35 Ways I’m Finding Joy This Spring

Here in Ohio, Spring has been hard to find. Winter kept its grasp on the weather and continued snowing up until the last week of April. It’s difficult to feel like winter will ever end on years like this one. And yet, spring is indeed arriving, even if it is a few weeks late. Now,Continue reading “35 Ways I’m Finding Joy This Spring”

Sailboats, Shells, and Sunsets: Photos from a Florida Beach

“Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.” -from “The Princess Bride” – Wesley to Buttercup I simply love being at the beach. Sometimes I wonder why or how I can love it so much, but then maybe the key to itContinue reading “Sailboats, Shells, and Sunsets: Photos from a Florida Beach”

I Believe in Pink: the Power of a Positive Spirit

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – AudreyContinue reading “I Believe in Pink: the Power of a Positive Spirit”

Living Colorfully

“Color is such a marvelous way of expressing emotion. We have so many problems in this world, color brings just a little bit of joy into our lives.”  -Vera Neumann, American artist and designer For about the past month, I have been shuffling around a little scrap of paper, torn from a magazine an AmericanContinue reading “Living Colorfully”

Of Every Leaf in Springtime

“Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” -Martin Luther There has always been a place in my heart for springtime … for singing birds and burgeoning buds and subtle colors of the world reemerging. Winter and the brown, bleak world of bitter cold bringsContinue reading “Of Every Leaf in Springtime”

Find What You Love

You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way toContinue reading “Find What You Love”

Gratitude, in the Year’s Best Photos

Though our Thanksgiving this year is vastly different than all Thanksgivings in the past (Tomorrow is just a normal day here in Prague–school, work, etc.), we’re still remembering those things for which we are thankful. I’ve been blogging a whole year already (this is the 56th week), and out of gratitude, I’m posting, here, my best photosContinue reading “Gratitude, in the Year’s Best Photos”

The Simple Joys of Summer

“Live Simply, Live Well.” In our kitchen, we have a sign hanging above the doorway with the quote: “Live Simply, Live Well.” For some reason, those four words strike a harmonious chord down deep within me, and probably in many ways sums up the values I hold close—family, friends, love, laughter—the simple things. Summer isContinue reading “The Simple Joys of Summer”