Last night I saw one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever witnessed.
We had been driving down the right road at the right time. It had just rained for three days straight; a rare occurrence for Maui. The sky was dark and sweet coldness was in the air. I saw it coming. I saw the clouds breaking. Wet reflections everywhere. I longed for my real camera. I had a feeling that it could be one of those moments. Why didn’t I have it on me, ready for action? My hubs offered to pull the car over, a demonstration of his love for me. We would be late for our dinner reservation. I leapt out of our water beaded car. And there it was. I watched it unfold before my eyes. Soaking. it. all. in. The silhouettes. The changing colors that lit up the entire sky. The tourists, ecstatic for the hope of sunshine.
I have witnessed hundreds of amazing sunsets in my life, but this one truly took my breath away. I felt the heaviness of it, like a thick down comforter on a chilly night. I was enveloped in the weight of it.
It’s no coincidence that today I read about God’s glory. Kabod, it comes from the root word heaviness. It takes the word heaviness to a-whole-nother level for me. This is what I couldn’t exactly put my finger on. The heaviness, the weight, the breathlessness, the glory, the beauty. My heart stilled in awe and jumping for joy at once. A feeling that I often find hard to explain in real words.
I am reminded of one of my favorite snippets of scripture:
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
I love this quote I found a while back, on Pinterest:
”May we be consumed with the Creator of all things rather than with things created.”
Some of you have been inquiring about our recent Christmas card photo….
We had our pictures taken by the fabulous Jenna Strubhar with Jenna Michelle Photography.
I have been admiring Jenna’s work for years. I love her use of natural light and composition style.
Jenna is a wife and mother of two adorable kiddos. Not only is she an outstanding photographer, but Jenna has heart of gold. She truly captures the spirit of the people she photographs.
I must admit I was a little nervous at how the pictures would turn out. I had not been photographed by a professional photographer since my wedding nine years ago.
I think we did pretty good 😉
Here are some of my favorites.
The best part is that these were all taken in only 15 minutes!
I have majorly been slacking in the blogging department.
Since November, there has been a whirlwind of busy-ness and fun keeping me away….you can check out my Instagram for a brief review.
I must admit, 2013 was a stellar year! There are so many great things and mini adventures that took place, it makes my heart smile at the thought of them.
On to 2014….
This morning, as I sat with my cup of coffee in solitude, I knew it was the best time to muddle through the things I would like to accomplish this year. Goals. Realistic goals.
The more I wrote, the more ideas would come.
I decided to cut them of at 17, since 17 is my favorite number. 😊
Jump in the ocean twice a week.
Organize photos and make them into photo books.
Go on one active or creative date a month.
Pray together as a family everyday.
Spend more time with extended family.
Use a recipe book for cooking, at least once a month.
Maintain the house with a weekly checklist.
Take a DSLR camera class.
Host more gatherings at our house.
Go camping as a family at least three times.
Obtain all of my business goals.
Attend a friend’s birth as a doula.
Join a workout group/class.
Redo our master bathroom.
And my ongoing goal throughout the years:
Be a better wife, mother and friend then I was last year.
I know sharing my goals here will give me accountability beyond myself.
So, Thank You. And Happy New Year!