October 29, 2014

embrace now

i don't think we can deny anymore that winter is on it's way.  the warm weather has said its goodbyes and the chill has unpacked, readying us all the inevitable arrival of snow and cold!
dream big!

 i have found over the years and from living in minnesota, it is just best to embrace the weather of the day...whatever that may be. i always seem to find some treasured moment.  on some days, the wind stops for a second and the warming rays of sunshine flow with an extraordinary amount of enthusiasm.
i stop in my tracks and soak it all in.
... and then there are the days when the rain lets up just enough to get the mail or take my dog for a walk, with us both enjoying the puddle splashes.

as with all things, if i keep present in the moment i receive a present.

here is a quote about living in the moment (you can find more at: http://www.essentiallifeskills.net/liveinthemomentquotes.html)

we are always getting ready to live but never living.
~ ralph waldo emerson

October 28, 2014


faith...it does not make things easy
it makes them possible
~luke 1:37

October 21, 2014


"granma" ayla inquired genuinely,  "where do lollipops come from?"

lollipops for ayla
"silly girl, don't you remember? we planted seeds
last month!"

i felt her face smile from ear to ear, then her body jolted from me..."i'll race you to the fields!"

in a split second we both were making our way to the back door and the down the steps.  generations separated us, but we caught our breath within minutes of each other.

"when?! when, grandma, will they be ready to eat?"

"soon...we have to be patient, dear."

"patience is not the 
ability to wait, 
but the ability to keep
 a good attitude 
while waiting." ~joyce meyers

October 9, 2014

...inevitably flaws

gold grunge
“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed.
And you are beautiful.”
 ~Amy Bloom

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” ~Marilyn Monroe

“To say "I love you" one must know first how to say the "I."
 ~Ayn Rand

October 5, 2014

October 2, 2014

...hath such grace...


No spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face....
~John Donne

September 27, 2014

let God take you over...

lollipod seedlings
“The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become - because He made us. He invented us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be. . .It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.” ~ C.S. Lewis

to learn more about annie young the artist visit: www.doyouseewhatifeel.blogspot.com

September 24, 2014

...a path illuminated

walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light ~ helen keller
cecilia luminates the warrior's path
cecilia illuminates the warrior's path

September 22, 2014

live your truth

royal journey
this photo was taken so as to record the start of yet another work...when i am complete i will post the final product

Live your truth. 
Express your love. 
Share your enthusiasm. 
Take action towards your dreams. 
Walk your talk. 
Dance and sing to your music. 
Embrace your blessings. 
Make today worth remembering.
~Steve Maraboli

September 20, 2014

happiness test

if you are truly happy, you can enjoy the scenery while on a detour~ unknown

the coneflower