July, 2022



My morning routine has become a cherished thing. After I’m cleaned up with a good shave, I head to the kitchen to get our coffee brewing. As much as I enjoy a good cup of coffee, it is who I get to share it with that makes it so inviting. Lisa and I have busy lives, and we have learned to relish our own “porch time.” It has become a sacred place for us to slow down. Five feet from our rocking chairs, we watch the wrens as they feed their chicks and listen to their hungry cries. Over by the fence post, we watch the bluebirds tend to their newborns, too. We don’t deserve the wondrous variety of bird life we are surrounded by; in fact, the other day, I made the comment, “I don’t know how someone can deny a Creator after spending time with such a massive variety of birds, and that’s just from our little yard, never mind mountain and sea birds the world over!”

On the rare occasions that the kids sleep in a bit, this gives us the chance to dive deeper into our life together. Sometimes we read the books we’re in the middle of. Other times we talk, plan, and dream out loud. This sacred porch time is a gift where my wife and I can just be together and enjoy each other’s presence.

As always, may you find joy in the simple things.

Plain Values Publisher


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