It's 10pm and it's still 71 degrees outside. I love the South!!
I'm on my porch, enjoying the evening and reading friends' blogs. I've also been watching a couple of lightning bugs float around the trees in the (small) forest a few feet from my porch. Last night, coming home from Mosaic I drove through Ellington natural preserve. As I came across the long field that separates the preserve from civilization I saw literally hundreds of twinkling lights -- fireflies blinking and dancing in the moonlight.
I love this place. It's so magical. Everywhere I look, at every time of day, there is something beautiful to grab my attention and arrest my soul. Trees with all manner of flowering buds, streams running under canopies of green speckled with sunlight, ponds and small waterfalls, fireflies, thunderstorms, rocky hillsides, log cabins and tudor-style homes sitting side-by-side, an amazing diversity of people -- the old country folk, the aspiring musicians, true-blue artists, Indians (not the native American kind, though I'm sure they're here too), Latinos, African-Americans, Moroccans, Ethiopians, Iraqis, Thai, Greek and Egyptian. And then there are the immigrants.... :)
God is good to me. He gives me so much and seems to expect nothing in return. Last night it was the firefly field. Today is was good friends and good conversations. Tomorrow it will be a sunrise... and who knows what else.
I'm glad He loves me. I feel like the luckiest, most blessed woman in the world.