This life is not a state of being righteous, but rather a growth of righteousness; not a state of being healthy, but a period of healing; not a state of being, but becoming; not a state of rest, but of exercise and activity.

We are not yet what we shall be,
but we grow toward it;

The process is not yet finished,
but it is still going on;

This life is not the end,
it is the way to a better.

All does not yet shine with glory;
nevertheless, all is being purified.

-Martin Luther

Easter was lovely - my mom arranged the prettiest centerpieces for her table this year. I'm lucky to have a mom who understand the need for beauty in everyday life. Isaac hunted eggs for the first time, and although he was mostly interested in the marshmallows that we hid inside of the eggs, it was still pretty adorable.

I'm particularly inspired by Martin Luther's words today. I've been feeling a little stagnant lately - so I am happy to be reminded that renewal is always right around the corner.

P.S. I LOVED every single one of your comments on my last post about writing. Thank you for the wonderful feedback!


  1. That. That is a marvelous quote. Thanks. My mum appreciates beauty too. Whenever we go to visit (like this Easter) she puts flowers from the garden in my old room. *s*

  2. lovely post, as always.=)

  3. wow, those centerpieces (and the pics) are really pretty. i love that quote. thanks for the reminder... thinking of renewal right now is pretty refreshing for me!

  4. love the pictures and quote! inspiration all around :)

  5. the martin luther quote is perfect. really lovely for easter. don't think i'd ever heard it before.

    love your mom's centerpieces. did the flowers come from her own garden?

  6. Amazing quote, thank you for sharing! The pictures are sublime too!

  7. I came across your blog through a friend of mine and I'm very happy I did. Your photos are beautiful and the Martin Luther quote is extremely inspiring. Great post!

  8. sophie - your mom sounds like my kind of lady!

    kelli - you are always so sweet. thank you!

    angela - thank you! I like to steal my husband's camera and pretend I'm some kind of fancy photographer. I hope your ankle is feeling better.

    alfie - inspiration, indeed! your blog has been such a wonderful inspiration to me lately. - i know, isn't it a great quote? it brings me a lot of peace. and no, the flowers aren't from a garden - mom is a master at deconstructing supermarket bouquets and turning them into something of her own!

    leaves and feathers - glad you like it!

    bds - so glad you stopped by and said hello. welcome! :D