Time for Beauty

I’ve become aware that in the midst of my daily life, I miss so much beauty.  As I relaxed more on our trip, I was able to enjoy the subtle details of shells, pause to watch hummingbirds, laugh over clever sentences in a book, and delight in a colorful display in a store window.  Every day life is so full that I hardly pause to listen to my daughter tell me a story of her day, take a moment to put flowers on the table, or stand looking out the window for a quiet moment.  Vacation has reminded me that even a minute here and there to take in God’s goodness adds joy to my days.

The first few days of the trip, I was wound tight, thinking only of the work I planned to accomplish.  I told Russ that I didn’t know how to relax and it worried me.  As the days stretched on, thoughts of life at home and work that awaited, all began to slip away.  The value of having two weeks away was far more than double that of one.

We are home now and everything that was loaded in the van is spilled all over the house.  It is not good at all, but I’m tackling one room at a time.  My original plan was to unload onto the porch and bring things in as I was ready to put them away — that didn’t happen.  I’m trying to remain calm!

I took a quick photo of Ladybug and Sunshine as they went out the door to their homeschool tutorials this morning; if only I could find the card reader.

If you have emailed me, please forgive the long, long delays.  I’ve managed to read nearly all of my emails and listened to a slew of voice mails, but haven’t replied to much yet.  I’m keeping my head above water and that’s about it.  Did I mention we have nine dental appointments tomorrow morning?

Happy Wednesday.


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Mary
    August 17, 2011

    So true! I get wound so tight. Sometimes my husband says, just skip. It is funny, but it helps :). When we got our second foster baby and he kept me awake for three months, God impressed upon me that you have to fight for beauty. This is so opposite of what I think. Beauty should be spontaneous, right? I'm learning it is not. You have to fight for beauty. It is always there, but that does not mean I will always see it. But when I pick beauty, something has to go. Just like when I choose patience, my sense of entitlement has to go, when I choose to stop for beauty, something else has to go (and normally it is my kitchen counter, my laundry or the dust bunnies).

  2. Laura
    August 17, 2011

    We just saw that window display today…and wanted to buy one of those teapots! Instead Madeleine got two pairs of shoes and two puzzles at the thrift store! It was wonderful to see you all on Sunday and to have you and rusty take Madeleine/s senior pictures—we are still amazed at how beautiful they are!


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