Out my Window: Crickets chirping, humidity and temps rising, sun shining Enjoying: long walks, John Coltrane, reading, cut flowers from my garden Listening to/Watching: I finished Fellowship of the Ring. Debating whether to push ahead through the whole series at once, or to listen to something different in between. I have a few in my … Continue reading Daybook
Out my Window: August... warm temperatures, beautiful blue skies, and fluffy white clouds Enjoying: long walks, night sky, cut flowers from my garden, learning about the Enneagram, good corn, fresh watermelon Listening to/Watching: Still haven’t finished Lord of the Rings. Still in podcast mode. Holy Post is part of the weekly playlist. This week was another great interview … Continue reading Daybook
Respect... This has been an interesting year wrestling through what respect means. In 1 Peter 2:17 it says, "Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor." Some ladies and I were studying this towards the beginning of all the shutdowns. Peter talks about gentleness and respect a lot. … Continue reading Respect (FMF Link Up)
#ThrowbackThursday… It has been 11 years today since my grandma passed. Seemed fitting to re-share this post. It amazes me how much you can still miss someone over so much time. I miss her laughter and smile. I miss visiting her and playing games. I am so thankful that I had this woman in my life, who loved me well and loved others well too. As I get older and start to ponder her life more, I realize her life was not as easy and glamorous as it appeared. I have come to recognize how much she chose to live and love. She chose joy. She chose to embrace even the hard. My grandma was a strong woman who chose to live life to the full. I am so thankful she invited me along for the ride.
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I am so thankful for the gift of memories. There is no way to pick just one. I started thinking about it and realized some of my favorite memories really aren’t a specific moment with someone but many moments and events. Some of my favorite memories that flood my mind involve my grandma.
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Memories of a candy dish always full of M&Ms, Fresca, Skinny Cows, Fredent gum. The Grandfather Clock in the hall and always music playing in house. Hours of Phase Ten, Skip-bo, Rummy Cube, Scrabble that involved her making comments about my husband any time he would do well, even when he was trying to help her win. She would always say, “Oh I see, that’s how we are going to play.” Don and I would just laugh because he was throwing stuff away, but…
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Beauty can't seem to help showing up in places one would least expect it to be. It does not seem to know that an area or situation is beyond beauty. Apparently there is no such thing as beyond beauty. It just can't help itself. The other day I was walking by a trailer that had … Continue reading Surprised by Beauty
Out my Window: Beautiful summer morning, my hanging baskets are still blooming beautifully, hummingbirds are still zipping around, someone is mowing in the distance, the neighbor's pool is trickling Enjoying: long walks, beautiful sunsets, jazz music, farm market bouquet, fresh berries, baseball Listening to/Watching: Still haven't finished Lord of the Rings. I have been in podcast … Continue reading Daybook
#throwbackthursday… Well another heat wave, another round of slower life for different reasons, but same lessons. Slow down. Be intentional. Pay Attention. The Pilates instructor I have been watching says to trust the process. Somehow this slowing down and trusting the process is still challenging. Now I know the value. I need to take time to reflect often, and make sure I am trusting the process and being intentional in entering this moment.
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During the heat wave I knew I needed to be intentional with moving and exercising. For me exercise is part of my mental health, along with the physical benefits. I was extremely conflicted with my goal to not go outside for fear of spontaneously combusting and my need to exercise. I decided videos indoors was best.
I pulled out a DVD I own that is simple yoga. During the video I was reminded that I need to stretch more, but I was also reminded of a deeper reality. The voice over man spoke slowly and peacefully as he told me to move from one position to the next “slowly and mindfully.” In my mind I was moving slowly, but then I would look up at the man on the screen and he was still working his way into that pose. He was only halfway there, so…
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