Saturday, January 31, 2015

Texan Cowboys and Tiny Teacups

There are times when people's actions just sweep in and knock down all of my predictive preconceptions or stereotypes.
I love to observe those moments in life that show me the way that humans of every type enjoy incorporating beauty into life.

While visiting my ray of sunshine sister recently, I frequented one of my favorite coffee shops, J&B coffee CO.
(Photo cred: firefly)

Sitting by the window studying, I happened to glance up as two rustic looking men enter the J&B, who looked to have been at their jobs since before sun-up. Their jeans were dusty, well oiled and torn in some places, and their wrinkled tan skin stuck out like a gnarled oak.
Being the people watcher that I am, my first thought was "Ohhhh, cowboys that is odd to see here... I bet they will a medium, dark roast, black coffee in cups to go...Typical." After they ordered , they sat at the table across from me, to wait for their coffee. When their order was finished names were called. Did they return with back coffee? ........ No, they returned to their seats with tiny espresso cups on tiny saucers. And they actually took the time to sit and sip their espresso's.
I was for some reason beautifully taken aback.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Grey Submarine Sees Change and 2014 Comes to a Farewell Party.

Folding an old year to put it away on the shelf, is always a process that brings much reflection but this year even more, perhaps.
2014 turned out to be a dynamic year full of transition. 
Graduating college was the last big change but the oddest. 
Tears formed in  my eyes when I walked out and looked into the stands.
Seeing my family waving and realizing that it really was ME.. 
not someone else's girl but my family's girl
made tears well and and my heart swell. 
God has been faithful and oh so very, very good. 

Micah proposed to my youngest sister February and we have steadily enjoyed getting to know him as a brother in law. 
It seems to have been the year of races with Micah, as we started it off with the Warrior Dash and did several group five K's and ended with a Marathon. 

Being in two of my best friend's weddings in the earlier part of the summer was a surreal time. Realizing the fact that everyone is old enough to undergo these milestones is beautiful, exciting and sobering.

Melody's Graduation in May, creeped up and slightly took my breath away... However nothing came as large of a shock as the engagement of the oldest, Gabrielle, the week thereafter.
There was not a great deal that cold prepare me for saying goodbye to this lady. 
Parting with my very best friend and life-long companion
was one of the hardest things that had to come this year
Life often does not teach us how to laugh and live...
It's how to say goodbye. 

Merry's wedding came like a familiar friend.
We have been expecting Micah and Merry to Marry since they were 14. 
Needles to say, excitement filled the months of August and September as we all readied Merry's 
very hand-crafted wedding. 

While reflecting with my girls last night, we all had to say that we had some of the best teams working on the events of this summer. For each event, all of these people were consistent and ever ready to help. A shout out to the core-group! 

So, You may ask.... Who is left to run the operations at home?... Yep you are right if you guessed the terrific trio. It has been a huge blessing to spend more time with theses ladies. They inspire me, correct me, humble, me.... Watch out, a future post may come concerning them.
They make the change bearable as we all transition into this new life  in the Grey Submarine. 
CHANGE... It's like a woman in labor. It is so unbearably bearable. 
And millions have gone through the laboring process before us. 
I pray that we all grow through it.
Learn with it
become better by it. 

Yours Truly, AG BSN

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I started "Annalogies" as an outlet of creativity for an overly scientific, logically minded life. I love people. I enjoy the simple things in life. My aspiration is that this outlet can allow me to grow in expression. So go with me and grow with me, if you like. I am just a sculpture still in the making.