this guy

I am so very grateful for this man. He loves me.  He appreciates all I do and all I am.  At the same time, he loves me when I have nothing left to give and I don’t know who I am anymore. He loves our girls.  He knows each girl and loves them deeply.  He…

zoo day

We had friends gift us a year long LA Zoo membership. We are so grateful. We have been wanting one for sometime but it hasn’t been in the budget.  We went today and it was glorious! They have done some renovation since we last came. The grounds are beautiful. Today I am thankful for generous…

lessons learned

Well, I have missed the last three days.  I have been so busy, I haven’t had time to pick up my camera or sit at the computer to blog.  Finding gratitude has still been my heart’s goal each day. I think I have started to notice a link between gratitude and grace.  The more I…

my little sickie

My little one is still sick.   I am thankful I can stay home with her and take care of her. I am thankful that we have access to doctors and medication.   I am thankful that we homeschool and that she isn’t missing a ton of school.   Yep, I am the mean mom…

making me new

All day I have had this song in my head.    As I started cleaning up from the day I saw my new tomato plants growing in my windowsill.  They seemed to hold what my heart is daring to hold today.      So thankful for beautiful things made out of us.  So thankful I am…

letting it all go

Sammy coughed all night long.  I don’t care how old my kids are, I can’t sleep when they aren’t feeling well. When morning came, I knew I had to cancel two meetings I had today. There was no way I could have left her to herself. As our slow and quiet morning went on, this…

eyes wide open

I have had a full day.  It started with making pancakes, berry syrup, and bacon for my family. At breakfast,  I talked my husband into staying home for the holiday.  After breakfast, I got talked into a hike by my sweet and convincing husband. We came home and edited more of a wedding we shot…

this journey

I am thankful for this journey I am on. I am thankful for the things I have learned along the way. I am thankful for the things that offer themselves today. I am thankful for the things that are waiting for me tomorrow. I am also thankful for old photos that I have never posted…….

tears

The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try and avoid suffering, the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion of your fear of being hurt.                        …

coffee… strong coffee

Andy brought coffee home from Vietnam.  I only use it for special occasions. I was out of coffee this morning. That makes this morning a special occasion. What do the Vietnamese do to their coffee? I have never had such strong coffee in my life.  I was able to clean the house and shower before…

pure sweetness

Twice a week I get to love this little bundle of sweetness.  When I said yes to having him, it was because I really love his mama and pops.  In a few short weeks, I have fallen in love with him.  He reminds me of the season when my girls were little.  I had forgotten…