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24 days until. There is a special-ness about marking your days, especially when you know what’s coming is good. This time of year, we count the coming (Advent means “coming” in Latin).

Is the event still exciting even when you know what’s coming?

In this case, YES….because we celebrate God’s breaking into this world.  Imagine our God saying, “It’s time to fix this.” And HE comes. Whether you say he comes down, over or through us…he arrives just as we arrived tiny and unnoticed by many (except for those who were watching and waiting).

For me, Advent is a drawing close to God. The world pulls us away, but right now we have the opportunity choose to take steps closer to Yahweh.


Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. John 4:8

As we take intentional steps toward Him, we will find more and more of HIM…more love, more grace, more joy.

I pray we serve up little reminders to each other this season as we journey on this path together.  The path that leads to Christ. The path that leads to life.



Awakened by a leaf.

Autumn Blaze MapleIt started with a leaf.

As I hurried to my car to get Andre to practice, this maple leaf (an Autumn Blaze to be exact) caught my eye. I grabbed it up and set it on my dashboard as I drove and thought about all things I had to remember.  Here was my highly evolved brain saying… “Pick Andre up.  The get the brownies. Take him to team dinner. Go help a friend who is moving…and oh, write that midterm paper.  I know I’m gonna forget the brownies…”

Back home, I grabbed the leaf to jump into at least a half hour of summarizing for the paper, but then, I didn’t. I didn’t go inside.

There was another leaf…

Full Moon Maple

and then another…


and I found myself seeking the signs of fall.



A mum

I found myself calm and not thinking about the paper or the brownies at all. This is the magic of nature for me. I get lost in it.  And this is just my own tiny, tiny yard! Oh! The blessing of the created world.

The Japanese call that time in nature that heals ‘forest bathing’ (every time I say that my teenager, wrinkles his nose at me.  I dare not ask why). Who has time to go the forest?  I say, step outside. You might not want to call it ‘yard bathing’ though!

Yet, this only works when your lenses through which you see the world have been adjusted. That first initial leaf I picked up, adjusted my vision, just enough to help me to see.

It’s not about the to-do list or the to-be list.

Sometimes what we need most is to just BE.

Be you. Get lost in whatever it takes to make you forget the brownies.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat (Psalm 19:1-6).


P1180142Time is such an interesting thing.  Do you ever think about time?  I did today as I took the time do something I love. Have you taken the time lately to do what you love?



My life is very different from years ago when I started my garden and landscape. This hit me today, as I made the time to work in the garden (truth be known I was avoiding homework). I never thought the day would come when I would say, I want fewer plants. Yet here I am. Today I let my husband seed, yes to lawn a large area of my garden. Those who know me, know my past goal, if not to own at least to meet every plant God created. Yeah, I was serious (seriously crazy)!

As I look ahead at my new goals, well they don’t involve plants. But  the cool thing is I can forever LOVE them and even meet new ones.  They will always speak to me. As I proceed down new paths, this is so valuable to remember.

So nothing is ever wasted or left behind as God works in your life but more like folded in or mixed in as He creates in us exactly what His Kingdom needs.

Peace unexpected 


Yes, I was completely stressed out. My plate overflowing I started freaking out. To which my 13yo said, “Mom, it’s hike day.” In reference to our training schedule (for our Philmont adventure this summer). 

“WHAT?!?” I blurt, thinking that’s the last thing I need AND it’s raining. “Yup,” he says, “Our packs are ready and in the car.”

Okay, fine I think grumpily.

As I walk, try as I might the bad attitude dissipates into the woods I slop through. Andre goes off to hunt the frogs that are singing persistantly (yes, for a merit badge) as I stand by an old garden gate. I have a gate fetish so out comes the camera, when I notice this…on top of the post.

Bryophyte. Moss. (Sorry, don’t know all my mosses yet so no Latin name today.)

Yes, between this moss and the hike itself…I totally forgot “my plate” of worries.

I’m home now and the plate is still full, but it looks different somehow and for that change in vision, I am thankful.

Second look


I just looked back.

The last two months were so unexpected, that I think ran from the loss we experienced with my father-in-law passing.  It is so easy to hide in the forest of busyness. I just realized this as I happened through my photos and found pictures I never remembered even putting on my computer.

Less than a day after we arrived home he died.

A trip to D.C. we really enjoyed was completely gone, because you deal with the now.  Our now was suddenly very different.  So here I sit in March at 2 a.m. reliving our trip.

It seems so long ago.

This picture brings me the joy and just awe.  How is it this Magnolia skin stretches out so peaceful to me?  Oh, Lord your beauty surrounds us!

Take time, to look back.