What if?

A friend said to me, “I just don’t want you so caught up in the ‘what if’s’ that it drives you mad.” Little did she know how much this simple phrase would speak to me. This past month has been full of these “what if” questions. What if the plague comes my way? What if we have to leave Madagascar? …

Splash

Stroke, stroke, breathe. Stroke, stroke, breathe. To the end of the pool. Flip. Push. Stroke, stroke, breathe. Repeat. Today I did something that I have not done in a really long time.  I swam laps!  It is amazing how I  stopped doing something that makes me so happy.  Yes, I understand that most people wouldn’t see the joy in swimming …

Sit Still, Look Pretty

There is a song on the radio by Daya titled Sit Still, Look Pretty.  It talks about how she doesn’t want to have to be put together all the time and live how others think a woman should live her life.  She wants to be able to be herself and not have to dress up, wear fancy jewelry, be polite, …

The Dreaded Bar

Yesterday morning Lizzie asked if I could help her move some boxes to find something in our storage closet on our deck.  Many hands make light work, so I said I would come as soon as I finished what I was doing.  She went on out and just closed the screen door behind her.  A few minutes later I joined …

Science Center

Today was a typical family day for me.  It started with church this morning. You can normally find at least one member of my family at every service.  Guess we are involved.  It has been like that for as long as I can remember.  Sunday mornings are reserved for a time of gathering with our church family and growing together …

Freshly Falling Snow

PEACE! Snowy peace. When the clouds open and the snow begins to fall, there is a hush that comes across the land.  The snow leaves nothing untouched.  One snowflake at a time the once brown and black landscape turns white. The snow started late afternoon today.  This is the first “big” snow we were forecasted for this winter.  My heart was a …

Be the BEST!

“Be the best version of yourself.” Everyday I look forward to tearing off my one-a-day calendar to see what the quote will be for that day.  Yesterday’s made me stop and think a little more than usual.  I am the only me that there will ever be, so I need to make it be the best version.  Easier said than …

Behind the Title

For as long as I can remember, I have loved taking in all the sights around me.  Whether it was standing at the window in my house watching the birds at the bird feeders, or having my face pressed up to the glass of the car window as we drove down the road.  There is just something I love about …

Lantern Festival

One of the places that I love to go to take pictures is the Missouri Botanical Gardens.  I even became a member this year because I go there so much!  There is just something about walking around the gardens and seeing all the natural beauty.  I always get really excited when I see the perfect shot or see a bug …

First Flight

Sometimes you are able to glimpse something just outside your window that you never imagined.  For my family it all started when we placed a birdhouse out by our patio.  We all thought that it would be for the Wrens, but to our surprise someone else decided to call it home.   There were two chickadees in the tree right beside …