What matters?

I know it’s been a long time.  I haven’t given up, I have just been really needed lately. 

Through my busy-ness, I have noticed a sudden influx of people losing loved ones these past two weeks.  I wanted to pass along some condolences and say a few words. 

These past few months have put a lot into perspective for me.  Since my fathers stroke this past October, every phone call I receive sends my heart into a tizzy.  The endless paperwork, the kind people wanting to help, but not exactly knowing what to do, getting affairs in order in case of the inevitable, spending most of your free time in constant vigilant prayer, the decisions that need to be made, hoping you are making the right ones… 

But actually losing someone…  To have felt deep loss, the kind that paralyzes, causes blurred vision and a non-registering thought process.  Walking around zombie-fied, nothing seems as important in life than this sudden loss of life.

So what matters?

Material things?  Career boosters?  Being right all the time? 

No…. 

People.

People matter.  Those you love and those that love you.  They are what matter.  I can’t stress enough that life can be so short.  Take the time, make the effort, tell them, show them.  Tomorrow might be too late.

To those that have lost this week, I am sending the most heartfelt hugs and prayers of comfort and strength…

Visiting

visiting

 

I visited my parents house this past Sunday as I do every Sunday.  I go and stay with my father so my mom can slip away to church and then be free to do some shopping in the afternoon.  I introduced my father to Netflix so we have been catching up on our movie watching while we do some PT.  This is Muffin.  We got her 6 years ago when she fit in the palm of my hand.  We are trying to rehome her at the moment.  We are heartbroken about giving her up, but its hard enough that my mom has to single-handedly care for my dad.  But we won’t let her go until we find a really great place for her.  We have faith that we will find a perfect family for our Muffin.

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Geared up

geared up

 

This is me, geared up.  Taking pictures of Bryce Canyon.  I borrowed a 14-24mm lens for my trip.  It was so heavy, but I got some great shots with it!  I am not sure whats up with the purple fringing here.  It’s weird.

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Retail Therapy

glass

 

Nope, didn’t follow prompt exactly.  Has nothing to do with window shopping, but this picture was shot through a window.  A dirty one, at that.  It’s surprising how much detail the lens can still pick up even when shooting through two panes of unclean glass.

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