An early morning waking to paddle on the James, A gift of flowers to pot and place, A cake with candles to celebrate and share, A blessing from a friend to mark the day, What a beautiful morning for a birthday! A perfect match for you, Florence! Wishing you delight, family and friends today, good rest, play, love! (D. Streiker via Facebook) Photos and reflections by … Continue reading Birthday Love
“Not every lake dreams to be an ocean. Blessed are the ones who are happy with whom they are.” ― Mehmet Murat ildan “Looking out over the lake, I felt enveloped in the most peaceful, loving utopia.” ― Laurie Kahn “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul … Continue reading Lake notes
I have a l.o.n.g. wish list of projects I would like to start (and finish), books and blogs I would like to read, walking trails I would like to explore, people I would like to see, notes I would like to write. The list is so great that at times it can be overwhelming. And in the midst of all this list-making new opportunities often present themselves.
I’ll admit some days I feel out of sorts, discombobulated, a little off. And although there’s much to be valued from time with family and friends, reading a good book, lunch at Panera or even a bubble bath, at times, even all of this comes up short. But there is one thing that can usually put my mind, my heart, my spirit back in place … Continue reading Fresh Air
My 9 year old daughter has been lobbying heavily for months for a Girl’s Day when we would venture into town sans boys and go wherever our hearts desired. I finally cleared the space on the calendar, made the time and suggested she make her list of stopping points – Target, Barnes and Noble, lunch at Chick-Fil-A, a ride on the mall train, a visit … Continue reading Girl’s Day 2014
Just a gentle reminder (to myself) that we are blessed with more opportunities to serve each day than we will ever fully realize… Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile. ~ Mother Teresa Why not make a difference in the lives … Continue reading Be kind
It is much too easy to go through the day without a smile. To become so self-centered, so over-consumed with life’s issues that all hopes of a twinkle are extinguished. But it’s true you’ll do more good with just a little smile than you ever will with self-consumption . Your spouse, your children, your co-workers will benefit in great ways with that one minor seemingly … Continue reading Smile
Why not think on this? Every time you make a choice, you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. -C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity Continue reading Think on This: Choice by C.S. Lewis