Kiss the Sky


Swept up in summer’s playful winds

soaring on borrowed wings

I kiss the sky


© Julie Rehnelt 2015




That’s my pretty butterfly kite, doesn’t it look happy?!  :)


And I was so happy flying it.  I can’t even tell you how wonderful it was to go out and fly kites the other day.  I don’t think my smile left my face even once all day.  And I’m so grateful to my little family for just dropping everything else for the day and taking off on a whim to go to the lake to fly them with me.  <3

Not that they minded too much, as we could all use a bit of playtime amidst everything else that is going on in our lives lately.  And I gotta love the synchronicity that exists among my family members…

That morning, just as I finished writing what I ended up sharing in my Windy Morning Musings post, my daughter came into my room; and walking over to look out my window, the first thing she said was “the trees are saying things” (like mother like daughter ha!), and I’m like “I know!” and showed her what I had just written.  She smiled, we talked a while, and after she left my room, I went to my laptop to post what I had written onto my blog, when I got a text from my sister saying “I love this weather!” immediately followed by another that said “I LOVE that wind blowing through the trees!”  And I’m like “Me too!  I was just about to post a poem about it on my blog.”

So funny, you can definitely tell we’re all related.  The only one who was a bit out of the loop that morning was my Mom who was down at her computer trying to set up a new monitor.  Because of the tendency there is to get absorbed when working with setting up any sort of new technology, she’d barely even noticed it was windy out.  Plus, she’s not really ‘into’ nature like the rest of us, and doesn’t usually notice things like the wind and the trees talking.  ;)  But as soon as I called down to her and said that I wanted to go fly kites, she dropped everything and went to get ready.  And she hates the wind.   She’s such a good egg.

And she sat there with an egg a bag on her head the entire day because she had just gotten her hair done the day before and didn’t want it to get ruined.  But as you can see from the photo my sister snapped of her with her phone – her smile still remained intact in spite of it.


What a great sport she is!  I love my Mom <3


And my daughter, who was in actuality feeling quite sick that day, was a great sport as well and still enjoyed herself too.  I snapped this of her with my sister’s phone while she was trying out my butterfly kite…



My sister has a boat load of kites.  She accumulated all of them during the time she lived in Seattle, Washington.  Each year in Long Beach, Washington they hold an International Kite Festival during the third week of August, where people from all over the world come to celebrate the joy of kite flying.  I went to it one year and let me tell you… it was sooo much fun, and just seeing the massive amount of kites flying in the air during the festival was an amazing experience!  I would love to go again sometime.  Anyway, my sister brought ALL of her kites with us.  She has some pretty unique kites, some of which she made herself at workshops she’d attended during the festival.  I wish I had some photos of them to share, but most of the day I was too busy flying kites and not thinking of taking pictures.  I did however, snap this one of my sister standing with one of her star-shaped box kites…


That thing is huge!


But it’s nothing in comparison to her kite, Galileo.  Now that kite is something magnificent!  She bought it from a guy from Tasmania that she met at the festival one year who had designed and made it himself.  Gosh, you should have seen us struggling trying to assemble Galileo in the wind, haha what a riot!  Plus, it is an extremely complicated contraption and took us nearly TWO HOURS to put together.  But oh was it ever worth it, flying Galileo was a wonderful feeling!  My sister snapped these with her phone while I had it flying up in the sky…




I wish you could tell how huge this thing is.  Its tails alone have got to be at least 25 feet long.

Here it is flying next to my butterfly kite, but you still can’t fully tell how big it really is…


And I had big fun flying it!  :)


And have I mentioned yet what a gorgeous day it was?  I love being ‘swept up in summer’s playful winds.’


May you be swept up in something playful today too!




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Windy Morning Musings


It’s a windy morning, the trees are trying to get my attention

Waving their arms

come here


Rustling their leaves

I hear them whispering

ssp ssp ssp ssp ssp…

What secrets do you have to tell?


Oh, I see…

it’s the wind that wishes to speak to me.

Yes wind, what is it?  I’m listening…


Ah, yes, please, of course


play with my hair

caress my skin

fill my lungs with breath

and my soul with life


I will dance and sway with the trees to your soundless symphony


And later I’ll go fly a kite

and my heart will fly too

on the wings of your refreshing embrace


© Julie Rehnelt 2015

Photography by Gable Denims


The wind always makes me feel so alive…

And I really am going to fly kites later.  :)



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Always There


“Around us, life bursts with miracles – a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops.  If you live in awareness, it’s easy to see miracles everywhere.  Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles.  Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying, or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings.  When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh





I love this thought and resonate with it so much.  It’s a good reminder for me when I’m ‘tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles.’


May you notice some of life’s miracles today.



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Being Peace


“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.”

                                                                                                    ~ Thich Nhat Hanh





Does it sound strange to say that I crave peace?  Like, isn’t ‘craving’ something in and of itself, sort of the complete opposite of being peaceful?  Leave it to me to be a contradiction.  ;)

But I do – crave peace.  And I have peace, much of the time.  But sometimes life just heaps so much weight onto my shoulders, there’s so much required of me, so many things to do, so many people that need me, my knees begin to buckle under the strain, until finally, my strength gives out.  Splat, there I am sprawled out on the ground, I’m not any good to anyone like that am I?

I don’t do it on purpose, I just pick up things along the way.  And sometimes I let the people I love put things on me too, because they have needs and I want to help.  But the best way for me to truly help, is for me to first have peace within myself, because then I ‘can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in my family, my entire society, will benefit from my peace.’

And I know what I need to do to have that, I just get caught up in all the other stuff sometimes.  Well, that, and my erratic hormones.  Maybe it’s really balance that I crave.  ;)


Wishing you a day of balance, a bit of what you crave, and lots of…




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Where Flowers Bloom


Whether in my garden or in my hand

on my skin or on the land

Whether growing wildly or in places planned

where flowers bloom, life feels grand


© Julie Rehnelt 2015




I had a sad thing happen in my veggie garden recently – I lost my beloved zucchini plant to a storm that came through the area during the night.  When I awoke the next morning I found my lovely zucchini plant all sprawled out and smashed down from the strong winds and heavy rain.  As I was clearing some of it away, I picked up one of the little zucchinis that had broken off that still had its bloom attached to the end, and my first thought was ‘poor thing will never have a chance to become what it was meant to be.’  But as I turned it around in my hand, I thought ‘how beautiful it still is, even after all the trauma it had endured during the storm,’ and I went and grabbed my camera to take a picture of it.  As I was snapping, I thought ‘there’s got to be a metaphor hiding here somewhere for me in this… there always is.’  ;)

Maybe it’s to realize how brief and fragile life can be, and what a gift it is regardless of the circumstances, and to keep on blooming even through life’s storms.  Or maybe it’s to see and appreciate the beauty that is always all around us, even in devastation, if we make the effort or pause long enough to notice it.  It’s all about perspective, isn’t it?

I choose to perceive that life is beautiful.  Even if I don’t get to eat my own zucchini.  ;)

I’m still trying to salvage part of the plant, but I don’t know if it will produce anything.  I did get a few zucchinis before the storm came, and for that I am grateful.


I hope you find things to be grateful for today too.  Keep blooming, my friends!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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To Be A Butterfly


How wonderful it must be to be a butterfly

floating gracefully on the soft, gentle breeze of a warm summer day

on beautiful, magnificent wings that are your own

Alighting on the colorful petals of hundreds of flowers in full bloom

and feasting on sweet, delicious nectar all day.

Ah yes, how wonderful it must be to be a butterfly…


© Julie Rehnelt 2015







✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Thursday Thought… Let Us Love


Let us love one another, be a support and stand beside each other through all life’s growing pains.


For together, we can become a field of beauty, and help make this world a lovelier place…


© Julie Rehnelt 2015




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Let us Love by NeedToBreathe