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A Photo a Week Challenge: Through Glass

I take a lot of pictures through glass when we visit museums and other fun places with my kids. Their glasses are kept so pristine that sometimes it feels like an invisible barrier.

I hope you enjoy the pictures!

This frog is not a rock statue…as I first thought. He was still as a rock though with his eyes closed.

An ant carrying a leaf double/ triple its size at the California Academy of Sciences.
Baby hippo and mommy at the San Diego Zoo.
Swimming penguin at the San Diego Zoo’s “Africa Rocks” exhibit
Ellis screaming “whaaaaa” while brother lifts her up for this photo opp at the San Diego Natural History Museum.
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Cee’s Odd Photo Challenge: In nature

Odd features of nature are cool to capture on camera and even cooler to see in person. This was evident at San Diego Safari Zoo and the San Diego Zoo where they sustain unique plants and trees native to California, as well as recreate and conserve natural habitat s for animals. It never gets old to see its odd beauty again and again.

I forgot to note its name, but the flower in the middle looks like a ripe banana.
A jungle of untamed trunks
My son named this tree “Sausages”

This post is about oddness found in nature but I couldn’t resist adding the next photo. An odd look after playing games.

Not the kind of look you would expect after winning a prize except when someone else’s prize looks better
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Photo Challenge: Opening Hope renewed through a hospital window

Windows offer glimpses of new openings, views, paths, and the potential experiences within each place. The breeze it carries in and/or the sunlight it penetrates refresh and renews what is stale. That’s how I feel about an expansive, tall window located in the main hall of the Stanford hospital.

When I wander down this hall, I’m usually in a panicked, exhausted state as Ellis is undergoing and/or recovering from a medical procedure. Although my body is present and walking purposefully to that coffee stand in the cafe for that extra shot of espresso in my iced-coffee, my mind is stuck in a war zone.

Soaking in the warm sunshine together during recovery

But this window makes me literally pause in my steps and in my mind. I look around to see people’s faces, wonder what brings them here, what we all hope for, as well as thank God for all the amazing doctors, nurses, and staff. I’m reminded of how much God has and continues to bless me through these experiences (even through all of my kicking and screaming).

Calmness found through this opening: Main hallway at Stanford Hospital
Inspiring poem displayed along walkway
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Beloved kids’ blankies

via Photo Challenge: Beloved

Blankies are beloved entities in our home.

Both kids love their soft, very likely grimy, bundle of warmth so much that wash days are dreaded by everyone – me included. They blow kisses to it as their beloveds swish and turn with suds in the washing machine. During the wash, I’m constantly barraged with questions of when they can retrieve their beloveds.

It’s surprising how kids attribute personal characteristics to their favorite things. One morning Elliot realized that he forgot one of his four blankies in the car. Once it was retrieved, he hugged it tight with tears in his eyes and apologized to it for his oversight. Other times they purposefully sit with it, play with it, talk to it, or even give it a seat at the table.

Kids have a way of reminding me that some things become special not because of its inherent specialness but because they deem it so.