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Oh, the "Jumping Picture"

Oh, the "Jumping Picture"

Oh the jumping picture--you know, when everyone lines up, you count to three, and everyone hops into the air for a millisecond while someone else snaps a picture, just a fraction of a second to early or to late. Now you have a picture that either looks like everyone is stretching or desperately needing to use the restroom.

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To the Sea

Today’s cup of tea: Old Town Berry by Flying Bird Botanicals 

Fruit tea, generally speaking, is not a personal favorite; however, this herbal blend is simply lovely.  Orange peel, elder berries, and spearmint are only a few of the yummy flavors blended into this organic, USA-grown tea. I recently received this tea in a care package from several friends back in the midwest. I felt so honored, so loved! Aren't friendships wonderful?

I love the sea. I love the warm sand, the calming rhythm of the waves, the fresh taste of salt in the air. Since my arrival in southern California, I have made several trips to the seaside. I am perfectly content with walking along the beach, watching the colors and light bounce off the water and change with the wind. It's mesmerizing. It's time well spent. The only thing that would make it even better is a friend to share it with. 

And, of coarse, a good cup of tea. 

Come on, let's go to the sea! 

Be Still.

Today's Cup of Tea: Peppermint Leaves (No. 45) from Smith Teamaker

Peppermint tea. If I choose to drink peppermint, it must be from Smith Teamaker. As it says on the packaging, "it's no secret that the world's most flavorful peppermint comes from the Pacific Northwest"--and I have to say that I agree. A calming cup of tea is exactly what I need after a long, draining shift at a job I never dreamed I would hold at this time in my life. 

Calm is something that is hard to grasp in our culture. Working at a drive-through coffee shop, the stress and tension from hurried customers is palpable and contagious. How often do we take time to be still? To seek out a calm space? God creates this space for us, but He doesn't force us to stop and enjoy it. We have to choose to be still. 

Be still, and soak in the calm moments created for you each and every day.