Let Your Heart Be Light

Our annual trip to the Way of Lights at Our Lady of the Snows looked and felt a little different this year. Our car was a little more crowded with some new faces. But that’s the great thing about love — the more we give, the more we have. The circle can always be expanded. New…

Somewhere Between Darn Good and Dumpster Fire

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice.” – T.S. Eliot I’m currently sitting in the hospital waiting room for my youngest’s marathon MRI session to end. Rather than stew for hours in fear and anxiety, I’m opting to put together my annual year-end review post. Honestly,…

Pictures of My Loved Ones…Revisited

When my aunt passed away earlier this year, I’d posted a few times about going through boxes upon boxes of old family photos. It was a fascinating, emotional journey. This image of my grampa’s photo envelope still pulls at my heart. But something interesting happened when I posted these two portraits on Facebook on National Grandparents…

Tree Skirts and Santa Shirts

When I glanced at our Christmas tree this morning, I noticed that our new tree skirt appeared to be in a ball under the branches. Upon closer inspection, I realized our Violet was that “ball” and our skirt was just fine. It was just hard to tell where the skirt ended and the cat began….

My Little Chapel

“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more.” – The Grinch I don’t have our tree up yet, but I do have our newest little decoration up in the house. And no, it didn’t come from a store. And it means a whole lot more. Isn’t it the…

Center for Advanced Gratitude

“Let go or be dragged.” – Zen Proverb Recently I read a column by Judy Woodruff that knocked me on my rear. It was called “I was my husband’s caregiver as he was dying of cancer. It was the best seven months of my life.” The title alone was a hook. Those were the best months…

Music and Memory

Yesterday during my run, I heard notes from a saxophone lift above the usual whistles, hollering, and grunting of the high school football field. At first I wondered if the band was rehearsing on the track. But as I passed by, I noticed this young musician practicing on his saxophone on the bleachers.  Surprised, I…

Three-Day Adventure…and a New Chapter

When you spend 24 hours of a three-day road trip in the car, you make your own adventures. My younger son started his new job in Tennessee today, so his brother, his girlfriend, and I moved him over the weekend. Each way, we drove through  Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. Day One We didn’t stop…

Life Lately…

…it’s been busy around here. Within the past few days, my kids and I have seen Coldplay in concert… …saw the Legends of the Dome game (the Rams’ last hurrah in St. Louis. Thank you, Isaac Bruce.)… …including VIP passes and an autograph session… …and went to the ballpark with my Little Sister for Build-a-Bear night….

Rock ‘n’ Roll, Chi-Style

Just a few scenes from a quick weekend trip to Chicago for a race with my boy — a half marathon for him, a 10K for me. And apparently a half marathon for a Pokemon trainer and his Pikachu. The 10K took a different course than the half…all along Lake Michigan. It was gorgeous. And…

Freedom 4 Miler

Started the long weekend running the Freedom 4 Miler race with Drew this morning. A solid race for us both — and you simply can’t beat a start (and finish) line at Ballpark Village and Busch Stadium. The rain held off long enough for us to get in the entire event, so we were super fortunate….

It is Well With My Soul

“I love myself for I am a beloved child of the universe and the universe lovingly takes care of me now.” – Louise Hay Today I went on a really long bike ride along my usual trail. It was all pretty standard at first — 98 degrees, sun blazing, my skin and clothes grimy and sweaty. I knew…

Seek or Be Found

Yesterday after work, I decided to head to Forest Park to take some photos. And I was lucky enough to have my youngest come along to keep me company. I was really hoping to find a few lovely late blooms or something really inspiring, but there really wasn’t much going on. The light was lovely, Tanner was…

Full

Tonight I made dinner.  I realize this is neither extraordinary or newsworthy. I didn’t make anything complicated. Just homemade calzones. Strawberry (and blueberry and blackberry) shortcake. Garlic breadsticks. Simple stuff.  But I put it together. We were all home to be able to sit down together at the table and eat.  And I’m happier than…

Some Thoughts on Mother’s Day

I had an odd relationship with Mother’s Day for many years after becoming a mom more than 20 years ago. While the responsibilities of being a mother have happily consumed my existence from the start, it took me a long time to feel like the celebration of Mother’s Day encompassed “someone like me.” I’m a single…

Pause

“Learn to pause…or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.” – Doug King, poet Today is the first day of the 21-Day Reverence Challenge that I’d mentioned in an earlier post (link here). I loved it and wanted to pass along: “Drop Into The Present Moment: Busyness is an epidemic in today’s world. Our calendars have…

Unusual Beauty

“The world is full of nice people. If you can’t find one, be one.” Tonight, I found a really nice one. We’re back at the hospital for another round of the dreaded MRIs. The same MRIs that confine my kids to a claustrophobic tube for anywhere between three and four hours a pop. A recent…

Another Gem

   He saw this and couldn’t resist. He just had to send it to her.  This is a love note from my grampa to my grandmother postmarked 1911. I found it while rummaging through yet another box of old photos. Undoubtedly he saw himself in the enamoured gentleman in the illustration. What a smitten kitten….

A Very Good Day (Part II)

Got my birthday (cup)cake after the Garden at SweetArt, where love, magic, sweets and fantastic art are served every time. Because I can say after 45 years…life is short, eat dessert first. I have no other reason for posting this photo than I thought it was funny. That’s some cute advertising. After cupcakes, we headed…

A Very Good Day (Part I)

My big birthday has come and gone, brought to a close with a really lovely visit with my Mom. I loved getting to spend the day showing her around my beloved city. The first stop was the Botanical Garden for the Orchid Show. I’ve been there so many times, but the Garden never gets old —…

Every Now and Then

“It is not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” – L. R. Knost, author I first blogged about this inseparable couple almost six years ago, but we’d been observing them for years…

Because Love is an Action Word

This man spent two years planting flowers so that his blind wife could smell them. In addition to the sweet video above, here is a link to the full story with some gorgeous photos.

So Weird.

Today my boy and I headed home after a brief road trip to Indianapolis. And I must say it was a rather…odd…trip. First up, Brazil, Indiana. Home of the Popcorn Festival. As much as I hate to admit it, I was intrigued. I looked it up when I got home, but alas was disappointed to…

Pictures of My Loved Ones

As I’d mentioned in a previous post, when my 92-year old aunt passed away recently, she left behind a gold mine of family photos and history. While I gained new insight into my grampa’s love for my grandmother during my first few explorations through the photos, today I discovered further evidence of grampa’s love. Only this love…

Added Dimension

As I mentioned in my last post, my aunt passed away recently, leaving behind a houseful of belongings and family history. This weekend, I went over to the house and looked through a few boxes of really old family photos and….oh my. It was fascinating. Bear in mind that my Grampa was born in 1885 and died when…