Monday, July 01, 2013

sunday stroll


“I want to talk to you about the subject of plans… life plans and how we all make them, and how we hope that our kids make good, smart, safe plans of their own. But if we’re really honest with ourselves, most of our plans don’t work out as we’d hoped. So instead of asking our young people, ‘What are your plans? What do you plan to do with your life?’, maybe we should tell them this: Plan… to be surprised.”

~Dan in Real Life


Encourage one another,


  1. You always leave me feeling uplifted by your photos and words. I needed this today. Plan to be surprised! Just perfect. Thank you!!

  2. I've always wanted to see Dan in Real Life; great quote!

    And of course Cookie Monster is 100% correct!

    FYI: seeing these flowers (Echinacea?) makes me miss the Midwest.

  3. Anonymous1:41 PM

    I love Dan in Real Life! And your photo! And Cookie Monster's words of wisdom!

    Thank you for this. It is appreciated today. :)

    Mary Z

  4. My mom used to say something like, "Expect your best laid plans, to be interrupted."

    I am thankful that God's plans are so much better than anything I could plan!

  5. Dan in Real Life is my all time favorite movie. I love it!!

  6. It reminds me of another great old adage... If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans.

    PS -- Dan in Real Life is fantastic!! Love Steve Carrell when he's not being a total goober.

  7. Anonymous3:55 PM

    Love every part of this post! There is great wisdom there from both Dan and Cookie Monster. -- Krista W. in Missouri

  8. I love that you always say to encourage one another. I love coming here.

  9. Sarah Anne4:51 PM

    Love Dan in Real Life :) The other movie that comes to mind is While You Were Sleeping: "So, I had planned to marry Peter, but I married Jack instead. Thank goodness my father was right. life doesn't always turn out the way you plan."

    1. Anonymous7:48 PM

      While You Were Sleeping is such a good movie, too!
      Thanks for the reminder and the quote Sarah Anne. jep

    2. Love both of those (and actually still own WYWS on VHS). Sometimes I think I watch movies too much because (like you) certain lines just pop into my mind...kind of often.

  10. That's a good quote from Dan in real life. Love that movie.

  11. Anonymous7:47 PM

    Lovely flower photograph. Dan in Real Life is one of our favorite movies. Cookie Monster is so in the moment and eat a cookie. Life is what happens to us while we are planning. It isn't winning the race, but the way we live the journey. :) love and prayers, jep

  12. Anonymous9:55 PM

    Absolutely love the coneflower photo!

  13. Love Dan in Real Life. So many gems hidden in there.

  14. Who would think that dying flowers could be so pretty?


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