First week of the New Year. Really?

Here we are just a few days into the New Year.

Already I have been blind sighted by events  or information that shocked me.

Events that are so unfair, even thought I know life is unfair,

I really didn’t need proof of this so soon in the year.


After the holidays are over, a little time to breathe before facing challenges would be expected and welcomed.

As you and I know, not always do we get what we expect.

As I am writing this blog, Ms. Kitty (new cat) and I are looking out the double windows of the cottage.

An unexpected snowfall yesterday, January 3,  left about  2 inches of  the beautiful white stuff.  The sun is coming out and glistens on the snow,, but it’s still very cold out. Ms. Kitty is looking out wistfully anxious to get out again and chase those squirrels around. 



Snowfall in the blue light of evening.


 On a more serious note, my daughter was given life changing news on the second day of the year. Although my heart is with her,  we are over two thousand mile apart. Any mother knows how heartbreaking that is.  She is sorting out this unexpected news and making plans to get her life on track without her mother by her side. We talk several times a day. It’s not like being there, but I trust  God to put the right people in her life as she navigates  drastic changes in her life.

I can’t help but wonder about my chosen word for the year. “Inspire” was the word and my ability to be inspiring seem to go right out the window the very next day. Whatever your word, don’t be surprise if you’re challenged on it.

I looked up the definition again today of inspire, to be sure I really knew the meaning of the word.. One of the definitions is to encourage. 

There it is! I am called to encourage whether it be next door or two thousand miles away. When the mother bear in me wants to lash out at those who are hurting my child, I know that is not the way to live an inspired life. I can encourage and impart God given wisdom and know that she is in God’s hands. My job is to encourage (inspire) her to know and feel she is going to be OK. Really, she is going to be OK.

What a very real start to where this word is taking me.

And yes, Ms. Kitty, the snow will be gone soon and you can enjoy the yard again..






Warm Memories

It’s a cold day ( 24 degrees ) when I get up this morning. And it seems that winter has finally settled in. After all it is January and winter will be around for a while.

The bright sunshine is deceiving as I opened the door to go to the mailbox. Brrrr.

Although I don’t mind a little cold weather, it seems when it’s cold I think about the hot weather and when it’s hot, I think about the cold. Continue reading