LovelyLife: Butter-no-fly

Okay, I just kind of got lucky with this. I think it looks like an early 90's inspirational poster. I need a kitschy saying for the bottom to complete the look. Actually, I think the poor butterfly was sickly or really, really tired because I've never seen a butterfly stay put for as long as this one did. I had time to fish my scratched-up old camera out of my purse, turn it on, focus, and take a couple of pictures before it even flapped a wing. Hmm, maybe something like this:



LovelyLife: Ballet Class

Cherish your gifts and take joy in them.
"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for."  
 -- Epicurus
I spent years hoping and dreaming of a daughter. In my younger years (sheesh, how old am I now if I start saying that?), she was more of an expectation for the future. In my later/sicker years, she was a painful yearning that seemed unlikely. But God brought her to me. Today, I can look down at a circle of toddling, pink-tutu-ed beauties and be filled with gratitude that I am in that place, there with her, whom I cherish.
(And later, at that terrible hour before dinner when everyone is tired and cranky, and my children seem to be incapable of refraining from bickering, I will remind myself to cherish.)


LovelyLife Photo Series #5: Welcoming Committee

“The soul is healed by being with children.”
-- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
 I didn't have to search far in looking for the lovely this morning; this one comes to you from my front doorstep. My 6 year old son left Iron Man in the entry window. He's keeping an eye on things for us.
Happy September all. May you feel blessed by your safety today.


LovelyLife #4: Little Explorer

“Explore often. Only then you will know how small you are and how big the world is.” 
-  Pradeepa Pandiyan



LovelyLife #3: Tomatoes

Growing Tomatoes
Don't you just love the smell of tomatoe plants in the summer time?

“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. ”
― Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals