The Woods on a Snowy Day

One day last week, I joined my brother and sister-in-law on an expedition into our favorite local state park. It was a beautifully magical day for me, and we loved every bit of it.

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Every once in a while, the gentle breeze would shake some snow off the branches, creating glitter showers of wonder.

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We hadn’t planned to do portraits for them, but in such a lovely place, who could resist?

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I really like hanging out with them.

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It was a really good day.

My Friend Marcina

Hello everyone! Today, help me be happy. One of my very best friends came to visit me for 9 hours last week, and we spent the whole day together. Eating, talking, driving, laughing, napping, taking photos, giggling, catching up on each other’s deep soundwaves. It was good. I love spending time with this girl. We dive so deep, so quick. This girl is going places. (Including Calvary Bible School with me! Eep! 20 more days!)

Anyway, we had this idea, vision, dream. It was specific, particular, and detailed. Which made my job so easy! Marcina takes photos of people herself, so she totally knows how to strike a pose. But standing three feet away with a glass between us added a whole new dimension. You can’t count to three, give instruction, encourage, and show the back of the camera so easy! But we worked with it, and she made it easy.

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Winter Came to Holmes County

Last week God gave us perfect winter weather. My friend Vicki came to buy meat at the counter with a smile nearly as big as mine. “You enjoying the weather?” we asked at the same time, then, laughing at ourselves, counted again the ways we love winter.

There is a clearness about these months that is so special. It is like the air at the top of a mountain, where we can see the vista below and think our thoughts with more focus and intention. There is a span of twelve months ahead of us, clean and blank, awaiting your fingers and feet. How will you leave 2015?

And the winter night sky is something unmatched in all creation. God’s jewels are scattered across thick black velvet, like a proud jeweler displaying his most expensive pieces. That’s Orion, he says, and the stars twinkle in happy response.

Here are some unedited shots from the past week.

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