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Positive Meme Monday #10

soft-white-wildflowersElizabeth is visiting with our oldest daughter in D.C. for a few days. She has left me in charge of the blog while she is away. Today is Monday, and that means “Positive Meme Monday!” 

I’m featuring a few shots that have a “summer dreaming” quality to them along with three memes that feature literary quotes.

Elizabeth loves literature. One of the beautiful things we often share with each other is a well-written phrase. It’s a regular occurrence that we will be reading in the same room and one of us will say, “Hey, listen to this.” And then we will read to the other the passage that made us smile, or sigh, or wonder.

The memes today are featuring just the sort of paragraphs that we would stop and read aloud to each other. They also all have something to do with summer.





I hope all of the Beauty Observed readers are building one of these never-to-be-forgotten summers. Some of you are apart from loved ones because of work or military service. I hope, as does Elizabeth, that you can be reunited soon. Others of you are wrestling with heavy things in your spiritual lives. Still others are reading a post like this and wondering how you could possibly manage a moment to slow down and contemplate a good book. Trust us – we get it. We all find ourselves in difficult seasons from time to time.

So, I end with a sincere prayer that God’s peace will break through upon all of us this summer. I pray that He will teach us to rest and reflect. And I pray that each of us can enjoy the “Prime and vigor of the year in which all things are glad and flourishing.” 

Come home to me soon, Elizabeth! I miss you.

p.s. Natasha in Oz, I know you are on the other side of the world, and therefore not in the summer season. The answer to this prayer should reach you in about six months! 🙂



How Fun! Vol. 2


“How fun!” That’s my exclamation when I see or hear about something I like.  Here are just a few things that touched me or made me smile this week:

Friday Favorites-recipes, book ideas, dachund, art

I’m looking forward to using the techniques in how to photograph your Christmas tree.

Here are 20 reasons you need a dog in your life.

And speaking of dogs, a friend sent me a print of a dachshund from David Rogers.  He has  a talent for capturing the essence of different dog breeds.

If you didn’t see it earlier, this is one of my family’s favorite holiday treats.  It doesn’t last long!

I found a book at Sage Parnassus about Charles Dickens to put on my reading list. I must confess that my consumption of Dickens has been primarily by movie in the last few years.  What is your favorite Dickens book?

During this season of baking, why not get a copy of  Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett to read to your children?   I find this book delightful!

Have a great weekend!  Remember Philippians 4:8.  “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”


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