loving:: the smell of lilacs has got to be one of the best things in life.
reading:: these are the kinds of books I've been searching for. Grateful to be led to them.
giving:: with all the massages I've been giving this month, I think it's high time for my own.
thanking:: for Eliza getting her dream after-school/Saturday job of working at the local nursery. She beams and smiles when I pick her up. Saying how much she enjoys helping people; especially accompanying the "little old ladies to their cars with their carts full of stuff", loving the musty, earthy smell of the greenhouse, the new like-minded friends she's making.
smiling:: so big when I opened up my email one day this week and saw this photo of Sam a stranger had sent along with this little note: "I thought you would enjoy seeing your son in action :)" Our missionary son and his companion happy to be helping this family and many others. So very happy seeing him happier than he's ever been.
baking:: these beauties today. (Wishing I could give you a slice like I did to a neighbor that just stopped by..)
overwhelming:: this yard needs so much work. I always feel this way come April and May. Fall and winter cleanup that never got done, dandelions and weeds and pruning and raking up the wazoo. I'd like to do a garden, but with the tiller still broken down, it's a frustrating and discouraging outlook. Oh, well. I just need to drag my body out there and get to work.
celebrating:: Greta and Erin's graduations to attend tomorrow, my mother's birthday also tomorrow. Looking forward and hoping she's up to going out for lunch on Saturday.
parting:: Gary and Greta are leaving Saturday for their big adventure. I'm so excited for this internship he'll have in their beloved Finland, for their opportunity to connect with old friends, for their travel dreams coming true, to see them truly, truly happy.
thinking, making, and doing :: sneaking away little chunks of time in the studio this week for my current art course. Challenging myself to make or do something creatively every day. Trying to overcome resistance, procrastination, and fear as an artist. Wishing there were more hours in a day to do all that I want to do and need to do (in all aspects of my life). Having this opportunity as I begin this class to pull out thoughts and feelings about what art means to me. Exploring art as a form of journaling and self-discovery. Playing with new mediums and ways to express. Thinking about drawing as a form of meditation, as a way of being and seeing. Pondering myself using symbols and metaphors.
It's a good journey to be traveling.
Hi, I'm Emily!
I welcome and thank you for visiting. Through this blog, I invite you, friends or strangers, to come and abide with me as I open my heart and home to you in understanding, honesty, discovery, and reflection. It is my hope that you will join me in my quest for a simple, joyful, meaningful life.