It was too windy, the light was wrong, and this was going to be a quick five minute power walk with Wally, that’s why I wasn’t bringing my phone. I’m so glad I turned back and grabbed it, though, as there was so much to see, even when the conditions weren’t perfect. Added bonus: 25 minutes later I felt more at peace than I had all morning.
“When you grow up and have children of your own, do please remember something important: A stodgy parent is not fun at all! What a child wants - and deserves - is a parent who is SPARKY!” -Roald Dahl
Choose to ignite a spark of joy, fun, adventure, learning, compassion, and imagination in your kids today. The world needs more of those things and you are the exact right person to teach them to your people. ❤️
I’d encourage you to download My Beloved by Crowder and let your soul be encouraged and your let your feet be free to boogie as an act of praise and worship to the One who gives joy to our souls! 🔹
If you had told me in my 20’s, or 30’s, or even the beginning of my 40’s that all of my training, and all of the hard things that happened in my life would be used in this capacity, would be used for my good, working with recovering alcohol and drug addicts, I wouldn’t have believed you.
If you’re in a hard spot, or you’re wondering how that shattered dream can ever be replaced, I’m here to remind you that the story isn’t finished. I could never have imagined, when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and had to stop teaching
7 1/2 years ago, that I would have the privilege to not only teach again, but work among some of the bravest, funniest and kindest people I’ve ever known. #iwentlookingforbeauty and I found it at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.
“The teachers are everywhere.
What is wanted is a learner.”
Learning, once again, the importance of looking up, especially on the harder days.
Hong Kong Orchid Tree
don't know what it is about award season, but I find so much joy watching. it's partly escapism but also a genuine affection for film and art and fashion. On Saturday at #thejoymasterclass @joyincredible I revalidated that we can live several lives in our one life...but at different seasons. In my next season I fancy myself a BAFTA winning film producer😉 because I'm an artist at heart😆
Next stop the #Oscars
Recently I have become grateful of being able to recognize the joy in the small things and the extraordinary in the ordinary. Over the past few weeks I have realized that being able to see the world this way is not just something given to everyone. As I encourage those I love to smile at the intricate designs of snowflakes and to marvel at the endless tones of blue offered by the sea, I realize that seeing the joy in the small things is not always easy. When people are going through tough times and unable to see hope, I realize how lucky I am to see the beauty in this pinecone 🌲
Thankful for an exhausting but fun hockey tournament, this view when we got a flat tire yesterday, friends who are willing to help at a moment’s notice, laughter among teammates getting shuttled to and from the rink, and great friendships formed because our kids play hockey together.
Today my Truman Ayr is two! Time flies in the blink of an eye as I cannot grasp that this amazing human has been in our charge for two entire years! His eyes are full of light and wonder, he is kind and sweet with a feisty streak, he is his brother’s little shadow and he gives fierce kisses and big hugs. He loves his passie, his Moo Moo, his Lulu, his people and monster trucks. ❤️
Happy Birthday Trumy! Love you to pieces! May you learn who God is and the amazing things he has done for you. Praying that you would love Him and follow Him faithfully. 🔹
Totally missed 48/365. It was an unusually busy day but yay for productivity and family! Yesterday morning on my walk to the church doors, I looked up and saw the tulip tree in bloom! My heart skipped a beat! It was a warm day in February and colors have begun to emerge from the winter dullness. I picked this beauty and as I held it near my face, the softness of the petals whispered to me that spring is in the air. Oh how I love the colors and smells and feeling of spring. The new life that is brought forth, reminding us that He truly makes all things new! He is resurrection and life so how could there not be springtime where we are together? Dead things come to life with Him. There is no place I'd rather be than by His side, in Him, with Him, around Him; together. Yahweh, thank You for spring. Thank You for love. Thank You for the process. #spring#tuliptree#colors#happy#loveisintheair#emerging#resurrection#february#joyinthesmallthings#process#thankful#itsthelittlethings#greeneyes#blossom#blooming
Some Saturdays are quiet, but yesterday was a 16-hour-hockey-tournament-day filled with games in the morning and at night, downtime at a beautiful local park, Olympics-viewing on the rink TV, and spending time with friends and family. Even on the long days I don’t take for granted that this is something special, and knowing this is her last season makes it extra bittersweet.
Thankful for a day of rest in the midst of a hockey tournament weekend. They played last night and have two games tomorrow and one early Monday morning but today brought a follow up appointment with good news, grocery shopping with Rich, a light breeze blowing, hanging out with Alyssa, and a bit of uninterrupted reading on the porch.
These are few of my favorite things...feeling the love after two days at home with sick kiddos. So Thankful to have a little space to be home for extra snuggles and blankets on the couch with teddy bears
Remembering it all starts with how I love myself and nurturing in the small ways. Take that extra moment for a cup of tea, we all deserve it
Flowers from the love of my life! My healthy living kit delivered- detox tea to celebrate a life full of love and sweets for my girls. What more can a lady ask for?? My cup runs over
Thank you for small moments just like this
If you're John Muir you want trees to
live among. If you're Emily, a garden
Try to find the right place for yourself.
If you can't find it, at least dream of it.
Thankful for sunrises that take my breath away, waking up to wet pavement (.02 of an inch of rain, we’ll take it!), spending time with a cherished friend, and lesson planning.
Most Saturdays are filled with hockey games, which I love, but once in awhile they are wide open, and we fill them with Chopped-style-baking-challenges, card games, Catan, and a lot of laughter. Today felt endless in the best possible way.
Farmers Market Find
#iwentlookingforbeauty and found these gorgeous ranunculus while Alyssa found tulips, a bouquet of straw flowers, tomatoes, mixed greens, yellow and red raspberries and blueberries. Spending time with Stacy and running into friends we rarely see made the morning even more special.
What caught your attention today?
The cure for anything is salt water:
sweat, tears or the sea.
June marks twenty years of living in this town. If you had told me 25 years ago when we graduated Westmont that we would come back I wouldn’t have believed you. When I feel frustrated or confused and things don’t go the way I want, I head here, where I am reminded that God brought us back, and I am grateful.
The good list:
lesson planning, grocery shopping, finding these beautiful magnolia blossoms on a grey day, spending time with Bethany, skyping with Summer, and watching the inspiring and beautifully filmed “Edie” (Santa Barbara International Film Festival) with Stacy.
Tuesdays are for planning, dreaming, reading, and thinking, usually in a local coffee shop, as the Learning Center has become a multi-purpose room with the remodel in full swing. I’m not complaining.
My selfie game is weak so I’m posting the picture Alyssa took last Thursday at the delightful Newberg Bakery, just blocks from George Fox!