the view outside a bedroom window at our place
This morning as I drove into work I prayed that I would not grow callous over the beauty here. The lichen-loaded branches and pine trees everywhere blew us away a couple of weeks ago but they're now part of our every day. When I moved to L.A. several years ago, I was overwhelmed by the blooming flowers in the middle of winter--roses and birds of paradise and billowing bougainvillea. I just couldn't get over it. If I remember correctly, I prayed a similar prayer back then to not forget to notice the beauty all around. It's there if you look for it, even in the big city. :)
We've had a busy week and are so ready for the weekend. I'm home and making snickerdoodle cookies from a mix that my mom made for us at Christmas. They smell (and taste) sooo good. I originally thought that I would be on leave of absence from my company and would help my husband out here and there with freelance projects but the first week we were here, I received a call from my company asking me to come in for a couple weeks of work. It was not something that I would have even considered since it was receptionist work (been there, done that), but looking back, it was what I needed. I was able to meet most of the office and help out our visitors and honestly, lead a pretty stress-free day. Starting next week and for the next month, I'll be on assignment on what sounds like a very stressful project. But I'll trust that that is where I'm supposed to be for now and be grateful for the work. Edith Schaeffer used to talk about encouraging her children to look at every new experience as an opportunity to learn, so that's what I'm going to do.
In the coming days, I'm going to post a few photos from my sister's (wonderful) visit. We had such a great time. Love her.