Monday, December 24, 2012

beauty from ashes

We buried our sons together on October 30th 2012.  We purchased a huge glazed pot in 2007 to commemorate Oliver's first birthday, with the intention to bury Oliver's ashes there.  As we had been moving around a bit, we decided to keep it empty until we were more settled.

When we brought our precious little Noah home from the hospital, we knew that it was only fitting for him to be buried along with his big brother.  With heavy hearts and overflowing eyes, we laid our two boys to rest together.

I have managed to keep a "Little Gem" Magnolia alive over the past few years too, and it seemed only fitting that this tree be planted in the pot as a memorial to our two precious little gems.

And out of these ashes, this mourning, out of our heaviness, comes this beauty...

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,

To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

maybe tomorrow?

Every morning I peer through my kitchen window out to the garden. There's not much to see from the window really.  It looks over the carport where the children can play.  There are a lot of toys, and a few large bushes.  But over near the corner in the garden bed, is a very special plant... a Magnolia "Little Gem"

By some kind of miracle, I have managed to keep alive for the past 4 years.  Even though it hasn't really grown much, it is still green, it continues to sprout fresh new leaves.  Sadly though, I have only seen one blossom open up, and it was a crazy hot day, so the petals were scorched by the time it opened fully.

Little Gem

Two months ago, my Little Gem showed me the first glimpse of a new bud.  Since then, I go out each day and just look at it.  If I could, I would will it to burst open.  But no matter how much I feed it, water it or plead with it, it seems to remain the same.

Until yesterday...

And then today...

So now I just keep on thinking...

maybe tomorrow?

And just keep on waiting...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

the yearly christmas card photo shoot

Every year there are things that you do without fail to share a bit of Christmassy cheer.  You might put up a tree...

Have a carousel ride at a christmas party...

Sit with a strange fella in a red suit to get a lolly...

One of the most fun times so far this advent season though, has been the attempt to capture the perfect portraits for the annual christmas card.  What a barrel of laughs.  This particular day LadyBug had chosen a very pretty dress to wear for the day, and LittleBee was also nicely dressed which was lovely.  A perfect opportunity to take photos, and seeing it was still early enough in the day, they had remained relatively clean so far.  So with a design in my head, I found the christmas hat, grabbed a little chair and waited for some christmas magic to begin.

LittleBee is 9 now, and has always been a poser, so it wasn't hard for her to stand in position, and smile this way, look that way etc.  Most of the photographic direction actually came from her.  But I wanted to capture her natural smile, so I just sat infront of her and laughed at her...

LadyBug needed a little training.  First not really liking the hat, unless LittleBee had it.  Then, with some coaching she pulled out some stellar looks...

But, the dilema came when I wanted them to be together....

In the end I snapped about 50 shots, just to get these two perfect ones for this years card.  My happy little Christmas Princesses, smiling their Christmas wishes to you all.

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