“O” is for…


I try to live life openly. Open-minded.

To new ideas.

To those whose opinions are on the opposite end of the spectrum than mine.

To an alternate, unfamiliar way to reach an end to something.

Open to new experiences, and revisiting old.

Open to change.

Open to accepting the unacceptable, loving the unlovable.

I try to be open to receive that which others have to offer, no matter how insignificant it may seem.

Open to creating from my heart, writing words from my soul, and drawing strength from life.

Open to living freely and completely.

I try to be open to embracing difficulties and heartache, practicing dependence on God.

Open to whatever the day ahead brings rather than the way I would have it unfold.

I try to be open to the unfamiliar after the door to what is familiar slams shut.

I never said I was successful, simply that I try.  And when I try I sometimes get it right. 🙂

“When God closes a door, he opens a window, but it’s up to you to find it.”
Jeannette Walls

Open Window


10 Things I’m Grateful for Today

1.) Every person who has ever played a role in my life. Those who have left imprints on my heart as they passed through, and those who continue to as we share life.







2.) Everything that makes up my life as I know it–my family; my marriage; my home that is warm, comfortable, and radiates peace; a job I enjoy that allows me to make a difference in the lives of others; interests that bring me complete joy such as writing, running, and music.

3.) A new opportunity each morning I wake up to be the best me I can be that day. And when I mess up, knowing that I can start over at any moment of the day to make it a better one, each moment a new beginning.

4.) Experiences, good and bad, that have led me to where I am and made me who I am exactly at this moment, right now.

5.) The gift of now. Despite goals, plans, and experiences of the past, I have right now to breathe, give thanks, and lift my heart to a loving God who is present in every “now” and to just “be.”

6.) Opportunities for growth given to me by failed attempts, bad days, difficult relationships, and hiccups in life.

7.) Someone asking, out of the blue, how I am or about my family, and really wanting to hear the answer. May I pay that forward to another.

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8.) The arts–books and music that bring me to that happy place. A story that brings a smile to my heart and music that speaks to my soul. Enhanced, of course, by a good cup of coffee, the flickering of a candle’s flame and lamp light. 🙂

9.) Morning’s light after a difficult night, the rainbow after the rain, the clear sky after the storm. Hope after despair and pain.

The Heart








10.) A God who cares about lil ‘ole me in a universe that is so enormous, and loves me, flawed as I am. A God who knows my heart, my needs, and desires, and cares enough to give me the beauty of every seemingly small miracle that graces my daily life.

“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.”

All is Grace.