I’ve been looking through the photographs I took last month on Hope’s eighth grade D.C. field trip and came across this one that I snapped as we rushed from one tour location to the next. This is the front of the former National Savings and Trust Company building in downtown Washington, D.C. It was designed by architect James H. Windrim and built in 1888. The Queen Anne Style building was constructed of red brick, terra cotta, and copper. A number of additions were made over the years. The patinaed curves and brass clock give great personality to an otherwise non-descript street corner. The building currently houses a branch of the SunTrust Bank.
This is one of my favorite spots to unwind. The view never gets old.
I’ve been quiet here on the blog lately just due to the busyness of everyday life, so this is sort of a catch-up post. I had a hard time narrowing my favorites down to just five this week, but here they are.
1. I turned 40 last week. To be honest, I had been dreading this particular birthday, but I was fine once it finally arrived. I think it was the combination of hitting a milestone birthday at the same time my firstborn is getting ready to graduate high school that made me get a little emotional. I received some very nice gifts and lots of well wishes. I was especially touched by the love shown to me by my church family. It turned out to be a great day.
2. I mentioned that I received some nice birthday gifts. I’ll share some of those soon in another post, but the gifts that made me cry were actually from my children. Shopping for gifts can be challenging because we live a long way from a mall. The day before my birthday, the girls and I made the long trip to a big mall so that they could spend some money that they had been holding on to since Christmas and their birthdays. We split up at one point, and they snuck into a jewelry store to buy me a couple of bracelets for my birthday. I was very surprised when I opened the box and realized what they had done. They also bought me a couple of scented candles. I thought it was so sweet and thoughtful of them to spend part of their own money on gifts for me.
3. Signs of spring are everywhere. We’ve had windy days, rain here and there, and sunshine mixed in. Friends stopped by one afternoon to deliver fresh eggs, and they brought along some newborn baby chicks for us to see. They were adorable! I am thankful for fresh eggs and for getting to see the babies.
4. One of my favorite traditions growing up was going to the Plant City Strawberry Festival in March. I would always get a big bowl full of strawberry shortcake. We don’t get to go to the festival anymore since we don’t live in Florida now, but I still look forward to eating fresh strawberries this time of year. Some of the students at school were selling them for a fundraiser, and we bought a couple of quarts. I think they will go perfectly with some shortcake and vanilla ice cream.
5. On days when the weather is nice enough, I make the short drive to the county park to walk/jog the trails. The extra hour of daylight later in the day helps. If I’m in the mood for a stroll instead of speed, I take my camera along. I was able to get some nice shots of the sunset one evening. I never cease to be amazed at the beauty of God’s creation.
It’s the first Friday of March, and it’s a good day for me to share some happy things from my week.
2. While out for a walk one day, I spotted this American flag waving in the breeze. In spite of everything going on in our country right now, I’m STILL very thankful for this flag and the freedoms it represents.
3. Some of you know that I collect vintage Pyrex. I was in an antique store one day and spotted a bowl that I needed to complete one of my Butterprint sets, but it was being sold with two other bowls that I didn’t need. I asked the manager to call the vendor to see if she would be willing to sell me just the one bowl, and the vendor agreed! I was excited to be able to complete my set and get the bowl for a really great price.
5. This past October, a teen in our community was paralyzed after a suffering a spinal cord injury. He’s been in various hospitals ever since the accident, most recently at one in Atlanta. He’s on his way home today, which is such a miracle! He still has a long road ahead of him and will be going back into the hospital in a few months, but we are excited that he has made enough progress to be able to go home. I would appreciate it if all of my praying friends would lift up Trevor and his parents today. He’s such an amazing young man!
There’s an old high school building in our town. It’s been sitting empty since the late 1990’s when a new school was built several miles away. I often walk the track that surrounds the nearby former football field, and I look at that abandoned school building as I walk. I wonder about what it was like back in the day, back when it was used in the shaping of young minds and lives. The building is now in a sad state of disrepair, but these colorful letters stand out.
Happy Monday, Friends! I’m enjoying a slow day/snow day at home with the kids. I spent most of last week in Florida attending a funeral and visiting with some of my family, so now I’m playing catch up around the house.
We had great services at church yesterday, and a few couples hung around after the evening service for a fun Valentine’s game. I received “sweet” Valentines from my hubby, children, and Secret Sister. Yesterday was also Shay’s birthday. It’s hard to believe that our Bookworm is now 18 years old!
My younger girls have their final regular season basketball game tonight, and then they have a playoff game tomorrow night. I really enjoy watching them play, but I’m about ready for the season to be over so that our evenings won’t be quite so busy.
I hope you have a wonderful week!
Bryn had so much fun playing in the snow last week. Someone blessed us with a gently-used ski outfit that fit her perfectly and kept her warm. She loved the bright color of the jacket.
Like many of you, we are hunkered down awaiting the arrival Winter Storm Jonas. This is only our second winter in the North, and while we saw a lot of snow last winter, we didn’t experience a major storm like this one. We have about an inch and a half of snow left on the ground from the last couple of days. The snow is supposed to start here within the hour.
We are forecast to receive up to two feet of snow here over the next 24 hours. I stocked up on groceries yesterday, and the generator is ready to go if (when) we lose power. I’m going to do some baking this morning and put on a big pot of vegetable soup. If you are in the path of the storm, I hope that you stay safe and warm!
These alphabet letters were drawn freehand by my daughter Shay. She sketched initials on 6 x 6 inch canvases with colored pencils, decoupaged the canvases, and then gave them as gifts to her friends. The “A” is my favorite.