“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.” ― poem by Mary Jean Irion
The poem in this post graced my day last summer: the realistic musing moving me to tears. The simple words are a reminder to value each day, even amidst monotony. May I be aware of “the treasure you are.” May my heart embrace the minutia of life: the beautiful tidbits that make up our stories. Oh how I need reminded of this so often!
And equally as important, may I not go looking for some ideal future. I suppose the dream for better days, this is not altogether wrong. However, when the dreams cloud over the present-day sunshine, I have allowed them too much precedence.
^CVNP a few weeks ago
Oh I am so excited to share these photos! Katie and Kyle are so dear to me, and it was an honor to photograph this incredible moment. Kyle organized and planned and waited for this day – pulling it off with a big surprise for my beautiful sister, Katie. Winner. Excitement fills my heart for these two. Cannot wait for the wedding! Love you both so very much.
They like to play Scrabble. =)
He brought her all the way across the field, eyes covered. She told me she tried to peek a time or two.
Time to play the last word.
I suppose if you do something two years in a row, that creates a tradition, right? If so, then picking pumpkins at Szalay’s and eating wings at Fisher’s pub has become a fall tradition for the Schmaders.
oh my. how I love the little ones.
process of elimination.
Keith took this one. =) he’s getting pretty good!
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