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Count the Puppies

It’s becoming obvious to me that I hang out with and/or attract dog people. VERY few folks have commented they are thankful for their cats. If that’s you, you better send me your list because the puppy people are clearly winning here. Can you count how many times they’ve shown up on the list?

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Photo by Jametlene Reskp on Unsplash

Thank you to the following contributors for sharing their beautiful things – things going right, right now. We’ve now surpassed 200 (!) beautiful things and we’re halfway through the month.

Ready to share yours? Send me an email at 52beautifulthings at gmail dot com.

#143 Blue, blue skies
#144 A job that I love going to
#145 Flowers from my garden
#146 Spending time with my mom
#147 Eating outside
#148 Spending time with my son & daughter-in-law
#149 Evening bike rides with my husband
#150 Children
#151 The courage to voice my feelings
#152 Family that is always there for me

#143 – #152 Contributed by Cathy Huey

# 153 First sip of coffee in the morning
#154 An unexpected exchange of smiles with a stranger
#155 Finding a dollar in the pockets of an old jeans
#156 A good, hearty and yummy breakfast
#157 Sunsets on the beach

#153 – #157 Contributed by @jamnesreen

#158 I work with an amazing group of women like your mother in-law that uplift me every single day and make me want to be a better teacher and person.
#159 I live in a state where I am surrounded by beauty & can appreciate it every day.
#160 We have 2 amazing children that are adopted from Korea who remind me constantly of the beauty of family and the power of love.
#161 Pumpkin spice Latte!
#162 Beautiful sunrises/sunsets that remind me to stop and live in the beauty of the possibilities of a new day.
#163 Students who teach me more about life and happiness than I could ever teach them

#158 – #163 Contributed by Jen Weaver

#164 petting random, nice dogs
#165 rain at night while I’m sleeping
#166 new book or a really old book
#167 the food you’ve been craving all day
#168 stars in the mountains (no light pollution)
#169 the first cup of coffee in the morning
#170 bubble baths
#171 buying yourself flowers just because
#172 puppy snuggles
#173 meeting up with new friends

#164 – #173 Contributed by Alyssa Oligmueller

#174 friendship that feels like home
#175 siblings contagious laughter together
#176 handmade pottery
#177 dirt covered potatoes freshly dug from the ground
#178 soft light of morning right before the sun comes up
#179 gleeful toddler running
#180 stumbling into community with people that challenge you to love and think bigger #181 sisters for friends
#182 self-stick stamps
#183 the quiet that opens to a day of fullness
#184 toddler’s arms hugging around my neck

#174 – #184 Contributed by @Cushfamily on Instagram

#185 my family
#186 living in Colorado
#187 I’m still here
#188 I can still get around and walk
#189 the fact that I have my own house

#185 – #189 Contributed by my Grandma Charlotte

#190 Emma got her woodchipping badge in Boy Scouts
#191 My children are free of cancer
#192 The kids get their expanders off in December
#193 Car has 220,000 miles on it and it still runs great

#190 – #193 Contributed by my Uncle Keith

#194 glitter toenail polish
#195 puppies
#196 authentic people who aren’t afraid to “go there”
#197 connecting with strangers
#198 strangers becoming friends
#199 a thick chocolate shake
#200 water still warm enough to swim in in September
#201 leaves starting to change
#202 a seat on a crowded subway
#203 waking up before my alarm clock

#194 – #203 Contributed by Millet Israeli

#204 Our joyful snuggly puppy!
#205 A wonderful job with great coworkers
#206 The Gathering- dinner with friends and an uplifting message!
#207 Bible study with my group of women who are there for me always!
#208 Concert at Red Rocks, best venue ever!
#209 Dad/Daughter dates for husband & daughters
#210 Photography day trip with my daughter
#211 Morning walk to coffee shop
#212 Farmers market & Fall Art Festival
#213 Family time in God’s beauty of Fall colors in CO!

#204 – #213 Contributed by Lynne Goldmann


What’s on your list? When you are ready to contribute, follow these guidelines and send me an email. Let’s get resisting!

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Hope Floats on Whispers

Each time I log onto Facebook these days my stomach lurches a little bit. I know I have a choice in entering my password and scrolling through feeds that are slightly biased towards the left – most of my friends agree with my stance on political things.

It seems to be getting bleaker, more complicated, more hurtful out there .

My heart is aching for those who are facing the very real, life changing consequences of political actions that have taken place this week. And I realize too, just how risky it is to put my thoughts and reactions out on the internet.

I could and maybe should log on to CNN or The New York Times, or Slate, or spend time evaluating these infographics that are circling around that tell me just how ‘Alternative’ my new sources could be. But honestly, I don’t.

I know this ability to tune out the news is a reflection of my privilege and I hesitate with every sentence I write down here. So much potential for offending all across the board. I don’t really think the internet is a safe space to launch such flames of disagreement.

And here I am, nervous again, to write about the good, when things out there seem so very bad. So this is my disclaimer for the year – I see, I hear, and I do not ignore the very real confusion and pain caused by our political climate here in America. I do not dismiss it and I want to be an ally.

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I also believe that hope floats on whispers, on promises of good, on lists of gratitude. My efforts may not be loud, or in crowds of hundreds of thousands – heck I’m lucky if each post I write gets more than 17 views. However, if I choose to stop writing the beautiful, it’s another example of where fear will win.

Many of you may have seen my post on Facebook this week about the barista at Starbucks who gave me a free drink even though my birthday coupon had expired. Ugh – you can groan – at the example of white girl privilege – symbols of excess funds and the caffeine raddled habit that oozes corporate coffee. What I saw though, was a twenty something millennial, working his butt off in the early morning, reflecting kindness with the choice to just give me a free coffee anyways. There is still good in the world.

As I drove to work I had to smile because a 40 year old woman with two kids in the car was blasting music and encouraging her two kiddos in the backseat to dance along. Ugh – you can groan – at the example of oil dependent individuals  in foreign cars on busy roads. What I saw though, was the influence of music and artists who have created catchy beats that inspire smiles and laughter while getting from here to there.

We live in the challenging dichotomy of good and bad. Of catastrophe and regrowth. Of pain and beauty.

I just want to keep honoring the mystery that God allows both to exist.

So here are some other things I found to be beautiful this week.

  • Home Brew – we made a match of beer with our friends a month ago and the bottles are finally ready to drink – magical chemistry made a tasty drink in our very own kitchen.
  • Flannel Thermals – my husband got a new thermal top for Christmas and I really just love the ability to snuggle up next to him as he wears it to sleep.
  • Reflections of my puppy in the mirror – our downstairs bathroom is torn apart because we are painting so the large mirror that typically hangs on the wall is sitting on the floor. As we sit on the couch, Olive keeps staring at herself in the reflection. It makes me laugh, and then thing, heck I do the same thing too with window reflections at work. We love a chance to look at ourselves.
  • Gifts from the fruits of your friend’s talents – I asked my long-time friend Jenny Stoecker to take some updated headshots for me. In about 5 minutes she captured my uniqueness in some photos and I’m really thrilled to start using them more. If you need some photography, keep her in mind.

 

I invite you to join me in using the hashtag #stillgoodintheworld . This won’t discount the bad, it can’t erase our pain, but it can gather us together to think about how our efforts and our choices to see the beautiful remind us to keep hoping.

Start whispering guys. Or for all I care, yell! My little heart just isn’t ready for that quite yet.

Giving Light – Dylan. H

*Disclaimer – Dylan is my husband. He more than willingly contributed, and I am thrilled, but I told him he can’t win the box of goodies. No nepotism here. *

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Hello everyone I’m Dylan Huey and yes you guessed it the husband to the amazing woman that created this blog. I’m a graphic designer from Boulder, CO with a love for the outdoors, my wife, our dog, things that go fast and good music of any sort – minus country Ew!

You can find me on Instagram @drummerhuey.

Here are my five – cough cough- seven things.

1. My beautiful wife Katie

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You all already know so much of her beauty and love for this world. I am the luckiest guy that I get to be her husband. She brightens my day everyday. I love spending time with her no matter what we are doing. We have been together for around 10 years now and being with her never gets old. I enjoy hearing her views, beliefs, and stories everyday.  I can’t imagine my life without her and I hope we get to spend so many more years together on all sorts of adventures.

2. My dog Olive

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This little creature is the newest addition to the house and she is great. She is a constant ball of energy and joy. I love the way she is always happy and has a smile on her face. She is always ready to play ball or wrestle and go hiking with us.

3. Projects with Dad 

My dad owns a 1970 MGB and recently the two of us have been working on it to get it back into driving condition. It sat for quite a few years and now is getting the love it needs. I hope to someday do a full restore on it but that will be some time from now. Other than the car he has been helping me do some projects to our house such as the wainscoting, painting, and the banisters. I love working with him on anything. We are a lot a like so being around him is like hanging with one of the guys.

4. Colorado

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So I have to admit that Colorado looks nothing like this photo right now. Yesterday we received our first decent snow storm so we are in a winter wonderland today. That being said I truly love where I live and feel so lucky to have the mountains so close. I have visited a lot of places and couldn’t call any of them home. I love exploring this state and taking advantage of where we live.

5. My WRX

So it might be a little weird to think one’s car is beautiful but I really love my car. I really enjoy going for drives in it and doing things to it to make it better looking and faster. I had wanted a WRX for a long time and the wide body GR version is by far my favorite. If there are any car people out there you can follow what I do to the car on Instagram @lexthewrx.

Ok so I’m cheating some but here are two more things in my life that I couldn’t leave off the list.

6. My Drums

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I have played drums for around 15 years now and love them. I had an amazing middle school music teacher show me how and have been learning and getting better ever since. I truly love music and love what it can do to people and the world. I was given a great gift of having an eclectic music taste and love sharing that with anyone.  

7. Blastoff Branding

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Finally is my business. My goal is to grow my small freelance business into an agency of 15 or so designers that does work for large scale clients. I have been working in graphic design for 5 years now and love every minute of it.  I believe that great design can change the world. For more information about Blastoff Branding follow me on Instagram @blastoffbranding or visit http://www.blastoffbranding.com

 

If you are interested in giving your own light, click here to learn more about how you can enter the Give Light Giveaway.

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We got a dog! We jumped in and rescued this lovely little creature, and my heart is swooning. At least until she eats my shoes, which hasn’t yet happened.

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It is my hope that training this new member of our family will be an exercise in healing, in patience, in learning to extend love into other areas of our lives.

I’ve heard people who love rescue animals ask the question, “Who rescued who?” and I’m starting to feel this way about Olive. She seems to see my ache, and her little paws provide soothing balm to my soul.

It was wonderful waking up this morning knowing we had a tiny creature who was depending on us. And during this time of change and the continued processing of grief, as we depend heavily on our supports, this little nugget is filling my heart. Beauty in the acquisition of a new family member, beauty in puppy breath, beauty in the process of jumping right in.

Welcome home.