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Music Monday


A beautiful original piece by my daughter…



It’s been several years since she’s done anything with her music, so listening to this makes me feel a bit melancholy.  But some beautiful things have happened in our lives since then – my precious granddaughter for one!  So that touch of melancholy is also mingled with deep gratitude…


Thanks for listening, have a beautiful Monday!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Happiness is a Butterfly

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

 ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Two butterflies of happiness that “alighted upon” my granddaughter and daughter when we were at the butterfly house a couple of weeks ago.  🦋

I’m not sure if any actual butterflies landed on me or not, but happiness surely alighted upon me in spending this time with my precious girls.  💞


May happiness alight upon all of you today…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Saturday Morning Reflections: on Butterflies, Birthdays, Blooms & Babies

Warning:  Long post.  But it’s mostly pictures, so it shouldn’t take too much time to get through.  😉

It’s a wonderfully rainy morning here!  Well, I think it’s wonderful.  I’m sure for some people a rainy Saturday is a real bummer, but I’m finding it the perfect time to sit and reflect…

I celebrated my birthday recently and thought I would share a lot few of the photos I snapped of the 3-day event.  Hey, 3 days is keeping it at a minimum – there’s been times over the years when my family’s birthday celebrations last an entire week.

I started it off at our local zoo.  But not to see the animals (although I would have enjoyed that too), I went to check out their new butterfly exhibit, and it did not disappoint.  It was so wonderful to see all of the lovely varieties of butterflies and to walk amidst them whilst surrounded by beautiful flowers.  I snapped oodles of pictures of them with my phone.

Forgive me for sharing so many, but they’re all just so beautiful, even with my phone camera…








A highlight for me was when this little beauty landed on my arm!


Another highlight was watching my sweet little granddaughter enjoy herself, she really loved it there too, and got so excited by all the butterflies fluttering around.  She may only be 6 months old, but she is very aware of her surroundings.


 I bring her outside to my garden every day when she’s home when weather permits and she loves plants, she’s completely mesmerized by them actually.  I see a future fellow nature lover in this precious little human.  ❤

And I greatly appreciate these humans for coming along too.  Although it was cloudy that day, it was very humid out and it got mighty hot inside that butterfly house, but they were such troopers.


 Gosh, I love them, aren’t they adorable?  They’re my favorites!  ❤


The following day I went on a little road trip with my mom and a friend of mine for a picnic by some falls.  Our picnic was very nice, but the falls were a bit of a disappointment.  Plus, we had to hike a great distance to get to the falls, and for me with my arthritic knees, my friend with her broken ankle, and my nearly 80 year old mom who also has limited mobility, it proved to be quite a strain for all of us.  But with a name like “Hidden Falls” what else did we expect?  😉

The pathway to the falls was lovely even despite our pain…



Mmm so green…


I love trees…


Oh, and we heard an owl along the way!

The falls themselves were mediocre, and with them being near a campground, they were completely overrun with people, so it wasn’t the peaceful experience I was hoping for.  But even so, being near water is always a win, and we did our best to enjoy ourselves despite all the people.

Here are a couple of shots I managed to capture without any people in them…



My friend had less luck getting photos without any people in them… this weird lady totally got in the way of this shot.  😉


That evening that same friend and I went to a nearby State Park to attend a meteor shower party to watch the Perseids.  That also ended up being a bit of a disappointment.  The “party” only went until 10pm and it’s not even dark enough out yet at that time to see anything, the best time for viewing is well after midnight.

 They had a campfire and a story teller sharing some stories from Greek mythology about how the Perseids came into being.  I love that sort of thing and tried really hard to get into the spirit of it all, but unfortunately it was just really lame.  His gestures were so severely overly exaggerated, and they were never at the appropriate times during the story.  But I gotta give the guy credit for his effort.  They also had a student from the University of Minnesota who gave a talk about the real source of the Perseids, but he was so nervous that he couldn’t get his words out and barely made any sense, I felt sorry him.

However, one highlight was that I got an amazing up close look at my moon through a very powerful telescope they had there, and it was sooo beautiful!  I LOVE the moon!  ❤

Another “high”light was when my friend found a bag of weed in the parking lot…


I’m sure whoever dropped it was pretty bummed out to have lost their little stash, but it’s not like we could have turned it in to the lost and found.  Don’t worry, we didn’t smoke it… who knows where it’s been?  😉

We stopped by my sister’s place on the way home with the intention of watching the meteor shower from her deck, but just as we got all set up, the clouds started rolling in.  I did manage to see one shooting star though, so it wasn’t a complete loss.   And besides… seeing only one makes it that much more special anyways.


The following day was my actual birthday, and I decided to spend part of it at a local rose garden like I have in the past.  It smelled absolutely amazing there!  It was another hot summer day though, so we were all melting, but once again everyone rallied so I could do something that I enjoy on my birthday.

Here are a few pictures I snapped of the roses while I was there…




And it’s not only roses they have there.  They have little sections of plantings that are color themed.  This isn’t the greatest shot of it, but I loved this planting made up of all purples.  Purple is my favorite color…


What I loved the most though, was having all my favorite people there with me.  I’m so truly grateful for my family and for good friends.  ❤

And my whole birthday was made all that much more special having this new little precious one in my life now…


She is such a joy to me!

And a great help…. she also helped me pick out what to order at the restaurant that evening…


Hmm… pasta or… pasta?  Definitely pasta!  🙂

And helped me blow out the candles on my cake…


Yes… my cake does say “Happy Birthday Poop”


Well, I think I’ve probably taken up enough of your time, thank you for letting me share this with all of you.


Oh wait, one more thing… I also got these freaking awesome barefoot sandals as a birthday gift from my daughter…


Pay no attention to the worn off nail polish on my toes – these feet have been mighty busy lately


Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.  Hope you have some time to put your feet up and reflect on all that is good and lovely in your world…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Hands of Time


Generations of love

holding onto you

through the hands of time


© Julie Rehnelt 2016



An impromptu (and rather poorly organized) generational snapshot taken this past Mother’s Day of all of our hands – my mother’s, mine, my daughter’s, and my granddaughter’s.  I love the concept of this – all of us having a ‘hand’ in Noelle’s upbringing, and I’m so thankful I get to be such a big part of her life.  I’m also thankful for my Mom and my daughter and the closeness we all share.  I am truly so blessed.


Those cheeks of Noelle’s though… just look at them… omygosh sooo kissable!  

I think I’ll go kiss them right now…

Wishing all of you many blessings and a wonderful day!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Sleeping Beauty


Sleeping beauty, little one so fair

blissfully dreaming and unaware

while grandma watches over with loving care

whispering her quiet prayers


© Julie Rehnelt 2016




My regular morning time ritual has been altered over the past two weeks to include sharing it with this cute little cuddle bug.  She comes in and naps in my room so her mommy can get some extra sleep in the mornings after being awakened throughout the night for feedings.  I’m used having my mornings to myself, but I don’t mind sharing them with my precious granddaughter – I’m cherishing every moment I get to spend with her.  Which mostly includes just watching her sleep.  And praying over her.  ❤

I hope for so many things for her life…


I promise to try not to go too overboard with all things baby in my posts, but as I have always just shared whatever happens to be currently going on in my world, it’s bound to sometimes include my sweet Noelle.

There’s not much going on outside here – everything is drab and dreary, no signs of spring yet, but I’m sure I’ll be sharing about it once there is.  I can’t wait to bring Noelle outside and show her the garden, even though she won’t really know what’s what.  Hey, one is never too young to get acquainted with nature!  😉


Have a wonderful weekend my friends!  May it be filled with beauty, and with…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Silent Sunday






✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Love at First Sight


Tears of joy fell from my eyes

as I gazed into hers

it was love at first sight


© Julie Rehnelt 2016



My new little granddaughter Noelle Marie, only moments old.

❤ ❤ ❤


Hi friends!  🙂

I don’t have much time to write at the moment, but I wanted to send out this quick post to share the happy news that my sweet little granddaughter has arrived!  Omygosh you guys, she’s sooo precious, I love her so much!

She was born via emergency c-section last Wednesday, and boy was that ever traumatic.  I’ll try and share more about it later – right now I’m a bit sleep deprived.  😉

But I’m happy to report that both mother and baby are doing well, and are here at home, gradually getting settled in.

It’s hard to put into words all of the emotions I’ve experienced over this past week, but the one constant is overwhelming love…


I will try and stop by your blogs soon to catch up on what has been going on in your world.  Until then… be well, much love, and many blessings to all of you!


Here are a few more photos of my little blessing…


“I think, therefore I am”   😉


I give my grandma’s arms a “thumbs up!”


Oh you know… just “hanging out” with my grandma


Morning snuggle time at home ❤


Look grandma, no hands!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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