Saturday, December 13, 2008

let there be light

very few things do my heart more good than a lazy weekend morning at home. today, still in my pajamas and enjoying some time in my art room, i glanced thru the living room and thru the patio doors to this canvas hanging in my florida room. i recently moved it out there to make room for all the christmas decorations. the sun streaming in the windows onto the wall and art made my heart sing. the weekend is the only time i get to enjoy the sunshine in my house these days. bill and i are up at 5:45 each morning and on the road by 6:30. it is after 6:00 each evening when we return. so as you can imagine we are never home during the week when it is light out. sunny weekends are a huge delight to me.

as i was taking this photo and the one of my tree decorations in the header above, i was thinking about my love of light and brightness. or maybe i should say my love of light and shadow. it really is an analogy for our lives. there are bright sunny times with laughter and cheer. these are balanced by darker days of woe and concern. i'm so blessed to have very little woe in my life. perhaps it is due to my outlook and trying to always see the bright side. i'm so aware of the troubling times we are facing in this country but i keep my faith strong that this will pass. we just have to persevere. we just have to seek the light where it exists and spread the light where shadows loom.

what better time than christmas to spread a message of brightness for all the world to see.

i'm off to get dressed and have coffee time with my hubby. then my son matt is driving over from indiana so we can christmas shop together. what a fun-filled day of light and joy it is going to be!!!

15 comments:

ctgc said...

Enjoy the day with your son.

I enjoyed the photo of your grandparents getting the stockings ready. Really sweet.

Have a wonderful Christmas.

Strider said...

I love the light too! Both physically and spiritually!! Have a great weekend.

cindy : quaint said...

your tree decorations look lovely and the collage is perfect in the streaming sunlight. thank your for the reminder as you are so right. wishing you lots of sunlight in the coming days.

Mmm said...

hope you enjoyed the day. You have an eye for beauty, don't you? It makes you the artist that you are.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

What a beautiful to wake to each day! I love it. The encouraging words are also very healing. Great work. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit my blog. I so appreciate you taking time to do so.

lori vliegen said...

thanks for such a wonderful reminder...i totally agree that we should always seek the light! i love your artwork. it's so cheery and optimistic, just like you! :)

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

I hope you had a great time with your son. I love the analogy of the light and dark times in our life. I always appreciate your sweet comments on my blog. I'm glad to hear someone has started shopping. I probably won't start until next week. I always wait until the last few days.

steviewren said...

Julie, the thing I love the most about being home on the weekends is seeing the sun light up my living room. It just makes me happy to sit there and soak it up.

Merry Christmas!

Pherenike said...

HI, thanks for sharing some lovely holiday spirit.

Isnt it lovely to appreciate the little things, like a ray of sun on a painting.

Crossroads Cottage said...

What a beautiful and uplifting post. I was just thinking about the lack of physical light this morning while getting ready for work in the darkness at 5 am. And then it occurred to me that in only a few short days, the days will begin getting longer! :)

Robyn said...

Hope you enjoyed your Christmas shopping. I wish you many sunbeams.

BEN AND JACI said...

How festive your blog has become! Very bright and cheerful, just like you. I always enjoy visiting your site.

AlasMyDear said...

I love your new banner! Great photo :) Am so happy for you that you've had a nice, bright life :) I'm sure it's personality-dependent too...happy things happen to happy people!

Happy holidays to you, in case I don't 'meet' you in BlogLand between now and then!

Staci Danford said...

Love it, LOVE it... How fabulous light really is for our souls. It fills us up and spreads warmth through our veins.
Staci

Megan Coyle said...

I hope you had a wonderful and bright time.