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sometimes in the chaos of motherhood and life in general, we lose sight of the things we love.  we forget the things that bring us peace, joy, and comfort.  we don’t make time for those things that fill our spirit and bring us stillness of mind.  for me, it’s the simple things.  who am i kidding, it’s always the simple things.  i love books…and barns, country roads, and twinkly lights, willow trees, rays of sunlight, jesus…old worldly, wise, wrinkled skin and brand new soft, delicate baby skin…depth, breath, color, words, and freedom…and books.  lots & lots of books.

what do you love?  what makes the world fall away and brings peace to your soul?  promise yourself to think about it…give yourself the freedom to wander, and allow yourself to get lost in that place today.  if only for a moment…  fly away.


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  • LouAnn October 29, 2012, 6:01 pm

    I like getting lost in the beauty of your words.

    But if I have a moment to myself in the house, I find myself drawn to my piano. It is old, worn, out of tune….but music feeds my soul and brings me such joy. Thank you of making me remember this

    • Tammy October 29, 2012, 6:18 pm

      i LOVE that louann!! play on (and sing a little bit too…)! i would love to hear you play sometime. xoxo

  • Annie October 30, 2012, 3:40 am

    You know I’m right there with you with books, books, and more books. But you know what else came to mind? Those certain outside smells that remind you to be fully present in the season you are in. The crisp, cold fresh smell of winter, the sweet smell of a warm summer night, the newness of spring, the changing from summer into fall. My favorite is when I’ve forgotten to get the mail and I go out at night. All by myself. It’s dark and quiet. Those smells are so profound that I often stop in the middle of the driveway, close my eyes, and take it all in. That is peace. If only for a few seconds. It’s revitalizing and extremely centering. Almost like I’ve gone on vacation. But, those smells give me the gift of walking back in to the silly that is my family refreshed and renewed.

    • Tammy October 31, 2012, 9:43 pm

      mmmmmm….i love that. smells are powerful, i have a few that take me back to childhood. love this annie, thanks for sharing!!

  • Miette November 12, 2012, 5:34 pm

    You are so right. It is vitally important that we all get regular time in that quiet, balancing place to center ourselves. I know I handle all the busyness and pressure of life with so much more grace if I have a few minutes of peace to draw from each day.

    I am up at 4:45 on workdays to fit in my workouts. I have never been a morning person, so this is a personal feat (and daily challenge) for me. After my indoor routine, I strap on my running shoes and step out into the dark chill and stillness of the morning air. My neighborhood is nearly silent; the busyness has not yet started. There’s something about taking deep draughts of that frigid air, running hard under the stars and moon, seeing the light begin to glow behind the mountain as it backlights the clouds… I realize how small my struggles are every time I experience the quiet beauty of sunrise. It’s a daily reminder that God’s pure light pushes back the darkness.

    I don’t run far, but in the short time I’m out there, I hand my day over to Him. He reassures me that He is with me and for me. He fills my cup and deepens my faith. And every, single time I return home, I can’t wait to do it again.

    Tammy, I very much appreciate the depth of your introspective soul and your willingness to share yourself with other women. You are indeed bold and you are inspiring. I’m looking forward to reading more.

  • Tammy November 12, 2012, 9:58 pm

    miette, that is so beautiful! thank you so much for sharing. “i realize how small my struggles are every time i experience the quiet beauty of a sunrise”…”He reassures me that He is with me and for me. He fills my cup and deepens my faith.” that is tender nourishment. thank you for that. xoxo

  • kelly November 13, 2012, 2:55 am

    i love it, it feeds my soul and my brain and i just started taking it again. – looking at my little 3 year old i realize how young i was when i started ballet. – 2 kids later, i’m certainly not as graceful nor as “light” as i used to be, but i’m working on it, one step at a time. – i love it.

    thanks for sharing your heart with all of us!

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