posted by Danielle

snowy snowy

Seattle and snow.  Such a  beautiful combination.  Sometimes we move so fast, letting ourselves get irritated that traffic is terrible, or people cannot drive in the snow, or wondering why the city only has 20 snowplows…

But maybe it is so we can work from home, in front of the fire, with snow steadily coming down outside the window all day long.  And, instead of a lunch break, you are able to  take a snow walk around your neighborhood.  In lieu of cars driving,  you see children sledding down your road, couples skiing where sidewalks once were, and neighbors venturing to the local hot spot……
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posted by Brianne

The next big thing?

Did you guys see these “snowing” LED light tubes around this winter? With a whole series you can really make your yard look like the snow is coming down, its pretty mesmerizing. I took this short video at the Garden d’lights where they had a whole area FULL of them. LOVE. {note, the video does have sound, but its just crowd background noise so you’re not missing anything if you mute before playing}

Too bad from what I can tell they are like $20 a pop AND you have to buy connector cords. Hmm. Maybe next year the price will come down and we can put that awesomeness all over our house!

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posted by Brianne

Ten on ten, its a new year!

So excited to get fully back on board with ten on ten this month to start the new year off on a great note. It was especially exciting for me today since I got to take my new Nikon D3100 for a spin! I took the obligatory photo in the rearview mirror since I wanted to see how my new toy was lookin’ icon wink Ten on ten, its a new year!

Mostly it was a work day with a looong to-do list. I did manage to catch some great morning skies, a quick trip to the gym over lunch, and a snap of the Seattle Blogger meet up that Lyndsay organized. A fun day!

Head over to Rebekah’s wonderful blog to see all the other sets. New to ten on ten? Read more about it here. Its such a wonderful community to have become a part of in 2011, we’re really excited for the year ahead!

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posted by Danielle

the fluff on the trees

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pre-Thanksgiving…. i went on a “fall” retreat with my small group girls.  I say “fall” … because well…. there was very little “fall” in sight.  Instead, I got to drive up the mountain with snow falling.  Seven miles from the lodge,  we had to put chains on the vans, so I have now officially driven with chains!  The whole landscape, that dark snowy night… was just breathtaking.   The tall trees had so much fluff on them, untouched.

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We pulled in, and I began to blast Christmas music… Winter Wonderland, to be exact.

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On Saturday,  I snowshoed for the first time ever, and it was oh so fun!  We pounded through untouched snow, all around the lodge.  It was so quiet!  And powdery!  And such a great workout, especially when we wandered quite far downhill and back up!  I wish I had pictures of this part, but the reality is, I spent a solid three hours outside… and several times, espcially while sledding… the snow won!  I was covered, and too busy throwing snowballs to take pictures!

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This all occurred two weeks before Thanksgiving..and all the sudden it kind of felt like Christmas.  Only, like I arrived at Christmas with nothing required.  I show up with merely some snow gear and drive the van full of kids.  The youth staff takes care of providing talks and small group curriculum and worship.  The lodge has snowshoes to try, and sleds to ride, and games and puzzles to play, and food to eat.

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And my girls….. they show up with laughter and some tears and homework and smiles.  And … wait for it…. they show up with Christmas decorations for our room.  Yes, they do indeed rock, in case you wondered.  Streamers, glittery garlands, lights… and a big red bow for our front door.  Seriously, they are perfect.  And God, well he shows up too, in big and powerful ways, to touch me, through these kids.  I always am amazed.  I hope that moment of amazement never departs from me.

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Some days I  have to really fight for Christmas to be like that too.  Because the reality is… all I have to do is show up, not worried so much about the details, the lists, it all.  All I have to do is show up and enjoy it.  Enjoy each minute of this season, each homemade gift, each strand of lights, each excuse to see a friend, each song to jingle to, each pair of fun socks, each advent worship song.

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enjoy it, even when it seems too full.  You can sleep in January, after all.

 

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posted by Danielle

paperwhites…

on our winter tablescape.

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look at the peeks of sunshine that have graced Seattle this week!  Sunny and 50 — feels like spring!

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