deep breaths

On some days this world seems harsh and unloving.  We have forgotten to listen to others, ourselves, and the Love that holds us all together.  I have been sitting quietly with myself and reading some of the mystic mothers that wrote about our God… and writing prayers of my own.  May you sit with these words…

5 on 5: July

I have been in a major photography funk.  I missed last month’s 5 on 5 and am barely making it this month.  The only reason I have picked up my camera is a weekly blog I do with my friend, Meg. To be honest, I have been so deep into the funk, I haven’t even…

quiet beginnings

This morning I went out to check on my tree.  She is beginning to bloom and in the soft pink light of the morning, she is beautiful.  As I was outside capturing her first blooms, I reveled in the quiet and the stillness of the morning.  I took deep, healing breaths.  I inhaled the new…

journal findings

I keep coming across poems and quotes that have touched me or rang true for me in some way.  As I record them in my journals, I am noticing that I keep coming back to a few thinkers and poets over and over. Let nothing upset you, let nothing startle you. All things pass; God…

trust the slow work

My tree continues to grow buds.  Besides the one bloom, she has yet to cover herself in pink wonder just yet.  I am waiting, eagerly but patiently.  I know what is in store.  I know it will be glorious.  I know it will bring me great delight. As I wait, I think about the prayer…

delight

Every year I ask God for a word to hold onto and to help guide my thoughts and my heart.  Each year, I am not entirely in love with the word that I am given.  However, by the end of the year, I see all that my one little word has taught me and revealed to me….

life is hard

Does anyone else feel like the world has forgotten about each other? I suppose that inner lonely child can do that to people- she is so lonely and the thought of rejection one more time scares her so much that she pushes the whole world away.  Maybe, she even goes so far as to hate…

my journey

I have started going to school in hopes of someday becoming a spiritual director.  I am loving everything I am learning, and I especially love all the reading.  Here are a few of my favorite quotes that I have come across in my reading.  The photos are from the road trip to my school. Life…

love dare

“Our world has known too much of fear, defensiveness, and mistrust, I think we could use a healthy dose of unmitigated, mistake-making loving.”  ~Gerald G. May It is so easy to fear. It takes zero effort. Not only is it easy to slip into being afraid; it  easy to slip into being afraid of everything….

there may have been tequila

My darling husband gave me a new Canon 5Diii and a 35mm 1.4Lii for my birthday.  Like every good photographer, I read the manual, charged the battery, and carefully thought of my very first shot. No, I am kidding.  I did not do that. I am away on vacation with my family.  We are enjoying…

brave love

Like many around the world, my soul has been mourning the horrible shooting in Orlando. I am weeping for the families and friends that are grieving the unimaginable loss of their loved ones. I am saddened for my LGBTQ friends who seem to be in a neverending fight to simply be themselves. I am frustrated…

sammy joy

  At Sammy’s graduation, I was given the chance to speak to her and share what it meant for me to be her mother.  I have decided to put my speech here so that I may have my words for the future and in case it may encourage other mothers as they navigate the sometimes…