Small Wonders

“Those who find beauty in all of nature will find themselves at one with the secrets of life itself.” – L. Wolfe Gilbert

There is such peace in nature. When I need to clear my head, I find that taking a walk surrounded by trees, water or both helps me to sort things out. Since I began taking pictures, it’s become even more therapeutic for me. As I have been slowly learning how to use my camera, I discovered that I enjoy taking closeups. Flowers, leaves, weeds and more are the perfect subjects! And the concentration helps me to chase out unwanted thoughts and to focus on the beauty in front of me. It seems like we are so busy that we forget to take time and be present in the moment.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Kat

Daily Post- Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

#AtoZChallenge D is for Dreams

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

My oldest son dreamed of becoming a firefighter when he grew up. And he did.

Learning did not come easy to him and he worked hard to earn each and every good grade he received. When he hit his teen years, things got rocky, as they sometimes do with teenagers. I worried. He tested boundaries. We made it through.

And a week after he graduated from high school, he began the EMT program. After working as an EMT  for a few years, he got into the Paramedic program and became a certified paramedic. With his end goal in sight, he was trained in the fire academy and was hired as a firefighter-paramedic just two years ago. He continues to study and added Engineer to his certifications.

He had a dream, he worked his butt off to achieve it, and I am in awe of him. He is an inspiration to anyone who thinks that their dreams are beyond their reach and I couldn’t be prouder of him.

This post is working double-duty today and piggy-backing onto Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Summer/Fire.

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You can read the rest of my A to Z posts- HERE.

Have a great day!

-Kat

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: I or J

Is it only me or are I and J tough letters? My mind went blank. I searched through my pictures and was lucky enough to stumble across two for I but those pesky J’s were elusive. Finally, I remembered my jacks.

Here are my photos for- Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: I or J

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Ice bucket
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I had to share my killer icicles! 

And my jacks. These are the jacks that I played with endlessly as a child. The fabric pouch was handmade and it had a drawstring to keep the jacks along with three balls safe. I wrote “Jacks” on the outside in pen, just in case….. I’m not sure- I kept them with my treasures so no one else ever saw them. Did I think I would forget? Two of the three balls have lost some of their bounce. I did not know that super balls (that’s what they are called, right?) could lose bounce. I admit that I did not try to play although I really did want to.

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I hope the sun is shining in your part of the world!

-Kat

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Spring – Wood

It doesn’t feel like spring here in the Midwest these days so I need to dust off some pictures from previous years to take part in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Spring – Wood.

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A pop of color!
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Carved in wood
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A beautiful spring day

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Have a great day!

-Kat