Monday, April 6, 2015

step out of that mud puddle and look up!

today as i went on a mid-morning walk
i began by looking down as i walked.
so caught up in things that are burdening me;

my dear friend whose family received an ugly diagnosis
and who are treasuring each and every day they have together.
my knee which is causing me pain when i walk/run
making it harder for me to get out and exercise like i want to.
yesterday was our first easter without my mom in law...
and the general ugliness of the world and the news.

yes, i was thinking on these things when a took off for my walk.

and then, and then...i looked up!

the sun was shining on me!
i had a silly shadow that mimicked my every move. :)

the sky? Oh my goodness!
the sky was this brilliant blue,
the color was so intense it looked
like it had been hand-painted!
the clouds so fluffy
it was as if God had placed cotton balls
in the sky. it was so lovely!
Genesis 1:1

while i was looking UP,
i noticed an eagle soaring above me.
floating on the air & circling overhead.
when out of what seemed no where..

appeared a hawk.

he flew a few hundred yards away from the eagle...
and as i watched these two,
they began to circle in unison!
it was as if they were doing a synchronized dance
just for me!
how amazing!
Isaiah 40:31

i thought to myself...
look what i would've missed
if i would have continued to walk with my head down!?
i would have missed this wonderful dance
and this beautiful sky above me!

it is so, so easy to look down.

to crawl into that hole,
to sit in that mud puddle.
to let all the ugliness just cover you
& to wallow in it all.

but, if you will only pull yourself out.
i mean, drag yourself if you have to!
but, just get out of that mud puddle
and look UP!

see the beauty around you!

maybe it is just something little
like seeing the blue sky above you,
or feeling the sunshine on your back.

beauty is there, if you take the time
to notice.

but, if you are looking down,
you might miss that stranger
who just smiled at you.
the gorgeous snow covered mountain in the distance.
blue skies, puffy clouds and eagles floating above.
or wild flowers growing along side the road

beauty is there.

it's in the everyday and the mundane.

it is, if we will only look.

my wish for you and i both...
is that we see the good in something today!

look in that mirror and smile at yourself!
you are an amazing, beautiful person.

and above all. you are loved!


have a shiny day my friends.
be blessed!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015


*love is-

this weekend my husband & i
will celebrate our thirty-fifth wedding anniversary!

sometimes it doesn't even seem possible
that we have been together that long.
i mean, that is a LONG time.
but, then i think about all the
memories; the good and the bad
that we have experienced together

-in sickness & in health.

he is really just a part of me.
the two make a whole.
i can't imagine my life without him!

no need to hit the rewind button.

no do-overs needed.

but, let me tell you this:
marriage is work!

*love is not proud.

i have been around far too many people who are just
trying to convince themselves and
all their friends on social media,
going on and on about their sweetie...gushing and oozing...
just how wonderfully perfect their marriage and their lives are!

okay...who are you trying to convince? me or you?

*love does not boast. is not self-seeking.

our marriage is good &
i am happy & content
but, i don't feel the need to convince myself or others
how happily married we are.

*love never fails.

marriage is a commitment and it does take work.

but, it IS worth it!

*love always trusts. is not easily angered.

i do not want my daughters (all married now)
to ever think it is a cake walk!
that we haven't had to work at it
because we have.
it isn't always
sunshine  & roses!

our faith in our marriage
and faith in God
have been the key to making it work!

we couldn't have done it without God.
or without our faith in Him and in our marriage.

*love protects. hopes. perseveres.

we love each other
and we both think our marriage is worth the effort!

*love is patient. love is kind.

i am more than happy to say that i still LOVE the man
that i said, "YES" to thirty five years ago.

we are blessed.
thank you, Jesus.

*it never fails.

1 Cor. 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Love never fails


Thursday, February 12, 2015

time. where does it go?

oh my goodness, it seems that time just keeps marching on
i cannot believe i haven't updated this blog for a whole month!

things are about the same with my mom in law; the day to day
and the progression of the disease itself.

for us, we are lucky enough to live only minutes from her care center
which means we visit her daily. (even if she doesn't remember. )
alzheimers is an ugly, ugly disease!

my birthday came and went and with it a surprise vacation!
my hubs surprised me with a short 3 day cruise.
it was wonderful to just get away and relax.
just the two of us, a time to reconnect.
sigh. it was wonderful.
something we needed too.


valentines day is this weekend?! wow.
i am planning to participate in a 5k that morning. :)
in fact, my goal for 2015 is to participate in a 5k each month.
and a few half marathons thrown in for good measure! ha.

we usually don't do a whole lot for valentines day
our anniversary is the week after we do a combination
valentine/anniversary celebration.

so, my you have something special planned for v-day?
will you share it with me in your comments?
maybe i can live vicariously thorugh you.


i leave you with this: know that you are loved. you are special. always.

shine my friends. shine.