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Peace

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Well, this has been one crazy day.  Here in Illinois, we had massive storms and tornados pass through.  Very strange for mid-November, but you never really know what Midwest weather will bring.  It seems to change by the hour.  The storms left so much devastation.  In just my area, I believe I heard that more than 300 homes were leveled.  Please keep these families in your prayers, and if you'd like to donate funds to the Red Cross to help, you can find information here.

After the stormy weather today and the recent events in the Philippines, I crave some peace.  Sitting by a sea, walking through a garden, feeling the sun on my face, or hearing the soft, gentle sounds of nature sound mighty good right about now.  You agree?  Do you have a favorite place that you like to go to wind-down?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!  I gathered up a few (very) random pictures from around the globe that just ooze 'serenity' to me.  So let's take a relaxing look... 

California

California

Michigan

Michigan

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona

Hampstead Heath, London

Hampstead Heath, London

Paris

Paris

Elephantine Island, Egypt

Elephantine Island, Egypt

Clouds over the Midwest

Clouds over the Midwest

Illinois

Illinois

If you want to bring a little serenity into your own home, you can find these prints for purchase at the Etsy shop.

Tree Stars

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

The young poet, Mattie Stepanek, used to refer to autumn's colorful leaves as "the tree stars that fall to us from up high."  What a better way to describe these beauties that God gives us every year?  It seems that fall has officially made its way to the Midwest, so my mom and I went "leaf chasing" yesterday to see what we could see.  Wow -  We were not disappointed!  It seems like God really outdid himself this year.  

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Some of these photos are available in the Etsy Shop (and more will be added soon).  Like a print of one not in the shop yet?  Please contact me!

Lazy Days in London

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Whenever Spring finally decides to make her grand debut, the sunshine seems like an invitation to head outdoors.  My favorite outdoor destinations usually involve a park of some sort.  Back when I lived in London, it seemed like the whole city would flock to the beautiful parks when even a glimmer of sunshine would peek through the clouds.  I could always find an excuse to spend a lazy day in the park - reading, writing, photographing, picnicking, people-watching...  

Regent's Park

Regent's Park

Rose garden

Rose garden

Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath

St. James Park

St. James Park

Kensington Palace and Gardens near Hyde Park

Kensington Palace and Gardens near Hyde Park

Regent's Park

Regent's Park

Sunset in Regent's Park

Sunset in Regent's Park

Vatican City

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Since the election of a new Pope, all eyes have been on Rome and Vatican City lately.  I'm reminded of my visit to Vatican City and how surprised I was by the amount of beauty there.  The Vatican Museums are packed to the brim with breathtaking art and history and the surrounding city is dripping with Italian atmosphere.  I'd love to visit again someday.  But for now, let's visit in pictures, shall we?

St. Peter's Square

St. Peter's Square

St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica

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Inside the Vatican museums

Inside the Vatican museums

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Vatican City

Vatican City

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