Thankful Thursday

Thankful for a few reminders this week: First, sometimes when and where we least expect it, we could find a reason to smile. Reminder number two:  Storms don’t just bring lightning and thunder and downpours. They also bring rain that waters plants, rain that induces growth.  Rain helps plants bear fruit (or vegetables!)  one day. Reminder number three:  Good things take time. Beautiful old water oaks were once tiny little acorns. Yes, good things take time. It’s sad when anRead more

Thankful Thursday

  I drove by a crime scene this morning. There was the crime scene yellow tape, the police cars, the detectives walking around the yard. Crowds were gathering, and as I drove past there was that sick feeling in my stomach…not just that something bad had happened, but that sense that it was just an indicator of so much bad that is happening, not just here, but all around us, mostly hidden in the shadows, but so very present andRead more

Thankful Thursday

  Thankful Thursday thoughts?  Am thankful for reminders to breathe that come in the form of beautiful clouds and fresh winds and sunsets in a vineyard. Am thankful for walks and talks with my kids coming and going and purpose (which often looks and feels a whole lot like work. ) Thankful for the sweet rest that comes after hard work…and the hard work that comes after sweet rest. It’s good to feel needed, but also to be reminded thatRead more

Thankful Thursday

So, there’s always a lot to be thankful for…it’s just that some weeks, we might need to look a little harder for those than others. This week felt like a week of breakthroughs.  One of those ‘breakthroughs’ was beautiful. The magnolia tree is bursting with buds and blooms….and the fragrance fills the air around it. It’s sat just green for a good long while, and when it bloomed, it bloomed all over. Love that. Some things are worth  the waitRead more

a few thoughts on storms…

As I drove home there were rumblings of a storm brewing.  Outside there was thunder, wind, flashes of lightning. All that.  The storm blew in pretty quickly and the winds were blowing, the clouds were rolling on in, and drops were raining down.  I walked outside on the covered porch to feel the winds.  I tried to take a photo, but this shot is just about all I came up with…the wind was really moving those trees. Not a goodRead more

Thankful Thursday

So, this  week, I’m thankful for….dirt. Dirt? Yep. Dirt. Good things grow in…dirt. Little things… Big things… and things that aren’t things … …like kids. Am thinking kids grow in dirt. and sometimes the more vested they are, the more dirt they get to wear. You’ve gotta get off the sidelines to get dirty.   And why am I thinking of dirt this week? Well, because it made more than one mom cry last Thursday night. Last Thursday night wasRead more

Thankful Thursday

So there is a lot to be thankful for this week for sure… There were some cool victories for my kids like an internship (paid even, phew!), decisions made, and confirmations that they are right where they need to be. And another victory of my daughter passing a not-so-easy test ( the BEAR of the NC Realtor’s Licensing Exam.) There were also some not-so-cool or fun ‘opportunities’  that lead to eyes wide open and determinations made and support in theRead more

one in every crowd

They say, “There’s one in every crowd.” I say, thank goodness for that! Am thinking….If you’re lucky, there’s more than one 🙂 Thankful (most times!) for my ones in the crowd who keep things fun and fresh and unpredictable, I’m thankful for the way they help this (somewhat) predictable, (kind of) nerdy, (mostly) steady bird laugh and experience so much more.  Was not easy as a young mom when I was trying to keep my ‘ducks in a row’, butRead more

Thankful Thursday

So, it’s been a sweet week. Last Friday morning started with dropping Tanner and his friend off at his ‘Young Life’ ‘Brojangles’ breakfast at 7 a.m.  It’s not always easy rushing out the door that early, but there are definite perks. Like this view… At school, for our last Friday before the 3 week break (YAHOO!!!), I had coffee and emergency chocolate on hand. It came in handy. Full day. Oh, and Hope must’ve known that it’d be super fullRead more