Monthly Archives: May 2015



In the quietness of the early morning

before all the other humans arise and start making noise

I listen


To the sounds of nature


I hear the wind as it whispers through the leaves on the trees

I hear birds singing somewhere off in the distance, merrily proclaiming the dawning of this new day.

I watch as the emerging sunlight plays along with the wind

in making the leaves of the trees dance

their bright reflections of green, sparkling joyfully

With no audience to observe their lovely spectacle, aside from me

and the birds.

It’s mesmerizing.

As their shadows flicker upon the walls of my room, my cat joins in

amusing in her observation

my sweet kitty.





Breathing it all in

I listen


To what is not heard by human ears


A different frequency, one of the Spirit

an awareness of something deeper

a profound connection

with all living things

with my Creator.


The whole earth is filled with His glory

And rejoicing, I worship


I want to stay in this moment

to linger in this wonderful sense of awareness

But time marches on as time tends to do, and the humans begin to arise

I hear stirring in the next room, increasing traffic driving by outside, the jingling of dog tags as someone passes below my window while out for a morning stroll with their dog

All of them completely unaware of the elation I’m experiencing in this sacred moment so near to their proximity.

Pondering that breaks my concentration


I want to share this wonderment with them

help those ‘noisy’ fellow humans realize

to be aware

and enter in

Such love


Not sure of exactly how to go about that

I sip my coffee

and listen some more…


© Julie Rehnelt 2015





✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Spread Love


Share your heart

spread love

and watch it multiply


© Julie Rehnelt 2015



Gotta love the charming, dainty little hearts that dangle from the graceful stems of bleeding hearts.  Gosh, they’re sweet, aren’t they?!  ❤

Hope your day is filled with sweetness, and with…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Wordless Wednesday – Be More Heart

Yes… it’s yet another music selection that I’m sharing on this Wordless Wednesday.  And this one isn’t even technically “wordless” nor am I going to be.  Perhaps I should entitle this post differently.   Nah…

This morning during my quiet time I was thinking about what I want to be.  I’ve been trying to figure that out since my divorce began back in 2009.  Of course, I’ve mostly been thinking about what I want to be in regard to what I should do as far as a job or career goes.  Other than working at my daughter’s school for 11 of the 20 years of my marriage, I was mostly a stay-at-home mom and homemaker and didn’t have a career.  Well, I still haven’t quite figured out that part yet, thankfully I’ve had the financial provision these past few years to take the time to try and figure it out (along with other things), but aside from that… I know without any hesitation what I actually want to “be.”

I want to be Love.  I know that sounds super sappy, but it’s true.  And I want to be Joy, and Peace, and Light too.  Especially to my loved ones – my family and friends, and a special someone who is far across the ocean, but also to all of the other people I interact with each day – all of you, my neighbors, the people I encounter on my bike rides, and the people working at the various places where I shop.  The other day, the little gal at the checkout counter who I visit with at the co op where I buy my groceries asked me if I could just stay there with her all day while she worked because she enjoyed me so much.  And I think to myself… gosh, I wish I could have that effect on everyone – to bring true joy and genuine love into their day, into their lives.  And I wish I could do more for the whole world at large. I know that sounds a bit grandiose, but I don’t mean it to.

Anyway, onto this song I’d like to share…  it has such a wonderful message to it and it’s what want – to “Be more heart and less attack.”  But also, I really love the music.  I must say… there is nothing like the gentle strum of an acoustic guitar, it makes me want to pick up mine.  Maybe I will…

I hope you enjoy the song and that it encourages you today to ‘be more heart and less attack.’  Can you imagine a world like that?  I’ll list the lyrics to the song too.  Boy, now we’re really crossing the line… so much for being “wordless.”  Hah, guess I’ve never really been one to follow the rules…




Be the light in the cracks
Be the one that’s mending the camel’s back
Slow to anger and quick to laugh
Be more heart and less attack

Be the wheels not the track
Be the wanderer that’s coming back
Leave the past right where it’s at
Be more heart and less attack


The more you take, the less you have
‘Cause it’s you in the mirror that’s starin’ back
Quick to let go, slow to react
Be more heart and less attack

Ever growing, steadfast
And if need be, the one that’s in the gap
Be the never turning back
Twice the heart any man could have


Be the wheels not the track
Be the wanderer that’s coming back
Leave the past right where it’s at
Be more heart and less attack
Be more love and less attack


I stuck my hat out
I caught the rain drops
I drank the water
I felt my veins pop
I’m nearly sanctified
I’m nearly broken
I’m down the river, I’m nearly open

I stuck my hat out
I caught the rain drops
I drank the water
I felt my veins pop
I’m nearly sanctified
I’m nearly broken
I’m down the river, I’m nearly open

I’m down the river, to where I’m going




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken


Broken wings

and hurtful things

get me down sometimes


But when hope rings

my heart sings

and I find the strength to fly.


© Julie Rehnelt 2015



It was so sad to see this little butterfly sitting there with a torn, broken wing in my garden the other day.  But then, just after I snapped this picture it flew away, and I was so happy that it could still fly to live another day.  Even damaged, it’s still a beautiful little creature.

A million metaphors come to mind, but I’m not feeling able to formulate any of them into words on this Monday, so my silly poem above will have to do for now.

I hope your week is off to a good start, wishing you joy and hope and purpose today…




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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And just because everything reminds me of a song….

The Broken Beautiful by Ellie Holcomb


WPC:  Broken

Flowery Friday


Wishing you a day filled with beauty and blossoms…






and whatever brings you joy.


It’s a gorgeous spring morning here and I’m off to plant my veggies!

Have a wonderful weekend!




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped


Enveloped within spring’s sweet pink buds

 hide autumn’s sweet juicy apples.


© Julie Rehnelt 2015



Hope you find sweet juicy things hidden in your day today, and may you be enveloped in…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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WPC: Enveloped

Wordless Wednesday – Breathing in the Deep





✿~Peace & Love~✿

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With a dream in my heart and fond thoughts of you

I close my eyes and exhale

as dandelion fluff whispers my wishes on the wind.


© Julie Rehnelt 2015


“A wish is a powerful thing.  It tells you where your heart is.  It speaks of what truly matters.  And, more often than you might realize, a wish has a way of becoming your future.  When you believe in the miraculous, embrace the extraordinary, and work for your dream, you give your wishes a chance to come true.  Keep faith.  Take opportunities.  And trust that you will find what you seek.  There is a whole world of possibilities, here and now, just waiting to be realized.  Try a little wishful thinking, wishful planning, and wishful living.  And don’t be surprised when the miracles you hoped and worked for become the wishes-come-true in your everyday.”

                                                                                         ~ from the book Wish by M.H. Clark



Besides… with how easily dandelions reproduce

surely at least one of my wishes is bound to come true,

don’t you think?  😉

Magical stuff – dandelion fluff.


May all your heart’s wishes be granted today, and your life be filled with…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Beautiful Distraction


While my heart is laid low and filled with despair

you suddenly catch my attention as you fly through the air.

Without even thinking I rise up to follow

reaching for my camera, forgetting my sorrow.

I lose all track of time during our quiet interaction

chasing you with my lens is a beautiful distraction.


© Julie Rehnelt 2015






True story.



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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As is customary, I went out during Mother’s Day weekend and bought a few annuals for my garden.  These bright beauties were one of them…


I adore any type of daisy, there is just something so delightful and sweet about them.  I can’t wait to plant these.  ❤

I also can’t wait to plant all of these…


But it’s probably going to be a little while yet before I can, because the weather here is still a bit too cold at night.  That’s why I have them all placed on this old rusty flower cart of mine – so I can wheel them in and out of the garage at night until it’s warm enough.

In the meantime there are other lovelies in and around the garden for me to enjoy. Everything is bursting to life!

I simply must share a few more photos I took of the lilacs recently…





Don’t they make you just want to inhale deeply?

And the lily of the valley are blooming now too…


Talk about sweet, just look at those adorable dainty little white bells.

Also my peas are coming up…


My lettuces and spinach are coming right along as well, but I don’t have a photo of them to share.  It won’t be long before I’ll be able to plant the rest of my veggies too.

Ah… another gardening season approaches.

And for that I’m feeling so thankful.  I think I’ll head out to the garden right now…


I hope you find things to feel thankful for today too!


And just because I’m so in love with this song right now…

Bright by Echosmith

Go on… click it!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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