Want to Live Happier? Practice Gratitude

  Dinners al-fresco on the back patio. Long walks after dinner. Flipping burgers on the grill in the pouring rain. Acupuncture treatment by a friend. My little sister’s encouraging words. Woohoo’s from Parker at gymnastics. Great books that make you think. These are just a few of the things on my 1000 Gifts list. Typically... Continue Reading →

Words + Image Monday

Take a moment this Monday, before the hectic week starts, and just breathe. By the way, if you're reading this and it's not Monday...it still works. You're welcome. (Background Photo: Source. Photo Editing/Typography: Ribbet.) May your week be filled with joy. May you find that joy in the presentness of life. (Yea, I just made up... Continue Reading →

Ways to Say I Love You

I Love You.   The three sweetest words in the English language. My daughters and I have a little nightly tradition. At night I say to Alexandra, "I love you all the way to the moon and back." She says, "I love you all the way to the moon and back 400 times." Then, I... Continue Reading →

Reflections of Joy

My 7-year-old, Parker, has been writing stories lately. These stories are always wildly imaginative. Her latest story is entitled, "The Zoo is the Greatest Place on Earth." The zoo in her story is not just any 'ol zoo. Oh, no, it features special animals like polka dotted polar bears and pink penguins. Who wouldn't love... Continue Reading →

What’s your greatest joy?

According to a recent survey, 36% of people said THIS  brings them the greatest joy. Can you guess what THIS is? What brings people the greatest joy is not a person. Surprisingly, THIS ranked higher than a good night out, a vacation, and even monkey piling! Give up? Over a third of people say a... Continue Reading →

Joy | Bird Watching

What is joy? It is a bird That we all want to catch It is the same bird That we all love to see flying - Sri Chinmoy ******** Check back on June 5 for7 Tips for Photographing Urban Wildlife Linked up on:

Turning 34…again!

Yeah, it was my birthday last week. Birthdays are a good thing. The more you have the more you should celebrate. I chose Greek for my birthday dinner. Axios Estiatorio in Denver's neighborhood known as Berkeley. (If you are want to kill some time you can read the complete restaurant review I posted here.) Hint:... Continue Reading →

5 Things I Can’t Live Without.

Sunglasses. Denver averages 300 days of sunshine a year. Surprised? Even on a cloudy day I can be seen wearing my shades. I buy maybe 6 pairs of sunglasses a year. These are currently my favorite pair. Until I crush them in the bottom of my purse. iPhone. I love that I can do anything... Continue Reading →

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I've been blogging for over 4 years now. That's 484 blog posts on this blog. I have blogged about everything that has been happening in the life of my family. From vacations, to raising our children, food I've made, my photography and design, documenting our crazy life, life and death, hopes, dreams, faith...you name it!... Continue Reading →

Spring is in the air…

...Or at least in my dining room. The backyard is in a complete disarray. Where there once was a lush green yard now has been replaced with a mud pit. I will not take a picture to prove it to you either. And I owe this all to our big black lab named Thor. It's... Continue Reading →

Before I was a mother…

Before I had kids my favorite Saturday's were spent with my hubby. We'd sleep in late. Eat brunch at Denny's. He always got breakfast. Me, not being a breakfast fan, I got lunch. Then, we would head to one, or more, of our favorite antique malls. We'd spend the day looking around. Maybe we found... Continue Reading →

2013 One Little Word

The beginning of a new year is traditionally a time of reflecting and setting new goals. I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. All too often we make a resolution of kicking our caffeine habit…losing weight…eating less junk food…or whatever. We do alright at first. Maybe even last a few months but by... Continue Reading →

December Daily | Fifteen, Top 3

So, remember that girls night out I was telling you about? (See Day 12). On the tables was a handout entitled "7 Ideas for a Grateful Christmas".  In place of a list full of "wants" there should be a list of what we already have, and share it with others. We all want nice things.... Continue Reading →

November Joy

In my email inbox was a post from Women Who Believe: "Joy.  Nehemiah 8:10 suggests that the “joy of the Lord is our strength”.  Strength is what we need to get us through these cold days of winter, with our lives often swinging back and forth between the brightness of sunshine and the dredge of... Continue Reading →

live joyfully.

So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. Ecclesiastes 8:14-16 Thoughts on living joyfully: Honor your... Continue Reading →

december daily | day eight

I just realized there are only 2 weeks left until Christmas! Yikes. Where have I been since Thanksgiving? Hoping if I ignore it, it would go away. Sigh. I have been making my list of items I need to make. Baking mostly. And some scrapbooking gifts. I can't say too much because some of you,... Continue Reading →

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