The gift of reflection

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This photo was taken about 7 years ago at a simple park on the Potomac River.  It was taken during a time when life was so easy and carefree.  I had just met my soon-to-be husband one month earlier and we were already in love.  We had dreams of what life would be. Reflecting back, we never could have known the ups and downs we would face in our marriage or the changes we would see in the world.  Just like this gorgeous sunset, all we saw in our reflections was beauty.

And that’s how it should be.

There is often so much to reflect back on in life.  Some brings us pain, some hope, some laughter.  But really, it all has one thing in common….beauty.  

You are beautiful.  I am beautiful.  Life is beautiful.  

And all of it…the good, the bad, and the ugly…

is a gift.

 

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is “reflecting”.

 

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WPC: A gift from Mother Earth

 

In honor of upcoming Earth Day, the WordPress Photo Challenge topic for this week is Earth.

All you have to do is open your eyes or take a deep breath in to appreciate all the gifts that Mother Earth has given us.  With no help from mankind, God uses Mother Earth to send us gifts every day:

  • The fresh smells of roses
  • The bright color of a peacock’s feathers
  • The sound of waves crashing on the beach

We can get no credit for these gifts.  It is God and God alone.

Then, sometimes God gives men the knowledge to create amazing new treasures from Mother Earth.  Paper, medicine, food, and one of favorites…

Wine.

Even if you are not a fan of wine, you have to admit the beauty of the vineyards themselves is gift alone.

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Cheers to Earth Day!

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Shadows” in love

The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is “shadow”.  In honor of Valentine’s Day coming up, my photo has a loving theme.

This is a picture of my husband and I standing in St.Peter’s Square in Rome.  I like how the hat and bag I was wearing make my shadowed figure look like she is from the Victorian Era with a wide-brimmed hat and hoop skirt.

We are two travelers “Shadowed by Love“.

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