DWELL IN WONDER

ABOUT JAIME

Hello, my fellow curious souls, bookworms, and daydreamers!

I love to connect with others who take the time to dwell in a place of wonder and curiosity, have meaningful conversations, and desire to make a difference in the lives of others in their families, communities, and the whole, wide, world.

I’m naturally frugal, I love poking around old places, I like exploring caves and waterfalls, I enjoy thunderstorms and gasp at stunning sunsets, and I like to surround myself with lovely things.

Personality tests stress me out (perhaps someone could finally help me place where I fall in that whole Meyers-Briggs thing, where the only letter I know with absolute surety is “I”), I don't like cheesecake, and I love the movie “You’ve Got Mail” but can’t stand “Sleepless in Seattle.”

I have two middle school-aged boys hanging around chatting about important things like Minecraft, Lego, and the newest YouTube video on what to do with the world’s largest gummy bear. (Ya’ll, I TRY to listen, but then my brain just whooshes away and I find myself thinking about something else and just nodding and repeating, “Uh-huh, yeah, Oh, cool!” #momguilt is real.)

I have been married for 16 years to my wonderful Matthew, who works for Operation Christmas Child.

I am a photographer and life-documenter. I dabble in genealogy. I collect books, mostly old, vintage ones with pretty covers. I am part of the volunteer staff of MOPS International. I love to adventure and explore and am fascinated by history.

I shop at farmer’s markets when I can, and love to support small businesses, especially local ones. My house looks like Etsy collided with a thrift store. I love books, tea, shared laughter, milk chocolate, hats, old photographs, vintage handkerchiefs, pretty dishes, and just about anything miniature.

I believe we are created for a purpose and I want to look back at my life and know that I made people feel like they mattered. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

I recently looked up the Latin phrase “carpe diem” on a whim; mostly because my oldest son is studying Latin this year and I’ve gotten curious about Latin-derived phrases that we frequently use in English. It does mean “seize the day,” but it’s more than that. Instead of a militaristic grabbing, it’s more of a “grasp the joys of each day” or savor each day.

In writing this blog, that is what is in the back of my mind. I’ve never had difficulty finding things to delight in through my days. That doesn’t mean each day is perfect or rosy or that I don’t go through periods where things are dark and heavy. I definitely have bad days and depressing seasons. Everyone does.

Robert Louis Stevenson has a short little poem that crops up in children’s poetry collections quite often. It goes:

“The world is so full of a number of things,

I’m sure we should all be happy as kings.”

I resonated with this early on in my life. I have a curious nature, and there are so many wondrous, beautiful, interesting things in this world.

What about you?