Loving One Another


Thank you, Guideposts, for your inspirational daily messages. On this Memorial Day that is so different from those past, I am grateful for the men and women who sacrificed for our freedom.

Free to Live and Build

I am grateful for the freedom to live in this beautiful place in Montana where the robins sing, build their nests, lay their eggs, and feed their babies right outside my dining room window! I’m free to just bee… free to do nothing but sit and watch today… if that’s my choice!

I see that wall to the north of my dining room table. The window there leads to our bedroom.
I watched Rita and Robbie, the robin duo, build the nest and lay the eggs. Fifteen days later, they hatched!
Now Rita Robin brings worms to the babies.
They are hungry little robins, begging for more.
Rita Robin leaves… and Robbie Robin comes to feed them next! Robins mate for life. It is such fun to watch them take turns caring for the nest. Rarely is it left uncovered like this these days.

Free to Bee… Free to Recover…

I found this beautiful, stunned bird sitting on the front porch this morning. Is it a wren? It’s really tiny. Even when TazE (our Boston Terrier) went out to sniff at it, it didn’t move. It was free to just bee… bee still for a while. A half hour later, it was recovered – and thankfully flew away. Free to recover. Free to fly.


Free to Marvel

As I sit here and watch the robins take turns in the nest, I am eternally grateful to those service men and women who gave their lives that I might enjoy the peace I have today. Peace to sit here and marvel at nature. Free to enjoy the peace, and to FaceTime with my daughters across the continent and across the Atlantic.

De & Laina

Peace to watch Bob head off with a neighbor to fish the Madison today.

I hope he is free to catch a big one, like my friend Susan Phillips did this week… and then free to catch and release so someone else can be free to have the thrill of catching this beauty! Our Madison River has a “Catch & Release” policy because the trout all are natives… no “planting” allowed. It’s a world-class fly-fishing mecca!!

The pristine Madison River in Madison County, Montana

What are you free to do today?
Tell me about it.
And what are you most grateful for?

Bee grateful
You are free…
Free to
Bee silly…
Free to just Bee!

See ya tomorrow.
Have a Meaningful, Peaceful Monday.

Comments on: "Free to Do, Free to Bee…" (24)

  1. Hello my friend I am from Ghana

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  2. What a blessing of a post as always! I feel free each day to just β€œbe”(bee)! Thank you to the men and women who fought and have died serving. Thank you, Jan, for brightening this rainy day! πŸ’šπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ™πŸ»

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  3. […] via Free to Do, Free to Bee… β€” janbeek […]

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  4. Memorial Day carries greater significance this year because of our lengthy weeks and months ahead living under the shadow of Covid. Our duty is to insure the future of a nation carrying on . . . the fallen military personnel sacrificed their future for generations to come.

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  5. Sunny De said:

    I always love chatting with the two favorite ladies in my life! And yes….bless our servicemen and women for their dedication and sacrifice!

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  6. we are so blessed to be surrounded by so many heroes! πŸ™‚

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  7. A great post Jan. Love the baby robbins. Being silly is good medicine. Have a great day!

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  8. Elaina Colby said:

    Wonderful photos of your beautiful bird family! I lived our chat today.

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  9. A fine photo story

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    • Thank you! Today I’m going to try to gey a picture of the babies in the nest up close. Need a ladder. Want to capture that photo before they fly away!

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