Monday, October 20, 2008

Finding My Peace

Our trip was wonderful. I laughed and cried, found time to be a kid, and time to be totally with my kids. It was truly healing. While we did spend the majority of our trip at Disneyland, we also found a few days to venture out and see some of my favorite Southern California sites. My favorite, and a place that I wish I could spend days and days taking in, is the Mission at San Juan Capistrano.

The only way I can explain the Mission it is that it is amazingly alive. You can feel and connect to an incredible array of energy, past and present, happiness and sorrow, struggle and calm. It's all there and it envelopes you as soon as you step foot through its 4 foot wide adobe walls.

The fountains and gardens were so inspiring. These gold, green and red, lily pads were my favorite. The huge brightly colored Koi fish were icing on the cake. Everywhere we walked there were artists painting on small canvases and easels. They painted pictures of of small sections of the old adobe walls with their amazing patinas, doors, arches, fountains and gardens.

The tiny Church was gorgeous. The oldest part dating from 1777. The richly decorated Spanish architecture was awe inspiring, the colors took my breath away. You can tell with no uncertainty it has been well loved over the years.

I took over 100 pictures that day with my silly little 100 dollar point and shoot. I was burning it up! It was easy to do.

The 300 year old Baroque Alter is from Spain. Brought from Barcelona about 1806 its 196 parts are hand carved and gold leafed.

As much fun as we all had I'm glad to be back to my haven, my home, and am really looking forward to the Holidays. We didn't do holidays when I was growing up due to my parents religious beliefs. Let's just say I feel like I'm making up for lost time now. :) I have mental lists a mile long of all the projects and baking and fun I want to do. See you soon!


AJ said...

Seems like you are refreshed and recharged:) Glad you enjoyed your trip. Beautiful photos!

Marie said...

Beautiful photos! I visited a few missions but this one was not one of them! My favorite is Carmel... I think San Juan Capistrano would be a close second! Welcome back... :o)

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

Wow, I've never seen lily pads such as those!

Darla~SassyHomemaker said...

Welcome back. =)

Blanca said...

Glad you had a fun trip. Those pictures are just beautiful.

Sandy Toes said... beautiful!!! I love all those red candles!!! Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos!
-Sandy toes

Valarie said...

Thats looks like a great place!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

So glad it was a healing AND fun trip. I have been there to San Juan...I was only about 6...but I remember how gorgeous it was. Beautiful photos. cherry

Gretchen said...

What a wonderful place to visit. I was there as a child but would love to go back as an adult to visits the missions. You have wonderful photos.


JuJu and Family said...

Beautiful pictures. You have a gift
YOU have been booo-ED. Are you scared? come by and see what its all about.
Take Care

Rachael Black said...

I'm having a Favorite Color Party and GIVEAWAY. Come on over and win a beautiful frame!!!! Spread the word!

Charmingdesigns said...

Oh Oh...My daughter and I went there this summer...we have the same photos!!lol. Laurie