Wednesday, January 16, 2013


What on earth has been keeping me so busy 
that I haven't posted since SEPTEMBER 2012??!!

Well, if you must know, 
there were a few pressing matters to hold my attention, including, but not limited to: 
16th wedding anniversary reflections (quiet, but meaningful), 
an impromptu girlie spa weekend (can someone say EXHALE),
38th birthday frolic (the spoils ran-eth over)
the death of my step father (that was a biggie),
my last child's 1st birthday (talk about a milestone), 
3 rounds of sickness running through our household (mommy mode in full swing)
and tons of holiday mingles (3am, night after night, week after week)
I can honestly say that there hasn't been one single solitary dull moment to speak of.

I plan to rewind a bit in upcoming posts
and share some extended thoughts on the aforementioned.
But for now, I'd like to report that this year has started off deliciously.

While I acknowledge that each year will bring it's own challenges,
I feel stronger than ever, and believe me, not in my own strength,
Lords knows that's long since been depleted...
but in His presence.  
I feel His tenacious grip leading me forward, navigating.
It's as though I'm a child again, sitting in the back seat 
as my parents drive to an exciting destination,
with no concern for the journey at hand, simply enjoying the panoramic view.
I'm a soul at rest.

I have been very purposeful with my thoughts & time,
trying to savor those little moments, sucking the marrow out of each and every morsel,
every crack and crevice,
putting aside what's necessary at the moment to fully engage,
especially with the children.
7 loads of laundry to do? eh, son just got 
a star wars millennium falcon playset, it can wait!!

I have been making more time to enjoy the simple pleasures,
more time for more laughter,
more music,
more books,
more tea!!! (hello cinnamon tempest tea you scrumptious lil treasure you),
more hot baths,
more dreaming,
more silliness...

I've been going to bed earlier, 
waking up earlier, 
exercising those neglected limbs (ouch!).
Praying even more,
and am being very intentional about
stepping out into a place that demands God's Word to operate.
I've never been one to live in the safety zone anyway, quite frankly it bores me.
More on that soon...
I will undoubtedly be blogging about my upcoming adventures in regards to all of that,
but even now, geeking out on nerdy Sci-Fi shows with the Hubs,
"pinning" bizarre novelty gadget items just for kicks, rummaging through old cassettes,
Jabba the Hut pancakes & Ring Around The Rosie on the trampoline,
bachelor snacks, playoffs, pillow fights..
Unedited, unscripted, first rate, good ol' fashioned FUN!
The kind of smiles that put a slab of whipped cream, extra sprinkles,
and a big fat cherry on top 
of an otherwise ordinary day.
Yeah, the good stuff...

In the words of Ferris Bueller, 
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." 


  1. So glad to "see" you in my RSS feed again! Your posts are always a breath of fresh air, sweet friend.

  2. Indeed, life does move fast! Enjoy the wind in your hair!

  3. Sounds like you are doing plenty of stopping and smelling the flowers. I'm so sorry about your step-dad, I know it's rough. Not missing the moments with the kids is much more important than anything else at the moment. We will be here when you feel like sharing.

  4. Welcome back! I've missed you! My deepest sympathies to you and your family on your loss. *hugs* It sounds like life has been very full for you in your absence. I can't wait to hear all about it. Much love, Candace

  5. It's so good to see you posting...I know you've been making sweet memories with your beautiful family. How you can compose such an eloquent post with young children is so have a gift, my friend. I'm sorry to hear about your hard to lose a dear family member. xo

  6. Welcome back! Looking forward to enjoying your posts.

    May your 2013 be filled with peace, family, laughter and plenty of good food.


  7. I raise my cup of coffee to your Tempest Tea and say 'bravo!' I love all the things you're going to do and that you have done (except the loss of your step-father and the illnesses). I look forward to sharing the journey with you.

  8. I'm so sorry about the loss of your step-dad. Glad you are back, friend.

  9. I'm so happy to read this post. What a season this has been for you. Full of both joy and sorrow. I can't wait to see all the beauty that God brings into your life in the year to come, sweet friend. Thank you for sharing! I hope you are having a lovely week!

  10. Lovely words to make me smile and be inspired for the rest of the day. Hope you have blissful moments each day. :D Got my eye on your next posts.



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