Looking back on our visit to @creationmuseum 🐫🕊🐘 Definitely a highlight of the summer! Sharing more about it + some tips for YOU on visiting the museum on the blog today! Link is in my profile. ☺️ What's a highlight of your summer? Tell me below!!
I hope you are a friend to yourself. I hope you know that to truly know the real you, your authentic self, your divine center...
you need only know that
You Are Loved.
Love knows us, lives within us and shows up in our daily lives.
We can have an everyday, personal relationship with Love. We don’t need ceremony or pedigree to do it nor do we need to be perfect or even “doing ok”. We can admit how it is with us right now. And we will be heard. And we can learn to hear Love’s response. And we can know we’re never alone. And we can realize that this Love is everywhere.
We can call this enlightenment, which is a lovely word, but it’s also called friendship. It’s here for us. Next to us. Inside of us.
So how do we start a conversation with the Divine? Especially if we feel like stumbling fools and prize jackasses half of the time?
There are lots of ways! I focus on gratitude and the Ignatian Examen to keep these ordinary holy convos going on within. ♥️
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Have you seen our summer photo snapshot competition? See our last post for deets. Kay Crafthood has been on a staycation this week and yesterday visited Bath. How lucky that a fully working gorgeous steam fair was in town. The minis thought they were in heaven and Kay could only marvel at all of the sign painting - I guess that’s a hand letterers life 😍
Days when we’re all together are the best. Are they always magical and adventure filled? No. Are there hard moments even on the best days? Yes. What we choose to dwell on is how we’ll remember the days we live. So live them well and remember the sweetest, most precious, hilarious, tasty, snuggly moments and your bucket will be filled with a good list. ❤️
I was inspired by @shannanwrites’ alley photos that she posts once a month, documenting the changing seasons, so I’m joining the fun. This is one of my favorite spots to sit and collect my thoughts, so look for it in my feed on the 10th of each month.
TBT Alyssa found this picture last month when we were getting ready for our yard sale and it’s been sitting on our hutch ever since. I loved parenting her when she was this age, but I love being her mom now even more.
Tonight the three of them were happy little muffins quite content to dig in the dirt finding treasures.
The boys have these times of playing so well together and getting caught up in imagining such fun things! Benjamin and I get a kick out of watching them and listening to their tiny voices in vibrant conversations. .
I’m so enamored with this stage! I know it means they’re growing up, but it also means they’re nurturing their brother bond and making memories I hope that will stick. .
So yes little buds, dig in the mud, find rocks you consider treasures and by all means make mud balls while you talk and giggle! ❤️
For days I’ve been fighting to find the beauty that seems elusive as we sit on hold with the university, crunching numbers, coming up with a plan. Today I sat in the waiting room as Taylor had his wisdom teeth pulled, listening to Salt of the Sound, and peace rushed over me. Nothing has changed with our circumstances, but today I’m choosing to be still. I am holding space for wonder, sitting with the silence, and letting truth wash over me. #itssimplytuesday#iwentlookingforbeauty
It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
Our sweet Lulu turned 10 last week. She is the original water lover. Fact: we bought her a slip n slide the first summer she was ours and she has been obsessed with water ever since. She loves to be out with the buddies splashing around, drinking water, barking to be squirted and soaked!
She has been with us for two moves, adjusted to the two kiddos and survived two back surgeries. She gives the best kisses and snuggles, rivals as the loudest snorer in the family and is an integral part of our family. We love our Lubaby!
This table holds the secrets, hopes, fears and dreams of everyone who sat around it at the Shinn’s, so when they asked if we wanted to keep it for them when they moved to Portland we quickly said “yes!” Thankful for the life we lived around this table and hopeful for what’s to come even in this season that’s so incredibly bittersweet.
The advantages of Summer...creating beauty with gardens... It's worth the hard work of preparations in the Spring..now to see and enjoy the beautiful flowers, ripe vegetables and even a single fig sprouting on a tree branch. 😁❤
There’s a handful of things that will always bring me joy without fail. At the top of the list in no particular order is:
🌻Spending time with people I love. My love language is for sure quality time!
🐝cute babies - like the one pictured 😍
So thankful I got to spend time with this little dude and his mama today! Isn’t he so cute eating his peaches?! Watch my story for a video of him playing with the kitten, too freakin cute!
I listened to a ted talk recently about joy and it’s cause, so now I’m curious to know what brings you joy?
The clouds are gone and the sun is back out with its fierce Colorado intensity. I saw my first hummingbird in the garden today and squealed! These little paper lantern lookalikes are Love In A Puff! I grew these vines from seed and they are now covered in these little lime green pods. 😊 .
I’m always talking about how this old prayer, the Ignatian Examen, helped me become a friend to myself, to the world and to the Sacred. Sometimes folks question the world part. They say... -Isn’t the world full of temptation and we need to be wary of it?
-The world seems too broken for me to really help it.
-The world is dangerous.
-The world isn’t as important as eternal things like the spirit so why bother with it?
I’vewondered about those things too. But the Examen has helped me see a beautiful union, a glorious dance between self, world and Spirit. It shows me life doesn’t work to have one or two of those pieces without the other; they are intertwined.
God in all things is how Ignatius described it. And he was not the only soul to say so. Witnessing the thread of connection between all things is a living wisdom in many spiritual traditions.
The Examen helped me and helps me see these connections and then helps me guide my intentions thereafter with a gentle, “Great, so now what?!” I consider the practice an observational and conversational tool and it goes kinda like this for me: -Thank You.
-I’m happy about...
-I’m scared shitless about...
-Spirit, let me listen to what you say about that...
-I hear you say we’re in it together.
-And after sharing and listening, I think we’re on the same page as to how I want to live and be in the world.
-Until next time, thanks!
-And in my experience, God always ends our time with, “Thanks! I love you! I’m here...you’ll see me in you, in other people and even in strawberries! Let’s go!
Intimate. Personal. Relatable to my life just as it is. Affirming. Hopeful. Acknowledging my strengths and weaknesses. Laying out a path with me (keeping all of that stuff in mind) ...That’s what praying the Examen is like for me. Does that sound like something you’d like to know more about for your own life?
How do you find time to take care of YOU?! If you’re anything like I was a year ago, life is so chaotic and busy and so many people need you that finding time for you seems virtually impossible and, truth be told, utterly selfless. I mean, we’re supposed to live to serve others, right?! A year ago, I had hit a point where taking care of me did not seem to be serving my family. I couldn’t run out to the gym anymore. It was making our days even more chaotic than they already are and I could see my family suffering because of it.
So clearly, I had no business finding time getting into shape?! Right?! In all honesty, i was beginning to think that. “That’s just not reality for the life of a mom” (the getting in shape thing, that is). What’s more, I found myself feeding my family complete crap on an almost daily basis — fast food and processed junk at nearly every meal. The name of my game was “quick and easy”. Something needed to change, and it needed to change on multiple levels for my family to really thrive.
God bless my sweet sweet friend Kelley brown for reaching out her hand when she did. Because you see the thing is, i didn’t actually realize what it was that needed to change for my family. I just noticed life was not peaceful. She was the encourager I needed. She reached her hand, offered tools and support that could serve me and my family like never before, and I kid you not when I say that they have changed my life!
It was not the “taking care of me” part that needed to change. It was the “how”. And the junk I was feeding my family, that was so unnecessary even for “quick and easy” meals. I just needed some tools that could help me focus on mine and my family’s fitness and nutrition in a way that would serve us during this season of life and a community of others to support me along the way.
If you can locate yourself in my story at all, I am here to tell you, don’t give up!
Taking care of you; taking care of your family — it is always worth it. YOU are always worth it. And it doesn’t have to be a daunting task!
Join our tribe! Let’s do it together!