Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Open Your Arms ~ Embrace the New

For a couple of weeks now I’ve been battling what appears to be a head cold of some sort. Eyes, nose, ears, throat, head congestion, sneezing. I can’t call myself “sick,” but I’m not someone you want to spend time around right now. I’ve stayed away from church and limited my social visits. I’m sure the people thank me. 

Thinking a change of scenery would do us both some good, The Man and I drove west on Tuesday to one of our favorite getaway cities—the lovely San Antonio. It is here where we spent our honeymoon, and it is here that we’ve returned year after year.

This morning broke frosty and bright at the KOA, and, for some curious reason, with a purple glow hovering over the picnic table. The chill in the air invigorated the senses, the coffee hit all the right notes.

The trees here have dropped their leaves. In the quiet morning hours, with limbs stretched outward and upward, there’s a unique beauty to their barrenness.

Fill me up, they seem to say. 

I am open …

I am empty …

I am ready for the stirring of new life.

In this new year, under a clear blue sky, my heart echos, yes.

Until next time, sweet friends, won't you join me in opening your arms and embracing the coming possibilities?


Sharing with:
Susan for Outdoor Wednesday
Jenifer for Woman to Woman
Jann for Share Your Cup


  1. Dayle, just this morning I was out taking photos in below freezing temps of our measly little snow we had last night...the sun was brilliant and making beautiful highlights on the bare tree branches against a bright sky. There I stood in a hoody with my bedroom slippers on snapping away! I love the way you related those sentiments to the stark branches!

  2. these are lovely images. In drawing class my art teacher used to tell me that I drew "portraits of trees" I think you take pictures like portraits. I hope your cold/congestion clears soon.

  3. I sure hope you feel well soon. We love San Antonio, too....such a beautiful old city. have a good week!

  4. Beautiful photos and message! I love that area too...hoping you have a wonderful visit. When you decide to come to north central Texas, let me know! :)

    I so hope you feel better soon! Please be careful...this flu epidemic is so scary right now. Too many deaths and so sad. I really try not to be around a lot of people. I really haven't been feeling well since we've had so much wind. The mountain cedar is a killer for me!


  5. Perfect musings for a chilly winter day . . .
    Embracing the coming possibilities

  6. Oh, sorry you have a bug that is hanging on. Lovely photos! I have been working hard to SIMPLIFY this new year. Feels like a never ending battle but I am am still determined to give it my best shot. Your photos of stark tree branches made me think of this :)

  7. Lovely blog. Sorry you aren't feeling well.
    JM Illinois

  8. Beautiful post. Austin is of course just up the road from SA. Glad you had a lovely get away. Hope you feel better soon. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. I hope you soon feel better! I can well imagine that a visit to San Antonio would be a pick-me-up.
    Me? I am READY to embrace new possibilities.

  10. Beautiful pictures to go with a great message. Yes I agree open our arms & embrace the new! Praying you are well quickly. God Bless You!

  11. How awesome to just pick up and go in your movable home! Hope you feel better soon.

  12. Dayle, I LOVE this! I will be looking at my barren trees this morning and answering the question with a YES. Thanks so much for the image and (for me) challenge.

  13. Oops. And blonde question here: Is there a heater in Cloud Nine? I would think so, but I was wondering.

    1. Oh, yes, dear Debbie. It's like a mini apartment. There are two central AC units that blow cold in summer and heat in winter. Most RVs have the same. Next time you pass one on the road, if you can see the top of the RV, you may can see either one or two unit housings. Our heating system can run on electric or propane.

      Stay warm in Georgia, girlfriend! Can't believe the temps there lately.

  14. Gorgeous pictures that make me wish I could open my arms in such an abandoned way to the Lord. He is surely the only One who fills. Thank you for this beautiful post and reminder.

  15. so beautiful. the sun shining, that blue sky! the open bare trees! i hope you are feeling better!

  16. I love San Antonio, but have not been back in years. You are making me a little green with envy right now.

    Thanks for the nudge to embrace the possibilities. :)

    So glad you linked up with Thought-Provoking Thursdays! :)

  17. It's always nice to know that winter does not last forever and that very shortly there will be buds on the trees. The older I get the more I appreciate spring! Great post! I read your blogging tips. I agree with all of them and thank you for the encouragement to keep it fun and not worry about followers or trying to keep up with every blog out there. Thanks for stopping by.
    Blessings, Diane

  18. So beautiful. My arms are open wide!

  19. Amen, Dayle. What a wonderful way to look at things. I hope I am always open and receptive to the forces of God in my life. xo Diana

  20. HI Dayle! You know, I always thought that Texas was a warm place in the winter. You have taught me something today :) I hope you are feeling better soon. Colds can make you feel so miserable.
    I have also looked at barren trees as pure potential. A place that is ready to filled, and I love your photos.

    The difference between the black limbs and the blue sky is so striking. Kind of like the difference between our emptiness, and the pure, crisp joy of fullness. Loved this so much!
    Have a Good Friday :)

  21. Ahh yes! Very nice post- beautiful skies and beautiful thoughts!

  22. Bare trees always seem to have a certain dignity in the winter.

    Lovely shots, and a beautiful sun flare.


  23. hope by the time you read this're feeling completely better. Love the gentleness of the pics and words and even that purple glow seems to magically fit. Hope your weekend is amazing.

  24. This is just lovely Dayle.
    I hope you are feeling better.

    We love San Antonio too.
    Have a blessed week,


  25. That kind of cold can be irritating. Hope you feel better soon.
    The pic compositions are good.

  26. I like your sense of adventure.
    An early morning outing, to a special place with coffee in your hand.
    Happy you took your camera.

  27. Dayle, I so enjoy your wonderful posts! Always food for thought. I do love the bare trees. As much as I adore Spring and Summer with the gorgeous blossoms and leaves, the skies open up and there is so much to see when the trees are barren. I hope you are feeling better. Sounds like the get away may have just been the perfect remedy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  28. Oh how lovely. I made sure to snap some shots of OUR sunshine this week as well. And from what I've heard from friends, it has been a bit chilly in Texas as well as here in the evergreen state of Washington. Of course, that "evergreen" part is why my trees have a few more leaves than yours. But both our skies are gorgeous blues, aren't they? :) Have a great week and hope you feel better soon!

  29. I really needed to read these inspiring words today. Thank you! Beautiful photos.

  30. I just recently visited San Antonio for the first time over Thanksgiving. It was the last weekend with my husband before he deployed so our time there holds such special memories. Your pictures are beautiful and your words capture their beauty. My arms are open...
    Thank you for sharing with TWW.


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