Monthly Archives: February 2012

Leapin’ Leap Day

Very grateful for~

God catches me when i leap
so many happy leap references and pictures like this one
street lights that automatically know when to go on and off
ice cubes
dad sleeping through the night
a clean room
you must get soaking wet with the noticing of your life”
Hugs Matter
the lingering scent of fresh rosemary on my fingers

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter ~Martin Luther King, Jr.


1. God

2. the wind in the willows, especially the piper at the gates of dawn chapter, and all of it

3. Laura’s smile

4.The guitar playing and singing of Robbie Basho.  One of my favorites and another.

5. Surprising light and warmth for February (and then snow tomorrow)

6. Sam taking a problem off my hands and his kindness toward our family (“he loves us so,” Cassie wrote in our phone book)

7. Power grids

8. So much beauty

9. Lindsey’s gratitude for friends and awareness of loneliness and fleeting moments


“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”
–Henri Matisse  via a flower named Ariel


still standing

Very grateful for~

God’s attentiveness
sound collages
Garrett’s just-in-time emails
talking about ideas with others
Sue’s recommendation letter
i wore high heels to lunch and did not fall down or pass out
this picture by my friend Joyce
marshmallows broiled on top of oatmeal (try it and smile) :)

 When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. ~G. K. Chesterton

The Eyes of a Baby

  1. My little one slept for 3.5 hours this morning- and so did I!
  2. Feeling rejuvenated
  3. The washer/dryer- where would we be without these incredible inventions?
  4. Eating good food
  5. An abundance of fresh, clean water
  6. Ava’s presence
  7. Tiny fingers
  8. Perfect cheeks
  9. Big, blue eyes
  10. “If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go  far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite,  more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a  little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs  because it sees the sun shining on its cradle.” -Vincent van Gogh


wind gusts and good news

Very grateful for~

God’s yes’es
having enough today

the gusty wind
leaves dancing in a pre-compost Zumba routine

a job until the end of the semester for Amelia!!!!!
her work ethic
many mentors at her school, people who are positive about public education

Dad and I, hearing Amelia’s good news, hugging, hollering, crying, and waving our three hands in the air just like we were extras in a Tyler Perry movie church scene

catching Ruby sipping coffee (i have laughed about this memory a lot)

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers.  But above all, the world needs dreamers who do. ~Sarah Ban Breathnach

Cake Pops and Dimes

Very grateful for~

God’s promises
the conditions that are requiring me to be still
quietness and trust modeled by others who are now my teachers

the people and things I fear because they serve as NEON signs where my trust must grow

cake pops
a dime on the pavement during our walk
holding on…the right job will arrive
waking up to the sound of rain


:) We stood out on the porch before we went inside & she told me her secret. “Pretend you’re just visiting,” she said. “That way you’ll forget that they’re family.” ~Brain Andreas