Friday, May 15, 2015


missing:: my morning walk/run today, but I do enjoy the pleasure of a drizzly, rainy day so very much: waking up to its comforting, cozy sound, breathing in that rich, earthy smell, the grass finally greening up. We've really needed this moisture after such a dry winter. 

wondering:: speaking of rain, we had planned on getting the garden tilled and planted tomorrow (going on a few weeks now, actually), but with more rain expected, the tiller broken, and next Saturday away most of the day, I'm getting a little nervous when and if everything will be in the ground in time.

eating:: a large glass of warm lemon water first thing when I walked into the kitchen this morning, and later, a satisfying breakfast of oatmeal waffles and fruit. So simple and easy to whip up in the blender: 2 1/2 cups water, 3 cups oatmeal, a banana, and a dash of salt. That's it. I let mine cook on a well greased waffle iron for about 8 minutes until thoroughly cooked and crispy.

hearing:: playing on my Spotify just now: Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers), Jane Eyre soundtrack. 

Jane came home for a couple of hours yesterday and it was fun and exciting to listen to and collaborate on her wedding reception soundtrack. This is getting exciting!

smiling and laughing:: I can't tell you how good it was to hear Sam's voice last Sunday night. (Mother's Day and Christmas the only chances we get to talk on the phone.) All of us eagerly gathered, listening, and taking turns on the (speaker) phone. He sounded so happy and is loving his life as a missionary in Arizona. Amazed and delighted with the little bit of Spanish we begged him to share with us. You know, it really felt like the "good old days" when everyone would come home on Sunday nights; all of us sprawled out on couches or the floor-- Sam always the one getting us laughing. (I don't remember the last time I laughed so hard like I did on Sunday. A little too hard, if you know what I mean...) Heart-ache and complete joy all at the same time.   

creating:: worked on getting all the pots and planters and porches done on Monday. Eliza came home that afternoon, and noticing my work commented, "This makes me happy and this feels like home." I couldn't agree more.

cheering:: drove down to the University on Tuesday to listen and cheer on Gary. He was asked to offer the closing prayer at the school-wide weekly devotional. So very proud of him, for the person he is and has become, for gift of hearing one of the most sincere, from-the-heart prayers I've ever heard in my life.

reading:: Villette (Charlotte Bronte), A Return to Love (Marianne Williamson), Clickologie (Summerhill), Capture the Moment (Wilkerson).

watching:: went to see Age of Adeline last weekend. Lots to enjoy about this film.

organizing:: lots of time spent on wedding planning this week. Finalizing guest lists, ordering the invitations, (absolutely perfect and so lovely. I can't wait to share them with you when we get closer.), scouring the web for dresses for me and Eliza. Lots to do in the coming days; overwhelming as this is all new to me, but nice to see things coming together.

thanking:: so many tender, meaningful, and powerful miracles and manifestations taking place in my life in the last two weeks. The Divine connection, peace, and hope I've received with a prayer answered so completely.

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