Friday, May 27, 2016

Hung Up


Lately I have been hung up ( I hope in a good way ) on making this life matter.
On not loosing focus of the significant things that matter in the end.
As I age, have become an "empty nester",
and try to squeeze in as many special moments as I can with my dear hubby...
life has become a great longing to not wait, to live now.







Because 100 years from now,
I want the blood , sweat , and tears that I shed,
NOT to be for the things that I thought "SHOULD be" important,
or important because they are important to someone else...
but because they are important, and things that truly mattered to me.

*loving...
re-connecting with dear friends
having loved ones close
planning little adventures
simplifying
new dreams

XOXO


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Love


My theme this week has been about LOVE.
LOVE that is overflowing in grace,
and abundant in mercy.


I used to feel that I could LOVE someone enough.
I have come to realize, that we can never LOVE each other enough-
we can always LOVE more.

A wise women wrote this :

Love is healing.
Love gives us self worth.
Love enables us to be kind.
Love gives us a forgiving heart.
Love helps us feel joy.
Love lets us love outside of our self.
But love can't be with out the love of God,
in our heart or relationship.
I love every one, even if or when,
 I don't like their irregularities.
Life is about happiness with life, all alone,
or with someones presence.

                                                             ~ My Mom ~

*loving...
doodled notes by my mom
being encouraged
choosing love over anything else
hugs


XOXO

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Important


And every day, the world will drag you by the hand,
yelling, " This is important ! And this is important ! You need
to worry about this ! And this ! " 
And each day, it's up to you to yank your hand back,
put it on your heart and say...


" No. This is what's important. "
~ lain Thomas ~

*loving...
being silly with my mom
Arkansas
being surrounded by mountains
morning coffee and heart to heart chats 
new friends
letting things go

XOXO











Monday, May 16, 2016

Soup



Sometimes I like rainy, do-nothing days.
Today I stayed in my comfy sweats,
 turned on some music, and made
Potato Soup.



3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
1/3 cup diced celery
1/3 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup diced cooked ham (or bacon) *optional
3 1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper (ground black)
5 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk

Combine: potatoes,celery, onion, ham, and water in pot.
Bring to boil. 
Reduce to medium and cook till taters are tender :)  (about 10-15 min.)
Stir in bouillon, salt & pepper
In a separate pan: melt butter over med./low heat.
whisk in flour
stir until thick
slowly add milk, stirring till thick.
Mix both pots together, and you have soup ! 

It's easy and SUPER yummy !!! 
It's one of our favorites ! :)

*loving...
a rainy day
cozy sweats
smell of homemade soup

XOXO

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Weekend


From beginning to end,
this weekend was well lived.














feeding fish

Time seems to whiz by with the blink of an eye.
If we didn't slow down  once in a while 
to recognize how truly amazing the moments are...
we may just miss them.

*loving...
living near the lake
going out to breakfast afterchurch
feeding the fish off the dock
our animals
country roads
Jungle Book at the old Opera House Theater
moments spent with family

XOXO


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Do


Do something cool.
Eat ice-cream.
High five people that are doing good things.






Take a walk. :)

loving...
walking in the woods
Oliver's happy little jumps
Scotty being a good "big brother"
peaceful days

XOXO

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tulip Time


Ever since our first visit to Pella Iowa, 
I have hoped to one day visit while they 
celebrated Tulip Time.
This weekend we were smack dab in the middle of it all !  






sweeping the streets before the parade

















sleepy


nodding off

chimney sweep
I think Pella is an adorable little village any way...
with it's European flair...
but at Tulip Time...it comes alive !!
Folks dressed up in their Dutch attire, there was authentic food, Dutch dancing
and a parade !

 The vendors were wonderful.  My body is paying for all the food I ate, 
but it sure was worth it, when I was piling it in ! :)
I do want to note, that we didn't get to stop by the Dutch Market to 
purchase donut holes....like we have in the past.
I'm pretty sure the weekend was a little incomplete with out them.

*loving...
places that satisfy my wanderlust
visiting family
gorging on sweets
little kids dressed in Dutch *adorable
tradition
wooden shoes
tulips
Pella Iowa

XOXO

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