To have courage . . .

“To have courage whatever comes in life. . .  everything lies in that. 

– Saint Teresa of Avila

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Here’s the honest thing: I don’t know much.  I don’t know why someone’s heart beats in her father’s chest. I don’t know why after two years this one continues to heal. I don’t know why we continue to celebrate the years and life’s changing times. 

I do know this:  We are not strong because of ourselves.  We do not have courage because we are brave.  We do not do anything alone.  I still can’t say one is good without feeling gratitude from my core and saying the other. . .

Thank you, Jesus.  We are changed forever.  

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2018 Gifts

29.) Celebrating two years and 27 days

30.) hot tea in special cups by the fire

31.) little snippets of their days

32.) the younger sister helping her older sister study

33.) conversations with my oldest

34.) brisk air

35.) texts from sweet friends

36.) he can fix anything

37.) drop in visits

38.) walks through the woods

39.) laughter

40.) joyful voices from newlyweds

 

 

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January 19

Morning light shines through kitchen window and I love it.    I scan for something to photograph before light shifts and my eye catches last night’s teacup.

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“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”  Albert Einstein

I see this quote and remember it from Emory walls.

Today it reminds me of my Girl who Loves Music off Marching for Life with that Man with the Big Laugh,  youth they love so much and countless others who care so much.

I’m proud of my girl & that Man with the Big Laugh.

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21.) fun snowfall in the Carolinas  this week

22.) warm days to melt that snow away

23.) nephew Marching on this year too

24.) early bedtime

25.) lightness and joy in Charming’s voice

26.) walk through the woods with my youngest

27.) warm house

28.) beautiful light that sets my heart to beating

 

 

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“If I get married, I want to be very married.”
– Audrey Hepburn

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It’s been one week now since this beautiful free-spirited Artist married our Charming. 

We saw them last night and even though dinner was terrible – we couldn’t have enjoyed it all more. 

While he and the Fisherman worked on their car in our garage, she shared with excitement the week of wonderful first: figuring out all new things together,  how “they are getting their new home very clean and organized“, changing her last name on Facebook, how Charming didn’t think of tools and that old oven doesn’t work. . .  and then with more love in her voice – about their first married day with a celebratory steak dinner on the floor in their new living room . . . and she made it all sound so glorious. . . because it was. 

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1000 Gifts 2018

11.) very bad dinner with those two last night

12.) happy phone call from the philosopher

13.) soft glow from Christmas tree that will come down today. . . how I love those lights

14.) text messages filled with love out of the blue

15.) the girl who loves music making me laugh

16.) a talk with a tall baker

17.) listening to all things wonderful about their new lives

18.) looks of starvation from fat pets

19.) a most beautiful wedding to start our year

20.) tools left scattered

 

 

Buckle your seatbelt 2018

I hear this over and over in my head this week . . . and I smile.  

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We toasted to two years for our girl last night and once again we know New Year’s Eve will never be the same for us again.

We are changed forever.

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1000 Gifts 2018

1.) Charming is to marry this week

2.) people in and out of my house today – no time clean – messier than ever

3.) Mass with the Fisherman

4.) conversations with a new photographer friend

5.) Philosopher home with his beauty

6.) that beauty so patient and loving

7.) conversations with a much-loved aunt

8.) vacuum running

9.) soft music playing

10.) proudly launched my photography business

Buckle your seatbelt 2018 . . . I’m coming to get you. 

and I smile at the thought