Thankful Thursday

So, it looks like Winter. It feels like Winter. It actually IS Winter. But…there are some very cool signs that say that it won’t always be Winter. Love that. Potential for growth is all around, but sometimes disguised as …Winters. But if you look really close, you might see some teeny tiny buds reminding you that Spring is just around the corner. It might take some searching, and a really good zoom lens, but oftentimes when we look for signsRead more

Thankful Thursday

The alarm rang early this morning . I think it seemed a lot earlier because even though I was getting up at about the same time I usually do, I HAD to get up. And after being on break since the 21st of December, well, I’ve been spoiled a bit. But as I warmed up the car and warmed up myself with my car’s trusty and oh-so-appreciated seat warmer, and a cup of strong coffee, I was feeling more readyRead more

Seasons’ Greetings

So, for the past few days, I’ve thought about the phrase ‘Season’s Greetings’. But the spin on the phrase has been the whole idea of greeting the season –whatever season that we’re in- with arms wide open. And I wrote about how there’s value in every single solitary season…for the farmer who recognizes the necessity of times of growth and harvest then dormant rest, and that there’s value in every season for us. And the whole little blog post wasRead more

…a few thoughts on fear…

I think I finally understand the meaning of “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”  FDR may have been coming at it from a different set of circumstances and perspective (global perspective vs. just-me, myself, and I perspective)…  But I really get it. And a man in a red coat on a woodsy path, along with a hugely oversized raccoon helped me “get it”, and speak it and do it…”speak softly and carry a big stick”, that is! You see,Read more

i see you…

    There are so very many friends out there who have had a rough season way beyond what they thought they could ever bear (“bare” seems more fitting).  Loss of a child. Chronic Illness. Addictions that won’t go away in them or their loved one.  Medical diagnoses they never saw coming. Loss of parent that is no longer here, and some that are, but aren’t. Shattered Dreams. Relationships lost.  This post is for you, and for me, and forRead more

The Flip Side

So the other morning, it was one of those mornings. You know, the ones where you can hear the lines of the childhood book, “Alexander and the Horrible, No-good, Very Bad Day” that list all the “awful ,horrible, no good very bad things” that happen to poor Alexander one day.   My list started like this:  I woke up late because I forgot to put the ringer on my phone so that the 5 different ringtones set apart at randomRead more

MindFULL or Mindful…

So, at our school, in this fast-paced, filled-with-trauma world, we’re working on being mindful. “Mindfulness” has been a phrase that we’ve used a great deal in the past year. My realization? That this teacher, (wife, mom, friend, etc), can be a tad-bit distracted a lot of the time.  So often  I am more mindFULL than mindful. So am rethinking some things. Here  are some of my thoughts: My growing definition of mindfulness- being fully present in the moment I’m in;Read more

Thankful Thursday

“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.” ❤ ~ Frederick Buechner So, it’s already Thursday again. Thankful Thursday, that is. And here are a few things I’m thankful for today. First am thankful for..this quote. “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”  Amen. Faith, not fear. Faith. Feed faith, not fear.The news tells us to fear. Looking deeper into things through eyes of faith can encourage us toRead more

when less is more…

I recently read this quote. Love it. It’s kind of an eye of the beholder thing. A mindset thing. A what-do-you-see-beyond-what-you-see thing.  …A faith thing. “David was always there in the marble. I just took away everything that was not David.” Michaelangelo Maybe eyes of faith can help us look in the mirror of our lives and see that some of the painful chip-chip-chipping away of things is merely grace at work in our lives. Because maybe eyes of faithRead more

…a few thoughts on beads…

Yesterday, I took a little time out to sort beads. I went outside on the deck to be in the sunlight where I could see the difference between navy blue and black, and dark purple and brown. Amazing the difference of sunlight versus inside light on color. True colors show through so much more in the natural light of the sun. And on the deck, I get fresh air, and hear the birds, and, it’s amazing how people from insideRead more