Friday, May 19, 2017


Because how would we ever know 
what our dreams are,
if we don't give ourselves the peaceful, quiet moments
to explore them.

Have a peaceful weekend.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Because today I felt the longing to escape....

thank goodness for some good oldies music,
chalk, and a sweet goofy sidekick.


Monday, May 15, 2017


Because we had a birthday to celebrate,
and Mother's day too.
Because I'm a happy girl when our weekend is
 filled with loved ones, sunshine, laughter...
and cherished moments by the slew.

It bummed me out that some photos came
out blurry. But I am going to embrace the blurry 
photos too...because they are some of my favorites.
I braved my manual settings...
and I did have a lot of blur and flawed pictures
this weekend...
but that is part of learning.
Right ?

Have a fantastic week !!
And...Love each other !
Life is too short to forget that !


Friday, May 12, 2017


“Don’t be afraid of death;
 be afraid of an un-lived life.
 You don’t have to live forever;
 you just have to live.” 

Because this week I lost someone special.
Someone that lived every day to the fullest.
Someone that wasn't afraid to grasp life with both hands and kiss it's face off.
Someone that took a broken and lost girl, and moved her to Missouri.
I feel a deep ache from the loss... and an overwhelming gratitude
for having him in my life.

my brother & Randy with his dog.
"A real spirit lives in the present. They save their money, yet they enjoy every single day of their life no matter how shitty. Because they are able to love every day, they are able to spread this vibe to others without trying. It’s all in the way of thinking. They don’t try to do this, it just happens."

Thank you Randy. You were loved by many,
and your passion for life will be an inspiration to the lives you touched.


Sunday, May 7, 2017


Because sometimes we just need to 
claim a nice Spring afternoon

A mid-afternoon-mental-health-break.

good things...
family outings
doing a headstand outside...with the clouds drifting by. *freaky feeling*
blowing bubbles
Oliver trying to sniff the bubbles
 hubby driving out to join us....& bringing me a Butterfingers
the camera's timer going off... & taking a shot before we are ready 
shooting in manual mode
being together :)


Friday, May 5, 2017


" It's not about what is happening around you...
it's about what is happening in you !
Your decision on how to react to a circumstance 
is much more important than the circumstance itself."

Because there are tough days, and things don't
always go the way we would like.
Even when it's hard...
we can still make the choice
 to look for the good [God, blessings, positive] in our day...
and do things that make our moments
not so icky.

rainy dark mornings, and heart to heart talks
being teaches you what is important
friends, community, family that show up in a BIG way, so you don't
have to do hard alone.
nurses and doctors with a good sense of humor and compassion
having a Father in Heaven that knows what we need...
even when we don't.
beauty surrounding us, no matter where we go...
sometimes you just have to look closer to see it.
my camera and good people who have encouraged and taught me how to actually use it :)
grippy socks :)
sunshine and blue skies dappled with white 
trips to the farm after a long day
my hubby...such a trooper !

Monday, May 1, 2017


Because I had a choice.
I could let sadness kick my butt...
or walk away.

So I grabbed my camera, and put on my boots.

*grateful for....
 my Aunt, and the memories that we shared. her love. 
a rainy weekend to slow things down
a sweet little side-kick to keep me entertained
dodging the rain and splashing in puddles.
swishy ponytails
my hubby's love & understanding
plenty of comfort food of choice
sweet friends
my wonderful family


Thursday, April 27, 2017


“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day, I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.”

It's the normal days.
The ones that I am pushing a mower in the yard...bending over
[in what hubby calls, my Yoga pose]
to pull weeds, and pick up poop.
Or rushing to meet Brandon for lunch, then grocery shopping together
at our favorite market, then making our little loop over to fill
our cars up at the station and our little chats at the pumps.
The days I spend cooped up inside, cleaning closets and sorting through my unrelenting drive to simplify...
then grabbing a fabulous book, an old blanket to throw on the yard,
to spend some quiet snuggle time with my fur-kids.
It's the sound of hubby's truck stopping at the mailbox as he 
returns home after a long day.
And the way the fur-kids get all excited hearing him come home.
And the sound of the garage door opening...and the way his antenna
brushes against the doors as he pulls in.
It's the moment he walks in the door, painted from head to toe with 
every animal he examined since morning...
while I am busy fixing dinner at the stove...
and hearing him say... " Hey was your day ?"
There is so much good to be grateful for in the daily-ness of life.
It's the quiet, the simple, the real.


Monday, April 24, 2017


" Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
" What ! You too ? I thought I was the only one. "

there is absolutely.
without a doubt.
no substitution for
 good friends.
 fresh air and sunshine.
instant happy. :)

good things...
a beautiful Spring day
long bike rides
gorgeous lake trails
friendly small towns
having a basket for my bike
enjoying the scenery along the way
good friends :)


Friday, April 21, 2017


That awkward moment, when you show up to photography class...
and realize you forgot your camera !

my instructor

my instructor lent me his camera for class *sweet

Yeah...that happened this week.
I truly believed I had my camera with me.
I remember loading extra lens cleaners and my camera into the bag.
I had thought about stopping at the camera shop on the way to check out a lens.
[but ran out of time]
I worried about the camera getting too hot in the car,
when I met Brandon for lunch.
[so parked where it might be shaded]
I even arrived at the park early, where class was to meet....
so I could explore, and snap a few pics. on my own.
My instructor had already arrived as well...
so I gathered my tri-pod and my camera ?
Where's my camera ??
I was truly convinced I had it with me.
I even checked in the trunk.
Then the realization hit me...
and all I could do was laugh.
I told the instructor.
Then he laughed.
He said that it was the first time someone showed up for class without a camera.
And we laughed some more.
And then I got to thinking... what if I had known I had left my camera behind ?
I probably would have been so mortified, or embarrassed
that I would have skipped class.
So things didn't go exactly how I had planned.
But !! 
Those unexpected things in life ?
The things we painstakingly try so hard to avoid ?
They aren't always so bad.
[I mean...if you know know I rarely leave the house without my camera !]
Everything worked out and it was OK.
Maybe better than OK.  Maybe even great !

good things...
instructors with a sense of humor
my classmates and instructor sharing their own stories of forgetfulness 
and putting me at ease
being able to laugh at myself
being OK with being imperfect
having fun, and learning together
when you see someone...and know you have seen them before...then remember
[one of my classmates used to be leaving as I was arriving to teach fitness class. We always greeted
each other. It's been a few years.]
walking in the park
watching kids play in the park
dogwood trees



Because how would we ever know  what our dreams are, if we don't give ourselves the peaceful, quiet moments to explore them. ...