It's a new year; a new opportunity to look for those unexpected and everyday blessings in life.
I reviewed many of the photos I'd taken and found this one. I was on a walk when I took this shot of a butterfly perched on a colorful flower. I had a new found excitement looking at this photo. I remember how the children in our Pre-K 3 class learn about caterpillars and about their transformation into butterflies. Somehow the photo had more meaning for me at this time in my life.
Although I am across the country from my family, how thankful I am for Facebook. I communicated with many family and friends online during the past two weeks. And on Twitter, I had fun tweeting new year's greetings to many.
Here's my dad on Christmas Day in Florida after receiving my gift to him. I may not have been there in person but I was so grateful to see the smile on his face and of course, hear his voice on the phone. That's a photo I took of the Lone Cypress along 17 Mile Drive in Carmel, California. I won a giveaway and UPrinting took my photo and put it on a canvas. Dad loved it!
I've missed the children in our Pre-K class and my co-workers. But it's been a nice two week rest. We all seemed to keep in touch online and that was fun. But I'll be happy to see the sweet smiles of the children as they return to school.
I recently joined a group of Brooklyn Norwegians on Facebook. My parents were born and raised in Brooklyn, New York but moved to Long Island after they married. I've had fun getting to know people with similar backgrounds and Norwegian customs. Many of the familiar phrases like "takk for matten" and "vaer sa god" were revisited. And yes, we continue to say those phrases in my family for "thank you for the food" and "come and get it". LOL.
#293 Viewing old photos with a new perspective #294 The beauty of nature #295 Keeping up with relatives in all parts of the county and even the world through the internet #296 Making new friends with a similar background and rediscovering old friends #297 A clean car with new tires and brakes #298 A new year and a new focus to live intentionally #299 Choosing a new word for 2012 ~ Adventure #300 Going to church on New Year's Day with my friend Helen #301 A unique church service where we got to pray with one another and minister to each other #302 The excitement of seeing what God has in store for me in 2012
I'm linking up with Ann Voscamp of A Holy Experience as I continue to count those everyday blessings. Won't you begin to write them down too?