Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Every drop of suffering is to enlarge our soul's capacity for Jesus."

"Every drop of suffering is to enlarge our soul's capacity for Jesus." 
—Joni Eareckson Tada 

This was such an encouraging message on trials and suffering by Joni Eareckson Tada, recently given at the TrueWoman conference. Ladies, if you have an extra 45 minutes to spare, or can project the audio over your sound system at home while you're working, I think you'd find it to be a real encouragement! 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Autumn, the Year's Last Lovely Smile

I suppose I would give you all an update on life these days, as it's been a few months since my last pictorial post.

My summer was infinitely brightened when my friend, Kelsey showed up in town. We met up at one of my favorite local coffee shops, and talked about Jesus for 3 hours (and a few other things, briefly). My heart was so lifted & encouraged! Kelsey and I spent some time together back in the fall of 2010, and our hearts bonded quickly with similar circumstances we were going through, and she taught me how to photograph star trails in the valley of Yosemite! Anyway, after little communication the last few years (because of the miles that separate), we caught up right away and jumped into heart to heart conversation immediately. It was so refreshing! God knew I needed Kelsey's encouragement that afternoon.

Sigh. I just love summer thunderstorms in Colorado. This was some drive-by scenery I captured on my drive home from work one afternoon.

Okay, Becoming Jane has become a new favorite movie of mine. I watched it 3 times in one week back in August. I just love Jane's passion… and Lefroy… AH. You must see it. There's one scene and a few references to um, "adult things" that might need to be monitored for children, in case you do watch it… which I hope you do. Tell me how you love it! ;) Oh, and I also listen to the soundtrack constantly on Spotify. It's just that beautiful.

2 friends of mine went throughout breakups and heartache the very same week, so I took them both bouquets of flowers & big bakery cookies… because they are loved, and they need to be reminded of that. Don't we all, though?

Talk about a wowzer of a Labor Day sunset! Isn't God just an amazing Artist.

Apple Creme Brûlée anyone?

I will buy my future children's wardrobe at Janie & Jack. That is if our pocketbook will allow. ;p 

I just like my slippers and deemed them photo worthy. ;)

Alittle adventure sometimes helps me cope with life when it gets to be too much, so recently I made a day trip to Boulder. I went shopping and drank coffee.

Madewell. Ah. I like that store. (My wallet doesn't though.)

Sipping an Apple Pie Latte on a Sunday after church…

This here is my friend's son. Isn't he just adorable in front of those punkins?

These are beautiful things called "Chinese Lanterns." I almost bought some, but couldn't justify the price.

A scarlet sky on the drive to work one morning…

The sight of a Red Mini Cooper (my favorite car) on a rainy day makes me smile. 
I like rainy days too.

I love my Hunter Boots (otherwise known as Wellies by the British)

I splurged and bought this dotted pillow at Anthropologie

Little bag from Madewell. :-)

I love dressing in classy, Retro style. It makes me feel feminine. :) 
(If you can't tell, I cut my hair. Really short.)

I was having another overwhelming day last weekend, so my Mom recommended I go up to Rocky Mountain National Park for the day. She thought it'd do me some good, and so I went. This was some drive-by color!

I purchased a black + white DayDesigner by Whitney English. I can't wait to use it in the new year!

Lastly, I will close with this lovely screenshot of Gil & Anne. I watched Anne of Avonlea yesterday morning, and fell in love with it all over again. I laughed at the shenanigans of Anne & Diana and Dolly the Jersey Cow, smiled at Gilbert's advice to stop writing all that "high falutin' mumbo jumbo" and of course, one can't help but love how Anne met her ideal (tall, irresistibly handsome, proud and melancholy) Morgan Harris in Kingsport, but he ended up making her realize who she truly loved most -- Gil and her beloved Prince Edward Island.

As Marilla so wisely said, 

"Don't toss it away, Anne.. for some ridiculous ideal that doesn't exist." 

Until the next time, 

Happy Autumn, everyone! 

Better days are yet to come...