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balanced life, be present, coffee, contentment, living for real, parenting / 11.01.2017

I found our kitty curled up sound asleep, nestled in a pile of blankets on the bed early this morning, so I let her be, and the bed remained unmade. I envy her sometimes – her ability to drop and sleep anywhere.   I went to the couch to drink my coffee and enjoy the slower morning. The roads were covered with a layer of ice, so school was delayed two hours. Once my body and brain begin to move, they are reluctant to slow down. But in the mornings,...

balanced life, bible, coffee, contentment, kids, life is good, living for real, marriage, parenting, perspective, real life / 22.02.2016

My bedroom smells like paint from my current “I’m sick of beige walls, so let’s change everything” project. Strong odors give me headaches, so I was glad to come downstairs this morning and snuggle in my happy space with coffee and the news. I enjoy the early quiet in my house, my favorite time of day. Lee and I had a successful “do nothing” weekend away (read about it here) and I was still feeling a bliss hangover this Monday morning.   The national news was quick to knock me...

balanced life, bible, coffee, contentment, freedom, judgment, kids, life is good, living for real, parenting, perspective, real life, repost / 23.01.2016

  Welp, we’re being slammed with snow here in Pennsylvania. As I was trying to do some work at about 10 this morning, my son and his neighborhood posse came inside and peeled off their snow clothes and told me about 879 times that they were hungry.   I Wanted to Want to get off my arse and make them some hot food, but I really wanted to stay put. While I whipped up the “gourmet” cheese quesadillas, which they gratefully gobbled up as fast as I could flip them out of...

beauty, bible, blessings, coffee, God's light, living for real, perspective, repost, thanksgiving / 20.11.2015

All through November, I hear of things which people are thankful. Some common selections are: parents, children, job, husband, house, food, friends. It’s a healthy exercise in gratitude.   Of course, we should acknowledge all the positives in our lives. The discipline of speaking and writing them trains our minds to see more of the good around us.   When I was first married, I kept a gratitude journal. Each morning, I wrote five things I considered blessings. In just a few days, I ran out of the big ticket items –...

adolescence, beauty, coffee, contentment, crying, death, depression, kids, living for real, pain, suicide / 11.11.2015

  Woke up this morning to the obnoxious bell tower tone from the alarm on my phone. Before falling asleep, I had tossed the phone to the other side of the room so there was no chance of snoozing when the alarm sounded at 4:45. I needed to be completely upright because a friend was on her way over for a walk.   As I shook the fuzz out of my head and shuffled toward the coffee, I seriously questioned my decision to stay up so late turning pages of a...