Just a little fluff & stuff today…

A Carthusian monk in the Carthusian monastry of “la Valsainte.” Photo taken by Simon Glasson, around 1930.

Our family has a strong affection for the Carthusian Monk’s.

A dear friend of ours, Charlie, introduced us to a fun-fact about these beloved monks many-many years ago – as we shared a toast together for the first time with the “Elixir of Long Life.”

One of their many Cheers, together!

Yes, our first taste of Green Chartreuse VEP, produced by the Carthusian monks, was indeed many years ago – yet has since become a cherished family tradition for our family at every important or meaningful life event.

You can always expect to share this warm, (some would say burning,) minty green liquor with us, to ‘mark the occasion’.

Tradition dictates: Everyone partaking in a toast of Green Chartreuse VEP must sign the wooden box, especially when it is their first time imbibing!
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something in the water…

Recently my mother, sister, and I went on a girls-trip for a few days to a local cottage.

The lovely cottage we rented had everything we needed

Truly, it was only necessary to pack the essentials for our time away!


( My essentials: Yo-Yo, a Ball & Jacks, slinky, fart-gun & music.)


As you might imagine we had a lovely time together.

With lots of room/time for activities!

But of course, as usually happens when one is having fun,

the time (away) goes

much too fast.

But the GOOD news is…

memories last much longer than time permits,

and God always imprints a message in our hearts,

which binds to our souls,

that we will take with us

throughout eternity.

And each time I hear the sound of the water rolling into the shore…

these memories shall stir once again.


Through the Word all things were made.

John 1:3 

Psalm 33

Ring out your joy to the Lord, O you just; for praise is fitting for loyal hearts.

Give thanks to the Lord upon the harp, with a ten-stringed lute sing him songs.  O sing him a song that is new, play loudly, with all your skill.

For the word of the Lord is faithful and all his works to be trusted.  The Lord loves justice and right and fills the earth with his love.

By his word the heavens were made, by the breath of his mouth all the stars.  He collects the waves of the ocean; he stores up the depths of the sea.


Let all the earth fear the Lord, all who live in the world revere him.  He spoke; and it came to be.  He commanded; it sprang into being.

He frustrates the designs of the nations, he defeats the plans of the peoples.  His own designs shall stand for ever, the plans of his heart from age to age.

They are happy, whose God is the Lord, the people he has chosen as his own.  From the heavens the Lord looks forth, he sees all the children of men.

From the place where he dwells he gazes on all the dwellers on the earth, he who shapes the hearts of them all and considers all their deeds.


What stirs your heart toward a sweet memory that has changed you forever?

hugs n’ blessings for all the memories stored up in our hearts which make us stronger!

Music by Carrie Underwood

a private moment

Photo Courtesy of Danielle Hartland Photography



the magic of the wedding

behind us

and all the glitter swept up,

God provided us the blessing of 3 quiet days to sit and reflect

on the joy and wonder of it all.

Everyone tells you how fast the time goes by

and they’re oh, so very right!

But no one mentioned the hidden moments,

the private ones…

and just how much they catch your heart

causing it to skip a beat,

for a moment,

and freezes it there forever

fossilized in the heart.

It didn’t matter that we stood in a sea of hundreds

or whether all alone

they came (these special moments)

and illuminated so much joy,

so much gratitude,

so much wonder & awe,

their only escape was through

tears & laughter.

My mind has lapped over them now,

their impressions already smooth like beach glass

tumbled through the repeating waves

of the ocean.

And today i allow one

to spill out,

to share with you,

in my own way…

this private moment.

My darling daughter presented me this video to watch

the night before her wedding.

A precious letter

read by her

while a cascade of lifetime moments spent together displayed.

Forever on film,

for always in my heart,

causing so many skipped beats.

Image 5-10-16 at 8.56 PM
Photo Courtesy of Danielle Hartland Photography Photos Used Without Permission not Permitted

hugs n’ blessings for all the private moments we celebrate in our hearts!