The Good List

10. Pickled red onions. They add just the right zing and blast of flavor to so many dishes. Salads, sandwiches, soups, tacos, eggs...  Ok, I'll stop now, but you get the idea. 

9. Proboscises! Yeah, I know that's weird. But I am ever fascinated by God's creation and his incredibly creative designs in nature. I must have watched these guys for at least an hour. Crazy how they are so intricately designed with just the right tool to retrieve their nutrients from deep inside stems and flowers without disturbing them in any way. If you look closely, you can actually see a little drop of nectar in the second picture. So amazing!

8. PETE'S DRAGON!!! The original was one of my all-time favorite movies as a kid. We went to see the new one last weekend, and it was very different, but still really good! Elliott is one of the reasons why I have always wanted a pet dragon. (Still do! ;-) )

AND. Every time we go to a vintage store, I try to find the original Pete's Dragon on DVD, which is difficult. Since it's so old, I usually only find it on VHS. But Jared surprised me with a brand new Blu-ray earlier this week! (I guess Disney re-released it because of the new one. He said he just ordered it from Amazon. I didn't even think to try that. :-P)

7. The sound of a good, long, ground-soaking, nature-feeding thunderstorm. I love it.

6. I'm accidentally growing a beanstalk in my back yard. I only meant for it to be a sunflower. ;-)

5. This guy, who likes to hang out around our koi pond. His EYES, though!!!

4. The list of Kindle deals Tim Challies features on his blog each week. I've lost count of how many incredible resources I've purchased for much less than $5 (usually $.99, $1.99 or $2.99). Last week's additions to my library included Core Christianity by Michael Horton and Seeing Christ in All of Scripture: Hermeneutics at Westminster Theological Seminary (both $2.99).

3. Powell Gardens. A beautiful place within about an hour of our house with all sorts of beautiful gardens and water features. And a BUTTERFLY house! So cool!

2. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi. Easily one of the most engaging books I've read in awhile. 

1. This truth. If I were a better wordsmith, this is exactly what I would say when people ask me why I love photography so much. It's those thumbprints. I'm always in search of those thumbprints. (And I find they're EVERYWHERE when I take the time to look!!!)