Wednesday, July 17, 2013

There Is This Place











When I first got here my greatest friend Jane was still here.  They had about 2 weeks left to go which meant they were really busy with getting ready to move on.  I was getting busy with moving in.  Nonetheless we got to meet several times to walk. During her time here she walked her dog EVERYDAY at 2:00 on The Cross Trail.  A trail that crosses lots of the island.  We would talk and walk, and for me I got to just absorb my good friend.

Since she left I have been going to the Cross Trail alone whenever I can to take a walk.  For whatever reason I feel happy walking along that trail.

Because of that little situation called...your cycle...I have been a bit melancholy the last few days...which may explain some of my dramatic posts lately.  But yesterday the sun was bright, the air was cool and the day was so perfect.  All day I could not wait until I could get out there and walk.

Over the weekend Pete and I had a really annoying situation occur and it left us both feeling a  I can't even put my finger on why this event got to us this way..but it did. And yesterday I just walked and prayed and REALLY tried to think about it.  Then this thought popped into my head..and stayed there...

I actually stopped to type it into my phone because I did not want to forget it.  I felt like this was what God was wanting me to think...not the nonsense I was thinking....

"Can't be sad if your to busy being grateful"

And how true that is.  I could just stop allowing myself to dwell on the pesky event and replace those thoughts with being grateful...

And believe it or not I was even able to start seeing the pesky event as something to be grateful for.  I began to be grateful for the fact that Pete and I really talked over the last few days and shared some thoughts that we may have just let stay quiet...

I then had a really long list going about what I was grateful for...

 I won't bore you with the details...but I got so into it I was thinking grateful thoughts about a ruffle pillow I once bought at Target that I love and almost walked away from...suddenly in the woods I was struck with such happiness over this pillow..then laughing I realized I was feeling a lot better about pesky sad situation .... I was pretty happy to be done with the walk since  I passed a HUGE pile of bear poop that looked pretty fresh in a heavily berry dense part of the trail.

p.s.  I made the dress for Priscilla from this pattern and the fabric is from Moda and the kisses are from Priscilla


  1. I love this idea, and it is so true. I hope the pesky 'off' feeling leaves soon. It is always nice to be able to take walks, I often do that myself and always feel renewed!

  2. Wow--I didn't realize how much Priscilla looks like Emily.

    I just finished a biography of St. Catherine of Siena that included this quote:
    "You know discouragement is completely at odds with what you've always been taught. It's a leprosy that dries up the soul and body, and keeps us in continual torment. It ties the arms of holy desire and keeps us from doing what we would like to do. It makes us unbearable even to ourselves, and our spirit open to all sorts of assaults and imaginings. It robs us of supernatural light and obscures even natural light. And so it brings us to all sorts of unfaithfulness because we don't know the truth with which God has created us."

    Have fun with the bears! Wish we were there.


  3. What a great quote. I think I will put it on my phone as a reminder!

    I love reading about your new adventure in Alaska. God Bless!