Stay Home |Good Morning Stories

I am hoping all is well with you and your families.

stay home

We are facing such a challenging time in our nation as we stay at home during this COVID-19 crisis. It is hard to know what to even write. So I thought I would just share some beauty that we have in this world.

starting my day

For the last few months, I have been starting my day by going outdoors early in the morning and looking for any bit of beauty I could see. I capture it with my phone camera and have been sharing them on Instagram Stories. I call these my Good Morning Stories and you can find them in my IG Highlight bubbles.

close up of pine cone seed

It seems even more appropriate now that I continue to share even the smallest inkling of beauty as a way of bringing joy to my morning and hopefully, to others as well.

early morning

The images are taken usually between 7 and 7:30 in the morning, rain or shine, in whatever temperature it is at that hour. After a quick walk around our yard, I can usually find something to capture.

close up of yellow flower

get close

Often, I take several images of the same thing using different angles and sometimes getting in really close to the object. Doing this has helped me to see beyond the thing I see at first glance.

close up of succulent plant

This particular morning, I saw a fresh crocus just opening up for the day. This flower is only about 4″ tall and the bloom is fairly small. How often do I walk by it without even noticing?

close up of spring crocus

The closer I get the more detail I see and the more beauty I see.

close up of leaves on shrubbery

be patient

Sometimes there is a slight breeze in the mornings and I have to be patient and wait for the breeze to stop for a split second. And I am so glad that I have to stop because it helps me to closely watch the object I am trying to capture.

This little fella is what I saw when the breeze stopped. He was just nestled in for the night and hadn’t quite woken up yet. There was just something peaceful about watching this little bug rest in the leaves of this plant.

close up of bug on shrubbery

look for beauty

My encouragement to you during this challenging and uncertain time is to look closely to see the beauty around you. The news is so full of the negatives going on in this world that we need to see the positives also. Sometimes that means we need to slow down, look around and enjoy the simple things in life.

Hugs to each of you. Sending you all the best :).

follow our journey

Feel free to save any of the images for your phone background. I hope it brings some joy to your day! Find us on Instagram and Facebook where we share a Good Morning Story each weekday!

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  1. Wanda Stewart says:

    Thank you for the beautiful pictures……it is so easy for us to take all of the beauty in the world for granted. As the world battles this invisible enemy we should be grateful to spend quality time with family and enjoy this precious time to reconnect.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      So true Wanda. Sometimes the distractions need to be removed in our lives so we can see those that are precious to us. Thanks for stopping by. I hope all is well with you and your family?

  2. Patti Donophan says:


    Your pictures are beautiful and I think are magazine worthy! You could even enter some of them at the Delaware State Fair, might be fun!

    Your words of inspiration are wonderful, especially now with so much negative news that we hear on the News every minute of every day. It’s so nice to read these inspirational words and see the beautiful pictures of things that we may not be able to see in our everyday world, especially now; they definitely lifted my spirits. Keep sharing these pics on your blog to keep our spirits up and to help us to find beautiful things to appreciate in our little part of the world. Hugs and love to you both!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      We need to keep reminding ourselves that there is still beauty in this world in spite of all that is going on. Keep the faith and hang in there! This too shall pass?Hugs back to both of you as well!!