1440 {104} :: Restoration

it starts with a small drop. and then another. and another, and pretty soon it’s raining, even pouring. raindrops splashing on hard surfaces, and slipping like an olympic high-diver into bodies of water, cleansing, purifying, washing away pollen and pollutants. and dirt.

like hope, piercing the darkness, one tiny light at a time… first something. then another. and another, and pretty soon, light and joy fill the spaces again. splashing on the broken and weary, and slipping like an olympic high diver into our souls, washing away the hurts and disillusionments. and brokenness.


have a beautiful weekend, rain or shine


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Lenore - August 22, 2014 - 1:51 pm

ALL Beautiful! Love the top one though. Have a lovely day!

artmusedog and carol - August 22, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Very creative and professional photography of nature ~ love the captions too

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Cheryl M - August 22, 2014 - 2:22 pm

Great images and wonderful writing!! It touched my soul today.
Have a Great Weekend!!

Sheila - August 22, 2014 - 3:17 pm

So beautiful!

Lisa @ FSL - August 22, 2014 - 3:30 pm

WOW! This was fantastic. I love your photography. Beauty was captured here for sure.

Mitzi Rice - August 22, 2014 - 4:06 pm

These are such beautiful images. There’s nothing quite like images taken after the rains. Beautiful story line as well!

Kathy - August 22, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Love the whole composition of your fence shot!

Dotti - August 22, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Lovely rainy day photos! I tend not to shoot in the rain but you’ve inspired me to be less hesitant. These are so lovely.

Diane Baker-Williams - August 22, 2014 - 9:23 pm

Rain drops after a rain are always so fun and beautiful to photograph. Love the image of the drops along the fence.

Liz - August 23, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Beautiful images! I love the top one particularly.

Donna - August 25, 2014 - 9:41 am

Such a perfect photo essay. Your words and images create the perfect sentiment for my week. As I head out the door, early this morning, for my workout with my fitness friends, I will keep in mind the restorative nature of this life. Everyday is a chance for a do-over, a fresh start, and chance to begin again. I’d welcome refreshing rain. Every image of this post is thoughtful and compelling and engaging. So happy I found your blog.

Kristy, Life-n-Reflection - August 26, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Beautiful captures of the rain. Did you use a water cage for your camera?

[…] Restoration – Finding Serendipity. *sigh* I love this blog. […]

1440 {103} :: Fading Green

we’ve been back in school for over a week here in east tennessee…

my youngest is a sophomore, and showing her growing independence every day.

and my second born is off to college saturday {deep sigh}. my momma said, we raised you to be independent, but when we realize you are… it’s terribly sad.

seasons, for sure.



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Dina - August 15, 2014 - 11:50 am

LOVE a dewy southern morning!

Barbara Hurst - August 15, 2014 - 12:45 pm

I really like all the images of the changing of seasons in such a way that it really shows. I understand also the showing of independence hummm hard time for a mama.

Sheila - August 15, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Love your images! The signs of independence is hard, but it can also be start of some really proud mama moments too.

Dotti - August 15, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Beautiful! Each image has its own beauty and your thoughts blend perfectly with them. Yes … we raise our children to be independent … and then are not sure we like it when they achieve that.

Molly - August 15, 2014 - 11:57 pm

Looks like the 1st glimmers of autumn colours there


Diane Baker-Williams - August 16, 2014 - 9:15 am

In Michigan we now start school after Labor Day, a government mandate in hopes of promoting tourism. As a teacher i simply want to get the year started! Photos are so lovely. The design in the green field is so unusual. Not ready for autumn to arrive yet it seems to be starting early this year.

Sarah - August 17, 2014 - 11:47 am

All that letting go is so hard.

Donna - August 17, 2014 - 2:56 pm

I found your blog by way of a link-up with Kim Klassen and Explore Newness. Beautiful images. My youngest son will be a senior in high school this year and then he will be off to college, so your words were especially poignant for me. Such a bittersweet time. But I’m so proud for him. Stopped by your bio page and was happy to meet another physical therapist who loves photography! I worked for many years as a pediatric specialist but am now retired. Such a wonderful career! Now, I spend my days riding my bike and staying fit and on the move. Wish I could take a class with you! I’ll stop by again soon.

Liz - August 23, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Change can be so hard. My oldest 2 have lives and families of their own and my youngest 2 are in the final stages of their University degrees.


when you satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
your night will become like the noonday

~ isaiah 58:10

i sat one evening in my car waiting for my son to finish his soccer practice, when a friend was sharing stories of his and his daughter’s mission trip. i shared with him that for as long as i can remember, i’ve wanted to travel abroad and serve others. i also shared that i feel strongly that my family needs me here. my husband’s job is demanding and there have been times that i function physically like a single parent. he smiled and said to me,

these are your mission fields.


i can’t explain how that comment satisfied my soul.

there are so many ways i can serve my family, and there are also so many ways i can serve others. right.here. in my own community and abroad, all the while, demonstrating love and service to my own children. and i would love to encourage you to do the same. consider volunteering, both formally for organizations and informally, for those whom you have personal knowledge are in need.

another, simple way to serve others? use your buying power to enhance the lives of others.

Noonday is a company that purchases artisans’ work at fair wages, creating the means for them to provide for their families. many of these artisans then create jobs for others in their community, passing on fair wage employment- and providing for even more families. 

the pieces are beautiful and fashionable {think anthropology}, backed by stories of the artists who made them, making this jewelry and these accessories even more fun to wear.

i hosted my first show last thursday and was {grateful!} for the excuse to invite my friends into my home again. i enjoyed our ambassador, and we saw videos about noonday and the impact our investments have on communities i might never step into. we were also able to see and try on pieces just launched for this fall’s line. {my 15 year old handed me her wishlist after trying on almost .every.piece.}:)

if you would like to order from my trunk show, click here to shop, and put my name in the ‘hostess’ box.  and if you happen across this post after my party has closed, consider supporting noonday and her artisans by shopping or hosting your own trunk show.

i created a pinterest board called shop for a cause that will give you some more ideas on using your buying power… consider it as you shop for school and later this season as you shop for the holidays… there’s nothing better than a gift that keeps on giving… or that simply gives more.



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Lori - August 12, 2014 - 11:02 am

Beautiful shots, love the first one.

Sue - August 14, 2014 - 12:12 am

Such striking photos – well shot! Great captures!
Please share at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2014/08/frooms-with-linky.html

Liz - August 23, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Gorgeous images. The last one is stunning!!

1440 {102} :: Summer’s End

today is the first full day of school in east tennessee… so hard to believe our summer is over.  it’s been a challenging one for me, but i’ve learned so much, life and other people being my school. almost 50, and i’m stunned by the lessons life has battered me with these last few months. i read somewhere that these things we endure are necessary to grow… that they help us become the person we’re supposed to be. that’s sometimes a difficult thought to swallow, especially in the moment, but with a little time and change in perspective, i believe it’s true. it’s not just what life teaches us passively {the things that happen to us}, as we sit back and watch life unfold. it’s also, and maybe especially, what we learn about ourselves when we make choices… choices we are forced to make-even when we don’t want to, because life requires it-teach us more than we might ever want to know about ourselves. but after? after the lessons are learned and the experiences incorporated into who we are…in those moments when we can breathe and eat and sleep again normally… we realize it’s true, that we have grown and that we just might be better for it.

i’m a new person after a long summer that has flown by.


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ps: i know i said it last week:obut i really mean it this time!:)

please come back monday… i will be posting on supporting those less fortunate in a very easy, very fun way!



Dina - August 8, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Love your outlook, Patty!

Viv @ within the Frame - August 8, 2014 - 2:15 pm

A very thoughtful post…

Rese - August 8, 2014 - 2:35 pm

I wonder, aren’t we supposed to sort of have it figured out by now at almost 50? I’m almost 50 and I don’t think my heart/brain/life can handle any issues right now – hee hee – but I guess you are right, we get what we need to further ourselves.

Leesha - August 8, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Lovely photo…life can be bittersweet sometimes… :)

Pieni Lintu - August 8, 2014 - 6:25 pm


Roxi - August 8, 2014 - 6:54 pm

can’t believe your school stetted already! ours is two weeks away. too soon for me.

sarah - August 8, 2014 - 9:12 pm

So beautiful.

kim klassen - August 9, 2014 - 2:36 am

where did the summer go…. your image is beautiful…and your words… so wise…

thank you for sharing with FF….

1440 {101} :: Moments of Beauty

i am almost stunned to imagine that we’ve already had 101 fridays together… that’s almost two years

i hope in that time you’ve seen that it’s these opportunities to observe moments of beauty,
1440 each day,
that bring a little more joy to life

{because i almost forgot}


happy friday, y’all~
i’ll be back monday with a late post  ;)
{come back to see what i mean}


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Michelle B - August 1, 2014 - 12:25 pm

Beautiful colors! Thank you for reminding me to see beauty in every moment.

Kathy - August 1, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Holy Moly THOSE are some vibrant colors! Gorgeous!

Kathy - August 1, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Holy moly those are some gorgeously vibrant colors!

Carol Carson - August 1, 2014 - 5:24 pm

You brought out the mystery and drama of flowers in these wonderful photographs.

Rosanna - August 2, 2014 - 9:36 am

What a great idea – to use some of those 1440 minutes to find special things!

Kristy Lifenreflection - August 2, 2014 - 12:00 pm

That is something to celebrate!

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