When I was little and I would memorize a new song for my piano recital or learn the Gettysburg Address for 4th grade, I would say “I know it by heart.” Now, knowing something “by heart” means something entirely different….it’s being able to recall something, deep inside, remembering the smells and sounds and touch of something as if it was yesterday. It’s remembering by heart the feeling of riding my bike, without a helmet, fast down Mt. Run Lane road, the wind ripping through my hair. It’s feeling by heart the soft stuffed elephant that my then-boyfriend and now-husband gave me at the lockers, his first gift to me. It’s hearing by heart the sound of my baby’s first cry as he made his way into the world. It’s smelling by heart the warm, breezy, salty air as I stepped out of the car at the ocean.
It’s sensing by heart the excitement of Christmas morning as my sister and I ran downstairs, my parents’ happy faces beaming.
So many things I have learned “by heart.” And I am thankful for each precious one. Have a blessed weekend. Slainte, Lisa
Let me tell you that living here in the Welsh Valleys is not a bad place to grow up at all, we have stunning views, amazing friendly people and of course sheep. But something else we do have is goats! Many people will buy them as pets and let them run around free in the wild commons we have here. And the other day I do not lie, I saw a goat in a tree!
Just a step, just crossing over the threshold, leads to a new adventure. Step boldly and in faith today. Slainte, Lisa
““Remember what Bilbo used to say: It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
“Life is uncharted territory. It reveals its story one moment at a time.” – Leo Buscaglia Quotes
Sometimes when I look at something that’s ahead of me, whether it’s a literal mountain hike or one of life’s other hurdles, it looks huge. Gigantuan and overwhelming. But if I can just start, just put one foot in front of the other and begin, little by little it usually gets done. And then looking back later, I realize it really was more of a hill and I shouldn’t have had the big freak out. Here are some of our favorite hills/mountains that we have tackled. Step by step. Blessings, Lisa
“It’s not a hill, it’s a mountain, as you start out the climb…” (U2, I’ll Go Crazy, NLOTH)
Carrantuohill, County Kerry, Ireland
“And step by step, You’ll lead me, and I will follow You all of my days.” (Rich Mullins, Step by Step, The World As Best As I Can Remember)