Sunday Afternoon

Time to revel in the glory of God’s creation.

Bella with a robin's egg shell
Bella knew what it was before I said a thing: “A robin’s egg!” My little naturalist!

And then thee was the unexpected iris blooming in the wild edges of the yard.

Not one of the ones we transplanted from my parent’s garden in Texas. They won’t bloom this year.

No, this sprang up unexpectedly in the corner of the yard near where the daffodils and tulips bloom, the remnants of what must once have been a deliberate bed.

A flash of purple among the tall grass that caught my eye from across the yard.

Isn’t it exquisite?

And then there’s Anthony. Wide-eyed.


Bella said, “Take a picture of me and Anthony,” and then hopped up next to him on the bed.

I had time to click the shutter twice and then she was gone. Running off to the backyard to play with Sophie and Ben.

But Anthony posed for a few more shots.

He’s got nowhere to go. Nothing to do but smile. And eat and sleep.

Except maybe to hang out with Daddy.

“Whatcha laughing at, Daddy?”

Isn’t he the cutest thing in those overalls? And can you believe he’s wearing size 6-9 month clothes already?

4 Responses to Sunday Afternoon

  1. Lydia June 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    Melanie, you have really inspired me! We do some of this already but I’ve been lazy and haven’t been intentional about it.  TV watching in particular has made it hard to re-wire her religious imagery, as well as making her attention span slimmer and more demanding. Do you have any recommendations for good, beautiful religious children’s books? We have a kids Bible, but it’s very cartoonish and kind of blah. Her fairy tale books are so richly illustrated-why can’t religious books be the same?

  2. Melanie Bettinelli June 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm #


    “Her fairy tale books are so richly illustrated-why can’t religious books be the same?” I agree! Good religious picture books with inspiring art are so hard to find. And it seems when I do find a picture Bible with good art I find the text theologically problematic. There was a gorgeous one I found recently and I debated so long about that—just a quick preview in Amazon turned up a bunch of passages just troubled me too much so I didn’t buy it.

    I am actually planning a follow-up post with a list of my picture book recommendations. Stay tuned.

  3. Nicole June 6, 2011 at 1:23 am #

    Ooo, good!  Looking forward to your book recommendations.  I have loved this series; thank you so much for posting this:)

  4. Nicole Stallworth June 6, 2011 at 1:38 am #

    I have enjoyed this series from the first post. Thank you so much for sharing it, and I hope there is a lot more coming, even if not so formally organized—I enjoy your insights.

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