Our son gets married today. Our only boy. To the girl of his dreams. All of our dreams really. And the extra beauty of it all is it’s Mothers Day. Could there possibly be a better way to spend Mother’s Day? Gaining a daughter? The one you’ve prayed for since the day you found out you were carrying him? I think not!
It’s also a redeeming of this tough day for me. When you’ve lost your own Read More
Last week it was prom pictures, and today this moment in front of me looks more like a wedding gown and centerpieces and final details.
All photos are shared with permission from Krista Browning Photography. Krista loves capturing the emotion of people’s stories through pictures. She is based in South Florida, but she is open to traveling to meet your photography needs. You can find her by clicking on the following social media platforms | website | facebook | Instagram | Pinterest. But don’t look for her next weekend, she’s already booked for a little event that’s extra special to my family.
Have you ever wished for a pause button? One that could make time stand still for a bit so you can soak it all in? Kind of like taking a picture to remember an event, and wishing there was a secret to making these moments last longer than the split second it took to snap the shot.
The only way I’ve ever found to do that is Read More
As I write this, my husband and I are nearing the end of a full day’s drive at the end of a quick family weekend. It’s been the sweetest two days with my Dad, our bonus mom Mary, my brother and sister and several of the nieces and nephews. We had entirely too much food coupled with long conversations and the usual banter and ridiculously loud laughter. We’ve walked away with a mixture of lofty dreams, shared griefs and plenty of prayer needs for the days ahead. And at the end of these hours together we find ourselves holding tight to what really matters.
Okay y’all, here’s the deal … That’s pretty much how I would start this conversation were we sitting across from one another at the local coffee shop. I would be leaning forward, making some sort of not-social-media-worthy face and using my hands way more than is necessary and you would naturally “be hanging on my every word”! I have almost 30 boards and just shy of 4,000 pins on Pinterest. Seriously! Check it out right here. You should go ahead and follow me too while you’re there, I’ve pinned all sorts of awesome ideas for the both of us. The thing is, I’ve probably actually tried a 100 or so of those. Don’t get me wrong here, I love Pinterest for so many things but it needs to be more than just a collection of super cool ideas and inspiration or I should find something else to do with my 3 spare minutes a day. Just yesterday I thought of another one I’ve wanted to try and yet again that thought was immediately followed by this snarky thought, “One of these days”. And now I’ve decided today is that day. And I’ve also decided that you need to join me for the One of these Days Challenge.
It dawned on me a few weeks ago that I would help myself if I started thinking more like my dog does. The way I figure the whole dog to human years conversion thing makes us just about the same age. And yet somehow he seems to have a bit more wisdom in several areas of life. So, if you’re at all curious about how to think like a dog and why you and I should even consider it, then might I suggest the following …
How to think like a dog and why you and I should even consider it …
Spend way more time curled up in a ball, or sprawled out as far as possible if that’s your preference, snoozing in the sunshine. In the morning. Or the afternoon. Or both! Read More
How quickly Monday morning details can seek to commandeer our hearts and minds. We’re not talking about big or even remotely tragic things, just the stuff of life. Chores and time changes and the way words are strung together in a sentence. Details. Life. And another opportunity for choosing gratitude on a Monday morning, even when it isn’t the autonomic response we would wish it to be.
It’s kind of a thing these days. The journey from chaos and excess towards simplicity and significance. It’s a shifting from quantity to quality. Many are opting for tiny homes over mansions, capsule wardrobes and minimalism over packed storage units. And, in my opinion, the best shift of all, moving away from technology overload and back to community. It’s putting down the cell phones and enjoying the dinner with those right next to you. It’s skipping a movie and lacing up hiking boots instead to go explore with friends and family. It’s the choice to live fully present in the moment mixed with a bit of a throwback to earlier, simpler times. These are a few of the thoughts that ran through my head when our college son called last week and suggested we change our lunch date to a hike into the woods in early spring to see a favorite waterfall. And that’s precisely what we did.
Into the Woods in early Spring
I guess you could say the woods have long been a favorite place Read More