At my grandparents’ house

My grandparents’ house, their garden and flower beds, the outlying buildings, and the yard that slopes down to a forest is a testimony to their combined love of beauty and order, my grandmother’s nurturing care, and my grandfather’s craftsmanship. Grandpa (not pictured because I was so intent on getting a photo of Grandma, who too…

Art and Peonies

At the end of my fifth grade year, my then teacher, Ms. Barnes, gifted me with a Georgia O’Keeffe print on a poster. Though I’m not sure what happened to it afterwards, I remember a swirl of bright orange hues, moving along the crinkled lines suggesting the inner ruffles of a flower. I remember too, the joyful awe I felt at being entrusted with such a gift…

In Memoriam

Eleven years ago, give or take a month, I graduated from high school, my brother was seven, and my parents adopted a two year old dog, who came with the name Josie. She became my “roommate” for the year after graduation that I spent at home, finishing my Associate’s degree at Columbus State. Once she got…

Five Years

Today Jason and I remember a cold, grey and brown December day, and this evening, should all go according to plan, we’ll go out and celebrate being together on an even colder, snowy December day, five years removed. We’ll remember the giddiness of our wedding day and rejoice in the contentment and joy which we…

Travel Recap: Old Toledo (starting off)

And here continues a continuation of recaps from our winter trip to Spain. Someday (hopefully before a year passes), I’ll get to the end of them.  (Spring and summer have just been so distracting…) Sandwiched between our two half-day excursions around Madrid was a full day that we spent in Toledo.  Thankfully, it was a…

Natural Mobile

I remember seedpods similar to these in my childhood, only those were a dull brown by the time I noticed them lying on the ground.  My friends and I called them helicopters after the way they whirred around and around back to earth after being thrown up into the air above our heads. These ones…

The best part

We’ve now been back home for almost a week.  Even such a short time makes it difficult to believe that just over a week ago, we were in Barcelona.  But we were, and here we are back in a rather chilly Ohio. Since we’ve returned we’ve been able to see or talk to family and…

Reyes

What you see below is a portion of the appetizer course from a veritable feast that we had yesterday in honor of El Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings’ Day).  When I say feast, I mean it!  We were eating from about 3 in the afternoon to 7:30 in the evening. After filling ourselves up…

Springtime Memories

Right now in Ohio we’re in the dreary early winter phase: grey skies, brown leafless trees, and grass dominate.  With the exception of a few frosty mornings, we haven’t had much ice or snow to change the landscape.  At times like these, photos taken in Spring shine out vibrantly.  I was reminded of these pictures…

Celebrating

What seems to be a veritable season of celebration starts today–and I’m not just talking about Christmas. Yesterday marked four years of marriage for us.  Four years of learning what loving each other means, and of seeing how God has brought us through challenges and joys together.  Words fail me to express how thankful I…