Saturday, December 4, 2010


(I've unpacked this previously published post as it still resonates with me during this season of waiting and rejoicing.)

"'Hope' is the thing with feathers --
That perches in the soul --
And sings the tune without the words --
And never stops -- at all -- . . . " Emily Dickinson
 Howdy, Friends!
Tis the season of quick moving, calendar jam-packed with activities, and more to do than time to do it all. Why then would I even begin to suggest it's time to pull over from the highway of life for a sweet rest stop?

A lovely little group of vintage angels.
Vignette of precious hand-crafted ornaments and family pics.
This little snowman was created by Kim of NEST and GARDEN.
Well, dear readers, for exactly that reason. Because we are all so busy and this season of holiday wonderfulness is so short, and guess what, there are no "do-overs" on the old ramblin' blacktops of life.
Did you know the Christmas tree originated in Germany and is a symbol of peace?
This is the perfect time to take a break, take a walk, enjoy a winter morning sunrise or sunset with the ones you love, watch children enjoy the season whether they are your grand-children, your own, or your friend's kids. Kids absorb so much more richly than we grown-ups do. They're only caught up in the moment.

This incredible advent wreath with its real bird's nest was created by Deb of GARDEN PARTY.
In my faith walk, it is the season of Advent, a time when we prepare our hearts and minds for the birth of the Christ child and His return again one day.
I enjoy making time to listen to music by candlelight each
evening as it begins to get dark -- thankful for the LIGHT in a dark world.

Many other global faith walks have similar traditions marking the year's end in self-reflection and introspection.
With that in mind, give yourself permission to hit the blinker and pull off the busy highway of life to rest and rejoice. Let go of the frantic schedules, the crazy pace, and the rushing through every moment.
Just be -- if only for a few minutes.


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