Beauty & Blessings: This Week in Wonder & Awe(some)

Hello beautiful souls,

Happy Weekend. Here in Canada, we are celebrating Thanksgiving. Drew and I decided years ago, that our lives would be about ThanksLiving-living in gratitude each and every day. Thanks for the big things and thanks for the little things. Thanks for the things we notice and thanks for the things that we might have in the past considered “normal.” Nothing is “normal” with gratitude. Everything and everyone is a gift. And suddenly mundane moments become hosts to the miraculous.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

Melody Beattie

Grateful for you. Today and always.


Through the Lens of Love….



Fall (in) Love
“The courage publicly displayed on the battlefield is courage privately cultivated in the wilderness.”-Tim Chaddick        May you and I embrace the journey, wilderness and all. “Le laid peut être beau”— the ugly can be beautiful.



I asked for a sign and as the words exited my mouth, I turned my head and looked out my window to see this. God is faithful. It’s not a question. Deuteronomy 31:6



All of these blessings are God’s reminders to us not to worry. He’s got this! That’s the biggest confirmation we receive when walking in obedience to what He has asked us to do. Through this long journey, we have learned many things, but they all come down to this: When God calls you to do something, go for it, all the way. Have faith. He will see you through, and His timing is absolutely perfect. So no matter why you despair, know this: God will prevail. Tie a knot at the end of your rope and hang tight. You don’t need a savior unless you need to be saved from something. You don’t need a redeemer unless you need to be redeemed from something. You can’t fully experience God without getting refined in the fire by Him, and you will never, ever be the same. The deeper the valley and darker the night, the more joy you will feel when the light comes and you reach the mountaintop.-Hayley Jones



“We prayed to live present in the gifts and callings of today without dread of tomorrow. We asked, and we expected, and we trusted that in the knowing and listening, we would find peace and comfort.”-Kara Tippetts



I asked for another sign. I grabbed this book on my way out and randomly opened it. This is what I saw in bold letters: “Never, Never, Never Give Up”



Faith before fear…just like it is in the dictionary. #lifeinthefaithlane



Walk with God
Our world doesn’t need more things; it needs more love. Where there is Love, there is life.

What do YOU see? Check out this fascinating colour blot test that will show you what your subconscious is obsessed with…#doyoudare?

Colour Blot Test


These folks are…inspiring and inspiring others!


You have to read what this father is doing. I think my heart just melted.

Morgese Family


And if that’s not enough, check out what this Denver Salon is offering for father-daughter date night!

Envogue Salon



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Do you love flowers? Ever dream of playing with flowers for a living? Check. This. Out.

Photo Credit: Floret Flowers
Photo Credit: Floret Flowers

“Life in the Faith Lane”-Brian Houston


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What makes us human?  Filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand wanted to find out so he set out and spent three years traveling the world, meeting people, and filming their stories. This is what he discovered…


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Weekly Wisdom:

“Being happy largely boils down to relaxing, counting your blessings, and, essentially, not being a jerk.”
-Dr. Frederick Luskin



“I’ve learned that in the greatest amount of darkness, the smallest amount of light will overcome it.”
-Ethan Hallmark



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