Gems in frozen mist….

wildly wonderfulThe sun has been hiding
behind frozen mist
and I’ve been peering
through fog,
my appetite for joy
grown sharp in the gray.Like sifting through silt,
panning for rare gems
among dirt and rocks,
shining moments
like bits and chunks
of diamonds and sapphires.

Here they are,
but priceless:)

~the sweet tea with lemon from my neighborhood deli with the whispersoft ice pellets
perfect for crunching.

~an ornery vacuum cleaner gone suddenly cooperative.

~finding the missing box of Christmas decorations.

~ fuzzy warm hat to pull down over icy ears.

~for nurses and physical therapists
with a sense of humor.

~sleeping under warm covers while wintry air wafts through opened window
and pinks my cheeks.

~ fever finally breaking.

~Bing Crosby’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

~the smell of winterness in a greenhouse.

~pretty boxes of Kleenex.

~the feeling when a cramp stops cramping.

~laughing so hard it leaves my belly wonderfully sore.

~sliding into a warmed car late at night,
wearing pj’s and slippers,
to do some much needed pajama driving
being dazzled by Christmas lights
and a lovesong from heaven
on the radio.

~just when I find myself grinching out over
“yuletide-loving, sickly sweet, nog-sucking cheermongers”,
running into a genuine soul
who is punch drunk in love
with the whole messy business of life
and, well,
there I go again
……being inspired.

~for the relentless stream of grace that keeps rolling in,
wave after wave,
and crashing against the shores
of crappy circumstances,
re-shaping the contours
and working it all

What’s not to like?
It really is a wonderful life:)



  1. Bren on December 19, 2010 at 12:31 am

    I so love the expressions of your heart. Real, raw and beautiful. Pray you and your have a wonderful Christmas. Sure hope your hubby is recovering well from the knee surgery. God bless you richly my friend

  2. Hindsfeet on December 19, 2010 at 1:29 am

    loved this, Jen…."and a lovesong from heaven
    on the radio"….

    …I have one o' those too….it's Billy Joel's, "Just the Way You Are"….this line is cool…."Don't want clever conversation, I never want to work that hard; I just want someone that I can talk to; I want you just the way you are."

    Merriest, Girlfriend…

  3. S. Etole on December 19, 2010 at 3:30 am

    They are gems indeed … often overlooked.

    Your heart is a wonderful place.

  4. rachel awes on December 19, 2010 at 11:51 am

    yes, re-shaping the contours.
    i've thought this when i've walked a labyrinth…bringing my yearnings to the path & asking for God to sculpt my body & soul from walking it…much like a swimmer's body looks a certain way from swimming.
    loooove to you!! xoxox

  5. Nancy on December 19, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I love a visit with you because I always leave knowing I have been allowed into your heart and what's more special than that…..a beautiful heart at that…..

    Merry Christmas, Girlfriend, I pray you and your family will be blessed beyond measure…..You are a treasure and I value you so much….

  6. Just Be Real on December 19, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Dear one you know I am rooting for you! May the Lord comfort your heart during this time. Thank you always for your encouraging words to me. Blessings to you Jen.

  7. PaperPumpkin on December 19, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    It really is a wonderul life, Jennifer. Especially when you are sharing mine. I love your words, your take on things. I love the jammies and Christmas lights. xo

  8. dulcy on December 20, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Pajama driving! Does it get any better than that?


  9. Kamana on December 20, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    you have a beautiful heart

  10. Sherry Thrasher on December 20, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    An ornery vacuum cleaner gone suddenly cooperative and the energy to run it would be on my list, which is not nearly as lovely as yours.

  11. Mary on December 20, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    I stopped by to leave a comment the other night and got sidetracked. But I also knew I needed to read this again…slowly. The little moments that make up our life, can be entered into and really experienced, or just passed by. Oh may we awake fully to them all.

    Jennifer spending time here this past year has been a joy and blessing for me. Thank you for sharing your beautiful heart.

    Grace, peace and love to you!!

  12. Paul C on December 21, 2010 at 12:24 am

    'The relentless stream of grace…' I like that line. Amidst the many little serendipitous events to be happy about, grace and love pervade our moments.

  13. Erin Butson on December 21, 2010 at 4:14 am

    jennifer, what a wonderful reminder to savor every moment and remember the unceasing grace we receive at every turn. You are so right, Jack will get more from my own relationship then from anything I push on him. Thank you for your sweet encouragement.

  14. Relyn on December 24, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Your list of joys make my heart light. I love you, my friend. I am so very glad I know you.

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