Saturday, August 10, 2013

Saturday Snapshots: Land of my Birth

I'm lovin' this summer. We got out of the heat wave and into some of the most beautiful August weather I have ever enjoyed.♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

We have had some unusual chilly evenings that dipped into the 40s and we often had to head outside in the mornings with sweaters and blankets. During the warm parts of the day we could take off the long sleeves. 

New York is beautiful country. We've been on top of our game, musically, partly because the surroundings have been so nice for overall health and therefore, practice and focus. I imagine we'd make some pretty good advances if we weren't so busy, but busy means we're getting paid, and paid is good too, right? Shows have been fun, with very enthusiastic audiences. Yep. Awesome summer.

I'm back in my home land too, you know. I was born in upstate New York. We waved at the city of my birth on our way up to Plattsburgh. I can't say I remember much. I hear we moved when I was three months old. 

Snapshots of a moment in time I know we'll always treasure. Sitting outside on a cool summer evening, next to a beautiful, slow moving river. Fire going. Sean reads out loud a book we're all enjoying together. Kids nibble on homemade chocolate. Michael and I sipping red wine, toast one another in our plastic cups. 

Plastic cups. Makes me laugh just thinking about it. Those are old plastic kid cups from when we owned a house and lived like normal people. Our budget doesn't allow for frivolous stuff, like real wine glasses, at least not when plastic cups work well. Our bus wouldn't have enough room if we wanted some pretty glasses. It's becomes a game of practicality. I'm on a bit of a health nut phase and wine happens to be healthy for you in small doses, so we enjoy it on cool evenings, which means that gets the budget as long as it comes in a box, but the glasses do not. I'm quite content with the arrangement, thank you!

Tomorrow we play for a church and they seem very excited to have us, which makes us very excited to play. Monday we'll head up to Montreal, Canada, just because we can. We have some Canadian money here at the bus, donations from playing tonight, and everyone wants to go spend it where it is meant to be spent. Perhaps on Tuesday we'll take a ferry over to Vermont and buy maple syrup, crossing Lake Champlain and watching for Champ, the lake monster. Maybe the lake monster will make it into one of Katie's cartoons?

Just for fun, here is Sean in cartoon form. I just love what she's done with her toon scribbles of our family. She's getting very good and I can't wait until she's ready to start making the full cartoon strip! 

Ahhh...

It won't last. Life always gets complicated again, but worrying about that takes away from the moment, so we'll just freeze things in time for just a bit, ok?

Thank you God for these moments. They're like tiny glimpses of eternity, and if we let them, they'll remind us of the final prize during the times when the rough patches come.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17

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