Breakfast in Bed on a Saturday Morning

by Christie on April 12, 2014

Day 32: Blessing

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” ― Henry Ward Beecher
I’ll be honest, I struggle with the words “blessing” and “blessed;” I much prefer gratitude and thankfulness. For EVERYTHING. The big things, the small things, and everything in between. Like breakfast in bed on a lazy Saturday morning.

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Day 33: Devotion

A painting that hangs outside of the RE classes at our church. I am so thankful for the many devoted teachers who help to nurture children’s minds and spirits in the tradition of liberal religion.

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Day 34: Freedom

Freedom is a mid-afternoon walk on a warm spring day with a little boy and his dogs.

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Day 35: Imagination

Imagination = a swashbuckling pirate in lederhosen carrying a fishing net filled with cars.

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Day 36: Justice

Some of my old law school books…Though I tend to think that justice is far better served by compassion, kindness, forgiveness and mercy, than it is by “the law.”

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Day 37: Wonder

“If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder.” — Ray Bradbury

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Day 38: Hunger

“When in doubt, ingest carbs.” –Rachel Cohn
Or better yet, Mexican food. With neighbors.

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This photo post is a continuation of a word-a-day photo practice that a fellow UU came up with. You can view the photos of others here.

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Books, Bjorns, and Brides

by Christie on April 4, 2014

Day 24: Wonder

Day 25: Wonder

“Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.”
- Betty Smith (from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)

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Day 26: Spiritual Practice

Day 26: Spiritual Practice

Books, coffee, and candles = spiritual practice.

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Day 25: Vulnerability

Day 27: Vulnerability

This photo was taken right after Maeby’s heart surgery three and a half years ago when we were all feeling very vulnerable. She wasn’t supposed to jump or walk much so we needed to carry her everywhere. She was given a less than 10% chance of making it another year and, three years later, she is as spunky as ever.

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Day 28: Love

Day 28: Love

Hugs after tears.

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Day 29: Unique

Jackson made dinner. An interesting (albeit not very healthy) selection of pizzas – mustard, BBQ, and pretzel/potato chip. There were AWESOME.

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Day 30: Beauty

My parents and grandparents on their wedding days. Beauty isn’t so much about a bride in shimmery white or a dapper young man in a suit as it is about the life that the couple creates thereafter. So much beauty in these lives thereafter.

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Day 31: Humility

Day 31: Humility

“Life is a long lesson in humility.” ― J.M. Barrie
In my experience, parenthood has definitely tilted the learning curve a bit. With its unpredictability, its constant reminders of just how little I know, and its moments of absolute chaos, every day seems to be a lesson in humility – in the very best way.

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This photo post is a continuation of a word-a-day photo practice that a fellow UU came up with. You can view the photos of others here.

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Memories and Mindfulness

March 28, 2014

A handful of favorite photos for the day’s prompt. Memories, I think, are less about a recollection of facts and more about a stirring up of emotion. So much emotion in all of these photos. ******************* “The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness.” ― Jon Kabat-Zinn […]

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Backpacks, Boots, and the Car Wash

March 19, 2014

One of my favorite parts of the day is when the kids come home from school. Backpacks = Trust Trust in teachers, trust in my boys, trust in the world. ******************* Me, wearing my mom’s boots as a kid. Each year I find that I am becoming more and more like my mom. Which, honestly, […]

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Star Wars, a Minivan, and Shel Silverstein

March 12, 2014

What do Star Wars, a minivan, and Shel Silverstein have in common? It sounds a little bit like the start of a bad joke (like one of the “jokes” my four-year-tries to tell), but these things all played a role in this week’s photos for the UU Lenten Photo Practice. As I mentioned last week, […]

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What Chicago and a Tiny Town in Wisconsin Have in Common

March 5, 2014

Twelve years ago, I moved to Chicago, a city of nearly 3 million people. I came to Chicago from a tiny rural town in Wisconsin with a population of only about 5,000 by way of a seven-year stay in Madison, Wisconsin, which is home to approximately a quarter million people. There are many stark and […]

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UP THERE and down here

February 26, 2014

Over the past few weeks, I have been working on a resurrected writing project – a task that is likely to continue for several months to come. Whenever I delve into a task as daunting as this one, I look to various sources of creative inspiration and motivation. I read more poetry and search through […]

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bird by fluttering bird

February 20, 2014

Bird by bird. This is the advice given by Anne Lamott, one of my absolute favorite writers, in her book of the same name. She tells the story of her brother, struggling to finish a school report on birds. He was surrounded by papers and chaos, tears brimming in his eyes, and her father’s advice […]

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Too Much Noise

February 13, 2014

The house is still and quiet. The only sounds are the low gurgle of the fish tank filter and my fingers tapping on the computer keys. The soft light of morning is just creeping over the pine trees out my back window and the streets are blanketed in just enough darkness that the cars outside […]

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Brave Love

February 7, 2014

Author’s Note: This post is part of a cooperative effort of Unitarian Universalist writers to commemorate the annual Thirty Days of Love campaign, which is part of the Standing on the Side of Love initiative – a community of people speaking out against oppression and uniting in the common belief that love is our guiding […]

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