Wednesday, February 26, 2014

For those who want to see

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”
-Henri Matisse

I bumped into this quote today and totally agree. There is beauty everywhere - if we choose to see it. Amazing how much energy and time is wasted on looking for the negative in life ...

Today, slow down and see the beauty that is all around. It's there. Always.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Is silence a sound?

One morning on the way to school, I had Simon and Garfunkel playing in the car. The "Sound of Silence" was on and the lyrics hung heavy in the car.

Hello darkness, my old friend,
I've come to talk with you again,
Because a vision softly creeping,
Left its seeds while I was sleeping,
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence.

The song ended just as we arrived at my son's school and before he jumped out (in his usual way) he paused and asked - "Is silence a sound?"

"What do you think?" I asked.

"I don't know, I want to think about this." He shut the door and walked away.

Later that afternoon - I picked him up from school and he announced:
"Silence is a sound. My science teacher told me."

He then asked, "Can you play that song again?"

Later that night - he downloaded "The Sound of Silence" it is (to this day) one of his all time favorite songs.

Mine too.

Amazing what happens within the sound of silence.

This post inspired by The Daily Post at 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Glance back -

Pictured above is my letterman jacket from high school. I graduated in 1991 so my high school days have been over for some time!

I was surprised today to find a tweet from my cousin who posted up a picture of himself in a Bomber sweatshirt and the words: Bomber Wednesday.

I was a Richland Bomber and ran for the school as a member of the cross country and track teams. His little Bomber tweet helped me glance back for a moment and remember some really great memories.

In fact, it inspired me to pull out my jacket. I put it on and was immediately transported to years long gone and races long over. (Happy to say it still fits!)

One of my favorite John Denver songs is ... "This Old Guitar"

It goes:
This old guitar taught me to sing a love song
It showed me how to laugh and how to cry
It introduced me to some friends of mine
And brightened up some days
It helped me make it through some lonely nights
Oh, what a friend to have on a cold and lonely night

And so on ... I feel the same sentiments towards this old letterman jacket of mine as it serves as a reminder of days in my life that were filled with a lot of growing and becoming.

Thanks for the tweet, Ty.

It is indeed a Bomber kind of day!

Run on -

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

What's GREAT about this?

The dead skunk

Our daughter was very excited for school today because there was an Author coming to visit and the entire school could wear PJs in his honor – as one of his titles is about pajamas. She picked her outfit carefully and was ready for a great day!

Her science project art board was also due today. She was ready – wearing fluffy sheep PJs, carrying her lunch bag and juggling her science art board, backpack strapped to her back and carrying a helmet for circus arts in PE. An adorable sight! (To me, the mom).

As we were driving, we saw a dead skunk in the road. "Poor skunk", I said. Her only comment was - it stinks soooo bad. Our drive to school takes about 10 minutes so we had time to think about the skunk and it's life.

Upon arrival to the school we were both very surprised that no one else was in PJ's. She was the ONLY one wearing PJ's. 

My daughter walked to the front door of the school – and with each step lost confidence in her fluffy, pink sheep PJ's. 

Someone at the door informed her that the pajama and Author day was tomorrow.

Thank heavens I lingered in the drop off line - she was able to find peace and solitude in the family car.
And regroup! My daughter is the most organized, collected and sophisticated kid I have ever known. So this was not a normal event. She does not like surprises and plans out everything. As she sat in the car beating herself up for getting the PJ/Author day wrong I said "It is OK, this will be OK!" And I told her how I loved her energy and enthusiasm for the spirit days at school.

And as we drove home, I tried to play the ‘What’s GREAT about this game?’

What’s great about this is…we get more time together in the car this morning. What’s great is that your outfit for tomorrow is all ready. What’s great is this is the first time ever in your entire elementary school career that you have ever been tardy for school. What’s great about this is we get to drive by the dead skunk 2 more times this morning.

“Look, I said, there’s that dead skunk again.” She smiled, and laughed.

Thank you dead skunk – your stench and life were not useless. You helped us laugh on a rather challenging morning and we thank you for it.

She will wear the fluffy, pink sheep PJ's tomorrow. :)

PS: So glad that everything ALWAYS works out.
And so thankful for the little moments in life that help us to laugh, grow and become.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Inspiration from a heart shaped tree

Oh, heart shaped tree picture why do I love you?
Let's break down the reasons:

Filled with green - the color of life, growth, vitality, freshness, hope, knowledge

Blue skies - springtime, fresh air, open spaces

Clouds - fluffy and romantic and full of charm

Little white flowers - whimsical, romantic, welcoming

The heart tree - screams love and hope, happiness, purpose, steadiness, longevity, roots, and stability from the storm ...

Happy Valentine's Day - fill your day with LOVE and more love.

PS: When we really slow down and look for what we love in a person or thing, we can find all sorts of amazing wonders and beauties. Try it.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

10 Inspirational Quotes

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
- Gandhi

When you get up in the morning, you have two choices - either to be happy or to be unhappy. Just choose to be happy. 
- Norman Vincent Peale

Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities -- always see them, for they're always there. - Norman Vincent Peale

Change your thoughts and you change your world. 
- Norman Vincent Peale

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.
- Richard Bach

No one of us is less treasured or cherished of God than another. He loves each of us - insecurities, anxieties, self-image, and all.
- Jeffrey R. Holland

Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There's no greater investment.
- Stephen R. Covey

Never let a problem to be solved, become more important than a person to be loved.

- Thomas S. Monson

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.
- Zig Ziglar

Love is born. Everything else is learned.
- Dalai Lama

Monday, February 10, 2014

What is love?

One of my favorite portraits of the Savior, Jesus Christ by Liz Lemon Swindle

A long time ago, I was a student in college. One of my classes was English 101. Our Professor gave us a topic for an essay and a couple of days to work on it. The topic was: What is love?

I was young, 18 to be exact and this question caused me to do some deep thinking, reflecting and soul searching. I remember thinking - what a big question. And because I loved to write and wanted to do well in the class, I wanted to write something profound and inspiring. As I think back upon that time, it makes me smile. I had very little knowledge (it seemed to me as to what love was). My experience in the 'love department' was very limited. I had a couple of boyfriends in high school - did that count? I remember thinking - I've had my heart broken. I know that love can hurt the heart sometimes.

On and on my thoughts went. I don't have that essay - wish I did. It would be interesting to see what I finally penned as love back then. Thankfully, I know love has very little to do with boyfriends and romantic escapades.

Time and experience can teach a great deal - I am happy to say that I know what love is and what it can teach along the way ...

Love is patient
Love is kind
Love is understanding
Love lifts you up
Love heals
Love helps
Love inspires
Love mends
Love believes
Love listens
Love forgives
Love endures
Love gives you space and time
Love can make your heart hurt
Love teaches
Love encourages
Love invites
Love remembers
Love cherishes
Love mourns
Love celebrates
Love is unselfish
Love welcomes
Love awakens the heart, mind
Love reaches out
Love enables us to become something better ...

The greatest example of love is from our Savior, Jesus Christ. His entire life was lived for each one of us. His purpose for living was to show us a better way to be and offer us hope by His example and by His atonement for each one of us. His life enables each of us to be able to return to our Heavenly Father and to live in His love forever. His love makes our ability to receive and give love possible.

I am thankful for that knowledge and in turn am able to receive and give love. The kind of love that lasts, the kind of love that lifts, edifies and enables.The kind of love that helps us become our greatest selves.

Love - it matters. In fact, it's all that matters.