breezes and bells

This year my heart wore dresses
instead of stiff scratchy pants
and it’s been joy to twirl and flutter
instead of trudge;
my little word –  dresses,
coached me through some heavy times
and helped my heart keep light.

So I’ve been listening for breezes
to brush over the strings
and nudge a new word,
for the chapter to come
watching to see
what seeds may drift down
and scatter like confetti
over the fresh year waiting in the wings

and thinking how I want to be stirred
by the breeze,
not to strain or to strive
but to dance close with love
from that place most alive.

   My word for this year
came as clear as a bell
and I can’t tell you how it makes me grin.

my one  little word:  bells
(I can’t even write it without smiling)

“Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water
and trying to keep your head above the waves
that you forget,   truly forget
…how much you have always loved to swim.”
-Tyler Knott Gregson

I wrote a little love note to the new year
over at Vision and Verb
and would love it if you dropped by!



  1. Julia Bourque on December 29, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Dear Jennifer, yes, grace is in motion all around us without us asking. When I’m searching, God grace me with hope and when I take time to notice, his grace can be found everywhere I look. I’m so thankful that he graced me with you as a blogger friend.

    May your New Year be graced with Joy, Love, Hope and Good Health.


  2. rachel awes on December 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    oh jennifer!!
    bells! i love that
    with everything
    i have!!!!
    happy cusp of
    dec. to jan!

  3. Michele Bergh on December 29, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    How fun! Bells! I’ve been searching for my word and today someone told me it would come when I wasn’t thinking about it. Well, it just came while reading your post but you’ll have to wait until the first when I share on my blog 😉

  4. Barbara on December 29, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Bells is a great word for you, all fun and tinkly and joyful! I’ve been trying to think of mine. I have a few but one hasn’t settled on me just yet.
    Thank you for the joy you share in your posts!

  5. Lindsay on December 30, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Bells, now that’s the cutest power word I’ve ever heard! I’m sure it will brings you so much joy. Wishing you a fantastic, AMAZING 2013 with lots of bells to laugh about. Mine will be devotion…I think but I’m not sure yet. 🙂

    Much love,

  6. Bren on December 30, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Loved this post, love your art and photo settings, and love your word, “Bells” it’s so you!
    Now big congrats on having something published at Vision and Verb, you know I’ll be checking it out! Here’s to a year that makes those bells ring!

  7. Catheirne ( on December 30, 2012 at 5:04 am

    Just found you (through V+V) and it has made me so happy to begin to know you through your words and images. Bells is just a wonderful word, got me tinkling too:~)))

  8. Catheirne ( on December 30, 2012 at 5:04 am

    Just found you (through V+V) and it has made me so happy to begin to know you through your words and images. Bells is just a wonderful word, got me tinkling too:~)))

  9. Kathy on December 30, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Oh my goodness, Jennifer!!!!! You DID it! This is perfect! You made me smile so many times while reading this post!! Bells! I feel this and I love this with my whole little big self!!!! Have I told you lately how happy, no thrilled, no thankful, I am to have met you in my lifetime?! Bells. Aaaaah. You honestly just made my day. Perhaps my Year. K

  10. Marcie on December 30, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Our treat to have you visiting us over at Vision and Verb today. What an honor…thank-you!!! And – I love this post here. So joy-FULL!!!

  11. Barbara on December 30, 2012 at 11:35 am

    HI Jennifer – stopping in from Vision and Verb. Loved your welcome poem to the new year. And so tickled to find your site here. Colorful and joyful and fun! I love it!

  12. jeanie on December 30, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Bells! Yes! What a perfect word — you can twirl to bells! It makes me smile, just thinking of it!

    My word will be posted on NYDay. This is my second year for a word. I love it!

    Happy Christmas and New year as I catch up on it all. I’m so very glad I discovered your space. It always makes me think.

  13. Zena (healingmoments) on December 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Wonderful word, so interesting and whimsical. I´ve found my own word a few weeks ago when less expected.. after a hard month I suddenly found out what was the “missing link” between my inner work and my own experiences, I will post soon on my blog. This will be my sixth word , and it´s a wonderful practice. I´ve found you via Vision and Verb and I love your blog

  14. Missing moments on December 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Ringing bells always make me smile. Have a great new year!

  15. Elephant's Child on December 30, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    This post, and the one at Vision and Verb, exemplify beauty. Thank you. I hope that your New Year is full of the magic of love and the caress of buttefly wings.

  16. Relyn on December 31, 2012 at 12:48 am

    I just wanted to pop by and wish you the happiest new year. May your 2013 be full of blessings, laughter, and happy surprises. Thank you for being a blog friend and a joyful part of my life.

  17. Louise G. on December 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I love your bells — and your dancing!

  18. Amy Kelsch on January 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Happy New Year Jennifer!
    What a lovely post! Bells!!!! That word makes me smile too! Thank you!!! Wishing you a wonderful 2013! I am so lucky to have met you and so looking forward to your posts this year!

  19. Judy Hartman on January 1, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Your words, both here and on ‘Vision and Verb’, evoked so many emotions in me. I am a lover of beautiful verse, and have never known anyone with quite the ability to make words sing as you have. Your imagery never ceases to amaze me, and I feel like I have entered into such a joyful space when I visit your blog. Love your new year verse on V&V!! THank you for sharing your gift with all of us!

  20. Nancy Lennon on January 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Bells brings to mind such a happy sound. It makes me think how you spread happy sounds through your writing and poems. Blessings, nancy

  21. Kel on January 1, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    bells are pretty and decorative
    they can be celebratory, or used as a warning signal, or as a call to prayer or dinner
    so happy you went with the word that called you, i believe you are in the right spirit of this exercise
    while many use their word search as something that will beat them into shape with a must do or become choice
    you have allowed what resonated within to sound aloud a crystal clear chime
    and i hear it all the way over here dowunder

  22. Suzanne McRae on January 2, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    What a wonderful word “Bells”. And the ones you created are beautiful. I’m so happy for you. I’m still waiting patiently for my word of 2013 to be revealed if one is meant to come that is. 🙂

  23. Anita on January 2, 2013 at 6:33 pm


    What a beautiful and thought provoking post!

    Dresses is a wonderful word, and they are my favorite thing to wear. also. I was not sure that you could top it, but you did! When I hear the word bells, it brings to mind the wonderful holiday movie “A Wonderful Life”, the brilliant, gifted and tragic authors Sylvia Plath and Ernest Hemingway, Liberty, blue flowers, and a score of other lovely things.

    Thank you for sharing the beauty that is in you with all of us. Wishing you a year full of all that is wonderful and fabulous in 2013.


  24. kathryn on January 3, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    your love note to the New Year is amazing…i just love some of your phrases in it like, fresh jar of peanutbutter…just beautiful!! i re-read it a few times to let the words soak in!!

    Happy New Year Jennifer!!

  25. Naomi on January 6, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Beautiful! That first image looks like a delicate butterfly. Happy new year, my friend!

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