Magical After all…

A day of forgotten lunches;


A visit by the plumber;

An emergency dog grooming ( he looks sorry, doesn’t he? );


And errands that took waaaay toooo loooong to accomplish.

Eh, not so great.  Wanted to be writing to you and decorating for Christmas.

Decided to just put the lights on the tree and start dinner.

Then I saw it…

It opened slowly, revealing the pattern, vibrant color and beauty.


Never in all my trees, I mean years, have I had a butterfly emerge from the branches!

In the flutter of wings the annoyances of the day washed away.


With strands of lights, boxes, bins and a ‘to do list’ a mile long surrounding me there was a magical moment.


This tiny creature reminded me to take a breath and see all the magic around me no matter what the day brings.

(Also, confirmed my decision to go for a ‘woodland’ look this Christmas!)


** Kelly **

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    Sometimes we try to so hard to get from point A to point B that we forget to enjoy the journey between. This brings me to a similar experience I had. My fiance and I started dating many years ago; during this time we take frequent summer get aways to the cabin. He was always in such a hurry to get there, because it’s almost a 5 hour drive. I would look around as we were driving and see all these incredible stores or magnificent scenery or these ma and pop restaurants (which are my favorite). I thought to myself wow what great places.

    On another one of our trips to the cabin, my fiance was hurrying to get there, which I understood his excitement. However, I saw something on this drive I had never seen in my whole life, a Lavender Field. It was, to this day, one of the most captivating and inspiring things I have ever seen. I hollered, STOP!!!! He slammed on the brakes, he thought something was seriously wrong, keep in mind we were on the freeway going about 80 mph. He thought I had lost my mind, until I had explained my thoughts. I said pull over, I got out and went to his side of the car and grabbed him by the hand, took him over to the side of the road and I said just look, take a deep breath and look. He couldn’t believe it. He had never noticed this vibrant rich purple Lavender Field, it was incredible. I said to him, literally you need to learn to stop and smell the roses. Your missing out on everything between Point A and Point B, and between those points are our lives journey and some of the most memorable moments.

    I have to admit I used to be the type of person that would go through life just focusing on what I had to get done, and I never slowed down to smell the roses. It took a terrible tragedy for me to understand life is beautiful and our journey is short, so enjoy every moment. Now when we go to the cabin we have a few of our favorite stops including; the store with the best yarn, the place with the big warm gooey scones, and of course the magnificent Lavender Fields. (Thanks for letting me ramble).

    • What a beautiful story Jessica! Thank you so much for sharing. I am so happy that you have special stops that make the journey, as well we the arrive special. Keep stopping, looking & ‘smelling the roses’…

  2. Now that made me smile. What a neat thing to find amid the chaos of your day. Can’t wait to see tour woodland themed tree.

  3. What an unexpected fun surprise!! Love the beautiful photos you captured! Amazing!!
    Mary Alice

  4. Have you lost someone dear to you? It just might be a sweet & gentle reminder that someone you love is always with you and telling you to slow down and enjoy the magic, this season and always!

  5. I love this…it is so easy to get caught up in the daily grind we forget to stop and enjoy what’s important. Thank you for reminding us! I needed this right about now! Happy Holidays :)

  6. Oh, Kelly, thanks for this beautiful reminder. Sometimes I find myself hurrying to get everything done so I can relax and enjoy Christmas, but then I realize that the preparing is an important part of the season. As I’m preparing our home and the gifts and the food, I need to be preparing my heart. Focusing on the tasks at hand with the gratitude and joy that overflows from our generous God allows these things to get done without missing the point of the Advent season.

  7. Kelly,
    WOW I think I would have freaked finding a butterfly in my tree! I can hear the screaming from my girls now!! But it does remind us to slow down and look at the beauty in everyting around us. I love your dog, he looks just like ours. Ours is a maltipoo (malteese/poodle) that we rescued. Ours is Gizmo (my daughter named him after her new favorite movie). Our Gizmo needs a grooming as well, right now he looks like at 12lb sheep dog!

    • Yes…my girls were excited!! Especially when it flew around the room a few times. We caught it & let it go outside. Our Emmett is a Maltese & if you scroll down on my side bar you can see him when he looked like a 12 pound sheep dog! Nice dogs aren’t they? Thanks for your comment Victoria!


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