Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Beauty EVERY DAY

One of my favorite songs, ever, is “Morning Has Broken”. The sweet lyrics, written by Eleanor Farjeon, in 1922 (which coincidentally is the same year that Daisy Cottage was built) always seem to speak softly to my soulÂ…

Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for the springing fresh from the word

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s recreation of the new day.

I can honestly say that I try to never miss the chance to say hello to a brand new morning. They ARE precious. They ARE beautiful and we are blessed to have them. Mornings are to be treasured. To me, they are THAT special.

My favorite mornings are when I take the time to witness them on the back porch where I can be entertained with the rambunctious antics of the neighborhood squirrels and listen to the many spirited birds who share this little patch of land with us. I smile when I see that a new red bloom has emerged during the night, treating our eyes to glorious color.

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

I choose to sit in my white rocker because it is like an old friend to me. We’ve been together forever. I so love its’ chippy paint and weathered lines. They are little details that, to me, make this rocking chair more comforting — more beautiful.

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Before I sit, however, I like to reach into my china cabinet and choose an extra pretty cup to celebrate that first, hot cup of coffee that I am about to enjoy! I truly believe in USING our pretty things every day. And a beautiful morning such as this one definitely calls for that.

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

Ah yes, morning has broken indeed. True bliss! A simple rocking chair, a pretty cup, hot coffee, and a sweet morning to witness — just beautiful. This is one of the ways that I find beauty every day. I hope that you can savor a few moments of YOUR mornings too, for it is your GIFT to receive. Please be kind to yourself and OPEN IT.

Beauty: Daisy Cottage

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Grace Notes: Morning Solitude

Grace Notes: Morning Solitude

photo courtesy of Rebecca Sower

Grace Notes: Morning Solitude

Alexandra Stoddard advocates elevating every day moments into daily rituals. In her book Living A Beautiful Life she writes:

One of the real goals of having rituals is to make sure there is ample time given to making the small things in our lives count. In this way, we enrich the whole of our lives, and continuity provides daily and weekly enrichment.

In my conversation with her, I asked Alexandra what her favorite daily ritual is. Without hesitation she answered, “Morning Solitude.” She said solitude in the mornings sets the tone for her whole day. She does not rush to connect herself with the world upon awakening. Rather, she gets up early and begins her day usually sitting at her writing desk. She loves to study, learn and contemplate. She says that the hours she spends alone in the early hours of the morning allow her to “focus inward with a clear head, preparing myself for the demands of the day.”

In her book Gracious Living in A New World Alexandra writes, “We fill our well before emptying it.” I love that.

I find this ritual of morning solitude to be a common theme among women who understand the concept of living a beautiful life. They understand the power of solitude and time for quiet thought, study, prayer and contemplation.

One such woman I admire is artist and blogger Rebecca Sower. She had this to share with us:

I’m including a photo of one of my most inspirational spots in my home…my seat in the sun. It’s just a small cafe table by my bedroom window where the morning sun comes in. It’s where I have my morning coffee, read, reflect, journal and sometimes just sit and stare out at the cows in the pasture.

Sounds dreamy to me, and her room is to die for!

Read more Grace Notes from Alexandra Stoddard!

Be sure and scroll back to see all the lovely goodness, inspiring ideas and featured guests that have already been posted! Thank you for encouraging everyone who is participating in Inspiration Week!

Next up: Kim from Daisy Cottage shares her morning ritual!

Photo copyright & courtesy of: Rebecca Sower

Find Rebecca at her lovely blog here.

Enjoy Rebecca’s wonderful shop of handcrafted items here.

Grace Notes: Morning Solitude

Grace Notes: Morning Solitude
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