Turn off alarm at 4:00 AM, check! Head out to the boxing gym at 4:30 AM, check! 5:00 AM workout, check! Protein shake at 6:00 AM, check! Grab the Fuji X-T30 at 6:08 AM and park adjacent to the corn field, check! Enjoy a beautiful sunrise and snap some shots at 6-something AM, check! Nook-morning to you! Have a wonderful day!
a valentine’s life
My mom and dad have been married for 62 years. They both have their physical struggles and they take care of each other. My dad takes care of my mom’s arthritic feet every morning. I felt privileged to watch him carefully wash, dry and apply topical aids on her feet. They have lived a Valentine‘s life together, and not just a Valentine’s Day. I was also reminded of what Jesus taught us. Take a moment and read the gospel of John chapter 13 today. Thanks for stopping by.
Happy February to you. Happy February to you. Happy February, happy February, happy February to you! It’s a new day. Make it a great one.
still here we are
For us, January 1st is Happy Anniversary as well as Happy New Year. So, in honor of my bride: just look at those kids kneeling in stillness about to unfold a story to be told of their love just look at those kids praying and longing about to discover the path is so steep and love will require more than they know still here we are still telling a story older now somehow still here we are just look at those kids i do let’s go i’m yours your love is true through all the hurts pain and sorrow you still said yes through each tomorrow you love so well with grace and kindness staying by my side oh Ruth so grateful you’re by my side still here we are still telling a story older now somehow still here we are just look at those kids dear God thank you for the journey and for taking care of those kids and thank you for the gift of that high school girl who so long ago was kneeling beside me and still is
the doctors said you were leaving i don’t see a world without you time stopped and crashed and just shattered no God please not you so many whispered ‘Our Father…’ pleading grace and mercy for you He heard all our cries every whisper a new story was written for you
undeserving and grateful we’re still here and i’m blessed to be loved by you every breath is a gift in every joy every sorrow each moment a fading song but we sing out loud into the unknown tomorrow time may fracture again so we whisper
our Father in heaven above may your name be first in our eyes may your kingdom thrive in our hearts and lives may your will be done in our love while we’re still here on earth as it is in heaven
a walk in the park
I have so enjoyed spending some time on Long Island visiting my parents. Whenever I come back home I always take a walk in Eisenhower Park and visit the Veterans Memorial. This beautiful memorial serves as a tribute to the heroes of Nassau County. I also always go to Jones Beach. That will be the next post.
This is my dear mom who is… well, to be polite, she is above 90 years old. We try to get back to Long Island, NY a few times a year to visit with my family. COVID porevented an earlier trip this year and, this time, my wife needed to be at home, so I am here enjoying my parents who still live in the house I grew up in. We hung out on the front porch and just chatted away a few moments together. She carries a weight of sadness for all that she has seen in this world, but at any moment, she can laugh and get me laughing as well! Favorite quote so far: “You have to enjoy your home… when you think about it, for 60 years this home has kept us from getting wet.”
Grateful for my WordPress family!
what i saw at starved rock
My day job is as a worship pastor. I have the privilege of working alongside a fantastic team of leaders and friends. Our team culture includes celebrating each other’s birthday. Each year we head out to Starved Rock State Park (a real gem of a place in the midst of the Midwestern plains) when my birthday celebration comes around. These images are some of what I saw today. Thanks for stopping by.
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