Believe this heartily...

I gave my best to the country I love, and kept my tears till he was gone.  Why should I complain, when we both have merely done our duty and will surely be the happier for it in the end?  If I don’t seem to need help, it is because I have a better friend, even than [your] father, to comfort and sustain me.  My child, the troubles and temptations of your life are beginning and may be many, but you can overcome and outlive them all if you learn to feel the strength and tenderness of your Heavenly Father as you do that of your earthly one.  The more you love and trust Him, the nearer you will feel to Him, and the less you will depend on human power and wisdom.  His love and care never tire or change, can never be taken from you, but may become the source of lifelong peace, happiness, and strength.  Believe this heartily, and go to God with all your little cares, and hopes, and sins, and sorrows, as freely and confidingly as you come to your mother.

Excerpt from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

 

One of my favorite books of all time - the sweetness, the purity, the beauty, the heartbreak - it all comes together in one lovely story.

One of my favorite books of all time - the sweetness, the purity, the beauty, the heartbreak - it all comes together in one lovely story.

Isn’t it here?

 “Are there physical places that simply must be seen before I stop breathing within time, before I inhale eternity? Why? To say that I’ve been arrested by wonder? Isn’t it here? Can’t I find it here?…

“Isn’t it here? The wonder? Why do I spend so much of my living hours struggling to see it? Do we truly stumble so blind that we must be affronted with blinding magnificence for our blurry soul-sight to recognize grandeur? The very same surging magnificence that cascades over our every day here.”

Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts

venustas

in latin means loveliness, charm, attractiveness, beauty. 

what is beauty?  

this blog is a study of venustas

trying to capture its essence through words, pictures, music, and art