life = curiosity, and grace, and joy

 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever. – Psalm 73:25-26

chalk and fun with grandmama

What a great scripture to start the day! Thanks, Bible Gateway.

It’s been a busy morning so far around Maul-Hall, thanks to the presence of Ms. Beks. Oh, she’s nothing but joy, but it’s a full-contact, constant attention quality of joy. Right now, for example, she’s sitting in my lap right here at the computer. Tough to find the right keys!

Our granddaughter woke up well before we were ready to get breakfast, but she quite happily sat in her bed with an armful of books. Two and a half is a wonderful age, so full with curiosity, and grace, and joy.

  • “CURIOSITY, and GRACE, and JOY!” Listen up, presidential candidates, pay attention to the kids, and learn to approach this life – and your relationship to this world – with a little more curiosity, and grace, and joy!

Now she’s reminding me about my promise to go to the park, and outside it’s 65-degrees and sunshine; it’s a no-brainer, isn’t it? Enjoy a few photos and stay tuned for a more substantial blog post later in the day…

… Or maybe not!

Live Like You Mean It photogrpahy The Grandaddy Letters

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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