a flash and a flutter and now for november

The month was a flash and a dream. Collecting seashells at the beach and meandering through gardens and art museums. 

When my cousin-once-removed (or 2nd cousin I guess?), Emma, 10 years younger, similar curly hair, poem lover, journal writer, art loving, sensitive soul came to stay for a week as my first official overnight guest,  I took her to all the places in Oklahoma I have wanted to visit but never made time for. 

I love the term hometown tourist. Personally, I often need a nudge to get out there and explore, even my own city and state. 

We toured Price Tower designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. They call it the tree that escaped the crowded forest, because it was originally designed to be built in New York City. When the depression hit plans for it's construction crumbled. So Frank found another path to completion, in the small oil-boom town of Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Years later they almost tore down the beautiful unique building, because it was thought to be an eye-sore and it was not very functional. I am so glad this did not happen.

From there we drove to Pawhuska, Oklahoma, an even smaller town to eat at the Pioneer Woman Mercantile. 

I ate a chocolate almond pastry. so good.

It made my heart happy to drive through the Oklahoma countryside away from the bigger cities to visit these small town treasures. 

I also took Emma to the philbrook museum, and as we entered through the lobby doors, I was caught breathless by surprise, greeted by thousands of colorful yarn strings hanging high overhead shifting shades and tones and color from every angle.

The next week after Emma left, little ones in fairy wings and superhero capes filled my house with the magic of cuteness. a perfect october bookend. 

Oliver was "lightning speed" for halloween. Most people thought he was the superhero Flash, but he actually doesn't know who Flash is. He wanted to be literal lightning speed.

And it was fitting to end this month that went by in a whirl, with Oliver zooming around like lightening. 

In one of my favorite children's books, Emily of New Moon written by LM Montgomery, she puts words on the way this past month felt for me; like a flash and flutter.

It had always seemed to Emily, ever since she could remember, that she was very, very near to a world of wonderful beauty. Between it and herself hung only a thin curtain; she could never draw the curtain aside— but sometimes, just for a moment, a wind fluttered it and then it was as if she caught a glimpse of the enchanting realm beyond— only a glimpse— and heard a note of unearthly music.
— LM Montgomery, Emily of New Moon
And always when the flash came to her Emily felt that life was a wonderful, mysterious thing full of persistent beauty.
— LM Montgomery, Emily of New Moon

Now it's November. And I think I want to soak in some stillness and quiet and ordinary. Watch the leaves fall and fold clothes. Carry on with a thankful heart and remember God is good and God is kind and God is gentle and God is my strength.

The last few days while reading my Bible and filling out my Sacred Ordinary Days planner I came across these few scriptures and a quote that I want to recall and reflect on this month. Maybe these words will encourage and inspire you too: 

1. from the psalms

Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
— Psalms 34:5
I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
— Psalms 34:1-3

2. quote from my sacred ordinary days planner

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature- trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.
— Teresa of Calcutta

3. The Beatitudes

3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,[a]
    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
4 God blesses those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
5 God blesses those who are humble,
    for they will inherit the whole earth.
6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,[b]
    for they will be satisfied.
7 God blesses those who are merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
    for they will see God.
9 God blesses those who work for peace,
    for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.