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Monday, September 26, 2011


Sometimes little special moments crop up at inconvenient times, when it doesn't fit our schedules to stop and enjoy them.  I had a situation like this last week.  I was running late to my car pool.  I needed to get my kids to the sitter and get going to work.  I had just gotten everyone herded out to the car when my youngest said, "Look, balloons!"

At that moment, I had a choice.  I could say, "That's-nice-now-get-in-the-car."  Some days I do.  This day, I ran back into the house and got a camera.  There were four hot air balloons that appeared to be landing at an airfield near our house.  I took a few moments to enjoy them with my kids and snapped some photos.  Then I stuffed the camera into my purse, and off we went.

Fast forward to the evening, when I finished work.  I work in the center of a large building.  Whether I am at my desk or in the cleanroom, I generally cannot see a window.  This day was not uncommon; I had worked 9 or 10 hours without stopping for breaks or lunch.  When I first step outside into the parking lot, it is such a release to see the outdoors again.  We have a beautiful campus (I really should take more breaks).  I often see some scene that just seems breathtakingly beautiful and think, I wish I had a camera.

Well, this time I did have a camera!  I took some photos of the way the light was slanting across a dry field and through a copse of trees.

If I hadn't stopped to enjoy the balloons with my kids, I wouldn't have had the camera to capture this scene after work.  Two happy moments for the price of one :)

Have you had any moments of serendipity?  I'd love to hear about it.


  1. Your post put a smile on my face :) Thanks for the reminder to slow down once in a while :)

  2. These are the moments that put joy in a day and create memories. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I enjoyed your post, those are the moments that add sweet memories to our lives! Great pictures, thank you for sharing!

  4. Wow, what nice moments! I can't really say I've had any of those lately - maybe I need to pay more attention to my surroundings. :) I love your pics, especially little squirrel! Glad you were able to finally enjoy the outside after so much working!

  5. awww I wish I could have seen hot air balloons. That's so cool.
    I also LOVE the tree shot. So gorgeous

  6. The hot air balloons make me think about when I was a freshman in college. Me and a friend decided at the last minute to drive from Lubbock, TX to New Mexico for the weekend just because. On our way there we started looking for a hotel to stay at and realized that it was the hot air balloon festival! There were no hotels to be found except for in a little town called Moriarty where we were able to attend the Pinto Bean festival!!

  7. I can't think of any right now, but that does happen to me now and again. Sometimes, it's nice to just take a step back and enjoy life.

    Fickle Cattle

  8. Awesome pictures! That is exactly why I keep my camera in my purse at all times! Some of my favorite photos are from where I made Brian (I'm sure he was thrilled every time) pull off the road so I can get a picture.


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