awareness

I’ve been practicing small moments of meditation this summer. I’ve become aware of how much I live in my head. Using the sense of sound as my focus has helped me be centered, and grounded in the present moment. It is amazing what happens all around me, or how many actual noises I never pay attention…

marinating

Marinating in Spring, and Emery, and the boys, and marriage, and chores, and thoughts, and messages of life and hope and God, and ideas, and projects……………

too big for your britches?

I have the most efficient and effective solution. Just hang around a 15-year old, preferably one of your own. Within minutes you will notice that the oxygen you are breathing is completely wasted on yourself. In addition, anything that comes out of your mouth will be treated as the verbiage of a complete idiot, especially…

19. Clean sheets

On my top ten list of small graces would be slipping into a freshly made bed. The scent and feel of clean sheets seems so luxurious to me. No candle, air spray, atomizer, diffuser could ever capture the crisp, evocative scent of clean linens. When I’m wrapped up in them, I am both fully present…

17. tucking in

Gratitude for the season ahead. Curling inward, and cocooning inside my warm toasty house. Giving myself permission to slow down.

10. yard work

A gorgeous day for cleaning out the flower bed. The bristly seed heads all that remains of the black-eyed susans. and speaking of bristly, i couldn’t stand my hairy legs. i caved and i shaved. *shudder*

before and after

These are the before pictures. Really, don’t you love the paneling from the 70’s, as well as the mish-mash of unrelated furniture and things on the wall? This area of our house has bugged me for a long time, and I would often daydream of ideas to fix it. But the whole project felt daunting…