Chasing the Sun

I’m pretty sure I have a new addiction.  Sunsets and sunrises.  Ok, so not a new addiction, just something I’m realizing I’m more and more fascinated with as I’m getting older.

I’m addicted to wanting to be in their gloriously beautiful presence and taking 5 minute mental vacations with them.  Letting the suns rays take every freak out, fear, anxiety and stress off my mind even if only just for that moment.

I asked my dad one day last fall if the sunsets had always been so beautiful or if he thought it was our current climate & environmental conditions, smog, fires, pollution, etc., suddenly making me notice them.  Had I been missing these all along, or was this a new phenom?

He simply said, “they’ve always been this beautiful, Phanneth, you’ve just been too busy and missing it.”


How’s that for wake up call?!  God and my dad telling me to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n and open my eyes and see the world around me.  Slow down and take the words, “running late” out of my vocabulary.

Picture myself back on the beach in Sihanoukville allowing my muscles to relax and let the wind take my worries and crazy hair up and away!

Let my boys play outside late as the sun sets over their piles of dirt and toys strewn about the yard.

And play with them!  Who cares that it’s bath time?  Who cares how late it really is?  Just stop!

And enjoy the sunshine.  And chase the sun.

Where will your 5 minute mental vacation take you today?  Happy Friday, my Friends!


(these photos were taken with my iPhone on the fly ~ lightly edited)



  1. Hi I am a new follower! I visited your blog from My Favorite Posts Show Off Weekend Blog Party.

  2. Phannath these are beautiful!!! Enjoy the sunrises and the sunsets! It truly is one of God’s beautiful creations :). thank you so much for stopping by the Blog Party! Come see us again next week 🙂

    The Wondering Brain

  3. Phannath ~ beautiful and we should take time to enjoy the beauty of nature. I’m always too busy to notice the little things in life….trying to slow down. Thanks for linking up at the Show Off Blog Party.

    A Dose of Jules

    • Thanks, Jules! And thanks for co-hosting. So glad I found the hop through you page. Hope you enjoyed your latest vacation and time off with your family!

  4. I thoroughly enjoyed this post.. in fact it may have been just what I needed today. Thank you for sharing and thank you for joining the Show Off Blog Party this weekend 🙂

  5. These pics are gorgeous!

    • Thanks, M! Pretty good for iPhone photos, huh? I should start carrying around my big camera more often. I bet I would get some great shots. I’m turning into a camera junkie!

  6. really awesome! we do need to take a breadth sometimes and enjoy the beauty that is around!

    • Thanks, P. Totally, huh?! I have to remind myself to stop and just look around sometimes. Can’t wait for spring and summer to get some really good pics!

  7. Beautiful – both the pictures and the sentiment.

    • Thanks, Amanda! 🙂 I’ve been feeling sappy lately ~ had to share some ‘me’ moments to remind myself to slow down!

  8. How beautiful. It’s a great feeling when you rediscover something that has always been there. It happens to me all the time. Yes, I’m always amazed how great of a camera the iPhone has… again, beautiful photos!

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