Monday, May 25, 2015

A little R and R...

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We are in central Oregon staying at our mentor's vacation home for some much needed rest and relaxation
 after a wild and crazy month.
 The month began with a trip to Nebraska for Jumping Tandem: the retreat, which was fabulous.
 The following weekend was our church's leadership retreat, also a wonderful time.
Following that we celebrated three family birthdays and Mother's Day.
Then came the very sad and difficult death of a young mama in our church 
and the preparation involved, as her pastors, for her memorial service.  
The memorial service was exactly one week before our youngest daughter's wedding, which was Saturday.
Mid-week before the wedding our youngest grandson was hospitalized for a respiratory virus.
Thank God, he is doing well and was released from the hospital the evening before the wedding
and was even able to be the ringbearer as planned.
The wedding went beautifully and was every bit the blessed and beautiful and happy event
 that I hoped it would be.
However, even the happiest of life changing events can be exhausting!
Thus our need for some R and R.

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After we unpacked the car today, I thought that maybe I would take a nice long nap.
Instead I decided to go outside with my camera and take a walk.
I put my earphones in and as I walked I listened to a playlist 
put together by one of the worship leaders from our church.

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The music and the beauty ministered to my spirit and soul while the walking was refreshing to my body.
It was just the sort of rest I needed.

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  1. Just what I was hoping would happen for you this week....R & R. Enjoy!


    1. I slept ten hours last night! My body finally got the message that it's ok to relax and rest!

  2. So thankful for the rest you got. Your photos are gorgeous, as always.

  3. So glad that you got some rest. These images are lovely... with their different edits.

    Have a good week ahead.

    1. Thank you so much! Photography and editing is one of my favorite relaxation activities!

  4. Your photos are beautiful as always. Naps aren't all they are cracked up to be anyway. ;)

    1. I did sleep ten hours last night. I think my body just finally shut down.

  5. I'm happy you decided to go for a walk, Elizabeth ... beautiful captures!

    1. Thank you, Nina! I'm glad I went on that walk as well!

  6. All lovely images and processing -- and I can tell that looking for these flowers and "seeing" them with your camera was the perfect way to refresh. I saw some of the photos from the wedding on Instagram and loved them! The little boys must have stolen the show in their adorable outfits! I'm glad to hear all went well on your daughter's wedding day :)

    1. Sharon, I'm so glad you got to see some of the wedding photos. I can't wait to see the ones the photographer took!

  7. It sounds like you are having a good time of rest while you're away. Just what you needed.

  8. You were very close to me when you were in Nebraska. I live in
    Bellevue, not far from Ashland. Glad that the wedding went well. I love the photo with the 5-petal purple flowers . . . the sticks going up one side make it very interesting.

    1. That photo is my favorite too, Earl. And, as usual, the favorite is more serendipity than skill on my part!

  9. Your post reminds me I need to do that. Take my camera, earphones and go walking. Haven't done that in a while due to a sick car. Hubby promises to fix it soon though. Especially like the first and next to last photo. The next to last one reminds me of one of those notecards that looks like linen, but they're all truly amazing. :)

  10. Naps are good but photo therapy is sometimes better to clear the mind and refresh the soul! These are beautiful shots. Sounds like your May was very busy.


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