Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Rock higher than I...

Today has been one of those days.

You know the type...where running back
home to hide under the covers seems more 
appealing than trying to figure out how to 
solve the discouraging issues at hand.

And yet - I can take comfort in knowing 
that there is a "Rock higher than I" - and it's
 not the end of the world when my little 
heart gets overwhelmed. 

While it's never fun to be reminded that 
there's more to the big picture than I can see,
 it's a good faith building exercise.  Because if I 
really trust the promises I've been given, I'll get 
up tomorrow looking for a fresh supply of 
mercy, grace & wisdom.  And goodness
knows, that's precisely what I need.


Monday, March 26, 2012

monday thoughts

This seems like it was made for 
a Monday morning, right?

Hope everyone had a wonderful
weekend!  Ours was busy but full of
happy things & good time together.  :)


Friday, March 23, 2012


We were chatting with one of our dear friends 
recently, and somehow got talking about what 
happens if you find the one, but they live 
somewhere you aren't sure you want to be.  

My sweet hubs didn't hesitate for a split second.  
With a smile, he looked over at me and said:  
"Something inside you just changes...and 
home becomes wherever that person is."

(At which point I melted.)

But isn't that the truth of it?  And isn't 
it incredible that God designed our hearts
to love with such forever intensity?


Thursday, March 22, 2012

good reminder

Isn't it cool that with our God,
a little faith can do big things??


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

morning joy

These are the days when I don't mind having a
different work schedule...one that allows me to 
linger on the couch and take joy in the little
pleasures of a perfect spring morning.

Lately our apartment has been flooded with 
bright morning sunshine and what sounds like the 
noisy banter of every bird in the neighborhood.  
It's impossible to be anything but cheerful 
listening to their chirps & trills!

Even though there is still a bit of crispness 
to the fresh morning air, I can't resist letting it in.  
I've been throwing every window and door open, 
then cozying up in a soft alpaca blanket and 
drinking giant mugs of steaming coffee to 
keep from getting goosebumps.

This morning I deviated from my usual blog 
reads, and slowly poured through the new issue 
of  Maine Magazine. (gorgeous, as usual.) 
And as I unfolded myself from the couch to
refill my coffee and make toast, I realized again 
just how good my little morning time is! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

hello, fake summertime

We've been having the most incredible warm 
weather around here, so the hubs suggested 
an impromptu trip out to the ocean on Sunday.

It was marvelous to walk around drinking 
iced chai and soaking up the sunshine.  
Life is so good!  :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Kony 2012

We watched this video yesterday, 
and I would highly recommend seeing 
it if you haven't yet.

And then if your reaction is anything
like mine, maybe you'll want to

Saturday, March 17, 2012

wonderfully present

I'm loving this sweet, cheerful print.
The colors and design are perfectly springy,
but it's the text that just makes me feel
smiley.  (And not just because of Louis!)

Last night we went to a prayer & worship
night, and I was challenged to practice living 
more fully in the present - not to get so stuck
 on things past / fixated on future things.  

Sometimes it's tough to be challenged, but 
last night I felt really reminded about the joy 
God has for us here in the present. When we're 
able to live fully engaged lives, it's amazing how 
many wonderful things we start seeing around us.  

So today, I hope you can be fully present and 
see just what a wonderful world it is!

Friday, March 16, 2012

lame humor

Why does Snoop Dog carry 

an umbrella?

Heh. Heh. Heh.

Clearly I have been married to the 
king of corny jokes for too long. 

(just teasing...love you, babe!)


Thursday, March 15, 2012

ah, the good life

The first port on our cruise was Grand Turk,
and it was an amazing introduction to the
picture perfect Caribbean beaches & waters.

Although there are no photos to prove it, we 
went power snorkeling - which was a really cool 
way to explore the beauty that's hidden underwater.

As with most ports, there were a lot of little 
shops right off the pier...so instead of shopping
like normal tourists, we took silly pictures. 

(That shop is called the Dizzy Donkey because
there are wild donkeys that roam the island.)

There was a tiki bar right on the edge of the beach,
so we tried their local beer and sat in the shade 
soaking up all the incredible beauty around us.

See what I mean about beauty?  That impossibly 
turquoise water completely blew me away!

   The hubs had fun wading in the clear water,
and said he could see tiny fish all around his feet!

(Isn't it crazy that such a huge ship is 
docked so close to the shore??)

And finally, a picture on the pier before getting back on
the ship.  As you can see, we were loving all the sunshine 
and had perma-grins the entire day!  What a cool 
blessing to get to see this part of the world!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

let's eat cake

My little blog turns 3 today, so I think we
should all find some cake & ice cream to make
the day happy with a little celebration!

Thank you to my sweet family & friends
who read my ramblings and interact in this
format - I love being able to share life
with you this way! 


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

feelin' hot hot hot

 Yesterday was gloriously warm and perfectly
spring-like...not at all like a usual March day in NH.
Everyone was driving with windows down and
going for slow walks around the neighborhood.

It was so warm that we actually opened all 
of the windows in the house because it was 
warmer outside than in.  (Craziness.)  We also
grilled and ate dinner outside.  (Amazing!)

And just because it's been in my head lately,
(and in the title of this post now), here's some
Michael Scott for your Tuesday:

Monday, March 12, 2012

a morning prayer

Clean the slate, God, 
so we can start the day fresh!
Keep me from stupid sins, from 
thinking I can take over your work;
Then I can start this day sun-washed,
scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.
These are the words in my mouth;
these are what I chew on and pray.

(Psalm 19:12-14, The Message)

Friday, March 9, 2012

last week at this time...

...we were in paradise!

I know it's a bit strange to start with pictures
from the end of a trip, but this morning I
realized that it was just 7 days ago that we
were playing on Half Moon Cay - the most
beautiful little island I've ever seen.

We got to ride horses along the beach and
then through the waves - totally amazing!

(Pardon the terrible second photo - it's a 
sneaky snapshot of the official cruise photo 
that we refused to shell out 20 bucks for.)

There were some comfy hammocks 
in the shade, so we relaxed and had fun
soaking up all the beauty around us. 

After floating around in the water and
walking along the perfectly white sand,
my handsome guy took a little nap...

...but I was too excited and worked hard
on perfecting my white girl tan instead. 
(aka: the lobster look) 

 We were sad to say goodbye
at the end of the day, but feel so
blessed to have spent a perfectly
blissful day playing in paradise.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

a sweet theme

I started editing our vacation photos
this morning, and quickly noticed a
theme...lots of ice cream!

There's definitely no shortage of food
on a cruise ship, but my favorite part was
definitely the abundance of perfectly
creamy strawberry ice cream.
I loved coming back to the ship after
our excursions to an ice cream cone. 
I felt like I was cheating - getting to
 soak up all of the best parts of summer
 at once - sunshine, adventure, 
relaxing & ice cream!

And I think this cute guy
felt the same way.  :)

Monday, March 5, 2012

home again

After a week of sunshine & bliss,
we're back!  It was an amazing trip,
and I can't wait to share photos
once we download them all. 

But first, reality calls, so now back
 to work. How are you?  What happened 
while I was gone?  Hugs!