Sunday, May 22, 2011


Is there anything cuter than a little yellow duck?  So soft and tiny. They move with quick little steps and they nibble anything they can.  I could watch them for hours.

Sad thing is they do not stay little for long.  No their infancy is fleeting and they mature quickly.

We got these babies a few weeks ago and I though I'd share them before they lose their super cuteness.

They make me smile just looking at them.  Enjoy.

With hope for you,


Saturday, May 21, 2011

On Not wanting

As if you haven't guessed, I'm still on the fence about my future as a blogger.  And that's ok with me, I'm just going along for the ride seeing what developes.  But that is not the reason for this post. 

This post is about not wanting.  Hence the title.

It's about a mysterious thing that happens when you give up buying things.  When you focus only on the essentials.  When you quiet the voices that tell you that you need something else.  Just one more thing.  Then another.  Something monumental happens.  A shift in your focus.
My exercise during Lent, when I gave up buying anything but essentials, has really been an eye opener.  Lent has been over for weeks or even perhaps for more than a month, I'm not counting, and I still have no desire to go out and purchase anything. 

There's a word that keep coming to mind.  Contentment. 

I breath contentment these days.  My mind has been more occupied on savoring what I have, my family, my free time, and good homemade food rather than thinking about what I don't have or what I think I need..  At this point I simply have no desire for more.
Now I'm sure that the monster of "more" will rear it's head sometime in the future, but he's been quieted for some time now and the peace and contentment that has taken his place is a blessing.  I'm going to cherish it. 

Perhaps when the desire for more returns I'll have tamed it somewhat.  Perhaps his being gone has taught me a lesson along with some skills.

I'm wondering if you've taken a break from consumerism and how did it impact you?

With hope for you,

Friday, May 6, 2011

To Blog or Not to Blog

To Blog or Not to Blog, that is the question I've been pondering over the past few weeks, hence no postings.  I've been reflecting on whether the benefits outweigh the cost when it comes to blogging.  Since I'm big on balance in my life I needed to take time figure that out.  As bloggers/writers know writing on regular basis takes time, thought, energy, effort, focus and not to mention a thick skin when it comes to critical feedback of what one's heart poured out.

Some of the questions that swirled around in my head are Why should I blog?  What made me decide to start a blog?  How much time do I really want to invest in blogging?  What am I getting out of blogging?  What am I giving to others through blogging?  The list goes on and on.  I thought taking sometime to think about these questions would be good.

So what did I come up with?

A lot of random thoughts and feeling but nothing concrete.  Nada.  Zippo.

It seems I'm still sitting on the fence.

But I did learn a few things from my little hiatus.  I learned that I do love writing.   But I also learned that I can live without writing.  I'm free.  Pretty cool- it seems that the world indeed is my oyster.

And I love oysters.

So essentially I do not know if I'll continue this blog.  I may start an entirely different blog- more streamlined more specific.  I feel a tug in that direction, but I'm not entirely sure I'll commit.  I'll let you know.

I've also learned quite a few things over the past few weeks.  I learned that after my forty days of not spending money on myself or my family during Lent I didn't feel the need to run out and buy something as soon as Easter rolled around.  No I didn't.  I haven't even went shopping other than for groceries.  I haven't bought those sandals I had been ruminating about.  No- I've felt more freed from the pull of consumption.  That has been a good thing.

So as far as the life of this blog or another only the future will tell what will be.  And I can't wait to see it all unfold.

Keep moving forward