This morning Nathanael asked for his name in pancakes for his birthday (today). I've done this for Joy and Anna, but it was quite a feat for Nathanael. I can't believe he's already 9 years old!! He's always acted like a small man, but he is now almost old enough to be one.
About 5 years ago, my dear friend Anita Martin gave me this book for my birthday. It has been a delight to me, and I particularly enjoy looking through it when it matches the decor outdoor (like today). The photographs are stunning in their detail, and I am awed by the variety and extreme beauty of something so tiny.
"How full of creative genius is the air in which these are generated! I should hardly admire them more if real stars fell and lodged on my coat" Henry David Thoreau, Journal, 1856
As an artist, my heart sings in appreciation and praise to the Master Artist, who infuses every single part of creation with extravagant beauty.
My sister Julie and her husband Jon sent me these adorable pictures of their busy daughter Jordan, here demonstrating her office organizational skills by cleaning a drawer and then occupying it. Jordan will soon be a big 1 year old. For my birthday, Julie and Jon got us a camera for our computer, and we've been Skyping with them once a week. It has been a joy to see Jordan smile and laugh, and last night she even took a few step on camera for us.