Hi y'all! Two weeks ago we had our first snow of the season and it was GORGEOUS! My favorite part was that we had snow on the ground in front of our house (where the sun doesn't shine) for a week! LOVE IT! I took lots of pictures with my phone, but one day while uploading those to my computer, I accidentally deleted all of them. Which is a little reminiscent of when I used to delete all of my brother's Zelda and Mario games. He loved that. But then, last week I was trying to upload some new pictures from my phone to my computer and VOILA, all of the pictures that I thought I had deleted were there and saved on my computer. Theory 1: Elves are at work here. Theory 2: Technology is playing a seemingly funny prank on me. Theory 3: I have absolutely no idea how to work technology.
It started at night, I was up later than I should have been, and when I was finally going to bed I walked past the kitchen window and realized it was snowing. So beautiful! I even woke Joey up so he could see it! I'm not sure if he shares my love for snow, but he definitely shares my love for not being awakened in the middle of night for nothing short of a fire or tornado. Oh well, he got over it.
The next morning we woke up to this:
The snow just kept coming and by mid morning we had this:
I think snow resting on trees is one of the most romantic looks ever and had to capture that. Although, I *clearly* do not do it justice at all.
It kept coming down all afternoon:
And then, finally it stopped. I absolutely love the snow. Seriously. Why I live in Texas where we don't get much, I do not know. I blame Joey. Haha. But it's seriously one of my favorite things ever! I love it at anytime of day, but there's something so quiet and romantic and even magical about snow at sunset.
The day after our wonderful snowfall, we had a gorgeous sunset and I had to snap a couple of pictures:
I loved the way the leaves looked, resting on top of the snow.
Sigh... it was a lovely snow. I hope we get lots more of that this winter! :)
In other news, I'm currently reading "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp. I started it earlier this year, but foolishly did so right before that madness and mayhem most people call summer. I got maybe one chapter in and that was as far as I got. But this time, I'm on the 5th chapter and I'm just loving it. It's all about being thankful for every little thing (like the leaves falling onto fresh snow) and deepening your joy for the world and all these gifts from God. And from that, miracles happen and you end up living a life that is more full, not in the more busy sense, but in the more, my cup is overflowing sense. It's not really a life-changing book for me yet, because I've been doing this for a while, but it's definitely a great encouragement. And I'm thinking about starting my own list of 1,000 gifts... maybe I'll share it here. Who knows where this might lead?
Here's a wonderful quote I want to share with you:
"I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give
thanks for early light dappled through leaves and the heavy
perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets
on humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that
rise and the rain that falls and all the good things that a
good God gives. Why would the world need more anger,
more outrage? How does it save the world to reject
unabashed joy when it is joy that saves us?" -- Ann
Voskamp, "One Thousand Gifts" ♥
Isn't that so true? Does the world really need more negative, pessimistic, angry people? No, definitely not.
Also... on January 2nd I'm revealing my new blog featurette:
This year, instead of making resolutions that never work out, I'm going a step further and am making a list for myself of 12 various goals I want to accomplish in 2012. If you want to join me, I'd love to hear/read your goals and offer you encouragement in meeting those goals. It'll be a great way to encourage each other and really work on meeting those goals that I mostly just keep putting off.
Anyone want to join me?