Rain. Storm. Fog.

I could sit here and watch this all day. The way the rain storm envelops the countryside and the way rain shower soothes my soul gently despite the thunder. I woke up to a hot summery day. We had breakfast on our deck planning the hot day ahead. I filled a small pool to let…

Lily of the Valley

“Come! I got something to show you.” My neighbor A, right next door, who is quickly becoming my best friend eagerly invited me over. With a short walk through the gate that we recently installed in between the fence that divides our properties, I am instantly on her side where a wide open view of…

Peace I Leave with You

I am sitting at my favorite hangout place enjoying the silence and peace. These two elements are not easily available to me these days. As I sit mindlessly in the glorious sunlight, I heard a verse I read this morning in the gentle morning breeze. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to…

Sunrise or Sunset?

I am not sure if it was sunset or sunrise when I took this photo. My daughter can’t discern sunrise from sunset, either. She only knows sunrise and refuses to call it sunset when we step outside on some evenings to catch the sun go down. What I do know is the assurance and hope…

Shortness of Life

  I picked some bell peppers, jalapenos, perilla leaves, and tomatoes just before dinner time to go with my spicy chicken dinner. I love that I am able to cook up dinner without going to a grocery store for over a week. I just walked to the garden to pick whatever I need, and whatever…

This country life and hope, hope, hope

I love this country life. This is my view, one of the countless million-dollar views from my drive from my daughter’s preschool. Can you believe it? How can you ever get tired of this view, this country life? I am beyond blessed. But still. Oh the seeking. Oh the desires. Oh this turbulent heart of…

Lama, lama, wakey wake

How refreshing to wake up to a lama leisurely taking her morning walk! It is not a rare sight for me as I witness it every morning when I go out to get my newspaper, but I love it every time I see it. This lama provokes certain level of peace within me. It starts…

Pure Simplicity

***** When you live in a small country town, even going to a post office feels like a special trip. I drive through the open corn field, and more open field with unrecognizable crops, meet happy cows along the way, and drive past a dairy farm. It feels so far away from the modern world,…

Blue Sky in my Head

      I drove around running errands yesterday. After the sky poured out snow flurries, it revealed soft fluffy clouds still hanging up in the sky. After the heavy snow clouds have purged, what remained was pure lightness. I could almost feel the light brush strokes of the artist capturing the cleansed scene of…

Home, Here on Earth

The stars shone brightly in the sky, and I watched them through the crossbeams of the cabin frame. It was as if I were looking through the rigging of a sailing ship, maybe a coastwise schooner making its way down the Atlantic shore. I folded my hands behind my head and stared upward. Another gentle…