First Turtle, 2013

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On my way home from a trying time at the bank, I looked over at City Park lake and saw my first two turtles of the season…interesting, water all around them and they look dusty and dry….yet enjoying their time in the sun :) gratitude

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Sunsets and trees…my favorites are these ~ 2013

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A lovely cardinal, Kansas City, 2013

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A lovely cardinal ~ makes me think of my mother as the cardinals always do ~ and I exhale ~

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Happy Valentine’s Day, 2013

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Happy Valentine’s Day with this “trying to stay warm” red beauty ~

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Sandy Hook Elementary

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I’ve only posted once since Saturday because I can think of nothing to say…it will come, but just not yet ~ December 17, 2012

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Maya Angelou on Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

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Our country is grieving. Each child who has been slaughtered belongs to each of us and each slain adult is a member of our family. It is impossible to explain the horror to ourselves and to our survivors. We need to hold each other’s hands and look into each other’s eyes and say, “I am sorry.”  Maya Angelou, 2013

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Heart Whispers

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Just had a seriously sweet and precious moment with my almost 4 year old granddaughter, Piper~I was on the phone and Piper crawled into my lap. She rested her head on my chest and began whispering. I asked her to be quiet for one more minute and I’d be off the phone. She looked up at me and said, “But I’m talking to your heart.” I got off the phone ~

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Include or Exclude

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Inclusiveness or Exclusiveness ~ which is better for society to come to a place of peace and compassionate understanding? Don’t most of the religions on the planet teach compassionate understanding? Just thinking….feel free to add to the conversation.

Peace, nannette

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Fifty Sutchers of Gratitude

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Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul~Henry Ward Beecher

Thanks to everyone who has been sending prayers and thoughts our way. As some of you know my 17 year old son, Casey, was riding his bicycle to work on Friday morning and was hit by a car. The great news is that Casey will make a full recovery. He knows how blessed he is to be alive, have his brain still in order and that he has not lost any limbs and has no spinal injury. He has over 50 stitches in his face, two teeth on the upper right side of his face are jammed up into his cheek bone, which broke the cheek bone, he has a concussion, his left knee is seriously bruised, and he is fairly well covered with road rash from head to toe.

The accident was actually Casey’s fault and the man that hit him was only going 15 miles an hour (another thing for which to be grateful). The man that hit Casey came to the hospital during the 8 hours of emergency room treatment to make sure Casey was doing ok. Casey managed to tell me that he wanted to hug the man for not leaving the scene of the accident. I met the man, who had tears in his eyes, while standing in the emergency room waiting area. I told him that Casey was going to be fine and that Casey wanted to give him a hug, but that I’d have to deliver the hug. I hugged the man and we both cried….

While this event has been an extraordinary ordeal, Casey, myself and the rest of our family are very aware of how blessed we are. We are very grateful for all the ongoing prayers….thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you God.

And thank you, Dee Meyer for helping me keep people updated ♥

Much love and gratitude,
nannette, Casey and family

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The Holy Encounter

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If most of us on the planet have the instantaneous instinct to stop our cars to protect life (if we aren’t going to cause a greater calamity by doing so), then why can’t we show this instinct in our every day lives in being kind to our families, friends and strangers? We have the capacity to be instinctively kind and caring towards life itself….this is how we will collectively create peace on earth. It is possible. This is the holy encounter presented to us every day.

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