Walking away is not an option... dialogue must prevail.

"A good listener tries to understand what the other person is saying. In the end he may disagree sharply, but because he disagrees, he wants to know exactly what it is he is disagreeing with."
- Kenneth A. Wells

"I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace."
- Helen Keller

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Showing you... a room with a view

And the challenge continues. Robert from Thoughts of a Father has been hosting a fantastic photo challenge, asking us to show everyone something different everyday. Today (Day 5), he's asked us to share our favourite view from anywhere in our "home".

I have three...

The first one that pops in my head is quite simply a view that I can gaze upon anywhere my daughter is. Watching her is my favourite pastime. Looking into her eyes when we're engaged in conversation, the way she cocks her head when she's doing her homework, the determined look on her face when she's attempting to master a new skill, those precious few minutes first thing in the morning when I enter her room and she's still sleeping - the top of her head peeking out from under her beloved magenta plush blanket. And her smile... *sigh*

THAT gets me everytime.

The second is when I'm "home", with my Honey. It's that view from my pillow, the one where I see him for the first time in the morning and I know all's well with the world.


Those first two are fleeting moments that live in my mind's eye... and that belong to me.

Here are the loves of my life... taken at the Georgia Aquarium this summer.



Now, for the actual photo sharing part associated with The Challenge...

The third view I love is the "traditional one". A vista that no matter how many years go by, and however changing the sky is, it's familiar and comforting. It's the sky from either my Chicklet's bedroom window (which used to be mine growing up) or when I stand on the front porch at dusk.

Over the years, the treeline has changed. Some were cut. Others have grown tall and strong... and a multitude of colours and clouds have come and gone.

From my Chicklet's window we can watch the fireworks on Canada Day.

At dusk we look up to see the colours play in the clouds.



And sometimes, if you look hard enough, you can actually see a heart shaped cloud.



Guess love really is in the air.

Don't forget to head on over to Thoughts of a Father, visit Robert and through the magic of Mr Linky you can view other lovely views that speak to the heart of my fellow participants (some truly cool folks I'm glad I'm getting a chance to get to know).

Tomorrow? Something that soothes my soul and helps me relax.

31 comments:

Lu' said...

Just love the post Anndi. You have such a way with words, and photos.

Anndi said...

Lu: Thanks my friend. This challenge has been inspirational.

June said...

You have much to appreciate...and I see you do!

Dr.John said...

That is a great view. You have that and a great daughter and husband to look at as well. Wow!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

This is a delightful post, Anndi! In it I can feel your love and see the beauty that surrounds you. Thank you for sharing both.

Gattina said...

You have beautiful views !

Charles Gramlich said...

Windows are always my favorite view.

Kay said...

Wonderful... they are lucky to have you..... thank you for the glimps into your life during this project, I have enjoyed seeing the bits!

Big time envy on the sky view.... do y'all have pretty vistas to look at? Sheesh,

:P

Carletta said...

Lovely post!
You describe your Chicklet and Hubby with such love and tenderness - beautiful imagery in your words.
That sunset is gorgeous!

Brian o vretanos said...

Very nice!

Jay said...

Very sweet post and great photos!

jenboglass said...

A heart shaped cloud? How precious is that?! I usually only get elephants or faces that only I can see. Beautiful photos, by the way.

Slyde said...

how the hell am i supposed to see all those loves of your life swimming around when those 2 people are standing in front of them?

Bazza said...

The aquarium shot is a beautiful portrait, and the views, wow!

mia said...

all i can say is *sigh* ;-)

Slick said...

Beautiful photos of the sky Anndi!

Course, I'm so in love with the Georgia Aquarium that I get chills anytime I see a pic from there :)

Cris said...

Such nice views... of your family and your surroundings...

Akelamalu said...

Lovely post Anndi. Beautiful photos!

Fortune Cookies said...

That sunset is glorious! I love those moments that live only in my mind's eye, you're lucky to have a photo of such a moment.

Turnbaby said...

The vistas --glorious

and 'home' is so lovely---I know about that first waking mmmmmmmm

But what struck me so much? The baby girl in the sidebar compared to your blossoming young lady in the post pic. It's amazing seeing her grow.

HUGS

Desert Songbird said...

The view of your loved ones is the best one of all!

Bond said...

Excellent post today my friend

amynoroom said...

Your honey has pretty blue eyes!

Meribah said...

You have truly been blessed, my friend, and know it. Hugs! :)

Ron said...

OMG, Anndi...that last shot of the heart-shaped clouds is simply AMAZING!

I immediately felt the words..."The Power of Love."

How magical!

And for me...DUSK is my favotite time of the day. I love, as the day closes. It's such peaceful time for me.

(and being a VAMPIRE...oh, well)

The photo of Chicklet and your Honey is so sweet. They both have blue eyes!!!

Thanks for another great post, Anndi.

I'm lovin' this Photo Challenge thing!

Travis said...

Tough day today. This post helped a bit.

Dianne said...

I love your heart shaped clouds and of course your beautiful family.

Robin said...

Wonderful happy views all around.

Raven said...

What lovely views inside and out. Nice to have such loved and loving faces in your life.

TopChamp said...

ah - cute. From beginning to end this is sweet. I couldn't begin to be so open about feelings.... love? What's that? Oh yeah, it's the slightly shameful thing we feel about our nearest and dearest but must never utter. (only half-joking sadly!)

dianne - bunny trails said...

Love your post. How precious are the views of our loved ones. The scenery out Chicklet's window is just beautiful. I never tire of seeing gorgeous scenes like that. :D