The other night I needed to scout out a beach location for an upcoming photo shoot. It was pouring down rain but I dragged my family out there anyway in the hopes that it would pass, which thank goodness it briefly did. During that twenty-five minute respite from the downpour, my oldest walked along the sand, my younger two splashed in the waves, and I captured these very precious to me photos of my husband and thirteen-year-old daughter. It was time well spent – well lived.Read More
"A good snapshot stops a moment from running away."
- Eudora Welty
“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.”
– Khalil Gibran
Within my beloved friendships, may I listen more than I speak, uplift instead of drag down, refrain from envy, eschew gossip, be quick to give the benefit of the doubt. May I genuinely weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. May I always treat my friends as I myself long to be treated – with compassion, with gentleness, with loyaltyRead More
(St. Mark the Ascetic, Homilies, 2.94,166)
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain
Or jump in a lake fully clothed!
Season your Wednesday with a bit of spontaneity!Read More
“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart.
…live in the question.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
During the Orthodox Divine Liturgy we pray, “For all things good and profitable for our souls and peace for the world, let us ask of the Lord.” And I offer up these words with fear and trembling. See, faith requires surrendering your own ideas about what is “Best” for you in exchange for absolute dependence on the mysterious wisdom and mercy of God. There’s no half-way when it comes to Christ-following; peace comes only to those with open hands and open hearts. Embracing the unknown frees me up to find fulfillment in being compassionate and kind to others, regardless of my circumstances. It changes my perspective from one of “poor me” to gratitude for every up and down in my life that chisels away at my self-centeredness.
Self-centeredness does nothing but leave me always unsatisfied, jealous, always fearful of being slighted or hurt. Where is the freedom in that? Thus I choose all over again, every new morning, to live, even thrive, in the question, trusting that I am not free-falling into nothingness but being lovingly guided toward salvation. Oh to rest in the confidence that God is good, and in control. There is nothing sweeter.Read More
“Being in a long marriage is a little bit like that nice cup of coffee every morning – I might have it every day, but I still enjoy it.”
Early mornings are my favorite, right after the snooze button has been hit and I snuggle up close to my husband of seventeen years, breathing in all that is so familiar about him – his skin, his lanky limbs, even his heart beat. Time, forgiveness, and shared experience have fused us together, as have parenting and faith. In those few quiet moments, I pray for us both before we each go our seperate ways, into a brand new day with new opportunities to become a little more selfless, a little more patient. Our marriage may not be shiny and sparkly and new, but it gets deeper and stronger with age.Read More