Monthly Archives: February 2014

Frosty Dreams of Spring

I must confess…  a touch of spring fever is beginning to set in…

This scene may be made of frost, but it makes me think of springtime with new little blades of grass growing under a cloudy sky.


Wishful thinking.   😉


✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Light Breaks Through

Have I mentioned lately how much I love early mornings?  I mean real early ~ like predawn early.  I’m sure I’ve mentioned (just a few dozens of times) before how the windows in my room face east and how much I love watching the sun come up.  I’ve probably also mentioned how I used to be more of a sunset person and how now I’ve become more of a sunrise person, although I love them both.  I suppose as life changes and routines get rearranged, these are some of the things that gradually get reshaped too.

Anyway, it’s a beautiful winter morning here.  We had another snowstorm the other day and fresh snow always sets such a hush and quietness over everything, I love it.  As I’m sitting here at the moment drinking my warm cup, the sun is just beginning to come up and the icy branches of my tree are glistening in the sunlight, it’s a dazzling sight and fills my heart with gratitude and hope.

To me, the sunrise embodies hope.  And new beginnings.  Two things we all need.  I know I do.

I’ve had a rough few days here recently, filled with much worry and stress, but as this new day dawns and the light breaks through, I feel hopeful that today will be better.




May this day be filled with hope for you too.  As well as…

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Sweet Love


Love so enticing, delicious and sweet

brings delight to the heart like a sugary treat.

© Julie Rehnelt 2014



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Frosty Valentine


A wintry kiss, fresh and invigorating

an icy touch, so exhilarating

sending sweet shivers down my spine

the embrace of my frosty Valentine.

© Julie Rehnelt 2014


Some people see shapes in the clouds, I guess I see them in the frost.  😉  I was so delighted to see a heart this time ~ perfect for Valentine’s Day!  ♥


✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Never Alone… Love is all around you



When I first started putting this together, I initially had only the one little lonely heart hanging there, but then I thought to myself  “No… this isn’t true.  No heart is ever truly alone… Love is all around us, everywhere.”  So I added all of the other little opalescent hearts to illustrate that.  Sometimes we can’t see it, but if we shift our perspective just a little bit, it begins to come into focus.


~Peace & Love~✿

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It All Comes Down to Love

Absolutely everything comes down to love.  Everything.

“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 

If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge;        and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 

And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

Love is patient,

love is kind

and is not jealous;

love does not brag

and is not arrogant,

does not act unbecomingly;

it does not seek its own,

is not provoked,

does not take into account a wrong suffered,

does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;

bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails…”

Tree of Love

I wish I was responsible for capturing this amazing photo, but all the credit goes to


~Peace & Love~✿

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You and Me

It’s my baby girl’s birthday tomorrow and I’ve got all things Rachael on my mind.  I’ve spent the last several days reminiscing over the past 22 years and my mind is filled with so many precious memories of my daughter and I together.

Yesterday after a bit of searching through old boxes of mementos, I found the journal I kept while I was pregnant that also went through her first year.  I spent some time reading over it and I laughed and I cried, my heart was overwhelmed with love, and with joy, and with gratitude.  I’m so glad I kept a journal of it all.

It’s hard to describe the profound love I have for her, sometimes words just aren’t enough.  Fewer things are more precious to me in this world than my daughter, and it is in being her Mom that my life has found the most meaning so far.

One of the memories that is foremost on my mind today (the one that prompted this post’s title) is of the two of us dancing together at a family wedding several years ago to the song “You and Me” by Lifehouse.  I loved that song at the time and when it began playing I asked my (now ex) husband to dance to it with me, but he refused (there is a long and hurtful story behind the reason for that that I won’t go into right now), so I turned to my daughter and asked her.  Something you should know is that my daughter was (is) extremely shy so it was a pretty big deal for her to get out there and dance with me.  But in knowing how much I loved the song (and I think in also seeing and wanting to alleviate my hurt at being rejected by her dad) , she put away her insecurities and danced with me.  We twirled around happily together on the the dance floor, albeit awkwardly, and had a wonderful time. We hadn’t danced like that together since she was a little girl.  It really meant a lot to me.

On a Mother’s Day sometime afterward, she put together a cover of herself singing that song and gave it to me as a gift.  She later posted it on her YouTube channel and this is it…

It’s not one of her best vocals, but I can’t even tell you how precious the sweet sound of my baby girl’s singing is to me.


Thanks so much for letting me share this treasured memory with you.  Since beginning my blog back in November of 2011, I’ve not only mentioned her numerous times in various posts along the way, but have also written specific posts about my daughter.  In the spirit of her birthday I’d like to mention those again… When she turned 20, I wrote a post about her called Beautiful Things Come in Twenties where I shared a ton of photos along with twenty of the things I love about her, and then another one Minnesota’s Got Talent where I shared (bragged) about her creativity and artistic talent.

Well, there’s lots to do to get ready for the special day tomorrow, and I’m off to bake her birthday cake.  She wants a tie dye one (truly a girl after my own heart), but I’ve never made a tie dye cake before, so hopefully it doesn’t end up a complete fail. Wish me luck!

You and Me

Peace & Love…

My New Neighbor

I’ve got a new neighbor… a little albino squirrel has taken up residence in the hollow of the tree outside my bedroom window!

I noticed him during our last snowfall a few days ago.  Because it was snowing so hard outside I thought he was a regular squirrel covered with snow at first, but then I realized he was albino!  I’ve been having a wonderful time watching him scamper about the tree.  He’s a nervous little thing though, always on the move, so getting any decent photographs of him has been a bit of a challenge.

But here is one I managed to capture one evening as he paused briefly on one of  the branches…


I’m going to name him Frosty.  ♥  Frosty the snow squirrel.  😀

This shot has a bunch of messy of branches in the way (makes for pretty good camouflage), but it shows his little pink eye looking at me…


His color is more of a pale grey than white, especially in the lighting of these photos, but I would still consider him albino.

Here is one I caught of him peeking out of the hollow at me.  


He’s so cute with his little paw up to his chest.

I snapped this one while he was washing up a bit, but he looks like he’s covering his face, so just for fun I captioned it and I think I’m going to send it to my friend who hates winter..


She follows my blog, so she may see this before I send it to her.  If so… this one is for you Sharon!  Hang in there my friend!  😀


Personally, I’m still enjoying winter for the time being, but come see me around the end of February and I’m sure I’ll be quite weary of it with a serious case of spring fever by then.   😉

I’m also still taking lots of pictures of the frost on my windows, I’m sure I’ll be sharing more of those with you in the near future.  It’s just so very lovely, and one must always be on the lookout for the beauty to be found each day…

Peace & Love…