Water Cycle

{Photo 319/365}  He jumped in the car after school, it was the cutest thing in the world.  He said, “Mom, when it rains it’s NOT because Jesus is crying…when it rains it’s NOT because He is sad at the world.  I know why it rains!!”  A smile covered his whole face, I could tell he was excited about what he learned today in school.  When we got home he couldn’t wait to show me his science text book that explains the Water Cycle.  He said, “See mom? See?  The picture?  There’s water and lakes and puddles — then the water evaporates — then the water falls from the clouds that’s precipitation, that’s the rain!!  It’s not tears — I figured it out…the rain is not God’s teardrops.”  I captured this on video…it’s priceless — one of my favorite gifts of being a momma is watching these guys learn and grow.  Wow…what a GREAT gift!

A Gift

{Photo 318/365}  I’m not the crafty creative type…this is as good as it gets for me.  I stopped by Ben Franklin to grab some ribbon the other day because I’ve got orders for the book coming in that people want me to send to someone else as a gift — AND I want them to look “special” — so this is what I’ve been doing.  A polka-dot ribbon wrapped around the book, signed copy, with a little note on the front and a splash of purple curly ribbon.  It’s cute…there’s no extra charge…it’s just that personal touch I wanted to add.  That’s it. =)

Bubble Gum Bubble

{Photo 317/365}  I picked him up after a long day at our office.  We had the Keeping it Personal: Shop for a Cause Open House today.  It was fun…it was successful…but I was ready to go home, have dinner, and spend time with my 3 favorite people.  We were in the car drive when he says mumbling, “MMMMoommm,  llllloooookkkk! Llllloooooookkk!”  I came to a stop light and this is what I saw — a HUGE bubble gum bubble.  It was a good bubble, because it lasted long enough for me to whip out my camera and snap this.  He was SO excited…he just recently over the past few months has mastered blowing bubbles with bubble gum — such a proud little nugget.  I can remember these moments when I was a little girl, it’s the little things that are exciting.  I like that.

Transparency

{Photo 313/365}  Have  f a i t h  …trust the process.  God amazed me again…I am not surprised — He continues to do that in BIG ways and in little ways.  Transparency invites in SO much;  healing. restoration. connection. truth.  Life-long friendships were developed this week, in this little room as we embarked on The Ultimate Journey.  Each time I facilitate one of these groups they look different.  I have learned to have one expectation…on God, for Him to show-up.  He did. He is faithful.

A long walk, A long talk

{Photo 296/365}  This was a very much needed day for both of us.  A long walk, a long talk.  It was a beautiful day.  We started our walk on the berm; saw several alligators.  Then down the boardwalk through the mangroves.  Then a walk up the beach, the sun was warm, the breeze was just right, partially walking in the water and partially on the sand; barefoot.  Great friend, great conversation, great day. blessed.

Twin Cities 10 Mile

{Photo 275/365}  It was a BEAUTIFUL day for the TC10, I look forward to this race each year — this, I believe, is the 7th time I’ve run it.  The course is vibrant with fall colors, I LOVE IT!  My goal has always been to have fun and just finish, each year I accomplish that.  I’ve never been concerned about my time and I typically just run it alone.  When I see my biggest fan {my husband} I stop, chat for a bit and give him a kiss, then get back to running.  I don’t take it too seriously. =) It was an AMAZING, FUN, FABULOUS, day….

Goodnight Hug

{Photo 271/365}  I’ve been craving a sunset — I knew tonights would be awesome, I could just tell, and it was.  I love how from our back yard through the different seasons the sunsets move.  This season, it goes down behind the barn in the distance.  The photo only captured a fraction of the beauty.  I love living out here — when I can take the time to be still and enjoy what this area has to offer.  I see God everywhere.  This was my goodnight hug…I needed it.

Same Thing Different Day

{Photo 254/365}  Another fabulous day…to S W I M!  I checked out the forecast and it looks like today may be one of our last to enjoy the pool.  SO, last minute we invited the cousins over and it worked out — YIPEE!!  These guys had a blast.  We live so close, yet we rarely see one another with our full lives and hectic schedules.  It worked out great…they played while my sister and I caught up on life.  family.

Neighborhood Buddies

{Photo 236/365}  Another beautiful day — a revolving door over here in the neighborhood — which I love.  I got to hang with the boys today.  It’s great to have friends who live just driveways away, we haven’t had that before.  We love living here for so many reasons.  So many things to be grateful for. blessed.

Bright Flowers

{Photo 222/365}  I am drawn to them every time…bright colored flowers.  They are so beautiful when clustered together and arranged so perfectly.  They smell amazing —  I had to plaster my nose in the middle.  I don’t want to be responsible for planting them, maintaining them, pruning them, or anything like that…I simply embrace what they become.  ”Earth laughs in flowers.”  - Ralph Waldo Emerson