WHAT IS THE “BEHIND THE SCENES” LINK UP?
Social media and online relationships can make us feel like everyone else has it all together. We’re edited, proof-read, Pinterest-perfect versions of ourselves (or so some might think!) when – in reality? There is an unfinished pile of laundry around the corner. That cute toddler smiling for the camera just had a massive meltdown seconds ago. That yummy breakfast-for-dinner you just showed us on Instagram? It’s because the cat licked the chicken that was supposed to be for dinner.
“Behind the Scenes” is a fun link up where we show those photos – but tell the real story behind them. The sneak peek behind the scenes, a look past the edges of the photo to the real life behind it. Read more here!
There are views like this all along my walk to work. Old buildings filled with new ideas, dreams, and businesses. Churches, banks, a store that sells lamps, some government buildings, a few restaurants all line the block of the historic little town.
I stop to look in the window of a new store, loving the excitement and anticipation of something new. It looks like a place I would enjoy, colorful, happy, and just plain fun. A few stores down is another establishment I have yet to visit, but look at longingly each time I walk by – windows filled with beautiful globes, decorations, nothing practical and everything whimsical.
I walk and I imagine spending a Saturday morning in autumn on those same sidewalks with my mom, my sister, maybe some girl friends. Just a girls day. Drinking coffee, laughing, browsing, and maybe wandering down to the store where you can make your own necklaces. It’s the kind of days I remember from college, and the kind I dream about now that I’m a mama. Care free. No need to rush back for nap time.
Today, though? Today I’m just blessed to walk to a job that I enjoy. To know that where God has me right now is good. So I stop and take a quick photo because I don’t want to skip over the blessings of this short walk.And maybe one of these days this fall, we’ll make that girls day a reality.
Lindsey Brackett says
oohhh…I know where we could make girls day a reality for a couple of hours…downtown Greenville! That’s a beautiful walk, so glad you enjoy it!
I love when I get to walk places – definitely one of the beauties of a small town. I love how you let us peek inside your walk and thoughts. 🙂
Holly @ the belle mere says
This photo is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
Tonya Salomons says
I too, love taking pictures when I am out for a walk. Often when I see things I am struck by a promise of God or a memory and I want to capture and savour how I felt in the moment. Love this story friend… and love you.
Love this and you, Crystal 🙂 I have been longing for the carefree days of college, too, but I try to remember that those days were back when I was lost without Christ, and my heart was selfish and greedy and ugly. Where He has us now? It’s good. Thanks for that reminder – even though it doesn’t always feel good, it’s right where He wants us. Now to take it all in 🙂 Happy Tuesday to you — will link up tomorrow!
christie elkins. says
Love that you have that time to soak in life as you walk to work. Sounds so refreshing!
(PS: Every time I read your blog now that we hung out at Declare I hear your quiet, humble voice in the words and it makes it even better 🙂 )
Oh so beautifully said Jennifer!
Mel – nothing would make me happier 🙂
🙂 There’s something so beautiful in taking the time to breathe in the blessings of each moment. I love this…and I hope you get that girls’ day out soon! (Can I join you?) 😉 Blessings, friend!
I think recognizing the beauty in the ordinary of every day is so important to our souls. Joy will continue to flow in a heart that appreciates the gifts around us.
Beautiful picture and wonderful story!