Simple Joy Saturday #20

Simple Joy Saturday #20

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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1. A snow day!

The weathermen predicted “accumulation less than 1 inch.”  The flurries were supposed to start at 3 am on Wednesday and last for a few hours.  Instead, the heavy snow started at 5 am and continued all day.

2. And another snow day!

Since the temperature stayed below freezing point, the roads were still unsafe on Thursday.

3. Sleep

Sometimes it’s underrated 😴

Arizona’s Waiting on These Eyes

Arizona’s Waiting on These Eyes

At the end of every trip, I find photos that don’t really fit with any post.  Like these.

Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo

Most people go to the zoo to see the elephants, the giraffes, or the tigers.  But at the Reid Park Zoo, the birds stole the show.  Majestic peacocks ruled the park.  Frilly flamingos strutted around their island, and cute ducks delivered smiles to all onlookers.

San Xavier Mission

San Xavier Mission

If you ask me to describe San Xavier Mission in one word, I will say, “hopeless.”  Although thoughtful renovations are underway to restore the physical appearance of the church, the visages inside represent hundreds of individuals in desperate need of spiritual reconciliation.  The parishioners light candles, rub statues, and perform rituals in hope of salvation when all they really need is a relationship with Christ.

 

Oh, Mexico

Oh, Mexico

If you want to enter Nogales, Mexico on foot, no one will stop you.  Unlike Togo (where I waited nearly an hour for the border patrol to check my papers), no one stamped my passport as I walked through the metal turnstile and crossed the border.*  These photos and my own memories are the only proof that I spent an hour in Mexico.

Oh, Mexico! I’ve never really been, so I don’t really know.

-James Taylor

 

*Border agents did check my passport when I returned to the USA.

Tombstone

Tombstone

I tried to convince myself that Tombstone was the western equivalent of Old Salem.  Needless to say, western gunslingers were more lawless than Moravians.

Mt. Lemmon

Mt. Lemmon

When we left the Grand Canyon, it was 15 degrees Fahrenheit.  After a five-hour drive, we arrived in Tucson, where it was a balmy 75 degrees.  The next morning, we saw snow on Mt. Lemmon.