top 10 day


Maybe ever. It was perfect. Thankful for my job that gives me random open afternoons to wander around Memorial Park! I know for sure I’ll need these pictures in mid-February to remember things like “sunshine” and “colors.”   20161005_13301220161005_13303420161005_13330420161005_13515920161005_13543520161005_135439




I’ve put in a lot of steps, walking in the Netherlands and Italy. Places I never thought my feet would go!


Sometimes I feel like I should pinch myself: is this real?


I have seen much darkness, and great light. At times it is physically sickening for me to think of what my fellow humans are experiencing. Some things you can’t un-see, and I don’t want to. My prayer is, “Jesus, don’t let this pass too quickly from my mind. Just give me grace in the process.”


“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” -John 3:19 NIV
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” -Romans 12:21 NIV

Monday gifts


Thankful for… 

Sunday afternoons.
crafts to make and sell to raise money to help refugees.
making pancakes (and matching.. it was only kinda on purpose) with Val.
cards with family.
getting to see a really cool old violin belonging to my client’s family. (I never know what a day of caregiving may bring!)
new books to read.
new growth, I see it. img_20160408_125953.jpgimg_20160406_090826.jpg

Monday gifts


that there are no taxes on friendship. Because I’d quickly end up bankrupt and in federal prison. As far as friendships go I’m in the absolute top tax bracket, the 1%. I do not deserve it!


for delicious flavor and lots of it.
for Saturdays and Sundays when the world feels a little slower and simpler. img_20160331_153016.jpg

I’m thankful for new things.
I’m thankful for so much to do! In a good way.
I’m thankful for my wonderful siblings.
I am thankful that I have a good mystery to read.
I’m thankful for game nights and humility (I didn’t win!!).

I’m thankful for the times when I remember that this life, these ordinary days are precious.

December so far



Late nights, early mornings, and everything in between / Yes, I did put Santa hats on all my owls / Delicious flavor / Reindeer antlers / Great joy / WORKING so much / Sitting still and resting / Highly entertaining toddlers and puppies / Sugar high / Christmas lights / Candles / Favorite ornaments / The time of cozy socks & blankets has arrived.




Living the Dream

Last week a 95-year-old woman took a lovely nap in a comfy chair while someone else (me) vacuumed and cleaned all the blinds. Maybe she didn’t retire to a fancy resort community but I have to say, for someone who spent years working hard as a wife and mother, that nap could be considered the height of luxury.

It was a simple thing but it made me happy!

Every Little Thing Giveaway Winner!


Yay!! The winner is: Cassie! (You will be hearing from me soon. Let me know if you don’t get my email!)

This is perfect because Cassie has spent time at the very camp I shared about in my last post. She also has a blog, writes beautifully, and takes lovely pictures in the Colorado mountains. Just in case you are in need of a virtual mini-vacation!

This whole giveaway made me very happy! I loved reading each comment and hearing from each one who shared. I wish you could all win but know that you are winners in my book! 🙂

For those who did not win, I have a story:

Back in my college days, there was a contest in the dorms for the best decorated door for fall. The prize: free pizza. (Say no more!) My roommates and I threw ourselves into this challenge, heart and soul.


We made a tree using REAL LEAVES. We made signs, spider webs, a pumpkin with a shamrock vine, and a life sized scarecrow. We stayed up way too late.

But alas- we lost. The winning dorm room used store bought skeletons and ugly things like that. It was so not cool, so unjust!! We knew and felt deeply: we were the true artists, the real winners. So, we bought ourselves pizza, like champions. And it was delicious.

The moral of my story is: just because your name wasn’t picked, doesn’t mean you can’t have the prize. (This moral works better with things like “pizza” and “a book”.. probably wouldn’t translate to “a gold medal” or “an Oscar” or whatever..) Just go on over to Amazon and order the book for yourself– it’s under $10 right now. Or go find something beautiful and inspiring from Dayspring. Or request these things for Christmas. Where there’s a will there’s a way!

Thanks again, Deidra & Dayspring! And all who shared their lovely comments!