A Cup of Spring

mom's tea cup

Miss Spring sips her tea
as we anticipate her arrival.
She says, “Be patient, for
soon I will bring you
colors so pleasing and
new life, delightful.
But first, Mr. Winter must
finish acting out his scene.

Lauren Scott © 2018
Photo: My mom’s china ❤



Time Well Spent

Recently, my daughter and I spent some time together, and I’ll always
cherish our mom/daughter 
moments. On this day, the weather
cooperated as the sun warmed us with its rays, instead of raindrops
raining on our parade. We walked around, browsing in stores, while
talking and acting a little silly, too…
After all, what’s life without smiles and laughter? 



the mallards

The Mallard’s house (so cute) and pretty Koi fish


turtles, too

fun photo booth

silly faces – of course, anytime a photo booth is near, we jump in!
You know the quality isn’t good when you’re only paying a $1, but
the fun and faces are worth so much more! 

“Silliness is sweet syrup that helps us swallow the bitter pills of life.” 
~ Richelle E. Goodrich

happiness is mother daughter time

Lauren Scott © 2018
“Cherish those precious times with
loved ones and find time to add silliness
into your serious schedules.” ❤ 💜🧡💚💙💛 ❤

Little things that bring smiles

happy flowers

Happy flowers

morning time

Morning coffee time


Copper enjoying the heat

Copper joins us in the morning because this is his favorite
spot by the heat.
(he hasn’t acquired a taste for coffee, though)

loving the sunshine

He also loves the warmth of the sun, but is this a comfortable

alseep in the sun

He changed his mind and is now completely content. 

“Enjoy the little things in life for one day you’ll look back
and realize they were the big things.”

~ Kurt Vonnegut

Lauren Scott 2018
🙂 🙂 🙂

My Version, Untitled

When emotions are
exhausted again, I find
myself at home, alone,
closing all windows, then
stopped in the middle of
the hallway, I scream at
a volume that causes the
Golden Gate to shudder in
A moment for prayer.

Lauren Scott © 2018

Inspired by Margaret L. Mitchell’s poem:

when it is all, finally,
too much,
I climb into my car,
roll the windows up,
and somewhere between
backing out of the driveway
and rounding the first corner
I let out a yell
that would topple Manhattan.
How do you pray?

***Thank you for your compassionate words, thoughts,
and prayers from my prior post. All is better for now,
and we live one day at a time as each day is a gift…
I was talking to my pastor the other day, and she
sent me Margaret Mitchell’s poem. I’ve read this
before, love it, and couldn’t believe how perfectly
it resonated. So I was inspired to write my own version,
but since the idea and wording are similar, I wanted
to cite the author.***

What I learned in ER

1. That life’s course can change in a heartbeat.
2. That we need to be advocates for our loved ones when it comes to medical attention.
3. That I can find calmness and strength when it’s needed.
4. That we need to have faith in medical personnel.
5. That nothing is black and white.
6. That my faith in God has waned.
7. That asking why doesn’t bring answers.
8. That all I know is that I don’t know anything.
9. That “one day at a time” is no joke.
10. That sitting in the emergency room while the power went out was beyond spooky (even though hospitals have generators). And it happened twice.
11. That I commend medical staff wholeheartedly.
12. That even though we were there from  11:30 pm to 4 am, we survived.
13. That being a parent involves much more than changing diapers.
14. That even as children grow older parenting doesn’t end.
15. That worrying does no good but manages to surface anyway.
16. That the future still remains unknown.
17. That the last time I screamed at God wasn’t the last time.
18. That the feeling of helplessness is indescribable. 
19. That since this event, time hasn’t stopped. Life goes on. We move forward.

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” 
~ Albert Camus

“Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.” 
~ Jose N. Harris

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

~ Maya Angelou

***Thanks to all who read this. Its purpose isn’t for sympathy, rather for therapeutic reasons. We all have stories of sorrow. But on the opposite end of sorrow, there is joy for many reasons, along with strength, optimism, and perseverance – the reason I ended with these great quotes. Sometimes, we just have to pour our hearts out, though, so thanks again for stopping by. And may you also find strength, optimism, and perseverance in any struggles you’re experiencing. ❤




The Right Time

Within the four walls
memories stir, the smell
of cologne remains
poignant, the sound of
laughter echoes a favorite
tune, tears struggle to
be set free.

The closet’s belly stays 
nearly full after six months’
of grieving. Clothes
proudly as if he’ll
for the right shirt
and matching 
pants for the
activities, all hoping
to be 
chosen for the outing.
Shoes sit tightly for their
next walk like dogs eagerly
awaiting their master’s call.

Some belongings have
the backs of those
in need. But 
emotion’s pull is
firm, so to surrender
feels like a balloon slipping
through fingers, escaping
into the big blue, slowly
fading away…

Lauren Scott © 2018