Lent 32: not happening

18 03 2013

Well, frankly, there’s not much I can think of to say about this photo, spiritually-thinking… Lent 32: not happeningI took it for some reason. But, as has happened before, I’m blanking on why that was. So, for now, it’s just a photo of Kajsa dressed in a princess/dance outfit, trying to get Abby to come up the ramp instead of barking for me to go lift her up onto the porch.

It wasn’t happening.





Lenten disciplines…or whatever

20 02 2010

Whatever you call it.. whatever you don’t call it. Or them. Whatever we do –or don’t do–for Lenten disciplines, practices… I find these practices fun, exciting, engaging… at first. Then, it gets hard. Drudgery. Not yet, for me, although even this photo-a-day practice is already a bit hard for me. I’m taking the photo each day, but am already behind on posting them. (this is the photo for Friday). Regardless, I like the idea of a discipline. I like the practice of it, when I’m doing it. But keeping up when life keeps going at full speed is hard.

Like the swings in this photo… as much fun as it is to swing (and it is!), we have to leave the swings behind to get on with the rest of our to-do lists, and obligations. We can’t swing all day. I can get off of the swing, but when the swings keep moving, it’s so hard to not get back on them. At least it is for me.

Hopefully the Lenten practices will be less difficult for me. or hopefully, if they are difficult, I will still engage them despite their difficulties–not for the sake of practicing a disipline, but for the sake of growing closer to Christ. Granted, swings are likely a lot more fun than some Lenten practices. But these moving swings remind me of what I’m trying to experience this season.





Exit Glacier & wildlife!!!

3 06 2009

Leaving the campground, Jim and I saw a bald eagle land on the piling in the water. So we pulled over, and I got about 15 feet away from this gorgeous creature!!!

the bald eagle in Seward

the bald eagle in Seward

the eagle, again...

the eagle, again...

and on the way to the Exit Glacier, two new Venezuelan friends ran up to Sandie, saying they had seen some moose on the path. 3 of them! So Sandie, the two new Venezuelan friends and I ran ahead on the path, moose-hunting. We didn’t find the three that our friends had seen, but saw this guy!!!!

a moose!!

a moose!!

The Exit Glacier was fantastic to see. Amazing. It actually looks bluer in the photos than it did in reality. Funny.

Kjell drinking glacier water

Kjell drinking glacier water

the glacier

the glacier

the clan, minus Sandie, who took the picture

the clan, minus Sandie, who took the picture

family picture at the "toe" of the glacier, Kajsa asleep in the backpack

family picture at the "toe" of the glacier, Kajsa asleep in the backpack

Cathy fell down in the glacier

Cathy fell down in the glacier

Kjell and Cathy trying to move the glacier

Kjell and Cathy trying to move the glacier





So behind….

24 03 2008

I’m so incredibly behind… on life, on blogging… on posting new photos. Not complaining, just commenting about this reality. This week will also be quite busy. A bit crazy. But I’ve had an incredibly good week/weekend to keep me going. Love it when that happens.

Here are a few photos from early last week. Kris, a friend from church, invited me to go to her family’s lake house in Michigan. Gorgeous… incredibly peaceful, relaxing, fun… hanging out with Kris and MorMor (her mom), maple sugaring… watching “Dancing with the Stars” (thanks, MorMor–now I want to see what happens!), talking into the night, sitting in the hot tub under the stars and the fog… walking along the beach. Life is good, on days like that.

For more Michigan pictures, check out my Flickr site.

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Joy

6 03 2008

Afternoon walk. or run. with the humans. in the field. off-leash. take-off running. sunshine. wind. sticks. chew. not-bitter-cold. Joy.   100_0537-arun.jpg100_0523-e2.jpg





I went to the zoo today

1 03 2008

I went to visit the animals, to hang out, to take photos. Which I did. Incredible. A very kind zoo-keeper answered my questions for about 10 minutes, while we watched the polar bears. 100_9518.jpg Then I stood there for another 10 or so minutes, just observing… they’re so gorgeous. I knew that polar bears have hollow hair-but I never realized that the ones with yellower tints swim more often! In this case, that would be Nanuq, the male. He’s also quite the bully. Poor Mishka. I only took a few dozen photos of the polar bears. (ok, maybe a few more than that, even.)

I walked around to see a few other animals, before going to the lion exhibit. As I approached the exhibit, the female lion jumped off the rock that she and the male were resting on. (A heated rock, I learned!) She walked over to me, and to the part of the huge glass wall I was standing behind. She paced for awhile, I put my hand against the glass, and she then began to “paw” the glass. At first it was a teeny bit freaky, but then she looked as though she wanted to be pet, or to have someone scratch behind her ears. Other people came by. One guy was concerned about this-understandable. But I was loving it. She was so beautiful. 100b9650.jpgThe glass was so dirty and foggy and difficult to see through clearly, but I was mesmerized by the lion’s actions. When I put my head against the wall and looked into her eyes, she did a similar thing: putting her head against the wall. It was incredible. I took tons of photos there, too… as well as this video. Check it out. (It’s not the best quality, but you get the idea.) And in case the link does not work for you, the video is called “lioness at the zoo”, and is on You Tube.

I need to visit the animals more often. They are so fun and therapeutic. If I had extra time, I think I’d volunteer there. Maybe someday.





Monday night

25 02 2008

It’s snowing again… ever-so-slightly. Kind of amusing. (And now I wish we’d break those 100 inches, Sue!)

The Lent Photos website is new and updated.. updated every night, actually. But the web gallery I was using couldn’t seem to figure out chronology. It was all quite strange and confusing. So, now, here’s where you can check out the new photos each day, and see each photographer’s individual page… Check them out.

We’ve had retired missionary David Wood staying here for the past several nights. He and Rachel, his wife, were in the Congo/Zaire for many years. Even though I never met either of them until a couple of weeks ago, it’s been quite fun to swap Congo stories, to remember some scenes and other things about my birth country.

Adoption update: not sure. We’re now hoping for an early April referral, but we’ll see. Hopefully…

Last week I took a short/overnight trip to Chicago. It was an incredibly needed gift, of being with good friends, catching up, going downtown Chicago, etc. Incredibly needed, and incredibly good mental health break. I love Chicago.

So, that’s the latest from Madison and beyond.