After enjoying last month’s Thankfulness photo challenge, I decided to keep it going for one more month. This time, the prompts were written by my friend Liz (of belovelive.com) herself. So, without further ado, here we go:
These are cute little Swedish tomtar that I’ve always enjoyed seeing as part of my parents’ Christmas decorations. This year, I found out that they’re technically “mine,” so I’ve gotten to have them grace my own shelf and make my apartment more Christmasy.
The day I took this picture, I found out (via FB) that one of my old high school friends is pregnant. By this point, they’ve had the baby. What is more hopeful than expectant parents?
My puppy and I have to wait for a few hours on Mondays before we can go pick up my husband from work. The puppy can get impatient sometimes.
We don’t have a full-size tree this year. Just a tiny one, with a picture of my alma mater in the background.
I got a voicemail! (Yes, I have an old-school cell phone.)
This picture is courtesy of the L running express and forcing me to get off 2 stops early and wait for another 2 trains to come before I could get back on my way. But the tracks are kinda pretty…
Lentil soup, wine, and candles. Yes, please.
We see lots of strangers when we walk around downtown.
Yep. I’m in love.
Candles AND one of my favorite recipes: cajun chicken pasta.
11. daily news
I don’t get the newspaper and didn’t feel like taking another picture of my computer screen, so here’s a shot of the view out my window every morning.
Our evening walks have gotten prettier now that people have lights up for decoration. I like it.
This is about as ordinary as it gets in our household.
Christmas is coming, and I got to visit my family for a preview weekend due to my cousin’s wedding.
The scarf was the wedding favor from my cousin and her new husband. Very practical for a December wedding! Also, I discovered the existence of cake pops at that wedding. Wonderful.
It filled me with joy to get to worship at this church two weekends in a row. I only get to come here a couple times a year nowadays.
I did a lot of listening for God’s voice back when I was going through my emotional breakdown about being a deacon. And I do believe God spoke.
Our spider plant is both very old and bringing forth new life.
There’s nothing quite like the CTA holiday train to bring some holiday spirit!
I like to dry much of my laundry the simple, old-fashioned way. The radiator helps, too.
Fittingly, this prompt came on the first day it ACTUALLY got cold. Nice.
Apparently, some people have baby elephants for pets!?! And they get along with dogs… strange.
Knitting is something I’ve come to really enjoy doing in the silence.
This is what it looks like when we celebrate Christmas via Skype with my sister who’s in China.
This is the walking trail near my parents’ house. Nice new asphalt.
I struggled with this prompt since I’m not really one for mediation, but I do greatly appreciate the incarnational message of Christmas, so we’ll go with that.
28. role model
My puppy has found his role model in his “aunt” Cali.
Isn’t nature beautiful?
We got my mother-in-law this frame for Christmas, so now our memories will be on display in their house. 🙂
Technically, this is me AND my husband, but close enough. Two become one, right?