Thursday, March 27, 2014


This morning I went running with Maggie and forgot to grab my glasses. As soon as I stepped outside I knew I was missing them. But, I kept running because it was a pre-work run and every moment counts! I don't really have time for pre-work runs but they are more convenient than post-work runs so I squeeze them in. 

It was amazing to me how much I can't see without my glasses. 

There is probably a spiritual analogy in there somewhere. 

However, I have to say that the blurry vision actually helped me to focus on who I was with and what I was doing. If you know me at all, you know that I don't listen well and am often distracted by my phone. 

So today Maggie got lots of attention because she was all I could see clearly while we ran. 

I'm thinking I should leave the glasses at home more often! (Except when I'm driving :))

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Pay it Forward

I shop at Aldi, where you have to deposit a quarter if you want a cart. So often, people will give another their cart and forgo the quarter exchange, "pay it forward!" This has always been very cool to witness and participate in. 

Once, I was in line waiting on a woman with a newborn to finish up her check out process. She had misplaced her debit card and had no cash to pay for her groceries. It was awkward for all - until a man at the back of the line passed his card up and says, "here, I've got it. It's hard adjusting to a new baby." It was inspiring. 

Today, more magic. A woman's account was lower than she thought and she had to sort through to figure out what to put back and what to keep because she didn't have enough money for it all. The man in front of me said, "how much do you need?" When the answer was, "about $15" he gave a $10 and the woman in front of him gave a $5. The woman in need was grateful and embarrassed. They told her not to worry, just pay it forward. She beamed and said "I know how I can! I have a friend just diagnosed with breast cancer and I'll help her with some expenses." 

A great lesson that even mundane tasks like grocery shopping are opportunities to love your neighbor. Pretty neat! 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Neighborhood Guard

This one has taken it upon herself to be the guard of our neighborhood. She has learned who the good neighbors are and only barks at the strangers - or the ones we haven't met. 

Every day and sometimes multiple times a day she jumps up on the couch and stations herself at the window. 

I feel safer knowing she is keeping an eye on everything!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

This Summer

Things that are irritating about this summer:
1. Having Maggie now makes my lunch break tanning time non existent. 
2. Sunshine all week and rainy weekends make weekend tanning impossible. 
3. All of my sisters are darker than me. Even the white one. 

Basically, I want a tan. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


This year has been quite unsteady for us, through loss, terror, career frustrations and more... but I continue to seek peace through the example of my live-in-the-moment puppy girl, and my faith. 

"We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you." - 2 Chronicles 20:12

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


A friend recently observed that I don't seem to be worried about much - ha, she must not know me very well, right?

She asked me what my secret is.

Well, the truth is, I've been working on it.

It started in winter when Mister's driving made me a tad nervous, and one night ice almost led to an accident. "If we were in an accident, you would shatter into a million pieces because you tense up so much," Mister told me. "You should be more floppy like Maggie."

So there you go. That's my secret. That's why I don't seem to be worried about much. I'm trying to be floppy.

It's true though - if we were in an accident she would flop around and be fine. She lives in the moment, enjoying the present, content with today.

I learn from her.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A First World Problem

Did I have my husband superglue my finger nail to make my spa manicure last longer than 24 hours?

Yes, yes I did.

This is why I can't have nice things.