Let's Have Another Piece of Pie

Sometimes life cries out for a nice break from the daily routine …… a pie break, so to speak. A time to sit, to listen, to reflect. To taste the sweetness of life.


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Around the Burg

Yesterday I met up with a friend who owns some beautiful horses.  We went to meet them.  These horses get to roam around and munch on fresh grass and hay and run.  They have a great shelter and barn when the weather gets rough.  They are very happy horses.  The stallion was so calm and sweet.  He amazed me.

I am sorry for the photo quality – camera batteries died so iPhone was it.

Enjoy!

 

cate b :D


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Stop In The Name Of Love…….

……. before it breaks my heart.

Love is a funny thing.  It’s something we all want and need.  But it is also something we tend to run away from.

We’ve all seen others do it or have done it ourselves.  Just when the love is being poured out on you, you want to run away from it.  We start laying brick upon brick faster than The Flash himself!  Then we stop.  We hesitate, with the next brick still in hand.  Isn’t this the love I’ve been waiting for and longing for?

Drop that brick!  Stop resisting love.  I’m not talking about desires and one night stands or even about the guy or girl that may not stick around.  I’m talking about true love.  Love that accepts us the way we are – baggage and all.  Love that we pour out on someone – with their baggage and all.  Sacrificial love.

Sacrificial love.  It comes it many shapes and sizes.  Currently mine is for the two little girls that I care for.  The daughters of my youngest child.  Is caring for them inconvenient – yes – not all the time.  Is it hard physically – sometimes.  Am I tired – yes.    Could I be doing something else for myself and maybe even making money doing it – yes.

But that love.  That look from their eyes into yours.  It goes very deep into my heart.  It is a love I have longed for and a love I have longed to give.  That love they dish out on you even though you are way older.  It’s a love that they feel secure in when mom and dad drop them off.  They feel safe, they feel at home.

I’ve had thoughts lately of when the kids graduate from the university and find jobs, who knows where, and they will move and begin a new chapter.  Where do I and my husband fit in?  I’ve even thought of hardening my heart, laying brick after brick to my wall that is ever so tempting to build,,,,,, why?  So I won’t get hurt when they say goodbye.  So my heart does’t break in a million pieces when they don’t need me anymore.

Then, like the slowly rising of the sunlight on my window, I realize I can’t live without the love they give me and the love I have for them.  So, we will do our best to follow them and care for them until…. until …. until they have to care for us – Hahahaha.

I’m saying this because the love I have for the grand girls, and for the grand boys we had to leave back east, is stronger and ever growing.  I never want to build the wall of protection over my heart because, no matter how convincing we are in our heads, that heart wants the love.  And with great love can come great hurt, BUT when we surrender to love it comes around to great love again.  Love doesn’t go away.  Love works to heal, to stand, to hold  and to continue.  Love never fails.  Love is truth.

And, Dear Readers, love originated in God.  His heart is so big and so loving and so merciful.  He has taught me to lay down the bricks and let His love come to me.  And that is how, and only how I can give true love to my self, my husband and my kids and their kids and to friends and strangers.   And most of all the only way I can love my God.

Let Love in today and everyday.

Enjoy!

cate b


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I’m Still Here

I haven’t posted very much recently.  It’s been a time of reflective – something.  It’s winter!  Now that I’m in the beginning of our seventh year in the mid-west, well, I feel, I feel…….. what do I feel?  I feel that staying indoors in the winter is a good idea.  Sorry mid-westerners for judging you.

But Spring is coming.  I know that because it’s like the law of gravity.  Spring will be here in March whether the weather is warmer or not.  It’s a given.  But seriously, even though the cold keeps coming back, each week we are gifted with warmer days and more sunshine.  The air feels fresh and hopeful.  Spring is coming.

I wrote a post in January titled It’s Time to Get Busy.  It was about the book I’m  supposed to be writing.  I actually wrote the dedication page and two chapters back then.  Also the cover is pretty much decided.  Then winter break ended and I am with my lovely lassies (the grand daughters) full-time again.  Well, the book is a work in progress.  I decided not to stress about it.  What is the hurry?  I want it to be good and if I try to write and care for the girls then it will not be good.

I beat myself up too much about it though.  I want perfection and I know I cannot achieve that as a human being so the beatings begin.  Anyone else do that?  Surely I’m not that unique.

Spring break will arrive in a few short weeks and perhaps another chapter or two will be written.  In the meantime, it is still very brown outside and very cold today.  Still waiting for snow.  May get a little on the weekend.  I haven’t been out much to even take photos, so this one will have to tie you over. ;)

I love my red PF Flyers!

I love my red PF Flyers!

Enjoy!

cate b


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Love Is In The Air

Happy Valentine’s Day 2015.

While out and about today I found these etched into a dock on the Spring I frequent.  Etching hearts and your love’s name into tree trunks and wood benches, docks or even spray painting on buildings has been going on for a very long time.  Confessing your love to the world…….

Enjoy your weekend!

cate b


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Watching the Tide

I just love taking photos.  I am a beginner by all means.  I have been running from editing photos, mostly because I’m cheap and also because I do not understand the apps.

But today I found a simple and affordable one that I am trying out. So you, Dear Readers, are here to see my first edit – whatever that means.  This was taken a few years ago in Cape May County, New Jersey.  The original was grayer…….

Enjoy!

cate b

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Ten Years Ago

Ten years ago, this week, we returned from an unforgettable trip to mainland China.  It was amazing.  It was cold.  It was the Chinese New Year.

Here are of few pics I took.

Enjoy!

cate b  here is a link to a post from last year I wrote about our trip - China Trip 

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