Well this is embarrassing ... I have started blogs before but I lack follow through ... this is my third blog on Google alone. Hopefully it will stick!
We leave for Koln on Sunday for the New Year Celebration. I have a good feeling about it. We experienced the New Year in Berlin last year and it was pretty rad. Christmas was good this year. We kept it simple and only got each other a few needed/wanted items then ate dinner at home. It was very relaxing to just not complicate the holiday. I become consumed if I do complicate it. Almost obsessive. The decorations, the furniture placement, the menu, and the seating arrangement have to be a certain way. Still in the end, I am disappointed because Christmas is more than glitter, it is about the entrance of a Savior King on to our earth. I yearn for the day I meet him face to face. Christmas is reaching out not in to the hurting, the broken, the lonely, the abandoned, the betrayed. The love of Jesus covers us all. We cannot become so consumed with our individual bubbles that we are blind to the needs of others around us.
In other topics, my interests include documenting life in words, pictures, quotes, brochures, postcards and any other way to can attach a made memory to something you've experienced. I picked my "one little word" (see http://www.bigpictureclasses.com/onelittleword2013.php) for 2013. Savor. I want to experience all the flavors of my life. In my spiritual walk, my marriage, my job, my family, my friends, my positions, my conversational encounters, my travels. I want to taste and see the flavors and things that spice up my life. Too often I have preoccupied thoughts or I am so busy trying to capture something through a lens, I miss the moment completely. Not happening in 2013.
Remember where you have been and where you are going. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way. -Nikita Koloff