Category Archives: Photo of the Week 2012

Photo of the Week: Fifty

photo of the week 50

I missed my own deadline and I didn’t follow my own rules (I know, I’m such a rebel…), but this photo of festive sugar cookie bars ( that my roommate, B, made – using this recipe, I think – for our super fun New Year’s Eve shindig that we hosted this year) “officially” ends my photo of the week project for 2012.

While this photo of the week project has been mostly fun and sometimes useful towards the original purpose of stretching my technical ability in photography, I’m not planning to keep it up this year. I haven’t figured out exactly what I’ll be doing to ensure semi-consistent content in its place, but I’m working on it.

Until then, Happy New Year, friends!

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Photo of the Week: Forty Eight & Forty Nine

photo of the week 48 & 49

It may not be the greatest photo, but it was such a fun night seeing “The Nutcracker” with my roommate and one of her brothers last week and uptown Charlotte was so festive that it’s joining the ranks of photo of the week anyway.

Merry Christmas!

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“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 (ESV)

Photo of the Week: Forty Seven

photo of the week 47

Another glimpse of Christmas decorations around here…

Somehow, there’s joy hidden in this photo of the week. I don’t know exactly where or why or how. But when I look at it, it makes me smile. Maybe it’s the color or the different perspective or just the opportunity it provides to pause and reflect.

But I know I need more of it. More joy. More peace. More reflection. More perspective. More truth. More of His presence.

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 (ESV)

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*linking with Shannan for Money Shot Monday*

Photo of the Week: Forty Six

photo of the week 46

A Christmas preview, of sorts, for this photo of the week.

It comes on the heels of a long, but beautiful first Sunday of December. Following the normal Sunday morning church routine (complete with a small class of 2-year-olds. love them.), I attended a performance of Handel’s Messiah Part 1 this afternoon (which, for the record, is my absolute favorite piece of music. ever. the entire oratorio.) and participated in the annual advent service at church this evening, which is always followed by the lighting of the massive Christmas tree that takes up residence in the main entrance.

Just lovely.

And such a great way to usher in this advent season when we celebrate and anticipate the birth of our Savior, the Messiah, Emmanuel, God with us.

I pray your Advent/Christmas season will be full of expectation and great joy!

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Isaiah 7:14 (ESV)

Photo of the Week: Forty Four

It’s November, Thanksgiving is just a few short days away, and life is too precious to not be just plain grateful, so today I’m thankful for:

leftover Greek-style chicken,

coffee with whipped cream,

gingerbread men with sprinkles,

adorable conversations with two-year-olds (who says you can only read one book at a time?),

the privilege to enjoy the little things,

and the freedom to worship a loving and righteous God who is sovereign over it all.

How about you . . . what are you thankful for today?

Photo of the Week: Forty Two & Forty Three

This is what an early Saturday evening in November looks like after a physically draining, but spiritually refreshing worship ministries retreat Friday night and all day Saturday to prepare/rehearse for our Christmas concerts.

And yes, since I’ve been absent from the blog since the end of the 31 Days series, this photo is pulling double duty as photo of the week 42 and 43, so that I can finish the photo of the week posts on December 30th with photo 50. I know … that’s not technically a full year. But close enough. And hey, it’s my blog, so my rules. Grin.

And since we’re on the subject of being absent from the blog, I really haven’t even been writing much (or involved in social media much) since I wrapped up that series. Life on this side of the screen has been full, and my mind has welcomed the break.

But be on the lookout for a real post later this week.

Until then, the Compassion bloggers are heading to Peru in a couple of days, and you should plan to go follow their stories here … you will not be sorry.

Hope your weekend has been full of good rest and much joy!

“…why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer. But this I know with all my heart: His wounds have paid my ransom.”