Surprise! It Snowed! 5-17-17

I woke up to snow this morning and had to wait until first light to take some photos to
share with you.  It was swiftly melting and I discovered how challenging it is to take photos in the gloaming dawn.  It is also my anniversary today for the 28th year I’ve lived with my husband.  We celebrate 26th years of marriage in August.  Here is his gift.
I love it!  So cute and I so enjoy the dandelion and little pollinators and refreshing innocence.  When we met I wanted him to be my playmate and would sing him a little song my grandfather (the one in my photo in the “Cultivating Compassion and Kindness (About)” page of this blog) would sing to me, called “O Little Playmate“.  I’m grateful to have found the little video in the link to share with those of you who’d like to check out the song.
o dearest playmate
you came out to play with me
and make sweet music
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
I feel so very grateful to you, o husband of mine, even in the cold rain and snow 😉
together for years
so very long yet so short
the passage of time
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
adventures we’ve had
exciting sometimes scary
nature comforts us
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017

Like every couple we’ve had mixed blessings through out the years and it takes work to make a coupleship and a marriage.  I appreciate that we both have love in our hearts, work on gratitude, compassion, and kindness.  Strive to forgive.  Appreciate Grace, Mystery, and Beauty.  Love our family, pets, friends, and the creatures in our yard (that star in most of my photos) and the world at large, while appreciating trees, fungi, soil organisms, water, air, and all that keeps us alive on mama Earth. Work on realizing mistakes are information and opportunities to learn and grow (great because we both make lots of mistakes).  Love to play and create. Love lifelong learning.  Desire to foster creativity in others when we have a chance and do other acts of Service.

Happy Anniversary, Hubby, may we enjoy many more years together and continue to be blessed with double celebrations (insert heart here)!
Bright Snowy Blessings, Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu
Our hearts give thanks to the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

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Balm For the Soul 12/26/14

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
12:26:14 clouds:mts:plane:bird sigFlashback Wednesday, December 26, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a heart of snow cradled in a hazel leaf 🙂
December 26, 2012 sigFlashback Thursday, December 26, 2013 – This is my pick photo of the day and it stars a chickadee. I love how you can see the attitude that these little birds have!
December 26, 2013 sigFriday, December 26, 2014 – The first photo at the top, after the Thich Nhat Hanh quote, has a very odd perspective and I actually took it on the way to the doctor’s office while waiting at a stop light (I was a passenger).  It is of the Oquirrh Mountains and clouds to the west of where I’m sitting.  I love the oddity of it and how it looks like I’m flying in a plane.  The bird is a seagull.  The rest of the photos are of the holiday gifts I got from my husband and the beach dancer (peach colored) Christmas cactus is one of my favorites and the addition of a birthday gift certificate from the plant store helped with these purchases.  I appreciate  so much being able to see all the beauty that I am blessed  with and the opportunity to share it with you 🙂
12:26:14 side w 1 sig 12:26:14 am 2 sig 12:26:14 bd color cl sig“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.”
~ C. Joybell C.
12:26:14 am 1 sig 12:26:14 white sig 12:26:14 bd 2 sig“beauty awakens
blossoms are balm for the soul
a beloved’s kiss”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

12:26:14 am pollen sig 12:26:14 bd 1 sig 12:26:14 side w sig“The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.
The more we say thanks, the more we find to be thankful for.
And the more we find to be thankful for, the happier we become.
We don’t give thanks because we’re happy.
We are happy because we give thanks.”
~ Douglas Wood
12:26:14 bd color sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven