Favorite Things

It was quite a week, America. Quite a week…

There is so much change going on throughout our country. It’s like a bad pass through tumultuous teenage angst. So much sadness, frustration, anger, and blame, from the inside and out. Our beloved nation, once such a bright beacon and protector of freedom, individuality, democracy, and national strength, seems to be stumbling around in difficulty trying to find its footing again. Of course, the world around us is changing too, as it has since the beginning of time. If you were to answer honestly, is it changing for better or worse? Only hindsight knows for certain.

It is so easy to get caught up in the drama (and sometimes horror) that the news media introduces to us and then keeps making us relive over and over until our hearts are so broken and numb, we hardly know what to do with it all. It’s so easy to slip into a pessimistic world view, to wonder if it’s even worth it to be on defensive anymore for preserving all of the good that does still exist in the world.

It is also so easy to feel helpless, to feel as though no matter what we do, there will always be one more corrupt politician getting one up on us,  one more terrorist group trying to destroy our belief systems, one more horrific shooting, one more, one more, one more…What do you do in times like these, when hope is wearing thin?

You never stop enjoying life anyway. You cling to what is good. You go about your life being as thankful as you can for all you have been given, be it great or small. Pay it forward. However small you think you’re gesture may be, you strive to make a positive impact into even just one person’s life – your child, your friend, your neighbor, a stranger on the street. Maybe you aren’t curing cancer, or solving world hunger. But I truly believe in the domino effect that can be started on simple goodness and kindness. After all, we are all in this together.


Here are some things that have been making my world brighter lately.

Fly fishing

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It takes good rhythm and a lot of patience, but there’s nothing quite like that feeling of a fish on as your fly drops suddenly under the water.

Wheat fields. They will always hold a special place in my heart.  

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Date night

One of our activities at our wedding was to have our guests write out date night idea cards for us, because I fervently believe in continuing to court your spouse. I keep forgetting to pull the cards out when we actually decide to do a date night, but this time around we remembered and chose bowling night (which I don’t think we’ve done since our second date!). My goal as we work through the cards is to document each one to film and place them next to the corresponding card in an album. This one was obviously pretty basic, but people sure got creative! It’ll be fun to see what their ideas have in store for us!

This guy

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 It’s been almost two months since we brought this little imp home. We’ve worn thin the words “No!” and “Don’t eat the shoes!”. He’s learned (and admittedly is still working on) sit, comes, stay, down, heel,and leave it. We’ve been working on adding shake into his repertoire this week. He despises rain, has gone on his first boat ride and subsequently took his first tumble off the boat. He likes to help mom in the flower bed not only digging up the weeds, but why not the flowers too? But hey, at least he leaves a large enough hole available for the next plant to go in…

And he’s the sweetest little angel when he’s all tuckered out. Life with Patrick … 😊

(Re)innovation

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Many years ago, Dairy Queen had a wonderful creation that was the Nerd Blizzard. Every time I go into a Dairy Queen, I lament the loss of it’s sugary, slightly tooth shattering existence. This time, enough was enough. Enter a Dairy Queen vanilla shake and box of Rainbow Nerds. Voila! The Nerd Blizzard rises again!

It’s the little things, folks.

A new archery lane!

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My husband cut me a new lane at the farm where I can have target practice with my bow, since the last one disappeared with the developments on the farm. Happy, happy wife.

Um…and of course…archery

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Love, love, love. That’s all I have to say about this activity.

Even better to get to share it with the husband!

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And the dog?

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Apparently my bow case is multi-purpose. Thanks for clearing that up, Patrick.

Have a great week!

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