The face behind the falls

Many drum beats ago, when the East was still the West, the sky still one with the sea, love abounded.  A man of sorts & a woman of sorts lived together in love, passion & peace.  They dreamt together, about the worlds they could form, the colors & the textures, the depths & the heights. The two, better described as one, knew no time. They felt no presence except that of infinite love.  


At once, which still was never, since there was no now….they, together as one came to a singular mind to fulfill their dreams of a land, a place where they could be…not the being that they currently or never or always knew, but a place that would contain them. A land that would be an icon of the beauty between them, the colors to describe their love, the texture to describe their emotion.  The man of sorts & woman of sorts dreamed together to make a living substance that would please the other in themselves.

Secretly while unhidden they together formed themselves into something that the other could enjoy.  The man of sorts changed to a winding thing, something that moved freely over the foundation they formed.  He was invisible, but his presence could be felt by the other.  The woman of sorts revealed herself as a form that rocked, swelled & crashed. The two lived abundantly, finding delight in each other, together, as a wind and wave.  

Because they had separated the oneness of the two, time was created. It lay as a reminder of times past…drum beats in the distance. When they felt enough days had gone by and they desired to join together again as one, the time joked with them and promised that tomorrow it would allow the joining to resume.  As time has told, it is a liar and cheat…never telling the truth, stealing some hours away and giving length to unwanted hours.  Tomorrow turned into yesterday, and someday turning its face to one day never coming.  

The wave of sorts pushed on the foundation, trying to raise herself into the sky, but it only made her fall into pools, raising other parts of the foundation into the heights of peaks.  She waved to the tips, but still was unable to reach the air.  The wind of sorts grabbed at the wave, trying to lift her into the heavens, but it was to no avail. He blew himself round, but it only stirred the waters & did nothing to the foundation.  

The water and the wave saw that they had dreamed to love each other differently but never saw that the love they held before had been perfect.  The waters found a secret place on the foundation, one unfound by time. There she pressed her face into the foundation & wept. She wept and wept so much that she filled the foundation with the sea.  The wind met her there, and vowed to forever wipe her tears with his breath. Together they stay, her crying for her love & he caressing her cheek with his unending love.

To this day, you can see her face, behind the waterfall….

Just a few thoughts…


This morning, I woke up to a partly sunny day, still waking up itself. The birds were quiet, but making preparations for the days business. My neighborhood was rather quiet also, a peaceful air was all about. It was a good morning. Not to mention, it’s my birthday, so when I stepped downstairs, I was greeted with the smells of Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake (Thanks again Renee), and a BEAUTIFUL painted card (Thanks Lisa). It made me smile.
Now I’m 25. Does that make me grown? Probably…..probably more in 5 years, but for now 25 is enough. My parents harmonized the birthday song on the phone this morning, and I was impressed…they responded “yeah, it’s just one thing you learn to do over 25 years.” Which made me think about what are some of the things I’ve learned in these 25 years? So here are a few thoughts….
You really shouldn’t chase a foal from behind….especially when your mouth is within kicking distance.
Ice Cream tastes really good when it’s stirred.
The best way to warm up your feet after playing in the snow, is to hop on the couch, cover up with two blankets & stick your feet under five pillows…..while drinking hot chocolate.
A person should always bring an extra shirt along when wearing a white shirt…you just never know what could happen.
You can never leave the air conditioning on too high when you have a pet nute…and then when he’s frozen, you should never use a desk lamp to “reheat” him…it ends in death.
Carnations will eventually remind you of gas stations.
Black socks make small feet look retarded…..and that is why I despise them.
There are just some things that you want to do by yourself…and no matter how awkward it is to tell people you don’t want them around, it’s worth it.
Walking around a lake at 2am on a clear starry night is the best way to enjoy it!
You might not want to dress up your little brothers in dresses & makeup….they may live to resent you.
Blogging is a really fun & easy way to process & get thoughts out of your mind.
Being surprised by perennial lilies in your garden is a great thing.
Doing a random act of kindness is arguably more beneficial to you than for the person receiving.
Using a Kleenex while crying really does make you look old….however, it’s much more effective than your hand.
Movies should be enjoyed outdoors.
EVERYTING should be enjoyed outdoors.
Parents are brilliant…..but can’t be told that too quickly or they’ll get the big head.
Always listen before you speak, and remember you don’t always have to speak.
You have to be a friend to make a friend.
Try really really hard for things, and if you give up, remember why….and learn from it.
If you feel a strong pull on your insides to say something to someone and it seems absurd, it might be the Holy Spirit……say a 5 second prayer, say something, and see what happens.
If you have a tendency of rocking out in your car, pay attention to the people watching you…..it might be embarrassing.
When you try to jump off of a boat, make sure you don’t land on the edge…or worse.
Notice the people in your neighborhood, and appreciate the varied cultures, languages & styles.
Learning a little bit of a language can take you a long way.
Be nice to everyone.
Angels are real.
There is not many things better than laying out on a blanket, with a good book (or not) and just enjoying the sun, lake, trees, sky, clouds, people, grass, butterflies, birds, waves, boats, ducks….
Life is better when enjoyed & not critiqued constantly.
You should always keep an open mind when traveling abroad, and don’t be afraid to climb a fence.
It’s always more fun to get lost than stick solidly to a map. (If you have the time.)
….and finally, one thing I’ve learned over the last 25 years, is to really appreciate the friends & family that are so dear to me. You are all so wonderful, and I hope to learn more things from you in all of my days/months/years to come. And I know this list was a bunch of “crap” but hopefully someday you might be able to learn something from me in return! Happy Birthday to me, and thank you to all of you who helped make it a special day!

Vintage Thoughts

So this is really random, but last night I was thinking about all these fun things I used to like…do any of you remember the little jelly packets that used to come with oatmeal? You could make fun designs on them….or just eat it plain. mmm Okay, yep, and how about when we would seriously spray paint our hair a rediculous green color for HS homecoming games? Or LisaFrank notebooks….seriously, how cool were they! Okay, a little bit more recently, I loved random people meeting in college…baking cookies or oreo truffles with Mandy & then bringing them to the “stud” and inviting people over! Fun. And what about seeing dark shadowy people staring into our windows….and then realizing their just cardboard cutouts of Michael W. Smith? Going to Perkins until ungodly hours in the morning to do “homework” when we really knew there would be absolutely NOTHING accomplished, and who cared? …then coming home to a haunted house…ah! Or taking spur of the moment roadtrips to….IOWA….of all the places we could have gone! ha.

The Craziest Thing

It’s a funny thing when people or situations around you just happen to turn out funny. It’s nothing you can plan on or hope for….but somewhere deep down you always do! You can’t plan on those things like choking on falafel cause you’re laughing so hard and at that exact moment a Jewish midget happens to walk past your window! Or like when you’re playing a game of Mexican Train with your grandpa who just had a stroke & as he’s moving the train forward he says “tweet tweet”! These moments are priceless….funny, hysterical and worth so much in memories. Then there are those moments where you’re laughing at this lady dancing her heart out to some crazy music and realize that she doesn’t have a care in the world right now and you would LOVE to be in her shoes. Or moments when people you’ve never met come to you with a message they believe is from God…and they speak into what you’d been praying about all day but hadn’t told a soul! But the craziest thing, is that tonight, after a day of secluding myself in silence (pretty much), I went home to watch the Bucket List. As I cried through the end of “The Bucket List,” all I wanted was some water & maybe something sweet. SO I went to my kitchen, got a big glass of water & reached into my “stash” to get a piece of Dove chocolate. As is my custom, I always fully unwrap the chocolate before looking at the phrase beneath. And what was the message I found? “Make a list of your dreams.” I laughed, I stared and then cried because somewhere deep inside I just needed to hear someone, something, anything encouraging at that moment. I just wanted to know someone was there & there He was….providing a little comfort & humor in the moment I needed it. A little reminder that God is in every moment of our lives….directing & navigating our path to His good will…and through His good sense of humor!

The Craziest Thing

It’s a funny thing when people or situations around you just happen to turn out funny. It’s nothing you can plan on or hope for….but somewhere deep down you always do! You can’t plan on those things like choking on falafel cause you’re laughing so hard and at that exact moment a Jewish midget happens to walk past your window! Or like when you’re playing a game of Mexican Train with your grandpa who just had a stroke & as he’s moving the train forward he says “tweet tweet”! These moments are priceless….funny, hysterical and worth so much in memories.

Then there are those moments where you’re laughing at this lady dancing her heart out to some crazy music and realize that she doesn’t have a care in the world right now and you would LOVE to be in her shoes. Or moments when people you’ve never met come to you with a message they believe is from God…and they speak into what you’d been praying about all day but hadn’t told a soul!

But the craziest thing, is that tonight, after a day of secluding myself in silence (pretty much), I went home to watch the Bucket List. As I cried through the end of “The Bucket List,” all I wanted was some water & maybe something sweet. SO I went to my kitchen, got a big glass of water & reached into my “stash” to get a piece of Dove chocolate. As is my custom, I always fully unwrap the chocolate before looking at the phrase beneath. And what was the message I found? “Make a list of your dreams.” I laughed, I stared and then cried because somewhere deep inside I just needed to hear someone, something, anything encouraging at that moment. I just wanted to know someone was there & there He was….providing a little comfort & humor in the moment I needed it. A little reminder that God is in every moment of our lives….directing & navigating our path to His good will…and through His good sense of humor!