Appreciation of the Here and Now

I love coming home to visit the tiny town where my mama and brother live. I love the sounds of summer, uninterrupted by the sounds of traffic: the hundreds of birds, the cicadas, the wind in the trees, the occasional train rumbling by.

I love the smell of freshly mown grass and hose water on hot pavement, and seeing the golden afternoon sunlight drench the world into lazy happiness.

I love being able to walk barefoot on the sidewalks.

I love the abundant nature - the canopies of stretching trees, unfurling flowers, gurgling streams, and squirrels and rabbits bounding away from my approach.

And I love that living in a city - being away from all of these things for months at a time- reminds me to fully appreciate every sound, sight, and smell of this place and to recognize the preciousness and beauty in every moment.


  1. Beautiful post, felt like I was visiting there with you.

  2. I love summer... I am so glad that right now I'm so near nature. My house is too near a town for my liking... so right now where I am at this music festival is perfect.

  3. Ingrid, Your writing is poetic, painting a watercolor for us to enjoy. Thank you for the reminder!

  4. Such a gorgeous post, Ingrid -- you made me want to follow you home! It's easy sometimes to appreciate the moments we're in, but when we do, it can be a flood gate of happiness.

  5. you ladies are so sweet! thanks so much for the comments.

  6. Strange that taking distance from a place can make you appreciate it more. Your words are flowing and your photographs are stunning. I've missed reading your blog!



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