Lingering Thoughts – October 14th

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So I have been really bad about posting here lately. Life has a way of getting in the way if you know what I mean. But wanted to share some photos from the summer that have been lingering in my mind, mostly because it has been cold and rainy here for the last couple of days.

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I snapped all of these photos while on vacation in Chicago in August. Oh to go back to those warm days…

A girl can dream right?

Have a blessed day!
Heather

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Nighttime

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This weeks Weekly Photo Challenge is Nighttime. I really don’t do much photography at night, but I found a couple photos in my library that were taken at night, so here they are. If you would like to find more info about the challenges or participate you can find it http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/nighttime/

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All photos are from some of my favorite places. The first is from a late night walk along the Chicago lakefront and the other two are from Art Walk in downtown Springfield.

Have a blessed day!
Heather

Chicago Was… – September 23rd

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Chicago was beautiful to me while I was there, filled with people from all over the world, so many dreams dreamed, so many hopes. But I think In some ways the beauty of the city covers up some of it’s problems from the sadness and darkness of the city. And honestly when I lived there I don’t think I really noticed all the shootings and violence, but now I do and it’s shocking to me. I don’t even know why I am writing this post, I don’t even know why I care, and yet I do. Really hoping that one day Chicago will be the city of beauty it pretends to be, and a city that isn’t scared by violence.

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These pictures bring me hope though. It is such a beautiful place. The starting place of my family and my story. I miss it, I do. But I don’t know that I will ever live in this great city again. And that in some ways make me sad, but also hopeful of what is to come. Even when I can’t see it.

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Praying for peace not just in Chicago but all over the world. And in my soul as well…

Have a blessed day!
Heather

Weekly Photo Challenge – Adventure

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This weeks Weekly Photo Challenge is Adventure! The idea is to take people of a adventure through your photos. I can do that!

If you would like to find out about the challenges or participate you can do that here.

The photo at the top was taken while on a road trip from Southwest Missouri to Chicago a couple weeks ago. It’s quite curvy and hilly in the Ozarks. And for most of the trip we were driving through rain and really heavy clouds and fog, but for about a minute we got to the top of a big hill and drove out of the clouds and there was the morning sunrise! Blue and pink and soft clouds, so beautiful and so unexpected. And then we drove back into the clouds and fog for the rest of the drive.

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This picture was taken about a month ago. I have always wanted to go kayaking but have had much fear of it. Mostly the getting tipped over or getting lost. But on this day I decided to kick fear in the face and did it! And it was awesome!

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And one more. This photo was taken down at the Chicago Lakefront at night. And that’s the adventure, I went down at night. I normally don’t do that. It was fun to walk along the trail and listen to the sounds of the city and hear wave crash, and then walk to close to the lake side of the trail and get drenched. Oops! But it was fun!

Have a blessed day!
Heather