Happy 1st Day of Spring

 I am enjoying watching the buds form on trees and seeing the new green growth all around me.
I am loving watching the flowers bloom on my rose bushes and the gerber daisies popping back out again.

Tulips are in season again and just yesterday the bulbs were closed and this morning they are beautifully opening.

Spring has sprung and I’m loving it!! 

Happy 1st day of spring!! Wishing you joy and light. Have a great week!!


My Backyard Moments

I got to enjoy moments in my backyard this morning because I decided to use the smoker to smoke chicken for our dinner tonight.

Now that I’m working, I cook dinner first thing in the morning before work, so that it’s ready when everyone comes home.  Everyone comes home at different times and we’re all typically hungry and on the run to evening meetings and practices. It’s nice to just have healthy meals ready to consume and share. It’s my idea of fast food.

So anyway, back to the backyard. In the winter time,  I hardly step foot out there. But today the smoker brought me outdoors. As I was waiting for the last chicken breast to reach 165 degrees, I explored and admired the new life that was in bloom and was thankful for these moments.

When I uncovered the sofa, I found this surprise little visitor and actually picked him up and moved him safely to the bushes.

I haven’t seen a lizard here before and this one reminded me of my childhood days and feeling excited and scared at the same time as I tried to catch him. I think I squealed.

And finally the chicken was ready and I moved back inside to continue on with another full and exciting day.

Are you noticing spring beginning to bloom where you are? It’s almost time to spring the clocks forward. I’m also loving that it’s staying lighter longer again. It’s a wonderful time of the year!


Day 264: Love and Light


This morning a family friend passed away from cancer. I grew up camping with Mike Lagas and his family since I was two years old. He wasn’t much older than me and it saddens me to think of his life passing so soon. On the same day, his grandmother also died. Sending condolences to the Lagas family.

Love and light are the words that seem to offer condolences. We send love to the person experiencing pain and pray that love and hope will bring them out of their current darkness, and back into the light again, all in time.


Today has been a bit dark for several people and especially for those at the Boston Marathon. I pray for peace and safety for the survivors, and healing for those injured. God bless those who were killed and their families and loved ones who have to continue living after this tragedy. Sending love and light.

We don’t have control over life, but we can continue to walk together, to support one another, and share love and light along the journey.


These blooming flowers were all seen today.

Day 223: Bring on Spring!


Everyone is sharing and talking about the weather. The sun has been out for two days and everyone and everything is happy, including the flowers and ladybugs and butterflies that are now appearing again. People are out sitting on park benches and smiling and enjoying the nice weather. I love it and am smiling too.

I’m filling up my cup while I can.


20130305-224720.jpg More of nature’s surprises.


Today I Am… missing and remembering my grandpa who died on this day 17 years ago. xo

Day 219: March 1st

It’s the beginning of a new month, and March just sounds warmer, like spring is almost here and winter is almost over. The skies are still very grey and heavy in Holland, so I know I have to wait patiently. I’ll wait. What else would I do?

Which brings me to my thoughts of gratitude today, and being present and living in the moment.

When I walked outside this morning, I noticed these cute little flowers peeking out from under the bush. A sign of spring, I think… and Christina’s birthday. Happy bday CB!

I’m focused on seeing and finding joy right now, to fight back my sad feelings of being homesick since April and Steve left last week. When they left, I realized how much I miss our old life, or our other life, which is still part of our current life, but is so far away, and now is a bit complicated. I found myself longing to be back there playing outdoor tennis and hiking with Michele and Julie, and having coffee with the girls, and PEO, and yada yada yada. Longing for my previous routines and relationships while living and experiencing and building new routines and friendships here is/was confusing to me. While being a bit sad, I’m also so thankful and love living abroad. I am enjoying all our crazy adventures and adaptions. It’s just that yin and yang thing again and feeling balanced and unbalanced. Normal right? Especially for a Gemini.

Friends here ask how long we will live here and friends back home ask when we’ll come back home, and that makes me feel somewhat unsure of where I belong. I’m sure this is normal for expats, especially for those who plan to return one day but don’t know for sure when that one day will be. I think the best answer to everyone, is it depends and I’m not 100% sure, and then to go on living where I am and seizing the day, not worrying about the when. Isn’t that what being present is all about? Easier said than done, but it’s my truth.

So enough of my pity party – it’s over. I just like to share this side to keep things real and hopefully to relate with others who might be experiencing similar feelings.

The best part of my day today was holding a brand new baby and sharing time with her mama and a friend and a 2 year old little boy. Talking about being in the moment – I so loved holding her that I didn’t want to put her down! I loved watching her stretch, and peek open her eyes, and to listen to the little squeak sounds she made. I just wanted to soak her up and stare at her for hours. It was so peaceful just being with her and watching her every move. I was in the moment, and felt so lucky that I got to hold this newest little angel.

Life is truly good.