Saturday, April 21, 2018

Joy


Pedaling around the lake trails with my girlfriend....








 .... with Spring on our skin. :)

" I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me."
Psalms 13:6

XOXO



Thursday, April 19, 2018

Listening



Because yesterday she grabbed my hand,
and we walked around the yard and talked
about the little things.
She didn't know Oliver had passed away,
and it made her a little sad.
But then she looked at me, and said
that Oliver and Jesse [her dog] were in heaven playing together.
I said  "Yes" 
And we agreed that they would both be happy
 to have each other
to play with.
And it made us feel better too.









Still holding tight to my hand...
 we searched for dandelions to wish on...
and she explained how,
" There are two kinds of dandelions. The yellow
ones...then the white ones. Those are the ones
you can make wishes on."
She then, picked a white one from the ground,
  squeezed her eyes shut, made her wish, and blew.
I made a wish too... 
I hope that all her special little wishes comes true. :)

XOXO

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Spring


Hello Spring ! 
 Thank you for showing up to breathe more color & life into my days !
Your cool, fresh air, and new sprouts & blooms make me uncontrollably giddy at times !
And your extra hour of sunlight ? 
It has paired very well with my thirst to be outside !!
Whether it's a late afternoon stroll at the farm,
or sitting out on the porch swing under your warm sun,
everything feels more refreshing with you.









Thanks again for being here !
I am SO going to soak up all your barefoot days, and cuddly nights !
I truly believe you are the best thing,
in the history of best things ! :)
I hope you stick around for a while !

XOXO

Thursday, March 22, 2018

March


Dear March,
You have my permission to slow down now.
You have been so busy with your crazy weather,
and abundant blooms.
Your days have been marked with birthdays, doctor appointments,
lunch dates, hair appointments, and sadly a dear, & special man's funeral.
Your moving so fast,
 that this morning I poured a cup of coffee,
and when I went to warm it up...
there was already a piping hot cup waiting for me !!
I don't know how you did it !
It was just like magic !









But seriously...I've had very little time for myself.
I appreciate all the joy you have provided.
Don't get me wrong.
Giggles with the sweet girls, 
playing with Oliver & Scotty,
yoga with my friends,
and snagging a lunch date [at my favorite place] with my favorite guys,
I am definitely a fan !!
I just think you need to slow it down a bit...
maybe take some time to stop & smell the daffodils !!
They really are delightful !!

XOXO



Friday, March 16, 2018

Morning

This morning the little miss came by to play.
It was a wonderful way to start off the day.








We drew with chalk & blew bubbles in the air.
Then she read me a story,
about a Mom with donuts in her hair.

" A cheerful heart is good medicine...." 
Prov. 17:22

Sending you some cheer !!  Happy weekend !!

XOXO







Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Peace




" Peace doesn't happen when you find what your looking for.
Peace happens when you call of the terrible search,
for what you already have !"

I love that !  
Call off the search.
I'm in !
Have a happy rest of your week !!

XOXO




Saturday, March 10, 2018

Reflecting


Yesterday I cycled with my friend Mary.
She is one to listen, take in all my information, [drama] [never with judgement]
and when the timing is right,[could be minutes, weeks...or months] she gives me helpful feedback.
She lovingly holds me accountable for my s--t.
And...she's one that will give me a good kick-in-the-butt if I should happen to need it.
[thankfully I have yet to need it...*phew :) ]

 I love her for so much...but
more, because of that. 
Yesterday was one of those days.
It usually goes somewhat like a "good news" 
"bad news" session.
And she usually gives me the "bad news" first.
Followed by the " good news"....which usually means
I have cleared another hurtle...
warded off another butt-kicking.
I so appreciate her honesty,
and how she won't let me fail myself.
So with that...this morning, I reflect over the pages of my journal.





To retrace my steps so-to-speak, over the last few weeks.
I took note of the stars, and underlines of the penned words I have written,
during my daily, morning devotional and prayer time.
The words that nudged me in the right direction...the ones that impacted me in that moment.
The ones that pulled me from one page of my story....to the next.
I thought hmmm... if they helped me, maybe I could share them with you.

So I decided to pick seven things out of the jots and notes that stuck with me.
[ because 7 is one of my favorite numbers]

Here are some of my journal shares:

1.  The more of myself I release to God, the more I will be fulfilled
and experience His peace and joy.


2.  Let GO of what lies behind & enjoy the life Jesus has for me.    


3.  Live by faith, leaning on and trusting in Him, and NOT on my   
 own misunderstanding.


4.  Lessons come wrapped in difficulties. It's an opportunity to trust
Him more.


5.  Where the mind goes, the man follows. [fear, anxiety...trust, love]

6.  If I struggle to make things happen & they are NOT happening,
it's Me trying to run the show & NOT allowing God's plan to unfold.

7.  Look for the love in others.  Accept them.  What they do.  How they are.

I hope that these words make your day just a little bit sweeter.
They did that for me.
Have a happy weekend !!!

XOXO

                                       






Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Mindset


Good morning,
I thought I would drop in for a quick post.
This is a picture of me and Price chilling on her step after our community clean up morning,
and a little afternoon road-trip, with Papa & her Mom.
We had just returned home from taking the little miss shopping for a new pair of cowgirl boots !
Fun day.

I am still in the process of regrouping.
I am spending most of my time away from the computer.
Because... I feel a little like I am going to
wither and die sitting behind this thing.
There are so many things I would rather do.


I have become increasingly aware,
 that I am in the second act of my life right now.
And....
it's up to me to make the most of it.
I have been doing a lot of pondering....praying....and soul
searching.
Trying to get a picture of what I want my second act to look like.
Anything is possible ! :)

" When you up-level your idea of what is possible,
and decide to really go for it,
you open yourself up to the means to accomplish it as well."

Dream big !! Believe !! Have a happy day !!

XOXO


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Reboot

Less internet....more other things.















Like time to be outside.
Read books . Draw. Learn. Play.
Make friends with #39. :)
I am using my free time to relax, and have fun!!
Also to unwind and clear my mental cache.
[it's a process]

This week I did take a class for my CE on 
"Eating, Mental Health, Inflammation
and the Aging Brain."
I am still trying to download all of that information.
There are a lot of things we can do to keep ourselves healthy.
Tons.
I have always tried to make healthy choices,
but lately [2 weeks ago] ,I noticed I was starting to feel really bogged down.
I kinda knew in my heart it was social media, blogging, Instagram....
searching the internet. 
I love to learn....and stay in touch,
but my brain, well, I'll just say, it gets overloaded easily.
Easier the older I get. ;)
I have had to prioritize to a quick daily check.
15 min. or on some days....I do with out.
Information overload is truly a "thing" for me.
So in honor of my brain,
and it's well being,
I am taking some time to reboot.

Stay tuned. :)

Have a good rest of  your week !!
Be well !

XOXO


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Homey



Well, I thought about heading out on a little adventure this morning,
or....doing some homey things...like a few projects I have wanted to do.
I sent up a prayer.
I do that when I can't make up my mind.
Then wee Tsunami Jr. rolled in.
I love the quick response !


So I have been enjoying listening to the rain, and other random things like:
Watching you tube videos on growing garlic.
Start my own garlic.[they say start in cups, but glass is prettier.]
Drew a special picture for a special person. 
Organized some of my photos.
Wrote in a few cards to send out.
Thought about working out.
Got on here instead.
I plan to:
Finish this up, then make some hot tea & hunker down with my Rosetta Stone Spanish.
Maybe later, join my girlfriend at the gym...
or
stay in and do some yoga and listen to the rain.
I'm guessing the latter...
it sounds perfect.

I hope you are having a calm and peaceful day.

XOXO


Joy

Pedaling around the lake trails with my girlfriend....  ....  with Spring on our skin. :) " I will sin...