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Rest.Stop.Ranch Morning Report: Peony Opens

Pink Peony Tree Bud Opens
Smell the Peonies!
Wish I could capture the perfume of this opening peony tree bud and deliver it to you with this post! I believe the peony collection will become one of the favorite features of our gardens.

I travel to NY this week to spend quality time with my father, who now expects to have aortic heart valve surgery in Boston in June.

I expect to resume writing the Morning Report next week.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Rest.Stop.Ranch Morning Report: Peony Trees

Pink Peony Tree
Powder Puffs
Wonderful to see the bright sun again. The peony trees are looking strong. The pink tree is the first of four to bloom.

I celebrated my 40th birthday with a few local friends on Saturday here at our home. I feel a sense of stability and sweetness I hope will bless us for a long while.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Rest.Stop.Ranch Morning Report: Lilacs

Pink Lilac
Eyes Open
I returned last night from my days in Kansas. I enjoyed visiting sister-friends at Mt. St. Scholastica monastery, teaching four “Take Care of Yourself” programs for family and professional caregivers, and participating in two weekend workshops led by Maureen Conroy RSM – “Fully Alive in God! Celebrating our humanness; Nurturing body, mind, and spirit” and “Healing Trauma: The gift of prayer and spiritual direction.”

It will take a few days and weeks to sit with and settle within all that has awakened in awareness.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Rest.Stop.Ranch Morning Report: Tulips Peak

Mixed Tulip Blooms
Mixed Tulip Blooms
We enjoy the beautiful colors of the tulips that made it this year–the moles ate a good portion of the many, many tulips planted two years ago, and the drought and deer took the rest. The early peak is consistent with other plantings running three weeks ahead of schedule.

I am grateful for your prayers while I am traveling this week, and sharing what is deepest in my heart with that which is deepest in the hearts of long-term caregivers in the heartland of our country.

I expect to return to writing the Morning Report Monday, April 30.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Rest.Stop.Ranch Morning Report: Thirst Quenched

Pink Dogwood Blooms
Pink Dogwood Blooms
Our several days of drought have given way to flowing rains from above. The seeds and starter plants we’ve planted now have a chance to germinate and grow.

It was a pleasure for me and Karl to host Marcia and Linda, our Benedictine friends from Atchison, KS the last few days. The Spiritual Directors International Conference we attended this past weekend in Danvers was incredibly enriching. I have just today to catch up on a few things before I fly out to Kansas tomorrow. I look forward to meeting with the family and professional caregivers in Atchison and Effingham this week.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Rest.Stop.Ranch Morning Report: Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding Hearts
Bleeding Hearts
Cultivating Compassion – the Spiritual Directors International Conference begins tomorrow. I will attend the full-day “Spirituality & Health Care Institute.” These bleeding hearts represent the paradox of life and suffering we who work in the health-care field experience ongoing. I look forward to connecting with the other workshop participants and deepening my understanding.

I will be hosting my Benedictine sister-friends from Kansas for the next few days who have come for the conference. I expect to write the Morning Report again on Monday next week.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Rest.Stop.Ranch Morning Report: Pink Tulip

Pink Tulip with Miss Honey
Honey Checks the Poppy
Sr. Nancy Rowen gave us this tulip last year. Well, to be more specific, she recycled some of last year’s bulbs from Brooksby Village’s Easter celebration and brought them to us for happy planting! Thanks Nancy! The bulbs are adding beauty to the cottage’s gardens.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary