bonded in brown

music forever remembered

my thoughts drift to the music in my life,
how it flows through my veins each day...
for that I am truly grateful


Paint your best moment today....


"Imagination is the true magic carpet." ~
Norman Vincent Peale


my mother's brushes well used ....

find shelter

blurry bug
with a ladybug...

after the rain
a toadstool...

a cup...

new mexico
the weekend!

i just about tripped over it!

I heart this week
In July I traveled to Synod YOUTH Workshop as a sponsor with teenagers from our church and felt the love and excitement in a way that they love to show it! The sunny heart on the bricks during my early morning walk (before teens awake!) confirmed the love that is all around us...may you see this on Love Thursday and each day.

silver answers

last night as I washed the dinner dishes my day replayed in my head:
Was it a happy day?
Did we connect?
Were my thoughts worthy?
Is this all there is?
Will I get it all done?

as I glanced up at the jewelry I laid on the windowsill before my hands touched the warm suds my answer was staring back at me.

what was I thinking/seeing

what was I thinking/seeing, originally uploaded by sammymom.

I can so easily play this game ....such a pretty maple tree in our front did that blind get in that shot without me seeing it....Have a wonderful CST!!

True Confession

bless be the tie that binds

bread ties in a drawer... Is there something "quirky" you save?

am I the only one?

come on you know you do.....

MondayMoments LIVE


"Don't ask yourself what the world needs;
ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
Howard Thurman

a quote I will also hold close this week here

can see it? can you feel it?

gray sam
looking for the weekend....

beach .....a might force

yes it is Friday arriving with flair


make the most of it!

have you cracked?

having or expressing strong emotions
defines passionate

as a mother, sometimes expressing those strong emotions with a daughter creates a crack when what we really desire is smooth...... even.....

colors of warmth

crazy quilt
open the windows ...
looking out in back yard
bring out the quilt...
soft sleep
turn off the air conditioning ...for now
what a welcome break.

sun day

sun day, originally uploaded by sammymom.

we were in our back yard chatting ~ enjoying a cool day ~ time I cherish in a busy 16 year old's life!

Take a Moment

keep climbingCourage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying "I'll try again tomorrow."
Mary Anne Radmacher
a beautiful few words here

sky talk

am i the only one
looking at the sky
waiting for the next
raindrop to twirl with the wind?

watching and waiting
seeking signs in a yellow moon...

what has your weather looked like so far this weekend?

I "puffy" heart you

brick heart

my close friend Becky gave this heart to me many years ago although I cannot even recall the occasion anymore. I notice it "floats" around my house as many items tend to do, never quite landing in one spot. A counter... windowsill... the wall... even in a car for awhile. Each time I spy it though it makes me smile and reflect on the love between friends, all this emotion in one soft and colorful heart.

My hope that today on this Love Thursday you have a friend floating around in sight to make you smile.

Garden and Life 101

be Bold


be Different
bloom where planted

be Encouraging

hang in there

be Patient

white light


as September arrived my thoughts turned to ways to encourage both teachers and parents at the beginning of each week. "MondayMoments" brings a positive quote to dwell on throughout the week. My hope is that you will visit and share words that speaks to you as well...enjoy each moment.

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson

ride the wave

weekend: ebb and flow

let the sun shine where ever you may be this weekend

sisters of wood

passing the peace

one sister at home and one away at college
share that forever bond
these my thoughts during a quiet moment
standing in the doorway of her
empty room.

passing you peace ...on this Love Thursday.

Daily Color

GRATITUDE can come each day in a very common form if we remain aware. I love fruit and am grateful for the way it fills my senses!

Simple, I about you? what are grateful for today?

prayer by the pool

prayer by the pool, originally uploaded by shot monday
quiet thoughts to those near and far .... we begin anew


school has begun (well... tomorrow) check here each week for a quote to encourage you this year. Teachers, student or parents please feel free to add one!

"Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud. Any of us will put out more and better ideas if our efforts are appreciated."
Alex F. Osborn