Thursday, June 30, 2016 eighty four...

focus on the positive powerful
beautiful parts of life
& the universe
will keep giving
them to you

just BE.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 eighty six...

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is that
quiet voice at the end
of the day saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."

just BE.

Monday, June 27, 2016 eighty seven...

What a
way to
soul that there
is love to be
found in this

~Begin with Yes

just BE.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

...6.26.16... eighty eight.


welcome to coffee hour. 
welcome to this Sunday morning. 
just BE. 

Saturday, June 25, 2016 eighty nine...

So, do it. Decide.
Is this the life
you want to live?
Is this the person
you want to love?
Is this the best you can BE?
 Can you BE stronger?
Kinder? More compassionate?
BreathE in.
BreathE out
and decide.
~Meredith Grey

just BE.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016 ninety one...

Start now. Start
where you are.
Start with fear.
Start with pain.
Start with doubt.
Start with hands 
shaking. Start
with voice trembling
but start. Start
and don't stop.
Start where you
 are, with what 
you have. Just

Fiefdoms Umebinyuo

just BE.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 ninety two...

if you're
a poet
a misfit
a dreamer
a schemer
a rebel
a lover
a doer
a thinker
please for the love
of the universe
don't change.

free spirits & hippies

{heart} summer.
just BE.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 ninety three...

Let them judge you.
Let them misunderstand you.
Let them gossip about you.
Their opinions aren't your problem.
You stay kind, committed to love,
and free in your own authenticity.
No matter what they do or say
don't you dare doubt your worth
or the beauty of your truth.
Just keep on shining like you do.
Scott Stable

good night.
sweet dreams.
just BE.

Monday, June 20, 2016 ninety four...

she dances to
the songs in her head

speaks with the rhythm 
of her heart

and loves from the
depths of her soul

-Dean Jackson

just BE. 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

...6.19.16... ninety five.

All I can tell you is there is a moment where you finally stop & refuse to pretend this life is not yours & suddenly being strong looks a lot like laughing & crying & dancing & listening deeply to the people you love & now & then, you’ll look back at that old way & wonder how you ever believed that Life was something to endure.

it is Father's day.
and it is Sarah Christine's birthday.
such a blessing to have coffee
with her this morning.
to share the "just BE." experience yesterday.
and to have these two great men.
share her day.
Happy Father's Day, Dad.
Happy Father's Day, Brian.
Happy, Happy Birthday, Day -Sarah!!
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
God is good.
just BE.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 ninety six...

because she wanted tattoos. 
for her birthday. 
happy birthday sunshine.
just BE. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

...two zero zero...

It is still so new & all we see is the empty space, 
but that is not how it is in the landscape of the heart. 
There, there is no empty space & she still laughs 
& grapples with ideas & plans & nods wisely
 with each of us in turn. 
We are proud to have known her. 
We are proud to have called her friend.

whisper her name.
she will forever remain here.
not forgotten.
{Brandy Edwards-Smith}
she took every advantage.
to enjoy the moments.
do not take them for granted.
just BE.

Monday, June 13, 2016

...two zero one...

“Photography is the story I fail to put into words.”

destin sparks

awards night.
the last act of his high school career.
awards, ice cream, laughter and photos.
i love photography.
enjoy the moments.
just BE.

Sunday, June 12, 2016


...two o' two.

I hope you
know you're
capable & 
brave &
even when it feels
like you're not.

welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

...two o' three...

Perhaps strength
doesn't reside
in having never been broken,
but in courage
required to pick up
the broken pieces.
~Begin with Yes

just BE.

Friday, June 10, 2016

...two o' four

...always look for a different perspective.

"Life is amazing. And then it's awful.
And then it's amazing again. And
in between the amazing and the awful 
its ordinary and mundane and routine.
Breathe in the amazing, hold on through
the awful, and relax and exhale during 
the ordinary. That's just living
heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing,
awful, ordinary life. And it's
breathtakingly beautiful."
~LR Knost

a follow up to yesterday.
if you know me.
i usually try to see the positive.
to BE happy.
i will live my ordinary life.
in an extraordinary way.
by expressing my happiness for Mattie.
{tho i will still shed some tears}
because he is getting to experience.
his own extraordinary, ordinary life.
enjoy the moments my sweet child.
just BE.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

...a note to my youngest son...

...two o' five.

There are people who believe we stand alone,
 whole & complete & perhaps that’s true,
 but all I know is there are parts of me
 that would not be
 if they had not come alive with you.

to my youngest son.
such a whirlwind.
these past couple of weeks.
open house.
your last.
baseball awards banquet.
where, you were rewarded, for your hard work.
and today.
when i drove you to the airport.
fighting the tears.
until i got to the car.
when you asked to go to Colorado for the summer.
initially, we said no.
but the next night.
 you asked if you could talk to us.
 about why you thought we should let you go.
you had all your thoughts in place.
you laid your heart on the line.
believe me...
letting you go wasn't an easy decision.
but, bottom line...
we didn't want you to have a miserable summer.
and you would have.
i remember young love.
you will be with a family that cares about you.
and, you are getting the chance.
to see and experience.
a different part of the country.
my selfish mom heart.
selfish because there will be a summer...
void of. 
a kiss on the cheek.
"night mom, love you."
or out the door...
"see ya later mom, have a good day, love ya."
just simple things.
the hundred different things.
that make Matthew, Matthew.
things that a child.
will never understand.
until they have children themselves.
that being said.
i am so, so proud of you.
{just as i am with your brother and sister} are good people.
you are kind, loving, compassionate,
beautiful inside and out.
how can i be selfish...
and not let you share the gift of you.
with as many people as possible.
yeah, i'm not going to lie.
i will probably continue to cry.
because i am human.
and selfish is a parent's rite.
but i will also be happy.
knowing dad and i raised {three}GREAT.
human beings.
do me favor.
don't stop being you.
never lose your smile.
always, always look for the good in people.
never stop giving of yourself.
enjoy everyday.
enjoy the moments.
and above all, Matthew Brian Goodenow...
just BE.
"i'll see ya later."
love, mom.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

...two o seven...

By being yourself,
you put something wonderful 
in the world that was 
not there before.
Edwin Elliott

just BE. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

...two o eight...

I am me.
I'm who I'm meant to be.
I am my past, my present
and who I want to be.
I'm not just any one, I am all three.
I am a work in progress,
a destiny.
I am who I choose to be,
I am me.
Namaste Cafe

i am feeling my summer yard.
just need to pick up a rocker.
my old faithful didn't.
survive last summer.
just BE.