it was incredible when we stepped out the door after having our gourmet burgers at our new favorite tuesday night burger joint...and the nightly storm was just rolling in...
it's crash - bang - booming as i type. it has been for the last few hours. along with a whole lot of pounding rain and a little bit of hail thrown in the mix.
i love that the phone just rang in the middle of the night + it was a friend needing to share the storm with us...so we talked for minute about the crashing + banging. that's just cool.6
today i got up before my love and made a morning plan.
today i answered the phone early in the morning and heard my dads voice on the other end - it made my day.
today i wrote a letter to a dear friend and then put it in her hand with a hope that somehow my words would say the right things.
today i tried to see myself more clearly and make a couple vows i intend to keep.
today i felt a deeper peace inside.
today i remembered the lesson we've learned the last few months about 'giving with more open arms'...and i followed the golden rule.
today i ordered my early birthday present with my loves nod of approval.
today i tried to love a little more unconditionally and while i know i didn't succeed with flying colours...it feels beautiful to try.
today as i get ready to crawl into bed next to my love...i feel oh so lucky to be me - right here in this life - in this moment.
this afternoon i took off on a drive. i drove about an hour out into the country to where our friend nicolette and lil' buck are hanging out while daddy reno's the city home. the drive out there was awesome. a drive full of green rolling hills and blue skies. when i got there buck was just waking up from his nap so we laid on the bed, let him entertain us, ate trail-mix, talked about books and the serious side of life. it was good. i really like her. spending time with she, joel and now buck is so awesome because they are so down to earth and that does is encourage us to be down to earth and i love that.
and then i headed home. trying to get home in time for our evening pizza party. and not too far down the road....a little excitement started to roll in. not sure if i've driven in a storm quite like that before. it was i n c r e d i b l e. i was so happy i'd actually remembered to throw my camera in front seat before leaving. one of the things i love most about this place we call home is the thunderstorms and tonight we got a nice one! it followed me home...i got drenched running from the car to join my love on the front porch + we stood getting our barefeet wet - watching the water cascade down - listening to the thunder roll. it's still just rocking and rolling outside. i think we're in for a sweet sleep tonight!2
today i found myself being unexpectedly moved and inspired.
i was going about my day. running errands. working. taking a quick breather. then somehow i was watching a clip of 'the biggest loser'. where 4 amazing individuals who had started at 400-500+lbs - worked so hard that they transformed into nearly unrecognizable versions of themselves - and now they were now participating in a marathon. twenty-six miles.
say what you want - but there's knowing what you need to do and doing it. there's setting a goal and sticking to it. there's some discipline + determination for you. all of a sudden those early morning bike rides, stair running sessions, a few yoga classes and choosing an apple instead of a cookie seem so attainable.2
as we rounded the last corner home tonight i told daren that i didn't think there is much that would make me feel better than spending a day like this. leaving the house early on an absolutely gorgeous saturday - and spending the entire day outside - in the sun - on our bikes - running into friends along the way for pit-stops at the art show on the river, the farmers market, in the shade of the grass and at the disc golf field. saskatoon was totally shining and it seemed the whole city was along the river enjoying it along with us! i heart summer - i heart nature - i heart biking - i heart that thankful feeling i'm feeling! and i also heart how our little garden and my favorite flowers were looking with that beautiful sun setting on them when we rolled in to the yard. (thanks for inspiring the photo shoot jodi)
hope your saturday felt just as perfect as ours did...1
oh today is feeling good. working from bed in my pj's. fixing a yummy lunch for my love. tamari almonds to nibble. finished unpacking and packing full the kitchen cupboards. a few errand to run. some work to do. some more organizing. a promise that my love will go on a rainy bike ride with me. i can't wait for the rest of this thursday.
to be content in whatsoever state you are found. it's been my theme for this year but i started thinking about this little line again last friday. not because i was fighting to be content but because i looked around inside myself and felt it. i felt that feeling. i know it will ebb and flow...but to know what it feels like is motivation to keep getting back there.
content on the outside no matter where you are, what your surrounded by, how much you have, whether it's raining or the sun is shining.
content on the inside so that no matter where you are, who your surrounded by or what is going on you can be who you need to be.
settling into the place we are in and seeing the awesome things in that place. settling in and finding the things that make me smile. settling in, letting go, and just being.
being in the moment.
this weekend was full of that contented feeling. it was full of a feeling that will stay with me for awhile. loving the feeling of our little rented home while we wait for the swimming pool that is our new dug basement to dry up so building can continue. back to yoga class. a spur of the moment stop by that turned into a evening with 3 sweet friends. saturday we slept in. we walked to the farmers market. got our coffee. wandered. ran into people we love. browsed the herb plants. bok choy, dill, cilantro, rosemary, parsley, basil, chives all finding their way back to our home and we played gardener for hours. fresh mowed lawn. playing disc golf with my love. a thunderstorm and homemade soup with our books. sunday we were spurred to get ready quicker for the chance of a coffee and walk by the river. a gathering of beautiful people. a lunch with 6 people who made our sunday afternoon a little brighter. and the rest of a sunday beside the person i love to be beside.
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