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    Joyful.

    …I hadn’t planned to post today. Y’all have been amazing in your support; my family has loved and appreciated every single comment. But I thought today would be … simply too sad to share. I’ve never been so happy to be proved wrong. The sunrise was clear and bright. The service was standing room only, a fitting tribute to a young man who touched many lives and will be remembered for his gentle spirit and his smile… joyful. Late this afternoon we gathered at my sister’s. PJ would’ve enjoyed the party. The food was delicious. And there was wine & beer and the company was … family. I”m sure he…

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    In Loving Memory.

    this past Memorial Day weekend …my nephew PJ passed away last Wednesday. suddenly and unexpectedly. He was 22 years old. Needless to say, we are all devastated. But as I look back on these last few days, my heart is uplifted by the love and support my family has shared and by all the kind and thoughtful words from so many others. His mom (my sister-in-law Lydia) said it would be good for me to share a little more about all of this here today. His dad (my brother Steve) wrote his obituary and a very moving post on Facebook. My brother’s words describe PJ perfectly. He embodied joy. Of course no…

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    A Grace Note.

    Yesterday afternoon, heavy-hearted for a dear friend’s loss, I took Holly for walk down to the lake. It was a beautiful early fall day, not too hot, blue skies and a bright shining sun. In the end, only three things matter:how much you loved,how gently you lived, andhow gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. ~ Buddha

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    A Grace Note.

    …last week was hard. It started with a head cold that kept me in bed for more than a day, and then progressed through Marc’s second shoulder surgery in four years and a second cancelled contract on our old house. By the end of the week, I only completed about half of the items on a relatively short and easy to-do list. And I thought a lot about grace. Grace isn’t about feeling sorry for myself, or letting a bad mood keep me in my pajamas, un-showered.  It’s also not about having to be perfect. Grace is about seeing the good while I acknowledge the bad. It’s thinking about others…

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    A Grace Note.

    …my sweet friend Rella giving Holly one last snuggle as we said a long good-bye last week-end. Rella moved to Las Vegas this week for reasons that are full of grace and a strong reminder that family ties cannot be broken. I treasure her friendship and the love and laughter she shared with me and Holly. And who knows, this might just be the reason I’ve been waiting for…to finally see Las Vegas!

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    Grace Note(s).

    …despite the silence here about this year’s one little word, grace is still very much in the forefront of my thoughts, and occasionally my actions! The monthly exercises in Ali’s class continue to both challenge and inspire me; this blog post grew directly from our July activity and this quotation I shared back in January. In July, we wrote our word on post-it notes and then used those notes to prompt actions, record thoughts, inspire, whatever. I made seven grace notes and stuck them on my desk. Yes, grace notes – literally!  For one week last month, I used those notes to journal daily about grace. Thoughts, actions, sounds, sights, words,…

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    Social Grace(s).

    …whoa, I am delighted that so many of you are still reading – and taking the time to comment on – this blog! especially because I realized as I read those comments on Tuesday’s post that I hadn’t done a good job of letting y’all know what I’ve been up to while I haven’t been here. …on my mind | instagrammed april 20, 2013 yep. our Katie is getting married. next Saturday. I cannot give her enough credit for all the planning and good sense (and good sense of humor) and practicality and consideration and compassion and love that she’s pouring into this event. but turns out simply being Mother…

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    another month of grace.

    …as in wow, it’s March already and there’s another prompt up for Ali’s class…but before I start that, I’d like to share what I did for February. Ali’s prompt was to create a vision board. I was really excited when I watched the video back on February 1 and immediately spent a few hours poring through magazines and catalogs…but Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living, Southern Living, Traditional Home and Pottery Barn weren’t as full of grace as I’d hoped. So I let it sit for while and even visited the bookstore and leafed through a few other magazines to see if they were more inspiring. Nope. So it sat a…

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    grace.

    …my one little word for 2013. this has been a favorite word of mine for a while. I’m delighted it was the right word to choose for this journey this year. (I made the final decision in early December while I was decorating my word tree and that’s the real story behind my blog banner for this winter!) one of my favorite things about this word is that it looks out…and in. and I am really excited Ali has re-worked her class this year. I must admit – the new prompt threw me for a (very good!) loop when I first watched the video back on New Year’s Day. I…