August 04, 2011

simple pleasures

The past week has had me back to walking. 
The darkest hour may be before dawn, but what comes next is always beautiful.  Soft breaking light that filters golden hues through palms and turns fluffy cloud pink.  Each day a beautiful show... but today is different.

The breeze of the fan greets me and the air feels almost chilly to my hot, damp skin.  The house is quiet and still, unless you count the sound of the finally-satisfied cat munching on her breakfast.  The stillness stirs my soul and though a steamy, creamy cup of coffee beckons me to the kitchen, I sit and enjoy the moment.  But today is different.

Today is different.
The masterpiece He painted across the sky was brilliant and the quiet morning is still stirring... but today, both are laced with anticipation.  Today, I wait for sleepy faces to emerge from behind closed doors.  Today I wait for their good morning, Mom mumbled from sleep drenched mouths.  Today, after almost five weeks of travel, my kids are right where they ought to be.  Home. 

It's the simple joys, the simple pleasures the heart remembers and dearly treasures. -Hadin Marshall

I'm linking up with Dayle's Simple Pleasures... come on over and share some simple beauty!

13 comments:

Southern Gal said...

Oh, that feeling of having everyone home. Nothing else like it.

T's Daily Treasures said...

What a lovely way to start your day! I hope the kids had a great time on their road trip. When I was growing up, we took summer vacations to Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. Great times! Hope your day is a good one. Tammy

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love that your children are able to travel the world...with or without you. But them being home; priceless.
{{hugs}}

Sarah (Nikki) said...

my kids are at camp. I can't wait for everyone to be back home again. The photo is nice.

Debbie said...

This one is WONDERFUL. How much I understand how nice it is to have the home all filled.

Dayle said...

So good to have you back at the party, Dawn. Not only is the sunset a simple pleasure, but your kiddos being home. Ah .... perfect.

Barb said...

Hi Dawn,
Your dawn photo is beautiful. How nice for you to have your family home.
God Bless
Barb from Australia

Karen said...

Nothing like having them all in the nest! Beautiful capture of the morning sun. Have a great weekend.

Susan Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous post...love the morning hours the best. Thanks for the inside view of your life.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Morning Dawn,
I love the early morning hours as well, the sun coming up behind the trees, and the feeling of all the chicks in the nest. My children are both grown, but there is nothing like having them home and back in the nest whether for a few days or a few hours. Such a blessing...........
Have a Wonderfully blessed day,
Nellie

Kay K said...

Just before the dawn is one of my favorite times to be out too

Shell in your Pocket said...

beautiful.
sandy toe

Richella said...

My three are so rarely all home at once any more. I've gotten used to at least one of them being gone--it's the new "normal." How on earth did that happen??

Will gets home this week after being in Washington for most of the summer (interning for our Congressman). I hope I have enough energy to greet him properly. It's easy for me to get so caught up in my little projects that I don't have enough energy for what's really important. And I know better! God give me the strength and courage to do what I know I should do.

Love you, girl!