One of my favorite things about summertime is that life seems to move at a slightly slower pace. I’ve been able to adjust my morning schedule so that I’m getting in a trail walk/jog before it gets too hot. These moments outdoors help me decompress; I can feel the stress roll off my shoulders.
Sometimes I listen to music while I run, and sometimes I listen to the chorus of the songbirds perched in the treetops. I mentally go over my prayer list and especially focus on praying for my family. My heart always feels lighter after this time outdoors.
My thoughts can’t help but go to the beauty that surrounds me. I thank the Creator for allowing me these moments to enjoy His creation.
Butterflies are little things that bring me joy. When I see one flutter by, my heart skips a beat. Maybe that’s because they appear seemingly out of nowhere and are evanescent, quickly vanishing.
Usually I don’t have my camera handy when I spot a butterfly, but today I did. I had been outside taking some photos of my flower beds when I saw this beauty land on one of my flip-flops that I had kicked off near the front steps. It’s a Limenitis arthemis astyanax, aka Red-spotted Purple. The name confuses me a little bit because the wings look blue, not purple. I read that the top flight speed for a Red-spotted Purple is 12 mph. They are commonly found in the Eastern United States.
Little things, like pretty butterflies, are easy to take for granted, but they have a purpose in God’s creation.
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. ~Revelation 4:11
Happy Friday! Another week has zoomed by, and a brand new month will be here on Monday. I just can’t believe it! In an effort to savor the “little things” in life, I’m linking up today with Susanne to share some good things from my week.
1. The weather has been amazing. I have been longing for sunshine, and it is here at last. I was able to get outside a little bit every day this week, even on the days when we had rain.
2. Steven and I were able to take a long hike through the woods together. We were hunting morels, but we didn’t find any. A couple of friends who have found some passed them along to us. I cooked up a batch, and then Steven did another. His were dredged and seasoned better than mine and tasted amazing.
3. The concert choir that Shay is a part of at her college had its final performance of the semester. The girls and I, along with their grandma who was here visiting, were able to attend. I am so amazed with the talent these young people have! After the concert, we enjoyed a meal at a Mexican restaurant with one of Shay’s friends and his family. We had a great time.
4. I tackled one of my least favorite springtime jobs: weeding the flower beds. I still need to put down some new mulch and replace a couple of dead plants, but the beds are looking much better already. It won’t be long until the butterflies show up.
5. A hummingbird was spotted flitting around the front porch this week, so I got the hummingbird feeder filled and hung. I’m still waiting to catch the birds in action at the feeder.
After an unusually warm September and early October, cooler weather has finally arrived. I woke up to 38 degrees this morning. It’s time for me to pack up our summer clothes and get our warmer things out of storage.
We had a hay ride at church last night, but I didn’t get any breathtaking pictures. The leaves haven’t gone through their typical vibrant color change this fall due to dry conditions, but there are definitely tinges of brown, yellow, and orange beginning to pop up.
I’ve been quiet here on the blog lately just due to the busyness of everyday life, so this is sort of a catch-up post. I had a hard time narrowing my favorites down to just five this week, but here they are.
1. I turned 40 last week. To be honest, I had been dreading this particular birthday, but I was fine once it finally arrived. I think it was the combination of hitting a milestone birthday at the same time my firstborn is getting ready to graduate high school that made me get a little emotional. I received some very nice gifts and lots of well wishes. I was especially touched by the love shown to me by my church family. It turned out to be a great day.
2. I mentioned that I received some nice birthday gifts. I’ll share some of those soon in another post, but the gifts that made me cry were actually from my children. Shopping for gifts can be challenging because we live a long way from a mall. The day before my birthday, the girls and I made the long trip to a big mall so that they could spend some money that they had been holding on to since Christmas and their birthdays. We split up at one point, and they snuck into a jewelry store to buy me a couple of bracelets for my birthday. I was very surprised when I opened the box and realized what they had done. They also bought me a couple of scented candles. I thought it was so sweet and thoughtful of them to spend part of their own money on gifts for me.
3. Signs of spring are everywhere. We’ve had windy days, rain here and there, and sunshine mixed in. Friends stopped by one afternoon to deliver fresh eggs, and they brought along some newborn baby chicks for us to see. They were adorable! I am thankful for fresh eggs and for getting to see the babies.
4. One of my favorite traditions growing up was going to the Plant City Strawberry Festival in March. I would always get a big bowl full of strawberry shortcake. We don’t get to go to the festival anymore since we don’t live in Florida now, but I still look forward to eating fresh strawberries this time of year. Some of the students at school were selling them for a fundraiser, and we bought a couple of quarts. I think they will go perfectly with some shortcake and vanilla ice cream.
5. On days when the weather is nice enough, I make the short drive to the county park to walk/jog the trails. The extra hour of daylight later in the day helps. If I’m in the mood for a stroll instead of speed, I take my camera along. I was able to get some nice shots of the sunset one evening. I never cease to be amazed at the beauty of God’s creation.
Do you have somewhere you go to unwind? This is one of my favorite spots, a place I can go to think, pray, and reflect on God’s goodness to me. There’s just something about the quiet of God’s creation that helps me get a right perspective.
I’m linking up with Susanne to share five good things from this week. Feel free to join us and share some of your blessings, too.
1. We had a wonderful Easter Sunday. The temperature was just below freezing as we gathered on the hill together with our church family for a sunrise service, but our hearts couldn’t have been warmer as Pastor Steven shared some Bible verses concerning our Saviour’s resurrection. We met back at the church for breakfast followed by our regular Sunday morning services. I was a good mom and remembered to get a picture of the kids on Easter for the first time in a couple of years.
2. The MLB season opened on Monday, and the Red Sox won their first series 2-1. In the spirit of opening day, I wore my Red Sox gear.
3. Spring has officially sprung here in West Virginia. It amazes me that the grass stays green all winter long underneath the snow. Weeds are already growing in the flower beds before any flowers have been planted. A few perinnials have peeked through the soil. I think these are hostas that I planted last summer.
4. Steven took the girls to their piano lessons (about a five hour round trip) for me so that I could have a day to catch up on some things around the house. The laundry room got a much needed spring cleaning. I am thankful that I have such a thoughtful husband.
5. My new favorite snack: strawberries and Nutella. Yummy!