Our friend Karen made this for Lowell and his friends for their 40th birthdays that they all celebrated last year. It's fun to see friendships that have continued strong for 20+ years! : ) (Can you see me in the reflection?)
This is a picture of my grandparent's house on the farm outside of Bakersfield. The wood is from their old barn. : ) The house and barn are gone now, but there is at least a street named after the family in the subdivision that exists there now! I haven't seen it... I think it would make me too sad... but I love having a piece of their homestead in my home.
I wasn't sure where this post was going to go when I started it. I was going to tell you all that Lowell has uploaded a lot (really... a LOT) of pictures from our trip to Peru so you can go check them out if you're interested in seeing where we went and some of the people we spent time with. It was rich. : ) The pictures online and the pictures I was hanging seemed to tie together so I thought I'd share them both.
I realize now that there is definitely a theme that weaves through all the pictures I'm hanging up. Almost all of them bring back happy memories for me. Whether it's memories of an event or of people or a stage of life, the things are all sweet to me for much more than aesthetic reasons. And I'm glad I got them out and up so I can enjoy them for the remaining months we are living here. The tough question is going to be what to do with them when we move to Peru. I know we can't and I don't want to try to take them all with us... but I want the memories. (Maybe I'll just take the pictures of the pictures!) : )
I also want to remember that as we go through life we're always making new memories and what we're living today has the potential to be a sweet memory in the future as I walk with God through it and am thankful in it and choose to look at it with hope and joy.
Lord, help me live these days so that if they were hanging on my wall someday they would bring back sweet memories of walking in faith with You...
And if you want to see our other pictures, click here. : )