Sunday, September 23, 2007

Oh What a Beautiful Morning!

heehee... I am laughing at myself. This morning is as beautiful as most mornings, but sometimes a little personal joy can make everything extra shiny and bright, like when one of my favorite talents in the blogosphere makes a really nice mention of me. Seriously, I may be a bit full of myself for a few days, since I am a recipient of a BNRPA! You may not be familiar with the Beautiful Newborn Red Pepper Award, but around here everyone is going to be hearing all about it, all day! Thank you Anna Maria!

And check this out: More BNRPA award winners!
Meg of "Montessori By Hand"... looks awesome!
Linda's inspiring!
"Fiddlesticknitting" is introducing a rosebud of a baby! Welcome to the world Satya.
"Happy Loves Rosie" is peek across the pond, where Hayley is raising teens and making art.

We had a family day, out in the world. So nice to be together and seeing new sights. The Model Railroad Museum was a huge hit, and no wonder, what with lovely trains puttering down tiny tracks and little scenes of farms and cities. Trains are so appealing!

While the children and I learned about "0" scale and teeny-tiny "N" scale, Geoff was waiting in line for tickets to the Natural History Museum... specifically we were there to see the Dead Sea Scrolls. We got in, and it was an amazing experience, which I am still processing... "Wow" and "Cool" are rather shallow commentaries on such a profound, historical and spiritual occasion, but Wow! Cool! The entire exhibition is an amazing culmination of history, science, art, politics, geography, archaeology, preservation, diplomacy and God. I was especially moved to see the Psalms scroll and this passage:
133:1 A Song of Ascents; of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

133:2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard; even Aaron's beard, that cometh down upon the collar of his garments;

133:3 Like the dew of Hermon, that cometh down upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for ever.

Of course, when you are two years old, a little museum time can go a long way. Soon it's time to get out and run around!

Life should be a balance of learning about a long time ago and life right now.

The museum showed many ancient and fascinating artifacts from Israel and Qumran. I liked seeing the dishes and little artifacts that reflected daily living, home life. Their lives are so distant, and yet present. What will remain of this day, of our lives, 2,000 years from now?

Nice to be reminded to savor the day. The blue sky, healthy children running around rose gardens and splashing fountain water.


Jeanne said...

Those are wonderful photos! I especially love the yellow rose. It was a beautiful day here, too.

Tracy said...

WOW--Congrats on that honor, Natalie! That is soooo much fun! Love the roses here...and seeing the kids. What a happy, fun you had. The sweetness of life oozes from your pictures and words today. Thank you for such a gift! Happy week to you all ((HUGS))

kimsherrod said...

That Anna Maria- she sure is sweet! I love it that she rewarded you with an honorable Award!!!!! I think your photography is so clear and beautiful, I could almost walk right into the pictures! pssst, Hey, Heroes is on tonight! Wanna come over and watch it with me? I'll make the popcorn!

tea time and roses said...

Hi Natalie... Congratulations on your Award! Beautiful photos as always, and the roses are so lovely... You and your family have a wonderful week.

A big hug to you....