Last week, we celebrated our third anniversary with the most beautiful day in Lincoln City. We didn’t expect a sunny day (that wasn’t even windy — I was walking around town without a jacket, which felt like a miracle), so we didn’t come equipped with hiking gear or an outdoor itinerary, but you will never see me complain about spending a whole day wandering around antique stores and used book stores, smelling old books and looking for antique pie plates and wearing the new earrings that my husband gave me.
Our day ended with this stunning view of Siletz Bay at sunset and then pizza and wine and Neverending Story at the hotel. A perfect day.
The front of our house is lined with giant, gorgeous hibiscus trees. We moved in during the summer, in late July, near the end of the blooming season; two of the trees were still full of blossoms, but the others were just bundles of green, and as we transitioned into the fall, they all lost their blooms.
Except for one little corner — the back corner of the tree at the corner of the house, right behind my reading nook in the living room. That corner had a small cluster of blossoms that faced the window all through the winter. There was always at least one flower nestled back in that corner. It felt like God had placed it there just for me, as a reminder that spring — which I so love — would come. That he would again make all things new.
Now that all of the trees are covered with buds (really, covered — every single stem has a bud at the end of it), I get to watch the blossoms spread from my secret corner to the rest of the trees. Spring!
After I made my life list for 2012, several of my friends sent me their lists — including my dear friend Leanna. Her birthday was at the end of January, and since I was in LA for CHA, I got to have a slightly belated in-person celebration with her, so I assembled a basket of things inspired by her list and attached a tag to each item, explaining which list item inspired the gift. (Some things, like the London city guide and “#16 — go to London,” are more obvious; others, like the Sprouts gift card and “#27 — try a new vegetable,” are less so.)
There were many great things on that list, but three things in particular stood out to me. She talked about looking for God in the everyday, finding the best in people, and seeking joy even in unhappiness. I’d seen some index card-based daily journals floating around in the blogosphere and on Pinterest, so I put my own twist on it: half-size index cards, each stamped with a day of the year, with dividers for these three themes. Every day, she can jot down a note about how she saw God, or found the best in someone, or chose joy. I slipped the cards and dividers into a small Anthro berry basket and tied it with twine.