Five Minute Friday: Willing

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It’s Five Minute Friday!  Where I (and a large community of bloggers) write for five minutes.  No editing, no overthinking, no backtracking.  Here I…

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I’m willing to try to find beauty and joy in winter.  I figure I should at least try… considering we get about six months of it.

To see the beauty in the mountains of snow, bitter cold and endless white.  I’ve been struggling with it.  I know that this season, like all seasons, are a creation of the Creator.  I’m sure that winter is good for many reasons.

Sadly, I have trouble finding those reasons.  Sure the kids can go out and build snowmen and toboggan… but it’s so cold.  The need for 15 layers drives the fun out of that experience for me.

We got (my snow-blowing hubby says ‘a foot’) though I swear it was closer to 3 feet of snow in the last two day.  I was grumbling and whining and maligning the snow and it’s efforts to hamper my journey through the city.

But then, a ray of sunshine.  Well, not actually sunshine… but a Facebook post.  My favourite photographer posted some images that caught my eye and stole my breath.

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Magnificence.  Yes, Craig Hilts is super talented and, I’m sure, could make garbage look beautiful… but these are stunning not only because of the talented photographer but because of their creation.  Look at the image above.  Look at the lines, the craftsmanship that has gone into that one, tiny snowflake.  Not one is the same as it’s cold neighbour.  Each with it’s own intricacies and beauty.  Stunning.

To think that I have billions of these little works of art in my yard -in my city.  It’s like living with an art gallery in my own yard.  Suddenly, I don’t have to work so hard to be willing to see the beauty and joy in winter.  Suddenly, it’s everywhere.

Thanks Craig.

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You can find Craig’s website HERE!  The awesomeness doesn’t just stop with snowflakes.  Oh no.  He’s got some amazing photos.  Go visit his website… you can thank me later!  😉  Here’s a whole series of snowflake shots that Craig took.  They are just too awesome not to share.

Craig snowflake1 Craig snowflake Craig snowflake 7 Craig snowflake 6 Craig snowflake 5 Craig snowflake 4 Craig snowflake 3So beautiful!  (Keep scrolling for some more images that Craig took!)  Thanks for joining me for Five Minute Friday.  It’s been a while since I did one of these.  This is the time of the week where we just write for five minutes without worrying if it’s just right.  🙂  Unedited (YIKES) and unscripted.  Just five minutes to free-write.  Want to join us?  The rules are simple!

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.

2. Link back to Lisa’s website.

3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule.

The heart of this community is amazing!  See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/

Find Craig on Facebook and Twitter!

~Sarah

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Five Minute Friday: Ordinary

It’s Friday and I have so missed Five Minute Friday!  So glad to be back in to it today.  Stay tuned for all the details on how you can get in on the weekly fun!

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Photo by Craig Hilts {Prairie Fire Photography}

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It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day, the rat-race… the ordinary of life.

We run from one activity to the next to the next, hardly letting our feet touch the ground, until we finally drop into bed at the end of night and allow sleep to claim us.

We miss the beauty in the ordinary because we’ve forgotten to look for it.

I sit in the yard with my kids in summer and they marvel at everything.  Everything is amazing.  Butterflies, spider webs (cringe), ants, bubbles… I could go on.

How often do you drive to work while the sun rises?  How often do you actually sit and look at a sunrise or sunset?  The sun rises and the sun sets.   It happens every day.  Ordinary… but in the midst of that ‘ordinary’ is the extraordinary.  The beauty.  The sunrise could be blue.  The sunset pink.  They could be a single color… but they’re not.  Instead the sky flares as though fire courses through the clouds hovering above.  Colors soar, highlights ignite.  Painted with a loving hand, the sight waits for us to just pay attention.  To steal our breath away, if only for a moment.

We often get 5 feet of snow in the winter where I’m from.  I don’t care for snow.  Except the days when the snowflakes are huge and drift lazily, carelessly to the ground.  I forget that there is so much beauty in the ‘ordinary’ of snow.  Look at the above image.  Take it in.  Each and every pile of snow has countless numbers of these beauties.

I want to focus on seeing the beauty in the Ordinary.

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So, here’s the scoop.  Every friday, at the prompting of our fearless leader Lisa-Jo, we write for five minute on the word prompt she provides here.

We just write, without worrying that it’s just right.  Unedited, unscripted, unpredictable.

It’s a fantastic challenge!  Come join us!

I’d love to hear from you if you decide to join in!  I’d love to be able to see what you have to say!

Also, stop by Prairie Fire Photography and see the awesome images that Craig Hilts has captured!!  Click here!

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