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Brain Surgery

I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately as to what career path I should take, and last night I had a dream that I was performing brain surgery.  Apparently, I had become a neurosurgeon?   But I had no clue what I was doing and faked my way through the whole thing.  It felt so wrong.  I was so happy and relieved afterward that the guy was okay that I held his face in my hands and cried.  Even though it all turned out okay, I think it’s safe to say that there’s no future for me in neurosurgery.

Other things happened in the dream too that give me cause to ponder and reflect on, but what I come away with in the end, is that I should do something that feels authentic to me.  Something that I am equipped for and gifted at – unlike brain surgery.  There’s a no-brainer.   😉

Ever since my divorce back in 2011, I’ve been wondering what I should do with my life.  Thankfully, I’ve had an income from my divorce settlement, so I’ve been able to take the time to try and figure that out.  But the interesting thing is…  that while I’ve been wondering what I should do with my life, I’ve realized that I’ve already been doing it all along.  Living each day, being open, listening.  And I’m so grateful for all of the experiences that I’ve had over these past 6 years – even the sad ones, because I’ve grown so much through it all.  But the time is nearing that my settlement will go down to an amount that is no longer sufficient to support me financially, so I will need to find a job.  It’s exciting and daunting at the same time, and I’ve been thinking a lot about what to do.  What to do, what to do?  I might need brain surgery after thinking so hard trying to figure it out.

A few of you know, but I haven’t shared here publicly yet about the total knee replacement surgery I underwent this past September.  The recovery has been really slow, gosh what an ordeal it’s been for me, like seriously, wow, but the surgery went very smoothly and I haven’t had any complications, so for that I am truly grateful.  I’m scheduled to have my second knee replaced at the end of February, and my hope is that once I’ve recovered, I will have more job opportunities available to me with two fully functioning knees.  The sky is the limit really, and I’m completely open.

Well, open unless it includes performing brain surgery.  😉

But hey, maybe the meaning of my dream was more about how I can do anything – even brain surgery.




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Wordless Wednesday


Because sometimes it’s the non-words that describe things the best…


I think we would all do well to make this sound more often about a good many things, don’t you?

“From the mouths of babes…”



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Things I Love About December


The invigorating scent of fresh pine

Peppermint flavored everything

Swirling snowflakes dancing on the wintry winds

and on my blog

Christmas music ringing out on the airways

The color red

Frosty windows

Animal tracks in the snow

Hot cocoa

A crackling fire on a cozy hearth

Warm winter clothes – mittens!  🙂

The extra sense of wonder and excitement in children

and in my pets

and in me

The increased spirit of giving and goodwill people have toward one another

Pretty packages containing special gifts for loved ones

Celebrating the greatest gift of all – the birth of Jesus ❤

Holiday lights sparkling everywhere

The warm glow of candlelight

Spending extra time with family and friends

Baking festive holiday treats

Clear crisp wintry night skies filled with bright stars

Frost on my windows

oh wait, I already mentioned that  😉




I’m experiencing a slight bit of overwhelm here in my little world at the moment, so I made this list to remind myself of everything I love about this time of year.

What do you love today?



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Beyond the Branches


Just beyond the chaotic mess of branches that crowd your busy mind

shines the light


© Julie Rehnelt 2015



 Witnessing the dawning of a new day always has a special way of bringing peace and fresh hope to my heart.   May your heart be filled with fresh hope today too, and may the light be shining bright…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Lessons From Trees


Bend in the breeze

you can’t control the wind

it’s always gonna blow

sometimes softly, sometimes strong

don’t try to resist it, bend with it

let it flow through you


Stay rooted and grounded, but not stiff

brittle branches break


Stretch out your arms and embrace life

but don’t cling too tightly to anything

be willing to let go –

Let the leaves fall off when their time comes

setting them free to dance on the wind

Shed your protective bark

allowing new layers of yourself to emerge


Seasons come and go, the cycle of life continues


But always remain green inside

even in the dead of winter


© Julie Rehnelt 2015



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Butterfly Whispers


On butterfly wings come quiet whispers

of new life


and growth


© Julie Rehnelt 2015



I’m still being completely fascinated over here by my daughter’s ever-growing pregnant tummy, and I’m so in awe of the transformation that is going on within her – a little person is being formed in there, it’s so amazing!  ❤



Here is another photo I snapped of her tummy the other day…

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Butterflies have become sort of the theme for my daughter’s pregnancy.

She posted the above photo on her Facebook, and with her permission I’d like to share what she wrote about it…

“(26 weeks)

Psalm 127:3
“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord. The fruit of the womb is a reward.”

My little butterfly ❤

This is the second photo in a butterfly series I am doing.  Last year, God answered one of my prayers by using a butterfly as a symbol, and since then, butterflies have remained a constant in my life to remind me of God’s promises and blessings for my life – especially during my pregnancy.

There are lots of legends about butterflies.  One of my favorites is that by whispering a prayer or wish to one, they will carry it to Heaven.  I have many prayers and wishes for my little girl, and alongside that legend and my own spiritual experiences with butterflies, I wanted that to be the theme for my maternity photos.

I have been feeling little movements from Noelle since 15 weeks.  Now, at 26 weeks, she is moving and kicking all the time!  And I can SEE it!  It is so exciting, and I can’t wait to meet my little girl ❤ “


I can’t wait to meet her either!

Because butterflies symbolize new life, transformation and growth, I can’t think of anything more fitting to liken to pregnancy than butterflies.  🙂


May you experience new life, transformation and growth today too…




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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It’s Tummy Time



On the day we found out that my daughter was having a baby girl, I snapped a photo of her holding the ultrasound photo in front of her bare tummy, but it was with my crappy cell phone so it didn’t turn out very well.  That was fine because it was mostly only for us to see – a way to remember the special moment.  But I got to thinking that I’d really like to try and capture a nicer photo with my regular camera, so I asked my daughter to go out into the garden and pose for me where I snapped the above photo.  My sweet girls  ❤

I hope you’ll indulge me because I plan to take more photos of her tummy as it grows – I’m completely fascinated by it!  Being the month of October, I have an idea floating around in my mind that involves her tummy and pumpkins, but I don’t know if that idea will materialize or not.  Either way, I know I’ll be taking more photos of her tummy and there may be some I’ll want to share, so I hope you don’t mind.  This first-time Grandma is reveling in the awe of it all!

Thanks for joining me for tummy time, hope you have a wonderful day!




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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