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Hi.

Welcome to my blog. I love building blanket forts and finding other ways to celebrate ordinary moments of life.  

I pause and look up

I pause and look up

Working on my computer at the kitchen island.  I am distracted by the emails that do not end when I leave the office.  Something catches my attention.  I listen carefully.  I hear the song of a cardinal who sings from the tree outside the front window.  I pause and look up.  I watch him rest on the branch for a moment, singing a reminder to me before flying away.  I finish what I was working on, close the computer and put it away.  I find a child on the sofa and curl up next to her, inhaling her scent-and I smile.

"The laundry never actually ends," I think as I walk one more load to the laundry room at the end of the hall.  I fold a batch, move the wet clothes to the dryer, and begin to load one more in to the washer.  Something catches my attention.  I listen carefully.  I hear the song of a cardinal who sings from the shrub outside of the bathroom.  I pause and look up.  I watch him rest on the branch for a moment, singing a reminder to me before flying away.  I start the washer and pick up a warm pile of towels.  Walking towards the kitchen, I see my three sitting around the island working on homework.  My three, who make endless laundry, but bring even more joy.  As I place the clean towels in the drawer, I think of the things baked, the messes made, and the meals shared-and I smile.  

The first few minutes of my hike are always amazing, but as I move on, the mental list returns.  Errands that need to be run, meals to be made, papers to grade.  The list scrolls on like a feed through my mind.  Something catches my attention.  I listen carefully.  I hear the song of a cardinal who sings from the tree above my head.  I pause and look up.  I watch him on the branch for a moment, singing a reminder to me before flying away.  I exhale slowly, releasing the feed from my mind and inhale slowly the air of this moment.  The trees, the birds, the sky-and I smile.  

What reminder might you hear as you go about your day?  Something that brings you back to what is important?  Something that grounds you in the present?  For me, it is like a vibrant red cardinal-shaped alarm awakening me to the beauty in the ordinary parts of my day.  I encourage you to listen for something in your life today.  

A call to attentiveness

A call to attentiveness

Tea with Grandma

Tea with Grandma