Little Miracle

“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein This morning, I found that my paper whites are in full bloom. I bought this as a bulb not too long ago for $3.99 at Trader Joe’s…

Unplanned Stop and Lessons Learned

This morning, I had a small window of time between mass and work in which I’d originally planned on picking up breakfast, enjoying a chai latte, and making a leisurely drive to the office. But the early morning sun rising over a nearby lake made for an unplanned stop along the way. It was a bitter…

Lost Panda

Lost toy. Lost panda toy. Are you kidding me?? This commercial made me cry like a toddler. But then get a load of this. As fate and weirdness would have it, check out what I noticed in the front yard of a nearby new home construction site. Some adorable little girl better be on her…

Devil’s Lake

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang, writer Default to masculine pronouns notwithstanding, I am so feeling this quote. As I happily sank into my living room couch this morning, I realized that, between connections, personal trips,…

Day in the Life

These seemingly random photos are actually related. They complete my fifth annual “day in a life” photo project. (First project link here; second project link here; third project here and fourth project here). From the time I got up to the end of the day, I took one photo an hour (when it was possible) to document details of a…

Aaaaand….

We didn’t even make it to Thanksgiving this year. Every year since 2011, during my holiday shopping I’ve found… Smushed Santas… …squashed teddy bears… …gutted snowmen… …pushed-in nutcrackers… …pinched teddy bear heads… …and punctured teddy bear heads. And now, may I introduce the 2017 inductee into the Mutilated Christmas Chocolate Collection: Pushed-in Snowman! I spotted…

Cup of Gratitude

“When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty, my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.”  Now that both of my kids are living in different states and have obligations there, the holidays just became a little more complicated.  My youngest couldn’t make it home due to his work and…

Tis the Season

“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.” – Elizabeth Lawrence While I thoroughly enjoyed the black and white challenge,  let’s face it… It’s FALL. What a gorgeous season this has been.

Seven Days

So I participated in the black and white challenge that’s been circulating on social media as of late. The rules are: “Seven days, seven black and white photos of your life. No people, no pets, no explanations.” I must admit that, while it was tough at first, I really enjoyed this. In this season of…

Return Tickets

“We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.” I’d posted a few days ago about the half marathon Drew and I completed in Savannah last weekend, but I didn’t post the other scenes from my Southern adventure. If photos are indeed a return ticket to past adventures, I’m sure glad to…

Boom

“No matter how slow you go, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch.” This weekend brought an adventure to see my older son in his new home state of Georgia. A few months ago, he had the idea of running the Savannah Rock and Roll half marathon together. Er, well, we would participate in the same…

Life Lately on the Run

  The fall running season has begun. And here are just a few things I’ve seen along the way… – Rock ‘n Roll St. Louis starting line – Someone who takes his carb-loading very seriously – Happy little critter – Apparently this neighborhood display represents Game of Thrones – Late bloomer – Okay, this wasn’t…

Big Birthday

“If I didn’t have you as my mom, I’d choose you as my friend.” Earlier this week, I got to spend a day with my mom to celebrate her birthday. Perfect weather, favorite foods and places, and the best company. Totally fitting for a big birthday. Here are a few photos from time spent at…

Sunday

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. “Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. “Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. “Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” – Yoko Ono Autumn colors are starting to make a statement, but summer temperatures are making it tougher to fully transition. But some super fun finds made…

It’s Okay.

“Every time I feel like I can’t hold all the sadness of this world, I try to remember that I’m not a bowl. I’m a sieve. I’m porous and full of holes. I’m not meant to hold it; I just need to let it pass through me.” – Nanae Hoffman, Sweatpants & Coffee Another gem…

Seek and Be

“If you seek peace… be still. If you seek wisdom… …be silent. If you seek love… …be yourself.” – Becca Lee A lovely sentiment… …and a lovely morning in the Botanical Garden.  

Beauty and Simplicity

“It’s amazing how beautiful the simplest things in this world can be.” This was my caption that accompanied this photo on my Facebook and Instagram pages one day last week. And the very next day, this was the message in my fortune cookie. Hmmm. So there’s a message in there for me somewhere.

Finding Balance and Sense

“What’s the line between acknowledging the turmoil in the world and depriving yourself of joy? There’s a sweet spot somewhere that balances seeing harsh truths about our world, facing that with equanimity, trying to change it, and also being a joyful person. I’m trying to find that place because self-flagellation helps no one. I see…