Serenity on the Water in the Adirondack Mountains, NY

Morning Peace at Raquette LakeIn response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “A Moment in Time.”

Upon arising one morning after days of rain last August at Raquette Lake, NY, I was greeted by this breathtaking view.

The lake was like glass, mirroring the sun and clouds which were gracefully parting.

In pure awe of the beauty, I quietly walked down the steps of our lake house to participate in the glory.

Like a swan, the SUP glided across the water, with barely a ripple.

Cheers to a Bright 2015!

Ciao 2014!

The theme of 2014 was lessons. Lessons in connecting, taking risks, learning from loss and injury, parenting, traveling, and staying positive every single day through the good and bad.

What a ride.

The biggest lesson by far was in losing my wildly creative and artistic mother in law, Gail Peacock, to ovarian cancer.  It was a tough loss for us and many people. What to do?

Gail was a member of that uber creative tribe of people around the world who put creativity in every single thing they do and touch.  She was also a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, giver of advice (like it or not) and was always bearing gifts.

She knew who she was and let her light shine. In doing so, she brightened so many lives.  In fact, her presence was so bright, we learned it was simply impossible to let that light dwindle.

We made a choice to focus on the brightness of her presence, not the loss.  

We chose to see more beauty and color daily, to laugh more, to focus on what is truly important for us (family).  And this past December, we put up more art on the wall and added extra twinkling, glistening Christmas decorations, and listened to tons of holiday music.  I made more of her cheese braid breads and bourbon chocolates than ever, and we spent more quality time with family and friends on the phone or in person.

In retrospect, I am 100% sure that is what she would want us to do. Focus on the light.

So, HELLO 2015!

My you are looking bright.

What a day!

This IS The Day! What a Day!

What is the first thing you say to yourself upon rising in the morning?

Me?  This IS the Day God has Made!!  Rejoice!  Be glad in it! 

Give it a try tomorrow!


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