Lent 2018


Rethink Church, and outreach of the United Methodist Church, organizes a photo challenge for Lent and Advent every year. I started following along two years ago just for fun, but it has turned into one of my more meaningful spiritual practices. They publish a list of words, one per day as the topic for your photo. You can do whatever you like with it, but they also post a question on their social media pages if you need some help to get your creative juice flowing. I use it as a Lectio Divina project as I read through the Lectionary readings in the Book of Common Prayer. If you’d like to join in, the link for their schedule is 2018 Lent photo a day .  I’m updating the pictures here weekly, my daily meditations connecting the word and each picture can be found on my instagram.

Week One


South of the Border

Both my hubby and I made several trips up and down I-95 between DC and Florida as kids. On our first road trip south, we lamented that no matter how much we begged, our parents would never stop there.

“It’s a tourist trap!”, ” It’s so tacky!” They’d claim, which were the same exact arguements for pulling over.

So of course, now that we have kids, we stop every time we pass it. And that’s a lot, since most of my In-laws live in Georgia. I love it’s gaudiness, its horrid cultural insensitivity, the fact that its completely run down, and that only a third of the ‘attractions’ are actually ever open.  Every bit of the place oozes with character.  Plus the hotel is cheap and it has a cool indoor pool.

Misty Mountains

I never really thought about the phrase misty mountains until we moved to the Shenandoah. Most winter mornings when we wake up the house is in a literal cloud. And while it doesn’t attract tourists like the summer green, fall leaves or winter snow, there’s still an etheral beauty to be found in the bare trees and gray skies. Pictures here are from the woods around our house and the section of the Appalachian Trail behind our neighborhood.