Thursday, July 9, 2015

Embracing Reality

Today, I'm having one of these days:

Coming back from vacation (hoping to do a post on that soon) is always hard for me.  The hours of relaxation always inspire me to come back and take my game to the next level.  I used to spend our car rides making lists of all the amazing things I would accomplish once I got home, refreshed and renewed.  I learned years ago that I was never able to follow through so I've quit making lists, but I still can't get away from the idea that once I get home things will be better. More productive. I will finish ALL the projects.  You know how it is.  

Then, reality sets in.

I need a vacation from the vacation.  Things get off to a slow start, but my mind is still dreaming of that new level I'm going to achieve.

For fun, let's take a look at how this plays out in my head, shall we?

I imagine our garden will look like this:


I'll finally hang some artwork:


I'll finish repainting Kip's dresser:


I will follow through on my commitment to keeping my laundry room neat:


The front porch will be an oasis:


Everything from the suitcases will magically get put away in beautiful, organized bins:


We'll finish the home office we've been working on:


My children will be beautiful angels who cherish one another at all times:


This one teases... 

until this one cries.

 But then....

Sometimes I find beauty where I did not plan for it or work to make it grow.  Pure grace.  Not through any effort of mine.  Free gifts, if I will take the time to look for them and enjoy them.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015


I love it when my kids come up with their own "pretend" activities.  Today they are playing doctor-

complete with a diagnostic sheet:
 washing station:
 medicine cabinet:
 and a pet, for extra comfort.

I was their first patient (bee sting), and they both have a really nice bedside manner!

Thursday, July 2, 2015


It's been 9 years, two kids, and two houses, but we finally made it back to Cabo San Lucas.  We are trying to relax and unplug, so for now this is all you get!