Monday, April 3, 2017

The Parent of All Virtues

March grace...
I write it down so I will remember. 
 I remember so I can thank the Giver.
- clean kitchen
- decorating for spring
- daffodils
-a windy walk
-fresh fruit
- Susana
-rolling fresh pasta
-hug from Dillon
- a sincere apology
- pretty nails
- an afternoon nap
-soaking in a bubble bath with the 
newest Bella Grace
-Rebecca's safe arrival
-Margeaux's smile
- sunshine
-listening more and talking less
-a Youtube washing machine repair
-pussy willows in a red pitcher
-buds on the peach trees
-lego building
- hand feeding the "pup pups"
-dirt in the raised beds
-grandbaby girl running into my arms
-tickle spots and baby laughter
-making pizza with Margeaux
-brownies and chocolate chip cookies
-pout pout face
-family dinners
-bathtime splashing
-goodnight hugs
-walks with the dogs
- feast days
- a lovely handwritten note
-quiet, rainy Monday
- freezer full of food
- a new job for Kenzie
-chili beans
-extended grace
-surprise gifts
-request for prayers
- a new massage therapist
-chicken pot pies
-a warm jacket
- rain
- a phone visit with Dad and Yvonne
-sliced oranges
- tulips in vases
-clean dogs
- a new stroller for "baby"
- a phone call from Travis
- cold water to quench my nighttime thirst
-clean sheets on the bed
-prayers for loved ones
-sunshine and seed packets
-parking lot visit with Anne
- walk in the snow
- eggs and toast
-loaves of cooling bread
-a scripture that jumps off the page at you
- cooking classes
- X-rays
-straws in mason jars
- cozied up by the wood stove
-live music in the afternoon
- travel memories
-friendly faces
- pushing seeds into the soil
-first day of spring
- my new website, compliments of Jantzen
- sweating through step class
- a super supportive husband
-77 degrees
- dirt cups with popsicle stick markers
- background music
-visiting teaching
-date night
- ring around the roses
-a walk to see the turtles
-crabcake sandwich
-warm sea breeze
- primary song lullabies
- jumping waves
- toes in the sand
-kids in the kitchen
- praying with Rebecca
-celebratory doughnuts
- view from our deck
-greening pasture
-lunch with Kenzie
-a matinee with friends
-sharing another's sorrow
- toes out of hibernation
-waking up to the sound of rain
-pink roses in a white pitcher
-new "kicks" for summer
-phone visit with Sherri
" Gratitude is not only the greatest of all
virtues, but the parent of all others. "

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Panthertown Valley

(Photo credit: Julie Eargle)
Waterfalls, sandy beaches, sheer rock walls... all in one hike!  That's what Panthertown Valley had to offer the Girls in the Woods this week.  We couldn't have ordered a more beautiful day.
We hiked eight and a half miles and jumped on and off of several trails.  We ended up hiking backwards from our original plan, but still saw everything we wanted to see on this trip.  Never straying far from the water, we made numerous crossings on rocks, logs and sometimes bridges.

The first waterfall was Schoolhouse Falls
We were like turtles soaking up the sun.
(Photo credit: Julie Eargle)
The second falls we came to was Granny Burrell Falls.  There was ice all along the edge, so we cautiously worked our way to an area where we could see.  Even though it was sixty degrees today, it has been dropping down in the thirties at night.
This was the strangest thing.  A sandy beach in the middle of the forest.
We ate lunch on one of the sandbars and this was my view.
A friendly reminder to respect the forest and the shelter.
The Great Wall was aptly named.  We hiked to the base of the mountain in complete awe, feeling very small.   Maggie was trying to figure out how one would go about climbing this giant.
The last falls took a little work to get to.  We were all getting tired by this point, but were so glad we had made the effort.  I am never sorry that we push ourselves to see just one more thing.
Greenland Creek Falls
It was an all day hike, as you can see by the late afternoon sun at the top.  But what a day!  This hike is a little over an hour from my house and I had no idea these falls were here, or that rock face.  Exploring the beautiful area where I live with my hiking friends is one of best things I do for myself.  It's my therapy.

" In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."
John Muir

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I Love Grandma Time

I was thrilled to be able to spend some time with Travis' family at the end of January.  We didn't get to see them over the holidays, so I was itching to get down there.  This little one is changing weekly and she's in such a fun stage now- practically running all over the place and bursting with personality.  Four days of grandma bliss...
Outside is her favorite place to be, and since the weather was accomodating (short sleeves in January), we spent a lot of time there.  She would find even the tiniest puddle of water for splashing.
Late Christmasing.  I can't even stand the cuteness.
We played at the park.  She loved the swings and the slide.  Not quite ready to take the slide on her own, I went down with her, but couldn't quite pull off taking pictures at the same time.

If you look very closely you will see a tiny curl.  Yay!  The girl is getting hair.
We read lots of books.  I love how she holds "baby".
We watched some Beat Bugs.  Children's tv has changed over the years. This was a lot more fun than Sesame Street.  She's sporting her daddy's overalls, which made me all kinds of happy.
We took walks, where grandma took oodles of pictures of the landscape and foliage.  I love to walk the neighborhood and see how different island life is from my own.  Spanish moss hanging in the trees is lovely and one of the first things I always notice.
Beautiful flowers and fruit...
We saw some horses
but no turtles,
and no alligators, which was fine by me.
You gotta love it when walking the neighborhood includes some beach time.
The weather changed on me and turned cold before I left, but it takes a lot to keep me off the beach.
I feel blessed to get to spend time in this lovely place
with this little angel, and her parents.  Grandma time is the best.