Magical Surprises

Last Friday, the very unexpected happened: it snowed in Houston. All day long. The flakes here were fat and fluffy, and enough accumulated to turn the yard white. This is a rare gift that I very likely will not see again in my time here. It made me quite happy and very tickled - what a joyful treat!
Today, looking at these pictures, I can't help but think about the unexpected snow as a metaphor for other unexpected good things: the upcoming feast of the Nativity, when God took on human flesh and was born in a manger, for one. I'm also thinking of changes that I've seen in people's lives and how heartwarming it can be. And even some changes in my own life. Spiritually, if you would have told me eleven years ago that I would soon become an Orthodox Christian and spend afternoons like today listening to the Paraklesis service sung by Eikona, I would have not taken you seriously. But God and life can surprise us - just like the snow did a few days ago!
Are you enjoying any unexpected events lately?


elizabeth said...

beautiful pictures!

I am suprised by how lovey my new much smaller bedroom is in the apartment I moved to...

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

lovely pictures! No big surprises here but the first snow, no matter how small is always fun.

Pres. Kathy said...

Beautiful pictures! Well, it snowed 12 inches here in the last 24 hours!!

renee @ FIMBY said...

snow! in texas. Wow, happy for you to get a teensy taste of winter.

Mimi said...

Wow! That doesn't happen often! Beautiful photos.

Bahieh said...


Just saw the picture of the leaf you posted on Shutter sisters!

I really like it and was wondering if I could use for a blogpost about light and darkness?
Of course I'll mention you're the source of the photo

Check my blog here:

Cheers, Bahieh

meredithwinn said...

wow, these are all so calming. that bottom photo is wonderful, a frosty leaf full of late day sun. dreamy.