"You live a fairy tale life," she said. "Nothing bad ever happens to you."
But she just doesn't know; you don't blog about heartache.
But I'm breaking that rule today.
My husband and our precious son have each had very hard news lately and our family is reeling. That probably makes our week away in the mountain even more precious.
We have been hiking and fishing, surrounded by beauty and beginning to heal just a bit in the beauty.
Which is why the wildflowers have spoken to me so much.
Locals say it's the best bloom season in 100 years in the Sierra Nevada, thanks to the rain.
Sierra lilies, trout lilies, mules ears, monkshood, columbine, pink skyrocket, lupine,Whitney's locoweed...
All this reminds me of how many places in the Bible we are told not to worry.
"Don't worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for what he's done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand." Philippians 4:6-7
One of my dear blog readers told me she thinks God put so much beauty all around us to remind us how much he loves us.
At every turn I see some little breath taking beauty and it's as if God has left love notes sprinkled everywhere to remind us that he's got us covered; brighter days are ahead.
We are on the Sierra trails, putting one foot ahead of the other in so many ways.
My sketchbook is crammed with ideas; the camera is getting a good work out.
We are planning for the next chapter of life.
And though we've had tears, we are full of peace and expectation.
In spite of tears and heartache, there is so much to smile about.
Quaking aspens. Meadows crammed with bloom.
Ducks. Blue skies and green leaves. Glaciers.
God left us all these love notes to remind us:
Everything's going to be okay.