Monday

The End of a Wonderful Year

Today is the last day of 2007.
I have to admit, 2007
has been quite an eyeopener.
I had two minor surgeries and a cancer scare.....
and it really got me thinking about life.....
my life.....and my loved ones.
I think God sometimes gives us little nudges....and
I believe He nudged me this year.
You see, before this year I was a complete coach potato.
I never went outside and enjoyed the air, the trees, the flowers,
the wildlife.....somtimes I think I never enjoyed living.
I was a huge worrier....about work, about home, about kids,
about hubby, about parents and siblings.
This year He taught me to slow down and ENJOY life
and that He is in control.
And He showed me how beautiful and precious life is.

So my final post for 2007 are pictures that are quite
ordinary...but that I find so beautiful.

To All My Dear Blogging Friends....Happy New Year
I hope only the best for you in 2008!

43 comments:

Bill said...

Simple is best sometimes, I love these shots. Focusing on what is important.....That has really defined the past 21 months for us in Delta. We moved here when my Mom's cancer went to her brain, and got to spend the last 6 months of her life with her. That was very special for us, and it seems that I am thinking daily about what is important, and what is not. Thanks for the wonderful post. God's Speed in 2008!

Gardener Greg said...

Actually those pictures went along with the writing quite nicely. Life without you would be quite still and silent I am sure. I too have been given some reminders and will be turning my life around this year.

CG said...

Dear Kerri, thanks for sharing these elegant and meanigful photos and I hope 2008 is blessed for you.

RuneE said...

Do not call your pictures ordinary! The benches tell a whole story by themselves - and about how we should use them. Sometimes we have to step back a bit, sit down and think things through for ourselves.

A Happy New Blogging Year to you and you dear ones!

Meggie said...

Kerri: Happy New Year to you also and may 2008 be the best year ever!

happyone said...

Your pictures are never ordinary!
I for one am glad you got outside with your camera and decided to share your photos!!
I'm glad we have become blogging friends.
I wish you and your family a Blessed New Year.

Digital Polaroids said...

Kerri, 2008'll be the best. Bet on that

Lilli & Nevada said...

Would like to wish you and your family a Happy and prosperous New Year. And lots of good Health wishes.

Mike said...

I love those!
Quick Snap
This I Do...

Isadora said...

Know what you mean, I had that nudge last year. It is so wonderful to be alive and looking forward to a brand new year with a new set of challenges.

May you and your family have a terrific 2008!

Salty said...

Happy New Year Kerri!

Color; even in winter is everywhere, but sometimes the photograph is better without. Beautiful shots of the benches!

Oswegan said...

Great benches.

Happy New Year.

~Oswegan

Bud Cline said...

Lovely spots to sit and reflect! May you have your best year yet in 2008!

imac said...

What a great post,very heartfelt.

Wishing you and all your family a very happy new year.

Me said...

Happy New Year Kerri! Wishing the best in 2008 for you and yours!

Wayne

dot said...

Happy New Year Kerri!

Willard said...

Great captures. I love black and white pictures.

Have a happy new year.

June said...

These are indeed beautiful pictures! Glad your 2007 was enlightening for you...

Mary said...

Dear Kerri,

Your "simple" photos are not simple at all. They speak for you.

I'm happy you have found the artist in you. We have that in common. A little over a year ago, I found a hobby I crave, too. Writing and photography. For 50 years, I noticed nature but didn't explore it. Sound familiar?

I'm happy you have had a blessed 2007 and I wish the same for you in 2008.

Mary

Mike said...

Kerri,

I hope you have a wonderful New Year. I love your pictures and these are a great way to close the year. Your post was a great reflection and tribute to 2007. Keep that passion alive...you will go far.

Mike

Dave said...

I just want to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to offer your condolences and giving me the encouragement that I needed at this time. I hope you have a Happy New Year! :-)

YesBut said...

Happy New Year

to you and yours.

May 2008 bring you joy and peace.

oldmanlincoln said...

A nice black and white look at places to park.

Laurie said...

Lovely series and a very thoughtful and reflective post.

Happy New Year to you.

Digital Polaroids said...

Wonderful lonely B&W pics!
Happy 2008!

Jeff B said...

Very nice. I love the holiday's, but I do like this time of year when we finally exhale and relax.

Happy New Year

Dusty Lens said...

Simple benches, they make perfect outdoor couches. They afford you a place to rest, relax, and enjoy the scenery.

Also to let you think about othe beautiful surroundins andother photo oportunities.

Yet, these benches are not 100% comfortable so we stand back up and tget on into our daily life.

Spirituality in every sense. Thank you for this lesson! Wishing you a happy, safe, and healthy new year. Rob in Minnesota

photowannabe said...

Kerri, I so appreciate the things you said in your post today. Sometimes it takes a scare or concern to step back and take a good look at life. When we add the Lord into the mix somehow our perception changes. I don't know what I would have done without Him this last year. There were a lot of stresses that seemed insurmountable but with the Lord holding my hand I got through.
Your pictures of the simple things in life are just perfect and the composition is great.
Here's wishing you a wonderful New Year and many choice blogging posts to share.
Sue

Chad Oneil Myers said...

I like that middle bench shot.

Happy New Year!

Gudl said...

Happy New Year to you!

quintarantino said...

Hoping the new year comes to be a great one for you and all your loved ones Kerri.

Kekiinani said...

Wishing you a wonderful New Year!!! Love the simple but awesome shots they really do compliment your thoughts and writing. Thanks for all of your comments on my blog!!! Take care :) Aloha, Renee :)

Alyssa said...

Happy New Year to you Kerri. Your post was quite wonderful and has offered much food for thought. Life often gives us "wake up calls", but the secret is to recognize them. I'm glad that you have developed an appreciation for some of the other beautiful things in this life. The empty benches are a great pictoral metephor for what life can be like if we can't recognize beauty in everything. This year will surely be a wonderful journey.

Dick said...

Hi Kerri

Happy New Year to you, thank you for sharing your photos and thoughts.

Casdok said...

Love the photos, happy new year.

Lara said...

Happy New Year! And lots of good pictures!

Old Wom Tigley said...

A great post to end the year on and to start a fresh one... Here's to all the beauty thats just waiting to be captured on your camera in 2008. Big smilie from me...:O)

Heidi said...

This is a wonderful post. Thank you.

Happy New Year!

Rick said...

Great shots. I am looking forward to more of your work in the new year!!. ;-)

Neva said...

Very well done, Kerri. A very moving post and it should make us all stop and smell the roses....literally.

Moi said...

beautiful,touching post, Kerri....for someone who had a pretty chaotic year herself and the year that did not end too well.....your words are precious and your pics beautiful.....please do be around....i love to come here and hear from you..have a beautiful year ahead :)

Paulie said...

I love your benches. Think I have said that before. I thought I was the only one who took photos of them and was glad to see that they are your focus also. The stories a bench could tell!

Ms. Math said...

This was a beautiful post! I am so happy for you and the life you've found this past year! We're all so very lucky to have you out walking around and snapping photos for us to see! I think you ended the year with perfect shots - your favorite benches. :)

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