Sunday, November 22, 2009

More Photos

I've been working on a photo project for a client of mine. Can you guess what his company does? Special thanks to our friend Peter from church for being my model. :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Our time with Julia

We visited Lake Harriet on a GORGEOUS fall day. One of the beautiful fall days Julia saw while she was here!

We went hiking around the twin cities together multiple times.
We celebrated Julia's 24th birthday with a homemade apple pie (it was Julia's and my first time making one!) and a gorgeous cake made by our friend Anne.

We took a boat cruise and got to see the St. Paul skyline and some fall colors!

We worked hard one Saturday on the farm to make apple juice. We made about 30 gallons! Yum!

Found My Peace Again

My hands, still spotted with dirt, hung up the rake in the garage. Satisfied with my yardwork, I brushed my hands on my pants and prepared to go inside. Something wouldn't let me. Maybe it was the setting sun casting light pinks and yellows across the fall clouds. Maybe it was the pleasantly warm air and its absence for so long. Who knows.

My feet led me to the front steps. The cement was cool on my hands as I eased myself down to sit. I sat. I listened. I watched.

Some kids walked by, as did the man who faithfully runs the neighborhood streets. I see him almost every day with his puppy running ahead on the leash and his big headphones on his ears. His gray hair seems longer today...maybe he'll get it cut soon.

An older man with no hair walked by in a red coat. As he passed he pulled a tissue out of his pocket to wipe his nose. The air does have a crispness about it this afternoon.

I watched the leaves of my neighbors' trees through the empty branches of ours. They pointed to which way the wind was blowing. They were somewhat sparse on the tree - almost as if it were spring but their color told otherwise.

Ah, and there's the feeling. Peace. Quiet and calm. Where have you been?

I settle in, leaning against the stucco of the garage and stretching my legs out in front of me on the top step. I lay my head against the wall and close my eyes. I breathe deeply.