“Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.”  ~ Victor Hugo   I love this quote by Victor Hugo. Life is full of twists and turns and seasons. It’s full of learning and growing and seeing things in a different light. Some things should always be changing and growing, and some things are a foundation that should stand firm, and be steadfast. Going with the flow is important. Ships gotta rise and bow withRead more

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

December Prayer

December Prayer I’m determined to remember I’m determined to forget On this last day in December I choose to move beyond regret   For it is often in the choosing Of what to hold and to let go for what we focus on will hold us And what we feed in life will grow I’ll forget what lies behind me Those things I cannot change But hold dear the lessons learned and Find the beauty that remains I’ll ‘forget’ theRead more


Sometimes things snap suddenly.  Sometimes there’s a teeny tiny deterioration that takes place minute by minute, day by day, over a period of time. I’m not sure whether these trees were weakened over time, or if they just snapped as a result of the weight of the snow this week.  But I do know one thing.  They snapped.  And it seems to me that the snapping of one led to the snapping of others. I bet you know where I’mRead more


Upward Branches Reaching outward But connected, grounded Seems to me that’s a pretty good way To live, to thrive “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers”. Psalm 1, NIV This post in response to prompt A Week Of…Branches<aRead more