Collect, Freeze, and Prepare

So, I kind of feel like I have fallen off the wagon on my Capture Your 365 photos. It has been a few weeks since my last post. Rather than try to do catch up, I am starting fresh with the prompts for December. Want to join in? You can find it here.

ISO 1600, 50mm, f/1.8, 1/60 sec

Day 335 - Collect: For many years, the day after Christmas, I would be out finding great bargains on Christmas books. I am sure many of you have seen the Christmas tradition of wrapping up your Christmas books and using them like an advent countdown during the month of December. Since this is going to be a busy month for us, we didn't wrap near as many as we usually do. But I have to admit, I really love this tradition!

ISO 1600, 50mm, f/1.8, 1/60 sec

Day 336 - Freezing: The temperatures in our Central California valley are usually pretty mild, until we hit December. Then we sometimes see some freezing temperatures overnight, but no snow. However, I really like to decorate with snowflakes and our stocking holders are all snowflakes! 

ISO 400, 50mm, f/1.8, 1/30 sec

Day 337 - Prepare: Most of you know that I am preparing for a big trip next month! I have to admit, now that we are just 5 weeks from our departure date, I have been feeling a little anxious (okay, a lot anxious, but how do you really measure this!) But I have been blessed with the opportunity to be on the launch team for Crystal Paine's new book, "Say Goodbye to Survival Mode". While I really can't share a lot from the book yet (but you really should pre-order it!), I have to tell you that just reading about her trip to the Dominican Republic has helped me to turn my anxious thoughts into thankful thoughts. I realize this trip is all in God's hands. He gave me the desire to go. He has made what I thought would be impossible, possible! So as I enter into these last few weeks before our trip, I will be clinging to 1 Thessalonians 5:18 - "In everything give thanks."