Found

During tonight’s run, I thought I noticed a book to the side of the trail. So I strayed off the path briefly to take a look, hoping it would yield something fun. At first it appeared to be a worn out, water-stained blank notebook. But then I flipped it open to the lone page with…

Take a moment

You’re so hard on yourself. But remember, everyone has a chapter they don’t read out loud. Take a moment. Sit back. Marvel at your life, at the mistakes that gave you wisdom, at the suffering that gave you strength. Despite everything, you still move forward; be proud of this. Continue to endure. Continue to persevere….

Baked with love

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

Beautiful slime

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” – Pablo Picasso Tiny neighbor: Do you just love my beautiful slime? Me: I just love your beautiful slime!! Yes, I really did. And I hope she never, ever, ever loses her imagination or stops loving her creations.

Yikes

Can you see the shadow that looks like a big spider going for my leg??

Every Adventure is Worthwhile

“Adventure starts where plans end.”  Late last Sunday afternoon, on a whim, I set out on a little adventure. A local artist had left a clue to the hidden location of one of his “finders keepers” pieces on his instagram page. Oh, I really wanted it. I didn’t have any plans left for the weekend,…

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…

Reminder

Sometimes life reminds us that we need to view ourselves more kindly… through a lens of love, as it were.

Find Your Strong

“You’re going to be happy,” said life, “but first I’ll make you strong.” Maybe it started with the purchase of this “persist” shirt, but I’ve been thinking about strength lately – both the physical and spiritual kind. The “I can do this” kind of strength. Perhaps it’s because my nest will empty at the end…

See What I Mean??

Spotted this during my run the other day and I’m still mystified by it. Seriously? What is up with the random discarded glasses? I’ve spotted these things again and again and again. It’s like those random, matchless sneakers you see on the side of the road every now and then. Who loses a shoe and doesn’t know it?…

He…and Her

I spotted these well-worn Frozen princess shoes at the post office this afternoon — on a young, rambunctious boy. He and his brother were pretending to sword fight with the chained pens on the counter and kept dropping their trucks on the floor. They were everything you’d expect from a pair of young boys —…

Not the Easter Bunny…

Aw, man. If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know that since 2011, I’ve documented at least one photo per year of chocolate Santa casualties in stores at Christmastime. Here’s some news: apparently the Easter bunny isn’t immune to the aggression. Come on, is it really that difficult to figure out it the chocolate…

What Happened to My Snowman?

From the students at my church who brought you “I am Not a Turkey” (post here), may I present “What Happened to My Snowman?” “Snowmen shouldn’t go to battle! They would get shot! They would melt! They might get hit by a tank! Finally, they can’t drive tanks! Snowmen shouldn’t go to BATTLE!!!” “Snowmen shouldn’t sit by…

Love From Head to Toe

I didn’t pay much attention to them at first. I was waiting to pick up my to-go order and checking out my phone. But then I caught these lighted shoes out the corner of my eye. Ironman-red lighted sneaks. After I finally managed to look beyond the shoes, I had to check out who they belonged…

Shine Brighter

“Set intentions, not resolutions.”  While I’ve been happy to embrace the fresh start of a new year, I haven’t really been up to establishing any resolutions. I’ve cleaned up my surroundings and made some needed repairs in preparation for the new year, but that’s about the extent of it. As someone who has historically worked to improve, I’ve felt kind…

She Was a Force

“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.” – Carrie Fisher Times they are a-changin’ for HERoes. They can wear pink capes and tiaras. And play with dolls from a line of DC Superhero Girls. They…

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,…

And Again…

Another glasses sighting. (And another.) This is so weird. If there’s a message there, I’m sure not getting it.