"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.


the stuff of life

Life is full of so many twists and turns.  I am learning to leave space in my life for the unexpected.  Good and bad.  Making sure I sprinkle in beauty along the way.  

Last Friday we drove Meg back to college.  It was bittersweet. I hated seeing her leave, but I loved seeing her excitement at seeing friends, and beginning a new year of college. 

This is a time that's just for her 
learning to spread her wings 
learning what she loves
discovering her passion
Oh I pray she discovers it, and does not loose it with the living of life.

We came home to an injured dog. My son left for work Saturday and left her on the front porch (we have an invisible fence). The vet said it looks like she got her tail caught in something. The poor baby keeps running into things. She seems to be doing better today...at least the whining has stopped.

Poor pitiful thing...they had to shave her beautiful fluffy tail

we are hoping the hematoma goes down on it's own...or they will have to put in a drain

thought I would throw in a few colorful photos after that

Spending today cleaning my studio, getting things organized for the upcoming workshops. Seems like I am getting close to being finished and then I remember something else I need to do.

Hope you all are having a good week.  Do the thing you need to do, but don't forget to take time to be.  We miss too much in the frenzy of life.

Grace and peace


S. Etole said...

That poor doggy! Hope she heals soon.

Love the chalkboard with the quote.

Jennifer Richardson said...

Oh poor puppy!
Hope healing happens quickly
and that she has quite a few
treats in her near future:)
Grace, grace, grace to your
beautiful brave girl
and to her lovely mama.
Enjoy that gorgeous room
swimming with color and love:)

Janet said...

Your poor dog! I hope his tail heals without any further problems. He looks so sad.

Your home always looks so inviting....big comfy chairs, lots of bright pillows and throws. It must be the perfect place to curl up with a book or sit and chat with friends.

Chrissie Grace said...

Sorry about your puppy!
I love your room...so cozy!
...and your daughter is adorable!! :)

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Poor puppy tail! Ouch! We have had our share of canine mishaps too. They are amazingly resilient. Love your living room, it looks so compfy and cozy with all those books and bright colors. xox Corrine

Bren said...

I'm sure Meg is going to have a great year exploring the avenues she is drawn to.
Hoping your poor dog recoups quickly on his own, that looks like it hurt big time!
And your rooms look wonderfully cheerful and inviting and unique as always. Good luck getting everything ready for a busy fall.

Kim Mailhot said...

Poor sweet pup. May she heal up quick.
I am in much the same frame of mind as you - this busy, task filled life overwhelms some time. Taking those moments to breathe and soak up the beauty is more essential than ever to stay well, I think.
Wishing you many sweet moments, Mary ! Much Love !

PaperPumpkin said...

Oh, poor doggy! I just can't stand seeing children and animals in pain. Makes me feel helpless. I hope he feels all better by the weekend! Your home's gorgeous, Mary. Best to your daughter! Kath

Dandelion and Daisy said...

Poor puppy! So sad to see him hurting but it looks like something that will heal well, with a little time and lots of love. Love your cozy and colorful living room, you use color well every where!!!!

Connie Lou said...

Oh what a journey life is...so many little turns and bumps (sometimes big ones) what would we do without HIS guidance? Blessings,Connie

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Good words from beginning to end...isn't that what we all want for our adult kids, blessings as you miss her...sorry about the dog. Oh your coffee table is painted like mine...I did mine last year! All the colors so cheerful.

Thanks for always sharing life!

Buffy said...

I'm sure you already miss Meg.She'll be back before you know it. Poor dog,he looks so sad. And Your house is always so inviting,I just want to curl up and read a book.

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

You are such a good momma Mary and Meg has been blessed. Excited with you about her "finding her special life" and so do understand the yearning of missing her when she is gone but happy for her all at the same time.

Love your comfy and beautifully bright living room. It is so welcoming. I love it when you show these uniquely parts of Y♥U with us Mary.

♥Lee Ann

Toyin O. said...

Hope your dog feels better soon and your daughter is going to be alright:)

Poetic Artist said...

AHHH poor doggy..He looks so sad with his tail all shaved and his head in a funnel..LOL..not funny but could not help it..I think when people are rude we just pray for them and put one of these on them and give a hug...LOL...HAHA..
Your home is always so fun..Do you move things around all the time and exlpore and then have new adventures in your rooms.

jgr said...

Mary, I hope your dog will soon be feeling better, she is a cute one!
I always love pics of your home, it's so inviting and colorful.

Jane Farr said...

Hope your sweet pup is healing and the drain won't be needed. Best wishes to Meg as she discovers and learns all that God has planned for her.

Bevie said...

Gee I love how you manage to make the livingroom look even more inviting than when you showed it last...I love that painting beside the window...did you do it or did Meg? I feel so badly for my sweet bed partner...sure hope they don't have to put a drain in her tail...give her a little hug from me would ya sis? Loved talking to you today...came home and took a long nap...love you!!!