That One

“Be that one. That one who forgives when deep offense has been committed. That one who loves when no one else does. That one who gives kindness to those who are mean. Be that one who looks past the insult, instead seeing the pain that motivated it. That one who shines light upon those who…

This Moment

“Inhale and exhale this moment, and thank God for the unique beauties and wonders of this day. We should take advantage of every moment we can to enjoy the simplicity of God’s creation – whether it be clear skies and sun or clouded over with gloom.” – Chadwick Boseman

Distance and Presence

“Presence is more than just being there.” – Malcolm Forbes The past several months have been challenging for everyone in a myriad of ways — work, kids, isolation, basic safety, etc. While I’ve adjusted well to the remote work environment and have had the unexpected blessing of my children’s company at different times over the…

God Wink

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalms 37:4 Over the past several weeks, I’ve blogged about the scenes out my backdoor as I’ve worked from home — particularly birdwatching. It’s been one of my biggest sources of joy during this pandemic. In addition to the…

Up and down road trip

Took a fun day trip south of St. Louis to pre-celebrate my youngest’s birthday. First, we went to Taum Sauk Mountain State Park – up to the state’s highest point of elevation (1,772 feet). On our way to our next stop, we saw this salon. I want so badly for someone to build a cafe…

Moments

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” – Brené Brown The anxiety, isolation, sadness and uncertainty of our current circumstances make happiness seem like kind of a tough pursuit. Contentment or even staying afloat from day to day…

All the time

I’m learning that, now more than ever, optimism, hope and prayer are muscles.  And if you don’t use them, they will atrophy.  Today during a run in my neighborhood, a woman drove up beside me to ask if I’d seen her dogs.  They’d dug out out of the yard and escaped, so she was searching…

Exposure

“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, ‘This is important! And this is important! And this is important! And you need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This…

Gratitude

Social distancing…self isolation…flattening the curve… whatever you call this, it’s a strange, scary time. But as the days drag on, I never forget how ridiculously fortunate I am. – I have a steady income and a home to protect me – My family is healthy and well – Fresh air can’t be cancelled – Spring continues…

Pause

“In all the chaos and hurry, do not forget to notice the beauty and miracle of this world. Slow down. Notice. Observe. Be aware. Allow presence and awe to come back into your life.” – Brendon Burchard I’m a pretty good planner –  especially when it comes to vacations and adventures. In fact, I’m a…

Smile

There’s always a reason to smile… …and sometimes it smiles back. (My raisin toast from yesterday morning was very chipper.)

New Chapter, Old Favorites

The new decade began as so many of my days do — with a sky show and nature’s love notes. New chapter, old favorites. Hello, 2020.

Ahh, yes…

I had today off, so this morning I decided to take a walk through Laumeier Sculpture Park. It was brisk, beautiful and unexpectedly profound. As I was heading back to my car, I noticed two elderly gentlemen chatting on a bench under a maple tree, bright yellow leaves casually dropping around them in the breeze….

Sweetest Day

I learned that Saturday, October 19 was something called “Sweetest Day.” I don’t know much about Sweetest Day, but I do know that October 19 is also my mother’s birthday. So that works out well. Very appropriate. And for my sweetest mother’s birthday, we spent all day Friday celebrating around St. Louis — starting with…

Either way

In less than a week, I’ve seen two different rainbows under completely different conditions. Friday after work, I went to the camera shop during a downpour. On my way out, the salesman saw sunlight through the front door and he immediately bolted outside with a coworker to look for a rainbow. The conditions were perfect…

Today

“Today be good to people. listen – without rushing, give the benefit of the doubt, smile – just because, slow down – just a bit, choose kindness first, and tell those you love that you love them.” — Rachel Marie Martin, author And if I might take the liberty to add to this lovely sentiment……

Ahhhhh…

“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” And this Labor Day, I’m awfully thankful for time to rest. No working. No running. No serious chores. Just a walk with friends, time looking at neighborhood flowers, lots of tennis on the television, and just…quiet. Gracious, I needed that.

That’s it

“At the end of the day what really matters is that your loved ones are well, you’ve done your best and that you’re thankful for all you have.” – unknown  Lately my gratitude list has made a much-needed return to the basics: –  air in my lungs – roof over my head and food on the…

Proof

Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully. This was last night’s sunset. I can only vaguely remember what happened yesterday or what kind of day it was, but I can clearly remember how perfectly it ended. So I’m calling it a very good day.

Happy

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery — air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’” – Sylvia Plath Swap out “lake” for “mountains” and this quote describes my morning run today. Of course with a cell phone camera, it’s hard to do the scenery justice….

Baked with love

“The secret ingredient is always love.” Blackberry and peach crisp. Baked with love.

Summer gratitude

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky is hardly a waste of time.” – John Lubbock  Yesterday I took a much-needed day off from work. While I didn’t lie on the grass, I…

A wish

“May every sunrise bring you hope, may every sunset bring you peace.”