Sunny Snowflakes


Sunny snowflakes glimmer upon my window in the early morning light

Leaving remnants of nature’s frosty dreams during the cold winter’s night.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014




We’re having a snowy start to the day here this morning, but yesterday I awoke to a different sort of “snowflake.”  The frost on my bedroom windows was absolutely stunning, shimmering so beautifully in the rising sunlight!

It was just so very lovely…



Whatever the weather where you are, may your day be filled with lovely things too!  And with…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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I Got It From My Mom…

Today is my Mom’s birthday, happy birthday Momma!  And as I’ve been going through old pictures, spending some time reflecting on my Mom and all of the wonderful things about her, I’ve realized that I’ve inherited a good many of her wonderful qualities.  And I thought it might be fun to share some of those things in honor of her birthday.


All of the great qualities that I got from my mom…


 My love of nature

Truthfully, my Mom isn’t really a big fan of the outdoors. But you can see that she was definitely enjoying herself here while we were on a road trip through the Hoh Rain Forest.  :)


My ability to withstand the cold harsh Minnesota winters


Without a coat even! ;)


My love for animals

8mom with barney


My sometimes off-color sense of humor



My smarts



My stunning good looks


I’ve shared this photo of my Mom before, it’s one of my favorites of her.  Gosh, she just looks so gorgeous!


My excellent skills in home improvement projects

22mom with dad painting our garage


My sense of adventure

Rachael and MomTreasure City

Whether on the high seas, or… on fake ships on the side of the road.


My great fashion sense

mom in lori's clothes


My love of strawberries

mom strawberry shortcake


My love for the ocean

mom ocean

Wait… Mom doesn’t actually even like the water.  But she has a big coffee mug in her hand here, so lets maybe use this one for… my love of coffee.  ;)


My strong dislike of being near creepy dolls


I think she was just annoyed about getting her picture taken in this one, but seriously… look at that creepy doll.  Dolls really creep me out!  My mom looks kinda creepy here too…  ;)


My beautiful smile

10mom, me and sean duluth

Oh look… my nephew inherited that too :D


My silliness

mom funny face christmas

And there’s my nephew photo bombing again ;)


My love of a good nap



My love of children

This is my Mom with my sister as a tiny infant.  It my sister's birthday on Thursday

This is my Mom with my older sister as a tiny infant. It my sister’s birthday on Thursday, their birthday are only two days apart.  I love them both more than I could ever say.  <3


And finally, last but not least… my love of photography

Mom cam

Throughout the years, my Mom was always snapping pictures of everything. And I’m so glad she did, so that I would have all of these wonderful photos to look back on  :)


I know a lot of these are silly, but all joking aside, my Mom truly does possess so many wonderful qualities, and I am lucky to inherit even a smidgen of them.  I think she’s quite an amazing woman, and I’m so thankful to have her as my Mom.  <3

Thanks so much for letting me share this with you.  I’m obviously off to spend the day celebrating my wonderful Mom, but I hope you find many reasons to celebrate this day as well!




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Winter’s Warmth


Winter’s warmth is felt

in the orange glow of dawn’s first light

as chimney smoke rises from snow covered rooftops.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014



I couldn’t believe how orange the sunrise was the other morning.  And despite the snow and the cold temps, it gave me such a feeling of warmth.  See… winter can be warm.  ;)

Have a warm and cozy weekend!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

Requiem of Ice


I came across this exquisite production by Uncage the Soul on the blog of Starlisa Black Photography this morning and just had to share it.  The stunning photography, the beautiful words, combined with the lovely musical score… just wow…

“I am illuminated from within by an extraordinary light”




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Thursday Thought:


Despite life’s various constraints, always allow your spirit to soar…




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Icy Cascade


From the glacial tip of nature’s wintry magic wand

flows an icy cascade of spellbinding beauty

bewitching all who gaze upon its frozen waters.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014







Sure… ice is cold, but it’s also beautiful!  I’ve always found icicles to be rather enchanting and magical.

Hope your day is filled with a bit of magic too!  :D



✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

And So It Begins


This isn’t the greatest photo with having the screen showing so crudely in the background, but I had to share it anyway because I was just so pleased to awake the other morning and see the lovely frost on my window…


Last winter during the polar vortex, I awoke each morning to the most exquisite frost formations on my bedroom windows.  If you’re new here, you can click here or here to see what I’m talking about (they’re much prettier photos than this one).  Yes, I know it most likely means that we have poor insulation around the windows, not to mention that it means it’s absolutely freezing outside, but it’s so pretty, and it’s so cozy to wake up to on cold winter mornings.

And so it begins… a winter of beautiful frosty windows!


May your day be filled with beauty too, and with…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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