Sunday, June 26, 2011


i wonder what it would be like
to live in a world
where it was always june.
~l. m. montgomery

i tried to sneak it in there...
did you see him?
yup...matthew is sporting a broken
bone in his hand.
got hit by a foul ball
while catching.
he is a tough bugger!!
june is winding down.
but there is still plenty of summer
to enjoy.
second cup of coffee...
back deck.
here i come.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

...emma grace...

photographing a beautiful child.
rocking in the sun with a glass of wine...

just BE.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

...of exhilaration and fear...

we all tend to speak approvingly
or erring on the side of caution-
especially when we're
acting not just for ourselves
but collectively for others
(our family, our community, our fellow employees).
however, there are times when it's right
to embark on ventures,
that will challenge us profoundly.
you'll know such turning points
when you encounter them-
probably from their
special chemistry
of exhilaration and fear.
~1,001 ways to live in the moment

it is a sunny,
lovely day in michigan.
and i have no pressing place to be.
the rocker.
is calling me.
to come sit for a bit.
i have missed it.
i have missed visiting my friends in shadow land too.
i will be there to visit some time this weekend.
i have been enjoying the moments.
but i think i may have been
holding my breath at times.
i am letting my breath out.
and i am going to my
with my coffee.
to breathe.
just BE.

Sunday, June 19, 2011


they say that from the instant he lays eyes on her,
 a father adores his daughter.
whoever she grows up to be,
she is always to him that little girl in pigtails.
She makes him feel like Christmas.
 in exchange,
 he makes a secret promise
 not to see the awkwardness of her teenage years,
the mistakes she makes or the secrets she keeps. 
- Unknown

eighteen years ago.
she became his father's day present.
how blessed am i
that i have had a front row seat.
to watch this.
daddy-daughter relationship grow.
this wasn't an easy year for him...
but probably the best one of her life.
Happy 18th Birthday Sarah.
Happy Father's Day Bri.
Happy Father's Day to my dad.
who has always been to me...
what sarah has with her dad.
i love you pa!!
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, June 18, 2011 truth...

be open to different viewpoints,
and change your mind as you
see new truth in a situation.
this is wisdom,
not fickleness.
1,001 ways to live in the moment
late night drive to lake michigan last night.
the michigan side to miss becky's wisconsin side.
gus macker tournament this weekend.
the girls lost two games today.
they have the toilet bowl games tomorrow.
then sarah and i are off
on monday for
college orientation.
busy, busy, busy.
it is june 18th already for crying out loud.
enjoy the moments,
enjoy the moments.
enjoy the moments.
as for shadows...
just BE.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


i have sat.
many mornings.
with my coffee.
and reflected on some event,
some happening
in my life.
there are many coffee cups.
reflecting the life of my daughter.
oh my gosh.
how very proud i am that
He allowed me,
to raise this child
to a beautiful young lady.
and when i say me...of course i mean us.
point is, what a blessing
this ride has been.
and will continue to be.
as we watch her fly.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, June 11, 2011


"Having a wheel and four legs of its own
Has never availed the cumbersome grindstone
To get it anywhere that I can see.
These hands have helped it go, and even race;
Not all the motion, though, they ever lent,
Not all the miles it may have thought it went,
Have got it one step from the starting place.
It stands beside the same old apple tree.
The shadow of the apple tree is thin
Upon it now its feet as fast in snow.
All other farm machinery's gone in,
And some of it on no more legs and wheel
Than the grindstone can boast to stand or go."
~from the the grindstone by robert frost

i am off to clean,
tomorrow is sarah's open house.
it has been a very busy
couple of weeks...
sorry i haven't been around to see you much.
i will pop in when i can.
light + objects = shadows
i continue to just enjoy the moments.
no stress.
just BE.

Friday, June 10, 2011

...rain drops...

All was silent as before -
All silent save the dripping rain.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots.
Frank Howard Clark
rainy days.
on friday.
lend to yummy
drops of goodness.
just BE.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

...He let's the storm rage...

"sometimes God calms the storm,
sometimes He lets the storm rage
and calms
His child"

last night.
took us from temps in the high 80's.
to temps in the low 60's.
the meshing together of these two temps.
resulted in lightening.
high, high winds.
probably the most scared i've been in a storm.
in a very long time.
the flower above.
a reminder.
of how lucky we were.
that it was the only casualty.
just BE.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 those moments...

"we can only be said to be alive
 in those moments
when our hearts
are conscious of our treasures." 
 -Thornton Wilder

is playing hopscotch.
and i, too,
am playing along.
just BE.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 out loud...

...if you ask me
what i came into this life
to do,
i will tell you:
i came to live out loud.
~emile zola

enjoy this day
one moment at a time...
just BE.

Sunday, June 5, 2011


my coffee cup this morning
was a mcdonald's
at 8:00 this morning.
sitting at a baseball field.
not my typical Sunday morning.
but very enjoyable.
this evening...
i'm sharing some on my most very favorite things.
have a blessed week ahead.
welcome to this Sunday evening.
just BE.

Friday, June 3, 2011

...summer fun...

off on a camping
ball tournament weekend...
head over to
for shadow fun....
i am hoping to be soaking up sun!!

just BE.