Chicago Was… – September 23rd


Chicago was beautiful to me while I was there, filled with people from all over the world, so many dreams dreamed, so many hopes. But I think In some ways the beauty of the city covers up some of it’s problems from the sadness and darkness of the city. And honestly when I lived there I don’t think I really noticed all the shootings and violence, but now I do and it’s shocking to me. I don’t even know why I am writing this post, I don’t even know why I care, and yet I do. Really hoping that one day Chicago will be the city of beauty it pretends to be, and a city that isn’t scared by violence.


These pictures bring me hope though. It is such a beautiful place. The starting place of my family and my story. I miss it, I do. But I don’t know that I will ever live in this great city again. And that in some ways make me sad, but also hopeful of what is to come. Even when I can’t see it.


Praying for peace not just in Chicago but all over the world. And in my soul as well…

Have a blessed day!

Colorful Fall – September 16th


Fall is always so colorful around here, mostly because our flowers are still in bloom because it is a warmer climate here. And I am so thankful for that. I love getting to walk through the gardens and them still have flowers growing.


I don’t know why I like this photo so much. I think it’s the contrast of the pretty soft pink flowers against the asphalt. One of my favorite combinations is something soft, like flowers, against something hard, like the asphalt. I took another photo this weekend that are these beautiful pink trumpet flowers with a background of windows with bars on them. But I will post that later.

Fall festivals are starting to get started here, we have Cider Days this weekend. It’s on historic Walnut Street and will have all those lovely foods that you eat at festivals like this, and cute little crafts, and bands. It’s going to be so much fun! And even more fun is that y favorite crafter is going to be there, she makes hand made soaps and paints these elaborate designs on pumpkins. Stay tuned for photos! And yes I know it’s only Tuesday, I’m just really excited!

Have a blessed day!

Where’s Jack? – September 1st


The end of summer brings these Giants out, they guard our gardens, and reach toward the sky. Like the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, they start so small, like a little bean, and reach for the kingdom in the sky. I have felt like them recently, reaching for the kingdom in the sky, but never quite reaching it. And I am left to wonder what to do next with the wounded dreams. I suppose I will keep on dreaming, keep on hoping, it’s all I can do. Well that and keep climbing the stalk toward the dream, with trembling muscles and a wounded heart, and a smile on my face from the warm sun. I think before it’s done, I’m going to have even more freckles.

All I can do is lean into God in the midst of life, especially a life I don’t understand, all the time. For some reason the heart always hopes, that what God does, gives us the ability to hope when the dreams look like they will never happen.


I know how you feel Mr. Sunflower, sometimes I want to hang my head too. On a sad note, we had a awful wind storm and most of these garden giants got blown down overnight. Sigh…

Have a blessed evening!

Powell Gardens 3 – July 11th


A little close up if some of the water lily’s at Powell Gardens. I broke a rule by stepping out on the rocks to snap this shot. I’m such a rebel! Even more fun was the signs I saw after I walked away from this area. “Don’t climb on rocks, Snake habitat!” Oops!
Now had I seen those signs before I probably wouldn’t have climbed on the rocks. I really don’t like snakes, at all, yuck, yuck, yuck! But I suppose it was worth it to get a photo of the flowers.

Have a blessed day!

Powell Gardens – July 8th


Sorry for not being on here very much lately. I’ve been so busy with work and life that there hasn’t been much time to blog. Forgive me!

Over the 4th of July holiday I had the chance to go see Powell Gardens. It is a beautiful botanical garden near Kansas City, Missouri. I had so much fun and so this week I will be posting photos from the trip.

Today’s photo was taken at the entrance to the garden, lovely! The sounds of the waterfall and the tropical plants were beautiful. But I loved the ceiling of this room, almost like the entire thing was a skylight. It let in this soft light that was so calming. I sat in this spot and enjoyed some yummy homemade blackberry ice cream that they have. So good!

Have a blessed day!

Lily Season at the Garden – June 17th


It’s my favorite season, Lily season. The gardens are starting to get filled with them. A beautiful array of colors and fragrance. I love it!

One of the coolest things about living in Missouri is our vast array of wildflowers and plants and the sides of our roads are full of wildflowers of every size, shape and color. But my favorite are these gorgeous orange day lily’s that are everywhere! And I mean everywhere. It’s like driving through a garden of lily’s, Queen Anne’s lace, and Black-eyed Susan’s. Pictures just don’t do it justice. Oh, did I mention the pink Wild Roses. It’s joyous, and definitely one of my 100happydays things!

Have a blessed day!