Facing The Sunset

Colorado has a little law against texting while driving. But what about taking photos while driving? I didn't see any laws against that :) I just couldn't help myself...it was breathtaking!

Tonight as we were driving to go meet Matt at Chipotle for dinner, I was greeted with this beautiful fiery sunset over the mountains. The thing is, as I was driving south, I had no idea that once I turned the corner to drive West, I would see this!

Isn't this how life is too? We get so focused on the bumpy gray road we are currently on that we forget what beauty is all around us...just waiting to be seen. All we have to do is just turn and face it.

Yesterday, Ann Voskamp's new book arrived at my door. I read the first chapter this morning and was a little shaken for the rest of the day. You'll have to read it to see what I'm talking about. Let's just say that it reminded me how fragile life is. I drank in everything that the girls did today with extra care. I smelled Lucy's neck for longer than normal and squeezed Bella so tight.

Today was like every other day. But with eyes wide open, not wanting to forget these moments...I chose to see it differently.

  • A newspaper magically arrived at my door for me to read while I sipped my mate.
  • Steamy pancakes flipped by an excited 6 year old make life worth living.
  • An ecstatic little Lucy leads me over to her most recent artwork (nevermind that she drew in a book instead of the paper).
  • Sisters creating together. Such sweetness (and sometimes fighting, but mostly sweetness) :)

Oh these precious moments...I want to always have open eyes to see them for what they really are. They are little blessings in the every day of life. There is so much joy to be found if I just remember to face the sunset.

*you can (and should!) read Ann's blog, A Holy Experience, here.

Shelter

One of my favorite books ever is a book by Lloyd Khan called "Homework". If you're at all interested in alternative housing...you will love it too. It's completely inspiring and beautiful. So...you can imagine I was thrilled to come across this lovely video about his work. Enjoy!

He has written several books about alternative housing...check them out below.

Jesus For President

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If you've read through my blog at all, you know that I'm a big fan of Shane Claiborne. Huge. His book, "Irresistible Revolution" was a major catalyst in our decision to sell our house, downsize, and spread the love. You can imagine my excitement when his second book came out. Oh yes. He's back at it! This one is called "Jesus For President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals". Here is a little amazon.com review snippet for ya:

Here is the must-read election-year book for Christian Americans. What should Christians do when allegiances to the state clash with personal faith? Haw and Claiborne (The Irresistible Revolution) slice through politics as usual and well past the superficial layers of the culture wars with their lucid exploration of how Christians can and should relate to presidents and kings, empire and government. Their entertaining yet provocative tour of the Bible's social and economic order makes even the most abstruse Levitical laws come alive for our era. They also provide a valuable political context for Christ's life, reminding readers that Jesus did not preach the need to put God back into government—he urged his followers to live by a different set of rules altogether, to hold themselves apart as peculiar people. The compelling writing is enhanced by a lavish, eye-popping layout. The pages are a riot of textured callouts, colors, photos and fonts—the perfect packaging for a message that must compete in a world of sound bites. With this second book, Claiborne emerges as an affable, intelligent, humorous prophet of his generation, calling people out of business-as-usual in a corrupt world and back to the radically different social order of the biblical God.

You can read about the book tour here and read the main website here (the tour is over now...but they drove a veggie bus!). I haven't read all of the book yet...but I am loving it so far. Even the formatting and layout is cool. I'll be back to discuss my favorite parts :) Now go get yourself a great new book!