Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The kind of love that fills your whole body with tingles. When you can't stop smiling and you don't even know why.
The last few days I've been filled with a kind of joy that is surprising. I think entering the Christmas season definitely has something to do with it but it's not all.
It also has to do with taking chances. Taking chances on people. Opening yourself and your heart to strangers and seeing them surprise you by returning your kindness. Seeing the good in people and the power of kindness.
I'm glad that I'm still able to do that. Even with my cynicism and sometimes jaded attitude about the world, once in a while I let my guard down and am surprised by the goodness of people and the world.
I send you a big smile and hug!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
No movement from the four-year-old on the couch.
"Come to the table now!"
"OK, I'm going to count to three - one, two..."
He comes running to his chair. Thank goodness the one-two-three thing still works. The punishment if I get to three is sitting on the stairs for four minutes. Not that painful but he still hates it and will generally comply with my demands if he things I'm serious about the "stairs."
So he's finally at the table for dinner. But he's not happy about it.
"I'm not hungry!" He declares.
"That's fine, you don't have to eat but you will have to stay at the table while mommy, daddy and B (baby brother) are finished eating!" I say authoritatively.
He starts to eat.
I'm smiling inside. I'm so proud of myself for sticking to my guns and making sure he follows the dinner rules. Then suddenly he says to himself.
"Grown ups are so boring!"
Now I'm laughing OUT LOUD.
If he thinks we're boring at four years old, what is he going to think of us when he's a teenager?
Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
There is a beautiful place in the blogesphere filled with women that started a blog for the sole purpose of speaking to their children. To children that are years away from being able to read let alone understand the words that their mom is expressing on a regular basis on the world wide web. Some of these women started their blogs while pregnant so that they could share with their unborn child how their child’s life began in their mother’s womb. Many of these blogs are only read by a few family members and friends but they are some of the loveliest words you will ever read. They are heartwarming, honest, sad, strong and beautiful.
These children will have recorded thoughts and memories from their mother waiting for them when they are ready to read them.
The different between these blogs and traditional journals is that they are shared and living accounts. Family and friends can be part of the mother’s journey. They can comment on daily ups and downs and contribute to the story that will be left for the child when they are old enough to read and understand what was left for them.
These children will have something that many of us wish we had, our mother’s voice from long ago. How did she feel? What did she go through? What decisions did she make that she’s happy with now or regrets? The she from long ago is not able to answer most of these questions now. Time erases many of the details of our memories. That’s why these journal blogs are so valuable for the ones you leave behind.
No one thinks that they will be leaving this earth before they’ve had the time to pass along to their children all the life lessons they want to pass along to them but life happens and sometimes that includes death. The women that take the time to do these blogs leave something invaluable for their family, especially their children; their story.