Thursday, September 15, 2011

nature walk 101


It was a beautiful day here.  I met up with a friend for coffee and we headed to a nearby park for a little nature walk.   Nothing really makes me feel more alive than being outside with my camera.  Picking up on all the pretties that God puts along my path.




This new friend found me on the day I announced my move to Virginia. Tell me that wasn't a God thing;) We've met a few times... thrifted a bit, had lunch and today she took me to one of her favorite parks.





She's got two little ones.  Spending time with her makes me remember those days so vividly.  The work that is involved...oh my!  I paled in comparison to my friend in the patience department.  She's so soft spoken and kind.  She's a good momma.




I told my friend that lately I feel like I'm on a roller coaster.  One day I have the energy for 10 people.  I will clean my entire house, organize a Bunco group in my neighborhood, have someone over for coffee, go for a run etc...  The next day I stumble around and end up taking long naps to escape reality. 

I have struggled with depression in the past.  I know it's real.  I don't think I've got it now.  I'm just in this inbetween...rebuilding stage and quite honestly it's exhausting.  I remember the first couple of years in Minnesota.  There would be the occasional days of energy and then days of naps.  That's one reason I started this blog.  It helped me stay focused and gave me purpose. 





God speaks to me through nature.  A hawk always makes me feel His presence for some reason.  It's like our little unspoken symbol of provision and watchful eyes.   A log with it's years of growth so evident reminds me that each year leaves it's mark on us.  We are in a constant state of growing.



This happy little floating butterfly with part of it's wing missing really spoke to me.  I didn't notice it's wing until I edited the picture.  I never would have known it was gone.  It was flying perfectly...yet there obviously had been some sort of damage.  I'm a little bit like that butterfly.  I feel like a piece of me is missing.  I'm learning to navigate my way again and I know I'll be fluttering really soon.



My favorite part of the morning was when we were saying goodbye.  Brandee asked me if she could pray for me.  I immediately started crying because that's always been one of my heart's desires...to have a friend that will in person just grab your hands and lift you up to the Lord.  It blessed me so much!  He always knows just what you need...even if you don't.



Have a blessed day.





86.  hands to hold mine up in prayer.
87.  pumpkin lattes
88.  fuzzy fur trees
89.  a full Bunco roster!
90.  dark purple shiny nail polish 
91.  spray tan
92.  my camera...oh i love my camera:)

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50 comments:

  1. The last paragraph made me cry. So true!

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  2. amen! i've never felt so close to God than in nature for sure!

    blessings~

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  3. i'm a little like that butterfly too. always have been...as long as i can remember. the older i get, the less i beat myself up about it. baby steps. good days. bad days. if i didn't have the bad days i wouldn't appreciate the good ones. thinking of you. sounds like you are making great progress as the new girl in town. xo

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  4. Beautiful pics, Becky! It will take time to adjust, but you will. So glad you made such a great friend. God knows exactly what we need better than we do. love that. :)

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  5. Becky, your photographs are so beautiful. The fence close-up and the tunnel are my favorties. You really capture the special parts of nature that we might not notice otherwise. God has gifted you, truly.

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  6. What a lovely post. It's a new and interesting experience for me: seeing our morning this way, through someone else's eyes. I must say: it's more beautiful, even, through your photos than it was in my real-life experience. (Maybe the absence of overflowing trashcans, eh? What you think, Girl?)

    I'm glad God sent you to this place, and I'm looking forward to all our future adventures! :)

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  7. I pray for you every day.
    Thank you for sharing the beauty of life with us.

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  8. I've always felt so loved when a friend prays for me. In front of me. Out loud. Holding my hand. I'm way too shy to ever do it for someone else. I want to change. But it's hard to do. I'm glad you write. :)

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  9. How beautiful that God has blessed you with such a friend!
    Love walking with you on this journey...
    and sending some big hugs and smiles your way.
    Your nature walk looks so gorgeous and your photos show & tell how lovely it was.

    Deborah xoxo

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  10. Happy Happy Happy I was after reading this post! Depression is a battle lots of us woman have and are afraid to speak about but I am not. I believe part of overcoming is admitting ones truths. When she prayed for you she prayed for me. Thank You for sharing one of your peace filled moments with us.

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  11. Becky,
    That is adorable with the little girl with her camera. You probably inspired her. Love the butterfly analogy. I love your photos.
    I have struggled with depression, too. Sunshine deficit disorder. We really lack sunshine from something like Sept.- April. So, I go off & on the meds. There are meds for a reason. I get lower than a snake's belly sometimes. love you, Cheryl

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  12. I love a friend who prays. That made me cry for you. God has blessings waiting for you girl. I am anxious to see them unfold. Praying for you always! xo

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  13. I'm so glad for this special friend God has sent along in the real for you Becky! YAY!!!! Your photos in nature are BeAuTiFuL!!! Especially the broken winged butterfly. What a wonderful word picture of how God uses us even more after being broken. Someone whose been broken and soars anyway really stands out and makes a difference.

    Hugs to you Becky,
    Lee Ann

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  14. Dont you love how nature feels like God's way of talking to us? I know almost everday, when I am driving my 84 mile roundtrip drive to and from work, I will be listening to my Christian Pop radio station, and I may look up in the sky and see a flock of birds that just seem to be soaring to the music, and I just get the greatest feeling come over me. The same thing when I see the sun's rays burst through the clouds, I just take a deep breath and thank God for all of it. Glad you have met such a good friend in Brandee:)

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  15. Awww, what a sweet post! God Bless :)

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  16. So nice to have a special new friend. God must have had her there waiting for you. I was thinking the same as Cheryl above about the seasonal depression. If so you will have lots more sunny days were you are. I struggle with depression from time to time as well. I think it's a girl thing. I don't think that you are there yet. I think you are doing well for such a big change.

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  17. oh friend...love your pictures...having one of those "think i might go to sleep and wake up 36 hours later" kind of days.

    wish we could do this journey together face to face and not computer to computer.... :(

    love your "thankful for" list!!! pumpkin lattes are delicious.

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  18. Your photos ROCK. And Yay for a full bunko roster!! Whooohooo!!!

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  19. I love your camera too especially when you take photos like this! I adore the one of the fence line or whatever it is ;o) So glad that Brandee found you before you moved ~ we all need someone like her nearby.... Hugs sweetie. xo

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  20. Becky - God is so good. I've been praying for you since your move. That you'd find a good, Christian friend right away. That you'd settle in and feel like you were home. That you'd be happy. And because he heard so many blog friends lifting you up the same way, he answered our prayers. Bless Brandee, too...she is an angel in disguise. ♥

    xoxo laurie

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  21. the first fence picture and butterfly picture are so amazing. reminds me yet again of why you inspire me to take pictures. did i ever tell you i sold almost all we own to buy a good camera? i think you knew, but i just have to remind you that YOU are the reason i'm into photography now. : ) thank you for that.

    i totally struggled with depression too. it can be so debilitating. keep up those nature walks, for sure. what a way to take in some of creation's beauty. i love how God reveals Himself in little things.

    so far you have told us about some really cool ladies you've met. i know they're equally glad to have met you!!!

    and if you did live closer... i'd be so starstruck. thinking of you coming over and picking us up to tote around gives me butterflies. maybe one day. : )

    longest comment ever!

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  22. I love the pictures from your nature walk--and am so thankful that you have a friend who will pray for you!!!! Hugs to you from Florida!

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  23. Becky~these pictures are beautiful. I know first hand what it's like to struggle with depression & I felt a little off kilter when I accepted this new job. Not used to the fast pace, the long hours, learning new procedures but I wanted this change & I believe it's for the greater good so I'm hanging in there. Looks like you're doing just fine with your new path. Here's to more adventures & finding something old & comfy in all the new.

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  24. Becky ~ I was smiling as I read this ... Happy to read that you have found a friend ~ I love that God found you a friend like her ~ What a precious blessing ~

    xoxo
    Lori

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  25. i love your pictures! I love nature to just something about it is so powerful that it can catch you off guard sometimes.

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  26. Brandee is the SWEETEST woman. I'm so glad you have her, I know moving was hard. You are in good hands...God's hands.
    Maybe you should ask her to make you some cookies? ;)

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  27. What a wonderful blessing Becky...God is so faithful!! Brandee is such a sweetie...

    I, too have lived with despression since adolesence..and now raising three kids (18, 15 and 12) on my own. I see God in His Creation too...and plan next year to "treat' myself to a DSLR so I can take beautiful photos to scrapbook. I love that photo looking out of the tunnel...it speaks volumes to me!

    Blessings from Julia,
    in New Zealand

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  28. Having a friend (in the flesh) to pray for you . . . three cheers for that.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  29. Becky, sometimes it is like you are inside MY head. Glad I have such good company. I especially identified with this: "I told my friend that lately I feel like I'm on a roller coaster. One day I have the energy for 10 people. I will clean my entire house, organize a Bunco group in my neighborhood, have someone over for coffee, go for a run etc... The next day I stumble around and end up taking long naps to escape reality." I feel the same way. But thank God for the days with energy, right?!

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  30. i feel the same way with my camera out in nature like that, it truly amazes me what is around us if you just take the time to stop and notice it all. so happy for you that you have a friend to meet up with for coffee and walks, how wonderful for you!!

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  31. i love nature walks and i love your photos! and a full bunco roster?? girl! look at you! :)

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  32. What beautiful photos and even a more beautiful picture of God's provision in all things. Glad Brandee mentioned this post.

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  33. I came to this blog after reading Brandee's blog. I've known her since I was a toddler. You have blessed me with your words and pictures. Even your playlist has uplifted me, and I needed it.:)Depression has touched my life as well, and I will be praying for you and your daughters.

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  34. I always feel closest to God when I'm out enjoying nature and his beautiful creations. That's so wonderful that you've met a friend that you can connect with...what a blessing. Your pictures look great. I really love that butterfly :)

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  35. Looks like you had a nice, relaxing day. Love the butterfly.

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  36. God is amazing! I understand those days of energy and those days of naps learning to cope with the new changes. I know you have that never-give-up spirit but "let me take a nap for a moment" LOL - I did that when we moved 2 years ago - and it takes 2 years to settle in. What a blessing that God sent you a blessing friend to help the transition!

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  37. The beauty of nature and a good friend...those are wonderful gifts:)

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  38. Found you through Brandee's blog and I'm so glad that the two of you are friends. It is wonderful to have people that lift us up before the Lord, in our life. I love your photos and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  39. very pretty pictures... perhaps next time i go to the U.S. -- I should just visit the east coast.

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  40. Amazing pictures; love being able to see your new town through your eyes. As a woman who has also struggled with depression and the roller coaster weeks of energy and lethargy, I get perfectly what you are expressing. (In fact I just got up from a nap...) So glad for the blessings you see and share with us your readers, in words and pictures.

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  41. So beautiful! Glad Brandee sent me here. It's no wonder your love your camera; clearly it loves you, too.

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  42. you're doing so great, Becky!!! God loves you so so much. :) Nothing like moving to make you realize that! Your photos are stunning. The one looking through the tunnel(?) is my fave!!

    And that butterfly...wow. :)

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  43. I looooove the new painting on the blog!!

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  44. your words echo so deep in my spirit today. I am struggling much the same way. I have for a long time now it seems to be worse. This roller coaster is what wears me down I think. I am looking for the day when the ride is more like a slow train. No valleys and peaks. I understand friend and I am circling an answer in the prayer journal. Someone to lift you up to our Father..in the flesh.
    Hang in there girlie...hang in there. Keep breathing in and out and I just know with all my heart there is a place up ahead where we will rest...an even ground. This time is when we are going to get to see God make something beautiful out of struggle and drawing us ever closer to Him. Love ya:) will have your T ready to go on Monday...
    xo

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  45. Sweetie, I just LOVE the new header!!! It's a great new picture, for a new start with your move. So sweet and adorable.

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  46. The butterfly
    gave me goose
    bumps. Your pics
    and your heart
    warmed my soul.
    xx Suzanne

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  47. Wow...the butterfly and your friend. Makes me say wow...but it really speaks volumes.

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  48. Sweetest post. Your heart for Jesus is so apparent in what you see and how you understand it. Love love love.

    Praying for you~
    Junelle

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  49. How precious to have found a friend like that in this season of life! God is good.

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