Lisa Leonard Designs

seven pretty things

October 25th | blog friends, david, family, finding beauty


today we head down to LA with david to see the nurse practioner and {hopefully!} get cleared for surgery. then if all goes well, david heads into surgery at 7am tomorrow!


my stress level is pretty high, my emotions are all over the place.

i’m sad to leave matthias (but so glad he’s with grandma!)

i’m worried about david–but so anxious to put the surgery behind us.


so i’m looking at pretty things and taking lots of deep breaths!




1. pretty bottles from ruby rose.




2. gorgeous day in morro bay.

i could hardly catch my breath, it was so magical.




3. a little butterfly who landed

while i was sipping coffee with my sweet friend jen.




4. words.

aren’t the lovely?

words like, happy, climb, flower, always.

what other words make you smile?




5. mmmm, pinecones.

can’t you smell the pine trees? i want a mountain getaway.




6. glass knobs.

the weight, the way they reflect light. so pretty.




7. little black bird in flight.

so pretty.

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i’ll be updating my twitter account.

thank you for journeying with us!!


i keep looking at these images-they help calm me.

what pretty things are making you smile today?

66 Responses

  1. Denise C. says:

    The glass knobs remind me of my Grandma’s house. She has them throughout it. They are always so pretty, & sparkly when the light hits them. Other pretty things, my 4 year old son telling me I am beautiful, even when I come in from running. :) My daughter’s smile.

    Best of luck to you, & David tomorrow. :)

  2. Noelle White says:

    Your precious family is in my thoughts and prayers Lisa.

  3. Ev says:

    Thinking of you guys. And will be praying for the surgery and recovery to be as smooth as possible.

  4. Linda says:

    Thinking of you and praying that all will go well, I know it will. Let others help you, be able to get out and catch your breath, and cry if you need to. It all will help you out. You have a tuff ride ahead of you. Big hugs to you and your beautiful family.

  5. Alli says:

    Lisa, there are hundreds of prayers and hugs going your way in your family’s behalf ! Know that the world loves you and that you are strong and can do this! Love ya!

  6. Stephanie says:

    Your family is in my prayers.

  7. Praying for David – and for you!! LOVE YOU!

  8. betsy says:

    thinking about the day i shared with my nearly 21 year old daughter and my 10 year old son.
    we walked around a lake and took in the fall colors and smells, we shared our lives and talked about first loves, skipped rocks into the lake and made a video for a college project. then found a remote BBQ stand and had a delicious dinner.
    hugs to your family lisa

  9. sarita says:

    first – prayers for you to have strength and peace during this time. all will go i’m smiling because a friend was SURPRISED(boy was she ever) by a grandson she last saw at his mothers funeral…it is something that will be in her heart forever. my sons surprised me like that a few years ago – and just the thought of that surprise makes my heart fill up. It was a wonderful day for her, and she deserves it.
    Stay strong lisa.

  10. Daniela B. says:

    Working as a teacher for special needs children made my happy today..and also baking a gorgeous cake for my husband :-)

  11. Kristi F says:

    My nephew sent me a video on my phone of my great-niece taking her first steps!

    Your family is in my prayers.

  12. Joanie says:

    Lisa, wow. Glad the time is here, but I know it is hard. And that is only from having my dad go through it – not my baby, so I will be praying for you all and the doctors and staff. Take care of you. Please let me know if I can help. Hugs and love to sweet David.

  13. Whitney says:

    I will be so happy for you and your family once this is over. I have a good feeling that everything will go okay for your family. You deserve it. Prayers still coming your way . . . Good luck!

  14. connally says:

    i’ll be praying that everything goes smoothly-both your little boys are so brave! ♥
    thank you for the lovely comment on my blog. it literally made my week!!

    i always blog about seven things that make mondays tolerable for me. i’m only on the third week but already looking forward to mondays. here’s the link:

  15. Barb says:

    Pikes Peak. There’s a little snow on it now. It always looks different depending on how the light hits it. I will never get tired of seeing the mountains.

    We’ll be praying for David and your whole family.

  16. Suzanne says:

    I’ll say a prayer for you and your family. I hope all goes well and that you’ll be strengthed by the love and support of those around you (physically and virtually).

    I smile because I have two wonderful kids who give me so much love in such fun and personal ways. We really know each other and that is such a gift.

  17. Kelly H-Y says:

    Your tummy must just be filled with butterflies. Rest assured that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Good luck with everything! And, beautiful images … as always!

  18. blogofjoan says:

    prayers coming your way from nashville. thank you for inspiring us each day.

  19. the view from my patio at all the trees. A gray squirrel that just ran across the fence. the woodpecker eating from the bird seed bell.

    i will say a prayer for David and your family.

  20. Cait says:

    Extra happy thoughts coming from the docs and nurses of the ER where I volunteer. We’re thinking about you, praying for you, and rooting for you David!!

  21. Claudine says:

    I will be taking deep breathes fro you!
    Prayers and blessings and all good lovely things!

  22. tiffany day says:

    making me happy today — waking up early because of the rain AND making time to make choc. chip waffles for my kids before school – such a fun treat!! And time for a second cup of coffee!!

    definately keeping you guys in my thoughts and prayers – Lord may everything for David go according to your plan!

    big HUG to you!

  23. Serah says:

    Praying for you guys!

  24. Kelly says:

    Lisa, Just wanted you to know that I prayed for you, David and the rest of your family today. I also prayed for the doctors and nurses that will be taking care of David. I prayed for wisdom and discernment and a good night of sleep for them so that they will do their very best for David tomorrow. I have prayed for God to give you peace. What a relief this will be for your family when David has recovered and feeling better than ever!

  25. I remember how I felt when my husband had surgery, and I’m praying for you throughout! Keep us posted if you don’t mind.

  26. valerie says:

    i love to handwrite the word “always”

  27. Pam says:

    Thinking and praying for all of you. I pray you find the strength to guide your family through this stressful time.

    Our time will come shortly when our granddaugter willgo through part 2 of her heart repair surgery. Never easy but place your faith in God, that he will guide you during this small bump in the road of life. I am praying for David.

  28. Brittany says:

    I just love your photography!

    Praying for you and your son…

  29. Jennifer says:

    I’ll be praying for him and your family!

  30. Amy says:

    Beautiful photos! I hope all goes well with surgery tomorrow!

  31. Maleny says:

    I will be praying for your family and David!!!

  32. Kim T. says:

    Prayers for you that all goes better than planned and for a full and speedy recovery.!

  33. Nancy says:

    My thoughts are with you and your family. Keep thinking of the beautiful times and places that you have been together and perhaps there is a special adventure that you can plan and look forward to once David is all better.

    The glass knobs remind me of the ones that my grandparents had in their house, although theirs were huge cut glass ones. When I was little I couldn’t fit my hands around them. When the sun was at just the right place in the sky, it would create rainbow prisms that would magically appear around the living room and then just as magically, disappear for another day. They are tucked away in a box somewhere, but I should get them out and find a new home for them. Just thinking of them has reminded me of lazy afternoons at Grandma’s house, the smells, the way the sofa felt, the little shelf of colouring books under the coffee table. Ahh, memories.

  34. Rita Lourenço says:

    Lisa, I wish you and your family all the best. Sometimes, in my dayly rotine, I stop what i’m doing and thing of you and how are you handling whit all this feelings. Be strong because after David’s surgery and the fast recovery you will be running after him at the playgrounds. So sorry for my bad english. I’m portuguese and I don’t practice english writting as often as i should. Best love and whishes.

  35. lots of prayers, good thoughts and butterfly wings are sent your way for little david’s surgery and your peace and comfort throughout….thinking of you and your family..

  36. Marina says:

    You’re an insperation. so positive and always seeing the beauty in everything no mattter what. Blessing to you and your family, will be praying for little David. Hugs!

  37. Mary says:

    Things that make me smile today is my 3 1/2 month grandson looking back at me and smiles as I’m holding him right now reading your blog. Lisa my heart and prayers are with each and everyone of you. Your jewelry is lovely. I bought my daughter-in-law one when the baby was born and she loves it and get many complements on it. getting ready to place an order for gifts, XOXO to all.

  38. kelly says:

    Love the glass door knobs! Hugs to you and your family.

  39. Mary A. says:

    Praying for you and David and the family!!!

  40. Caroline says:

    Praying for David and for you all – for every moment before, during and after the op. May the Surgeon’s hands be as God’s hands for David tomorrow.

  41. Connie says:

    My thoughts go out to all of you!

  42. Sue says:

    I’ll be praying for a positive outcome!

  43. Lots of positive thoughts and prayers your way . . .

  44. Michele says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with David and your family.

  45. Praying for you and David and surgeons and traffic and everything. Thank you for keeping us updated on twitter. We truly love you.

  46. Philippa says:

    Hi sweetie, sending you strength and courage from across the world. I’ll be thinking of you both and your sweet David. Remember too, it’s okay to cry – we need it, it helps cleanse away our stresses and strains. Big hugs with love. Pretty things today – shirley poppies in full flower, birds singing, my pussycat. Had a REALLY hard day yesterday with lots of tears because of an inconsiderate neighbour using nasty chemicals on our sloped boundary (there’s a pond at the bottom of the slope where our ducks swim and drink) so trying to be gentle with myself. My hubby has to have a glucose fasting test for 3 hours on Thursday (we just found out 10mins ago). I so so so want to have some positive time for myself right now – I’m struggling with things… More hugs.. and smiles…

  47. Kelli says:

    My 2 pretty little girls! And my “pretty” skinny jeans…finally!…with a dress on top, just like you!

    Hoping all goes well for you and your little man today, Lisa!

  48. cheryl says:

    Wishing your little one a full recovery from surgery!

  49. melissa says:

    praying for all of you!

  50. KaraM says:

    Lisa, I’m praying for you, David, and your whole family! I pray that God will give the doctors special insight and wisdom into exactly what David needs!

  51. shannon stinson says:

    praying for david, his doctors and nurses that will care for him….and for you and your husband. pray that a peace that passes all understanding will wash over you! i was listening to steven curtis chapman’s cd today…..and i focused on “God is in control”….and He is! praise Him! He will be with each of you as you press on in this journey! praying, praying, praying!

  52. Margie Brown says:

    My thoughts and prayers will be with you as he goes into surgery tommorow! My family, a clean house and dinner on the table make me smile!

  53. Heather N says:

    Pretty thing: My 4 year old daughter looking up at me with her big, brown eyes and saying that she loves me and that I am the best. I am thinking about and praying for you and your son.

  54. Lauren says:

    Praying for you all today and everyday!

  55. April says:

    hope everything goes well!

    We have those glass knobs all over our house!

  56. melissa says:

    the fall leaves so bright and beautiful.
    my two sweet darlings’ smiles…i cannot get enough of them.
    my amazing husbands face…brings a calm over this high-strung gal.
    blogs of women that are using their talents to bless others.

  57. Christy says:

    May you feel Gods presence and peace tomorrow

  58. Daniele says:

    Thoughts and prayers and with David and your family! I hope that all goes well and wish him a speedy recovery!

  59. sarita says:

    Keeping David & your family in my prayers this week ! May God carry you through tomorrow with a gentle touch only he can give … be blessed ….

  60. Looking at pretty things is certainly a nice way to calm a person. Thankfully our world is full of pretty things. Praying for you and yours……..

  61. Grenda says:

    You and David will be in my thoughts all day.

  62. Cheryl says:

    You make me smile: your words and pictures. I’ll be praying for you today and tomorrow…. good luck.

  63. Tetcy says:

    Keeping you in my prayers! Blessings today, and hang in there!

  64. Hi Lisa – you mentioned wanting a mountain get-away…I have the mountain and the get-away {cute cabins}…If you ever get to Washington, I would love to have you and your family as guests. Your boys would LOVE it here. It would be my treat! 😉 *Elaine

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