Life is….

How do we finish that sentence? It seems if we base it on the happenings of the day, the blank could be filled with any one of these words…Beautiful, Good, Hard, Amazing, Funny, Unpredictable…

Today life is Beautiful and Hard. Some days you get to pick 2 adjectives. Here we are in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. Celebrating 25 years of marriage (a little late) and my 50th birthday (a little early). We wake to a beautiful sunrise…and then a phone call from our dog sitter that our sweet Sadie has died during the night. I sit here in tears missing her…anticipating going home and her not being there. Imagining what it will be like not hearing her snorting around all the time, staring us down for a walk, tricking us to go out for a treat a hundred times every evening. We loved her for all her quirkinesses, and sweet insecurities.

This picture is one of my most favorites, ever.  We were driving down back roads in Leipers Fork, TN. Sadie was loving her life!A9A04E9F-D37C-47B5-B8CF-3DF034578595

I am imagining Sadie…no breathing or heart issues…head out the window, nose in the air, ears flapping in the wind, riding down a beautiful road on the other side of Life.  I think I’ll even imagine my sweet Momma behind the wheel. That makes me smile.

So….now to try and dry my tears and continue to celebrate.  I love this man I married. I am so very blessed. When I look at the sum total of my 50 years of life and our 25 years of marriage, it brings to mind one of my favorite song lyrics…”Life ain’t always beautiful, but it’s a beautiful ride.”

Y’all, it is beautiful here in Santa FeF46276A4-83DA-4E30-BD8F-134CEB06FE48

So….I’m gonna ride on…choose to be grateful and enjoy this day. Life is Beautiful, Life is Good….


Published by: Mishelle Phillips

I’m an empty-nester mom from Franklin, Tennessee. I live with my husband of 25 years, Richard. I am blessed with friends and family who love me, encourage me…and talk me into doing stuff that scares me. Over the years I have shared my writings with them and they suggested I start this blog. So…. here it is. I offer it with one hand over my face, peeking through my fingers as I click on the word “publish” … hoping with all my heart you find something meaningful here. Mishelle Phillips

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