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A Glowing Sunrise and Maple Cinnamon Coffee

I was rousted out of my early morning reverie by Bear shouting, “Babe! Grab your camera!”

I hurriedly found said object, pulled on a flannel jacket, slipped into my farm shoes, and dashed out the door.

And saw this.

I’ve lived on this farm for a year and a half now, yet it still astonishes me with its beauty and wonder.

Bear chuckled, very pleased with himself, as I dashed about exclaiming in wonder and absolute bliss as the misty fields were suffused with golden light.

I leaned on the dewy front gate for a long time as the burnished light enveloped me, Bear, every leaf and blade of grass.

It is not possible to feel sadness in such moments. Or fear. Or anxiety. Simply an exquisite peace and deep, deep gratefulness.

I wandered through my gardens, loving the sunlight shimmering on feathery asparagus fronds and glistening on the crab apples jeweled by droplets of mist.

Even my little greenhouse wall, usually plain old plastic sheeting, glowed as if it were made of molten glass.

After our walk we returned to our little kitchen and held hands as we visited and sipped maple cinnamon coffee.

It made me smile as I thought of my younger self, so eager for big adventures and grand experiences. Now it is these little moments I treasure, these quiet, beautiful ones shared with people I love.

“One grateful thought is a ray of sunshine.  
A hundred such thoughts paint a sunrise.  
A thousand will rival the glaring sky at noonday –
for gratitude is light against the darkness.”
Richelle E. Goodrich

Today I am grateful for cozy flannel shirts and maple cinnamon coffee, Autumn sunshine, fallen seed pods that crunch when I walk, seedlings for my winter garden, NUMB3RS on DVD, being creative with dear friends, and love and hugs from Bear.

What are you grateful for today? xo

PS – I am very honored to be interviewed at two lovely sites by two amazing and inspiring women. If you fancy learning a bit more about my life, click here to read the interview at Budget Travel Talk and click here to read the interview at Reading is Fashionable.

Maple Cinnamon Coffee


2 Tbsp espresso (more or less according to your desired strength)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp real maple syrup
1/4 cup whole milk


  1. Place espresso grounds and cinnamon into your coffee brewer of choice (I use a French press) and brew.
  2. Pour into mug and stir in maple syrup and whole milk.
  3. Sip most happily.


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Jocy - Such GORGEOUS photos! Oh my. I may have to repost at some time. Thanks for the inspiration.

Rae - Krista, I love all your photos and your beautiful insights, but this one is extra special. Thank you. 🙂

Kelley Roberts Perry - I do believe this is some of your very best photography. B.E.S.T E.V.E.R.

Jacqueline_at_Bliss - Do you know how I always say: these are my favourite photos yet! Well, scratch that. THESE are my favourite photos (until the next batch!) How wonderful that your man is spending time, truly seeing, wrapped in the moment that is the two of you and your love. Everything else seems to melt away … xx

mlleparadis - crazy-beautiful! thx for sharing!


Andrea and John - These photos are incredible – I love spider webs. The light, so beautiful…

Jenna Francisco - LOVELY. It truly is the simple moments that are most special, and being in nature, especially first thing in the morning, is a way to really feel alive.

Andi Perullo de Ledesma - Darling, these photos are magnificent!!!!!!!!!!

neil larsen - I am so glad to see the light has returned to your spirit Krista. ………You are right, it is the little things we should look for………… they keep us grounded.

Joanne (eats well with others) - Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! Even the webs look magical!

Maureen | OrgasmicChef - Krista those are fantastic photos. It’s gorgeous this morning over at the coast. Doesn’t seem like winter’s coming anytime soon. 🙂

jacquie - beautiful – the pictures, the words, your beautiful Bear. the whole is truely more than the individual components. i so glad you have Bear in your life as you so deserve him. also that you allow him “in” and to do it as that is sometimes harder than it would seem (at least for me). take care of yourself and continue to be strong and hold those fears and anxieties at bay as much as possible.

Breanne Mosher - OH. So Beautiful. I’m so glad you grabbed your camera. Those are indeed breathtaking. I will be making the maple cinnamon coffee posthaste. It sounds delish and I will definitely sip it most happily. XO

jupe77 - Oh, what a perfect spider web!

Cathy - I’m so impressed that Bear is in tune with you to get you out of the house and taking your beautiful pictures. I love, love, love them Krista. Thanks for sharing. I’m grateful for a blogging friend, Krista who shares glorious pictures of her Aussie life which make me feel happy 🙂 Have a super weekend 🙂

Krista - Isn’t he a luv for doing that, @budgetjan:disqus 🙂 He was so proud of himself for spotting something that made me so happy. 🙂 He makes me laugh. I’m so glad you liked the other interview too, and you are MOST welcome for the link back. You are a treasure and your blog is a delight and an inspiration. 🙂

Krista - Oh Susan, you bring tears to my eyes and smiles to my lips with your love and celebration of all good things. Thank you, thank you. How I would love to meet you in person for coffee and a ramble in the woods and lunch of goat cheese on toast. 🙂

thefisherlady - This is my very favourite post ever… you have caught that perfect love that casts out all fear and you are resting in it… sets my feet to dancing. I am blessed for your sweet bear and his heart which finds these beauty moments to share with his beloved. Each and every photo and word resonates with my heart dear friend. I feel you close!

budgetjan - Good to know Bear is on the lookout for moments to capture. Maybe he was impressed with how well your “leaves in the gutter” photo turned out. I think your first photo of the web is stunning. Definitely prize winning! Also thank you for mentioning the BTT interview in your post – I have been over to “Reading is Fashionable” and devoured their Interview.:) I definitely need more hours in the day to follow all the amazing blogs out there 🙁

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