship.  Though this photo was taken back in 2001, today is an important day in the history of Parkway Heights as it celebrates commitment to continue growing into the future, serving through worship, teaching, missions, and outreach.  Although the window is beautiful on its own, the church it adorns is even more exceptional, and will forever be family to me.

Whisper

new green spring growth against a blue sky

Whisper

Today’s post is dedicated to an amazing spirit, and my sister’s dear friend, Karen O’Briant.  Two days ago, after an all too short life on this earth, Karen overcame her long battle with cancer as she entered into the mystery and wonder of the resurrection.  Karen affected everyone who knew her by her faith, her strength, and her joy, and I found this quote fitting in remembrance of her.

“Some people come into our lives and quickly go.  Some people move our souls to dance.  They awaken us to a new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom.  Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon.  They stay in our lives for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same!”


Good Friday

sun starburst through the rocks

Good Friday

“It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’ When he had said this, he breathed his last.” ~ Luke 23:44-46, NIV

Madrid Mailboxes

Madrid artistic mail boxes

Madrid Mailboxes

Located along the Turquoise Trail (State Hwy 14), between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, lies the charming little town of Madrid, New Mexico.  It is home to artisans of all varieties.  The creativity and talent in this little gem of a place are palpable and evident in every nook and cranny of its 300+ resident community.  Once a historic coal mining and ghost town, Madrid is now a treat to visit and spend an afternoon strolling and eating your way through the shops and restaurants.  The 2007 film, Wild Hogs, is just one of a handful of movies to be filmed in this quintessential Southwestern town.

Rocky Mountain Rush

Rocky Mountain Rush

I was fortunate enough to grow up visiting many of the National Parks scattered across the United States.  Wonderfully, in addition to growing an appreciation for the beauty of our National Parks, these adventures helped solidify an unbreakable bond within my family.  In the summer of 2011, my sister’s family and mine spent a week in the picturesque Rocky Mountain National Park.  It was such a (welcome) departure from the harried, high tech world we live in.  Don’t miss treating yourself to exploring this amazing gift.

Sunlit Storm

Sunlit Storm

As if on cue, on the first day of Spring, we had our big Spring storm… complete with dark skies, thunder and lightening, wind, intermittent downpours, and even a rainbow.  The duel between the sun and the clouds made for some beautiful scenery, and I managed to capture this beautiful flowering tree in full bloom against the threatening sky and a very carefully placed rainbow.

Welcome Spring

Welcome Spring

In celebration of the first day of Spring, I thought I’d post this image of a beautiful sea of wild, red poppies found in the Texas Hill Country.  A perfect complement to the fields of bluebonnets (the state flower) that sprinkle the roadsides from mid March to mid April, these red poppies are a sure sign that Spring has indeed, sprung.

Key Largo Sunrise

Key Largo Sunrise

For those of you just coming out of a long, cold, grey several months, this is what February looks like in Key Largo, Florida.  Just over a year ago, in February 2011, I spent several winter days strolling around in shorts and flip flops with a margarita in my hand.  It was beyond heavenly, and did wonders to remind me of the different mindset and attitude that each and every season evokes.  This canal began each day with a quiet calm as the sun spilled over the hotel, followed by the hurried hustle of fishermen headed out for the day with eager anticipation.  By mid day, it was busy with music filled vessels of all shapes and sizes, dotted with sun bathers, snorkelers and sightseers looking for adventure.  Evening brought everyone home, sun soaked and sea weary, yet somehow reinvigorated by their time on the water.  I hope this will not be the last time I spend a few “winter” days in the Florida Keys.