Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Month in Photos [May & June 2015]





The world's favorite season is the spring. 
All things seem possible in May.
 Edwin Way Teale




Month in Photos ~ May 2015 from Nina Jensen on Vimeo.



The almost daily showers of rain in June secured optimal conditions for all the greens and flowers to thrive and grow. The humid air multiplied the scent of the elderflowers, which I still find a bit exotic, having seen them first when I moved to Denmark. 

My husband and I visited the Open Air Museum in Lyngby twice in June ... I have fallen for the area, with it's trees, small paths and old buildings. There are small picnic-tables, where you can enjoy your lunch packs - or you can have coffee, cakes or lunch at the cozy restaurant. More photos from Open Air Museum are on their way soon ...






In June, as many as a dozen species 
may burst their buds on a single day.  
No man can heed all of these anniversaries; 
no man can ignore all of them. 
-  Aldo Leopold




June 2015 ~ Month In Photos from Nina Jensen on Vimeo.




How has the month of June been in your whereabouts?


Nina

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Hello ...



Who would ever know the greater graces of comfort and perseverance, 
mercy and forgiveness, patience and courage, 
if no shadows fell over a life?

Ann Voskamp


Hello again!

Thank you for the kind and encouraging notes here and else where - They've made me happy and brought sunshine to the cloudy days! 
I am doing much better now, the last 10 days have been without any greater trouble in the neck ... I feel light and "at home" in my body again - being grateful and relieved.

The past few weeks has been though a bit of an ambivalent mixture of:

- Moments with physical pain in the neck and head - and moments with absence of pain with deep relaxation and wonderful feeling of lightness in the body

- The feeling of time standing still yet hoping I could press a "fast forward" button in order to skip the next hour, as the tension and cramps in the muscles was about to start - and a wish to press a "pause" button when feeling the beautiful relaxation and bliss of easiness and well-being in the body

- Trust and hope that the treatments are working so I would "get my normal body and everyday life" back soon - and a fear and uncertainty in "what if" it is going to take a couple of months, or not going to happen at all

- The X-rays showed that there is osteoarthritis in the damaged vertebras in my neck - meaning that there are some "narrow" places where the nerve threads may be squeezed at times, causing the cramps and the pain. 
So I am learning to adjust some things - To start with, saying farewell to the zumba and the step at the gym, replacing them with pilates, walks and swimming.



Courage does not always roar. 
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying 
I will try again tomorrow.

At the moment I am learning and adjusting to find out a well balanced ways, readjusting some routines  and keeping the things, that still work fine ... Via trial and error, and careful planning:

I have experienced uncertainty if I can make it through the planned appointments ... Should I cancel some of them ... Can I manage to get home to lie down, if the cramps are about to start?

Yet, I have been able to experience God's faithfulness, peace and sustainment each moment, each day ... Having stepped out of the door, praying for His strength, even when still feeling the faint cramps in my neck... 
It has been well enough for my body & soul.

I have been looking myself in the mirror, wishing to switch my neck to a better one ... (I still do) ... Yet this neck is a part of me - It has carried my head through all the years, It has been the resting place for our boys as they leaned on my shoulder, hiding their faces when seeking comfort - or bursting with joy ... and the feeling of my husband softly kissing my neck...

The following poem speaks to me in a new way now:


The time will come 
when, with elation 
you will greet yourself arriving 
at your own door, in your own mirror 
and each will smile at the other's welcome, 

and say, sit here. Eat. 
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart 
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you 

all your life, whom you ignored 
for another, who knows you by heart. 
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, 

the photographs, the desperate notes, 
peel your own image from the mirror. 
Sit. Feast on your life. 

Derek Walcott



It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth 
until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.
John Joseph Powell

The value of the mirrors of love and acceptance - in the eyes of my family, friends, colleges and the church fellowship - cannot be measured ... 

Today a friend laid her hand on my shoulder at the end of the service and asked, if she could pray for me, and we prayed together, experiencing the all surpassing peace of God. I was reminded of the words of Jesus in the Gospel of John: I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance. (John 10:10 AMP).

Our circumstances change, yet there is so much to be grateful for. 

I'd love the share with you the short cheerful video on The Absence of Unhappiness - Revealing the pearls in our everyday life, that make it unique and wonderful:



The Absence of Unhappiness from Rachel Sutherland on Vimeo.



... Until next time,
    Nina



Photos: iPhone 5S, Camera+, Snapseed, Mextures, VSCO, Over & Polamatic Apps

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

A Little Break


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I will be having a little break for a couple of weeks - for resting and recovering. The old whiplash injury in my neck may have been provoked by the accident a month ago, so I am on sick leave to get better again. 

So, time away from photography, computer, editing etc. 
And lots of sleeping (the medicine puts me to sleep, setting the daily naps in schedule - smile), listening to audio books and watching the light casting shadows on the ceiling.

Hellen Keller's quote speaks to me:


You rest now. Rest for longer that you are used to resting.
Make stillness around you, a field of peace.
Your best work, the best time of your life
will grow out of this peace.


LR preset kk_Within


Beautiful nap this afternoon that
 put velvet
between my vertebrae.

Henry Miller


LR preset kk_Still

These breaks, setting the daily routines in stand by, seem to be coming sometimes out of the blue ... Yet, they are teaching me to mind and act upon the tiny signs, I was aware of in my body. Lessons in lifelong learning:

 Take care of your body.
It's the only place you have to live.

Jim Rohn


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With restful greetings,

PS. I look forward of trying all the beautiful LR presets from Kim Klassen's Studio Collection - I had hard time in choosing between the kk_Within and kk_Still, so I posted both of them.


Sunday, 24 May 2015

There is Freedom




Now the Lord is the Spirit, and 
where the Spirit of the Lord is, 
there is freedom.

1. Corinthians 3:17 NIV

Freedom Reigns by Jesus Culture

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Resting safely and just being as I am,
in your presence, Lord -
Breathing lightly and feeling
your love  and mercy,
forgiveness
holiness.
Thank you.


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Blessings to your week,

Nina 

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Photo: iPhone 5S, edited in Lightroom

Saturday, 23 May 2015

A Good Morning & A Free Printable

 Edited with LR Preset kk_Breeze


It has been a very good morning today, since

  • Our younger son has had a great week with his school at the Island of Bornholm, he has returned home with the rucksack willed with new experiences in the beautiful nature, together with his classmates
  • I enjoyed my morning tea accompanied by piano melodies composed by our older son 
  • Having gone through my wardrobe this morning, I have a bag filled with clothes, I haven't used for a while - so I will pop over by my friend later today to see, if she or her daughter would like some of it, before donating it to the flee market (It's lovely to swop something with / to a friend or the other way around, ain't it :)
  • Sunlight is warm and bright today!
  • It is Saturday - a day to swim some lanes - that will be good to my neck and shoulders, that are a bit worn due a whole lot of writing lately

Here's a link to a printable

I took the photo above this Monday and edited it with Stackables, Afterlight, Phonto and VSCOcam apps.
This plant is crawling up towards light along the concrete wall - It encouraged me and I thought the quote fitted so well ... Let's keep our eyes on the things we believe and find important - as long as there is hope, there is a way.


... Sunshine to your weekend,

Nina

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Gentle encouragement


Gently encourage the stragglers, 
and reach out for the exhausted, 
pulling them to their feet.

1. Thessalonians 5:14 The Message

Still Small Voice by Scripture Lullabies

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Lord, I come before you today knowing that all power is in Your hand. I know that you are the Lord and that you care for your people. Right now, my friend is struggling with a difficult trial. I can see her strength is faltering, Lord, and know that you have all of the strength that she needs.
I pray that you will reach down and touch her right now wherever she is at this moment. Let your presence fill the room where she is and let her feel an extra portion of your strength that can help her to get through this day.
She needs you now, Lord, and I thank you in advance for meeting her where she is and shoring up her strength during this difficult time.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
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Blessings to your week,

Nina 

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Photo: iPhone 5S & Camera+, Snapseed, Mextures, VSCOcam applications

Friday, 15 May 2015

Month in Photos [April 2015]


Yes, it is already May ...  My collage of April was finished today, and I'm happy it did!

The month of April, the awakenings in the nature, the showers of rain and the scents of flowers lingering in the air ...

These monthly collages capture moments in time ... In their way, structuring time and the life lived - the first quarter of 2015 is behind us.


...there is no such thing as a charmed life, not for any of us,
no matter where we live or how mindfully we attend to the tasks at hand.
But there are charmed moments, all the time,
in every life and in every day,
if we are only awake enough to experience them when they come and
wise enough to appreciate them.

Katrina Kenison



April 2015 ~ Month in Photos from Nina Jensen on Vimeo.



Wishing you a peaceful & happy weekend,


Nina 


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