Friday, January 7, 2011

This Moment

{this moment} -  A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

(inspired by Soul Mama)

Wishing you a lovely weekend!

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Thankful Thursday

It's been a while since I have done a Thankful Thursday post.  The rush of the holiday season got the better of me and although I have had so much to be thankful for these past two months, I must have taken the time to enjoy them rather than post about them. =) 

This week I am thankful for:

A New Year ~ The slate is clean.  A fresh 12 months free from bitterness to make new memories one month, one week, one day, one moment at a time.

Comfort Food ~ The chilly days have had me in the kitchen this week, cooking hearty meals to feed and comfort my growing boys bellies.

Old Friends ~ I've read on facebook over the past few days the same message over and over on my friend feed, "It has been said that everlasting friends can go long periods of time without speaking and never question the friendship. These types of friends pick up like they just spoke yesterday, regardless of how long it has been or how faraway they live, and they don't hold grudges. They understand that life is busy...but you will ALWAYS love them..."  A few of these friends have come back in my life over the past few months and I have really enjoyed catching up and look forward to what lies ahead. 

Sisterhood ~ I would be lost, if it wasn't for my sister.  She is my rock, my back bone and the other half to my soul.  This week has been a hard one on her and I am so thankful that I was able to be there for her, for a change.  Granted, I wish she didn't have to endure the pain she faced but I am honored that she turned to me for comfort.

Legos ~ Yes, legos.  I have been enjoying putting those little plastic pieces together this past week.  It has been a t ype of therapy for me.  Simply enjoying the simple task and watching something creative unfold from tiny little pieces.  Who knew kids toys could be so gratifying to an adult.
What are you thankful for this week? What made you smile when you least expected it?

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

right now, I AM...

...creating a little corner of peace, serenity and reflection in my home.  I look forward to adding to it throughout the new year.  Namaste.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

The Short Life of Fred the Snowman

After waiting patiently for the snow to finally stop falling last week, the winds to die down to a slight breeze and the colds to run their courses through the home; the children and I finally ventured on outside to enjoy some of the snow magic.

With perfect snowball making snow, my children were determined to have a snowman they could call their own.  Since my snowman skills are less than impressive, while I went to work on our new friend, the boys enjoyed their time sleigh riding, building forts and throwing snow at one another.

Even with the amount of snow that we received, we decided that a doll-sized friend made out of all items we could find outside would be the perfect companion. The boys collected stones for the eyes and nose, found twigs from our mum bush that we planted last year for the arms; and after much rolling, shaping, breaking and remolding, our new friend was born.

We named our new friend, Fred and we all gathered around to add our own little touches to him.  A little bit of snow here, a twist of an arm there.  He was perfect.  The magic of the season was glowing in my children's eyes.

But with all things, Fred came with a valuable lesson.  Like many things in life, Fred was fragile and needed a gentle touch.  Unfortunately we learned the hard way that without that soft touch, things that we work hard on will and can break.

Although Fred's time with us was short-lived, he brought the boys together, with a lesson in patience, creativity and delicacy filled with compassion, amusement, laughter and pure enjoyment.  Thank you Fred, you will forever live on in our hearts.

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