Saturday, June 27, 2015

good times

Looking back on this week, I'm amazed at how much fun I had. How many happy and fun memories were made.

On Monday, I attended a concert with my dad. For his Father's Day gift, I had bought tickets for my parents to see his beloved Sergio Mendes (Brazilian jazz) who was in town playing at a local outdoor venue. As my mother was sick, my dad invited me to join him. I was beyond thrilled to spend time with my dad and so excited to experience the music, the "soundtrack" of my childhood.

I wrote about it in my journal:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"Oh-a-de-ah-a-oh-opa opa opa! Mais que nada"... Can't get this out of my mind. That concert was so fun. I haven't had so much fun in a long, long time. A delight. So fun to get up and dance at the end. I love to have fun. I need to have fun. I need to bring more fun into my life. It was nice being with my dad. Spending time together and making this memory together. I'll never forget it. I loved looking at him throughout the concert and seeing him on the verge of crying. The music and the memories of these 50 years of Sergio Mendes moving him so deeply. I think he enjoyed that I was enjoying it so much... Slowly, slowly walking and guiding Dad back to the car... Him saying over and over how it was the best Father's Day gift he's ever received...

We headed to Salt Lake on Thursday evening. One of Eliza's art entries in this spring's All-State High School Art Show was selected to be in a traveling high school exhibit that would be on display at this years Utah Arts Festival. It was really a special honor for her. 

We sought and found her drawing, enjoyed the little reception for these young artists in the city library, and walked around at the nearby festival. So inspiring to see all the unique and gifted artists with their work. I just love this sort of thing. 

Yesterday, Eliza, Isaac, and I and a few other extended family members drove down to my sister and brother-in-law's beautiful mountain cabin. This little get-a-way was just what we needed.

Exactly what I needed.

Saturday, June 28, 2015

I overlook the "kingdom". (referring to little Isaac first beholding the view from the cabin deck, exclaiming with wonder, "This is a kingdom!") This view as I sit here on the cabin deck. This beautiful summer morning. The birdsong is pleasant, the temperature perfect. Last night was so nourishing. (I remained at the cabin alone while the rest of the group attended an outdoor church pageant.) Alone in my solitude-- a gift-- washing the dinner dishes, sitting on the deck in meditation. Meditation as the sun slowly went down. Such stillness within me and without me. The peace I feel. Reading by lamplight and by the reflection of the setting sun. Falling asleep with my arms stretched overhead. Again to reading. Sleeping so deeply alone in that bed in pure darkness. Vivid dreams a little too real... I do feel so refreshed and it was nice to sleep later. I will prepare breakfast later. Now, I will relish this time to sit and write down my thoughts. Sitting up here and looking down on the land puts everything in a different perspective. So simple, so peaceful. The daily, individual dramas and problems seem so trivial when above all hovers peace, simplicity, and expansion. The wonder of God's perspective of the bigger picture as well as the small, individualized needs, desires, worries, longings, and joys in each of our souls. Underneath it all is stillness. The essence of life. I can find it and live it if I allow. I think that is why being in and surrounding myself in nature-- away from the distractions and noise of daily modern life is so very healing and grounding for me. I need this time for balance... I'm going to relish this day. Enjoy every minute of this time, make breakfast, take a walk, read, sit, meditate, play a game with Isaac, shower. This cabin holds so many good memories. What a gift it is for us. For so many others who have stayed here...

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful post. I feel rested and refreshed, serene and enriched, simply from the reading of it.

    It's a Wow I Needed That moment, and I'm so grateful.