October 20, 2011

I believe in you & I believe in me



"I believe in the power of working hard every day
to create what is deepest in the heart and soul...
I believe we should all help each other along,
I believe there is goodness everywhere and
I believe in seeking it out and in constantly creating more of it.
I believe in a very loving God.
I believe in you and I believe in me."

Above quote originally seen hereI would love to give the author credit for this quote, but I do not know who it is. If you find out, please let me know.

Above picture I like, just because it makes me smile. Seen here.


Simple pleasures. 

I have this photograph of me when I was a child, playing in the leaves.  It was a perfect fall day, and the smile on my face was pure joy.  Pure joy, in the simplest of pleasures such as playing in leaves.

On my way to work, in my suburb, we do not bag our leaves - they are scooped in huge piles to the curb, and picked up by the Village. It's actually quite pretty to drive along and see mound after mound of fallen leaves.  It seems like they all fell the same day.  All the sidewalks are covered in leaves, and when I drive down the street and the wind gusts blow, a swirl of leaves will encircle me.

But it's not quite the same as when I was a child.  The other day I spotted a pile of these leaves, and for a moment, on one side of my worry list was - everything....and on the other...was the antidote....at that moment all I wanted to do was jump into this pile of leaves. Splashing the crunchy reds, oranges, and yellows all around. Without a worry or a care.  Alas, I could not...as I am on my way to work, 'mustn't be late..' and 'what would my fellow commuters think if they saw a grown woman pouncing in the leaves? Coo-koo..coo-koo..'.   And so I went about the rest of my day.

Later on that day I found myself walking along the sidewalk.   I looked left, and looked right...and I was alone.  I knelt down ...and scooped up a pile of leaves in my hands.  I held them as if they were jewels to cherish.  And I let them slowly slip through my fingers and fall to the ground.  For just a moment,   I enjoyed one of life's simplest pleasures, and felt like a child again. 
  
Image above here

October 19, 2011

Hide Away

Just a song I heard the other day,  simply put, it just brings me 'some peace tonight'....I hope it does the same for you.



I got a mind full of questions that just won't let me be. 
I am weary from the restless heart inside of me. 
I never cared about believing until I see I've lost my way 
and then my troubles all around me, and all that I can say 

see me through another day 'cause the devil’s calling. 
I need a place to hide away from the storm. 
When the water's rising, when the sun don’t shine, 
I need a place to hide away and some peace tonight. 

Found out life was complicated, all gray and black and white. 
Sometimes I want to follow Jesus, but sometimes he’s hard to find. 
I never cared about believing until I see I've lost my way 
and then my troubles all around me and all that I can say, 

you see me through another day cause the devil’s calling. 
I need a place to hide away from the storm. 
When the waters rising, when the sun don’t shine, 
I need a place to hide away and some peace tonight. 

When the waters rise around me, when my worry is all I see, oh yea, 
I call your name and you came and found me. 
Through the darkness I can see ohh I can see ohh 
won’t you lead me through another day cause the devils calling. 
I need a place to hide away from the storm. 
When the waters rising, when the sun don’t shine, 
I need a place to hide away and some peace tonight. 
I need a place to hide away could you bring me some peace tonight.

October 9, 2011

Happiness Is Homemade

The perfect fall day (albeit 80 degrees!) comes with sleeping in until 8am, morning coffee in peace, finally making it to church after weeks of attempting to go, an afternoon of shopping for necessities, and and coming home to cook the first batch of the season's chicken noodle soup. This is a picture of one of my favorite areas of my kitchen. I love how the light captures the blue of the glass ball jars. Welcome October with my white and orange gourds. (love the look of white gourds!)
Here is my mini kitchen area. With my big stock pot full of goodness cooking away.
Want a closer peak inside?? Mmm... it's going to be sooo good. Full of celery, carrots, spinach, chicken, whole grain pasta, this will keep me toasty warm, nourished, and it reminds of my childhood! If you'd like the recipe, let me know, i'm happy to share. Although I basically quadrupled the vegetables, and added in spinach this time around.

October 7, 2011

Be The One To Guide Me, But Never Hold Me Down

The waters may be rough, but they will guide you to where you are supposed to be.
There will be times when it's not safe to go too far out... And others when the waters are calm, there isn't a cloud in the sky, and the winds are perfect for a sail There will be times to drop the anchor and stay in one place for a bit, and stand still for a while And other times where you know it is time to move on, hauling the anchor, preparing the boat, and getting ready for the next leg of the journey.
One of my favorite quotes below ~ I think it holds so true to ask oneself on this journey of life. It can apply to work, to friends, and to self. But most important remember you're the Captian, and every day awaits a new adventure, a new undiscovered treasure, a new beauty to be discovered.
All images via New England Prepster Tumblr