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Creativity IS a Spiritual Practice

When we see through our hearts, we recognize that every single one of us is infused with creativity. Divine Sparks are embedded in everyone and everything. It's up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new. Join me as we wake up to the sacred-ordinary blessings waiting to greet us each and every day.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

As Evening Settles In

Late afternoon sun bows low across fields and marshy ponds as evening settles in, for the longest night of the year. Soon a sliver of moon will rise to ease the darkness. In other homes Christmas lights twinkle, in ours Chanukah candles and birthday candles too, for one who needs no external illumination. Happy Birthday to my beloved husband Gordon! Your inner light is brighter than the sun, the moon, and the 48 candles on your cake. Well if I could drive to the store to get you a cake and candles, you know that I would...chocolate peanut butter. We'll just pretend, less risk of setting off the smoke detector this way:-) I love you sweet man. I am full of gratitude, celebrating another year of life with you, my best friend. And tomorrow, just think, an MRI date. Ahhh yes, 23 years of marriage, WE still know how to have fun. Ok it looks a little different than it used to... Still, LIFE is good. Truly it is. How blessed we are to live in such a beautiful place. And of this I am absolutely certain my love, it was no coincidence that a soul as luminous as yours was breathed into your tiny baby body at the darkest time of the year. Blessings upon your Mother and Father z"l for the gift that you are in my life, our daughters, and the lives of everyone who knows you.

Linking to:
Skywatch Friday 
Hello friends, I am still accepting entries for the gratitude word quilt through Dec 28. I hope you will consider sending me a quick email to include your words of thanks for this year's gratitude word quilt.  All you have to do is close your eyes. Exhale. Inhale. Type out a brief message that expresses what you are grateful for in THIS moment and send it to me. The quilt will be posted on Dec. 31st.  Stop back and visit my blog to see all the words of gratitude from around the world “stitched” together. (So far 102 people have joined in:-)
Gentle steps,


  1. Happy B-day to Gordon! 48 years? Still young!

  2. Belated birthday wishes to hubby, beautiful photographs.

  3. happy birthday to your hubby! :)

    God bless you both!

  4. Happy birthday to Gordon. What a marvelous, remarkable, loving and generous man! You are one lucky woman, Laura. Hugs to all...

    And Happy Chanukah!

  5. Happy Birthday Gordon, you are both lucky ducks :-).
    Happy Chanukah!
    Love and giant hugs,

  6. nice picture, especially the one with a lot of birds

  7. Wonderful photos,Laura and happy belated birthday to your husband!Merry christmas!

  8. What a touching note to your husband celebrating his birthday! Hope your MRI date goes well. The two of you DO know how to have fun, don't you? (I love your sense of humour, Laura!)

  9. My daughter is a solstice baby, she turned 22 yesterday. I have so much gratitude this year it is difficult to place words to it. We have blue lights this year, and candles as well. Be well! L

  10. What lovely and touching words you wrote to your husband...the photos seem to fit right with your words.

  11. Wonderful shots. I like the birds in the sky most.

  12. Beautifully captured moments with nature. Thank you for sharing with us and thank you for your kind comments on my post earlier.

  13. A lovely tribute to your love.
    Mine has his birthday today although this morning it was a total surprise to him, he still new yesterday but today it was a total surprise.
    I hope you have some good news from your MRI.
    My sister is back in hospital for transfusions, her platelet count was way down again.

    Happy Chanukah to you all with light, peace and love.


  14. what wonderful pics! have a great weekend ♥

  15. What a beautiful tribute to your husband and your life together. Happy birthday to him.

    Happy Hanukkah to you, dear Laura. Best thoughts for a good outcome of that MRI.


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