it’s really okay…

It’s okay.  It’s so okay to not be okay. It is. I was reminded of that as I worked in the nursery at church today. You see, these little ones seem to know a thing or two about not being okay that maybe some of us older folks have forgotten.  Because when these babies have a need, they let people know. Sometimes LOUDly. ❤  Their little eyes start filling with tears and lips start quivering…and then comes the cry, theRead more

…a few thoughts on friendship…

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” ~Helen Keller Amen ❤ Maybe because dear friends reflect the light we so need to see during darker times. Maybe because sometimes we need others to remind us of what is true, who we are, who God is. Maybe because perspective changes when we know we’re not alone. Maybe because friendship is a gift that gives and takes at the same time…gives encouragement, takes aRead more

Until the Sun Goes Down

It’s a beautiful September day, and as I walked in the house and looked out at the back deck, the deck seemed white with sunlight.  So I didn’t spend much time inside…just enough to help my husband with a computer issue, talk to my son about his day, and then I was off to sit in the warmth of the beautiful sunlight on the deck. The warmth and light on the deck was perfect, so much so that I justRead more

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ “Achievement”

When I saw that the weekly photo challenge word was “achievement”, I thought of this photo from the week before. The photo was taken at an awards night. These two high school seniors  have their lists of athletic and academic achievements.  But what  makes achievements worthwhile?  Celebrating them with those who are with you through it all.  Proud of these two and thankful for the way they go at life and encourage each other to give it their all, whatever “it” mayRead more

Daily Prompt Challenge ~ Linger

to linger… To wait awhile longer To not move forward or backward, but to stay  for a bit because you don’t desire the moment to end. Sometimes endings are truly endings, changes that you know are coming, and in lingering a bit, we try to heed off the inevitable. I’ve had so many moments of ‘lingering’ in my lifetime.  There are moments that I’ve wanted to stretch out and make last, savoring every solitary instant. Some of the moments thatRead more

Travel Theme ~ Illuminated

Sometimes the most beautiful luminaries aren’t those that come from lights or fire or the moon. Sometimes the best luminaries we see are the people who refuse to cave in to the dark and difficult things in their lives. This photo is of a dear friend, Janet, who loves decorating for Christmas with lights and candles and a warm fires in the fireplace…but is more of a bright light to those around her than she will ever know. She’s battlingRead more

Daily Prompt Challenge ~ “Favorite Things”

On Tuesdays and Thursdays I have 3 students come to my room for lunch. It’s become a comical highlight of sorts of my week. We’re working on social communication during the time of ‘fine dining’ of school lunch cuisine. Today they were excited because the freezer broke at school and hot fresh pizza from Pizza Hut was ordered in for the entire school! In fact one of the students whose FAVORITE things include “eating”, had finished his entire slice ofRead more