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Posted on 11.24.2016 by Jody Noland

The family had gathered at their Gulf Coast beach cottage for the Thanksgiving holiday.
 
Everyone in the family needed the renewal and refreshing they gain from spending time there together: talking, sitting in the sun and staring at the aquamarine water.  A time to just be, not to do.
 
One evening, as they reclined in Adirondack chairs around a crackling fire, their college-aged son posed a question to his parents:
“Would you give a one-word description of each of us?”

Posted on 11.18.2016 by Jody Noland

 
“JODY, YOU’VE GOT A LEAK!”
 
Words a homeowner never wants to hear.
 
Especially when the aforementioned “leak” meant that a lot of water was pouring into my carpeted basement due to a failing hot water heater.
 
Over the last few months, I’ve had a seemingly endless stream (no pun intended) of unexpected home repairs. And this was just one more.
 

Posted on 11.11.2016 by Jody Noland

Imagine this.

Posted on 11.04.2016 by Jody Noland

Have you ever seen an infinity pool? The water appears to be spilling away, but that’s really just an illusion. In reality, the water is captured in a catch basin and re-circulated.

Such a beautiful architectural design.

And what a picture of life.

Posted on 10.28.2016 by Jody Noland

Sometimes, I think God must be speaking to me through a megaphone. I’ll hear the same message from a variety of sources...a book, a song, a friend. Even for a blonde, it’s impossible to miss.
 
Recently, the unmistakable message has been to SIMPLIFY.

Posted on 10.21.2016 by Jody Noland

Bittersweet. That’s my word for October. There’s so much I love about this month: changing colors, fall breezes, bright blue skies, beautiful moonlight, football games (when Georgia wins), and all things pumpkin.
 
October also reminds me of loss, because it is the month when my first hero…my dear dad…was promoted to Heaven.
 
What I wouldn’t give for one more conversation and one more hug.

Posted on 10.14.2016 by Jody Noland

Something incredible happened last night.

Posted on 10.07.2016 by Jody Noland

A very large hurricane is looming offshore. Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are bracing for devastating winds, rain and storm surge. Hundreds of thousands have evacuated.  And when SEC football games are cancelled or rescheduled you know the threat is really serious.
 
The US hasn’t been hit by a major hurricane in over 10 years. Many coast dwellers have forgotten the damage that a hurricane can make. It’s hard to “live ready” when life has been storm free for so long.
 
So much like our lives.
 

Posted on 9.30.2016 by Jody Noland

The other day, I pulled into my garage and glanced down at my odometer.
 
60,000 miles!
 
The equivalent of 21 drives across the US.  That mileage accumulated from lots and lots of mundane, errand-laden trips and some very special journeys.
 
Since I recently passed 60 on the “odometer” of my life, I’ve been reflecting about my miles and milestones and the lessons I’ve learned. In these days of so much uncertainty, I’ve wondered: “What do I know that I know that I know?”
 

Posted on 9.23.2016 by Jody Noland

Do you ever get caught in the comparison game? With looking at others and feeling as though you don’t quite measure up? It’s so easy to feel “less than” when we focus wistfully on others’ skills and abilities. Meanwhile, we overlook our own unique and special gifts.
 
Whether you are 16 or 60, YOU are uniquely and wonderfully made, with much to contribute to this world.
 

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