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Lessons From The Hummingbird

This week I’ve been in New Mexico up in the mountains where the air is cool and nature sings to you. I put a hummingbird feeder out a couple of days ago and have spent a lot of time watching the hummingbirds come up to feed from it. They really are fascinating little birds. I’ve learned a little about them thanks to Google. They are the only birds that can literally fly in any direction. They fly 25-30 miles per hour and can dive 50 miles per hour (that explains their constant return to the sugar water filled feeder). They have an impeccable memory and can remember every flower they visit and how long it takes it to refill. They are unlike any other bird which is what gives them that fascinating edge. But they do have their limitations. Did you know they have no sense of smell? Or that they have very weak feet? They really only use them for perching. They can’t walk or hop on them.

As I’ve tried to draw some kind of mind blowing conclusion from the hummingbird, I’m reminded of recent conversations centered around doing what you’re good at it. So here it is. The mind blowing conclusion derived from watching the hummingbird… Spend your energy doing what you do well. After all, you can’t be good at everything.



I believe that good can come from anything if we look hard enough. This pandemic has definitely been the opposite of good; it’s been horrible. If I look past the horribleness of it, I see people who have come together in community to help others. Virtual prom and graduation for seniors who are missing the most memorable moments of their last year of high school. Friends dropping banana bread and games at our doorstep. Drive-by disciplines that bring a broadway star singing Phantom of the Opera to a freshmen’s sidewalk. Families gathered around the table eating dinner and playing games. Food parcel deliveries to the most vulnerable in South Africa.

The response of so many in such a devastating time brings tears to my eyes. It also challenges me deeply. When it’s ok to give a hug again, I want to carry over this heart of community, love, and generosity that has seeped through the cracks. We were, after all, designed for connectedness.


The Power of Kindness

I’ve never liked grocery shopping. I like planning a menu and executing it, but the actual shopping for groceries is just a necessary means to an end. That’s why I do a big shop once a month and just get essentials like fruit, vegetables, and milk during the week. When COVID-19 hit, Jeremy started doing the shopping while I would wipe everything down when he got home. It was a good way to split up the duties.

It’s not been until recently that I started venturing more into the grocery stores, and I find the new normal of shopping to be a stark contrast to before. One way signs direct traffic, smiles are hidden behind face masks, and if you’re coming up near someone, both parties retreat into the 6 foot bubble to avoid close contact.

What I’ve realized is that it takes extra effort to practice kindness like smiling anyway, because they might not be able to see my mouth, but a smile lights up the eyes, too. Or commenting on the lack of toilet paper with a bit of humor. How about taking the time to wish the cashier a great day? I think we’re all weary of COVID-19 and its ramifications. The new rules and guidelines are necessary but cumbersome. I think we could all use a little extra kindness today and everyday. How about we start by finding ways to practice it a little more?

Family Thoughts

10 Things

Every Friday, I will be posting 10 things I’m grateful for. Join along with me by posting your blog link in the comments of your own 10 things or simply comment with what you’re thankful for.

1. With the almond milk Jeremy has been making comes almond pulp. I love having almond pulp, because it gives me an excuse to make one of my most favorite chocolate cakes ever!

2. My new blog header. Doesn’t it look fabulous?

3. Social distance chats with friends. It feels strange, awkward, and good all at the same time.

4. Quarantine haircuts.

5. Especially when they’re done by Emma G and finished off with a leaf blower.

6. Humor. Doesn’t it just feel so good to have a good laugh?

7. Zoom video chats with our South Africa crew. Because of slow internet, we’ve always refrained from using video. Either SA internet has gotten faster (unlikely) or Zoom is just great at handling video. Either way I love being able to see faces while I talk!

8. Doggies who can’t seem to get enough of the water hose. No wonder this dog sleeps so well at night.

9. Blooming outdoor plants.

10. Sunshine and vitamin D. So great for the body and the soul.

What are you thankful for?


10 Things Today

Every Friday, I will be posting 10 things I’m grateful for. Join along with me by posting your blog link in the comments of your own 10 things or simply comment with what you’re thankful for.

1. Homemade almond milk. Even better? Homemade almond milk made by my husband. SO good. He’s not really a recipe following guy, but he makes it somewhat similar to this but uses only about 4 cups of water. We like it a little creamier since we use it in coffee.

2. Mother’s Day! I think it had been 3 years since we were all together for Mother’s Day, so it was pretty special for me this year to have everyone in the same location. I had a lovely day and felt so loved by my crew!

3. Today is the last day of school! Emma Grace has done great with online learning, but I think she’s definitely feeling weary from it all and ready for a break. It will give her time to finish her online driving course, so she’s ready to get that permit when the Dept. of Public Safety opens up!

4. Feeling extra thankful for my boy and my girl this week. How do I already have a son who’s graduated high school and a daughter who’s about to start driving?!

5. Our new car! Who buys a car during a pandemic? Well, apparently we do. After being back in the states for over a year, it was time. With no where really to go, we’ve taken scenic drives almost daily. We’re all loving our new set of wheels!

6. Apparently Emma G has decided to start daily words of wisdom. Today’s? “Why read the book when you could watch the movie?”

7. Jeremy and I met 2 incredibly nice strangers on our walk today. From a 6 foot distance, we talked about why they moved to Texas from Boston and how cute our dog is. 🙂

8. Book club and life giving conversations with our friends in South Africa. I know I say it a lot, but I sure do miss doing life with those guys.

9. So much time with the hubs. We’ve always worked together, so we’re used to being around each other a lot, but this time of quarantine has meant even more time together, and I can honestly say, I just like being around him!

10. End of school traditions that equal eating banana splits. Celebration, especially in this season of life, is always warranted.

What are you thankful for?