Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Mud Love 2016

It makes...

no sense for me to wake 3 hours early

feeling

this excited
this anxious
this nervous

except for the fact that it's International Mud Day!

Hair wrapped and ready to go...

Official International Mud Day 2011 Logo


And we've planned for weeks in anticipation of the fun
we hope our kids will experience today...

Mud Painting


Mud Pools

Mud Pies



and last week as we

planned
purchased
prepared

for this day

I realized the reason we get excited about this
is because it gives us adults a chance

(if only for one day)

to return

back to our childhood
back to our origin
back to the dirt

from which we were formed...

How will you celebrate International Mud Day?

Monday, June 27, 2016

Twelve Candles

We've celebrated


and so this year for 12 candles
we decided to keep it sweet and simple...

just like our girl!


Happy 12th Birthday


Moriah Denise

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Remembering 2008 with... Sailing

This is one of those rare songs

in which I love the cover
more than the original

And the first time I heard this version
was while riding along in the car with my hubby

music up
windows down

kid free and
care free

(for the weekend, anyway)

and even though

I can't remember

where we were headed or
how long it took us to make it there

I do know

we made it there

And now I can't hear this song without remembering...

how sweetly he sang along
as we cruised along

together
simply sailing


(Sharing 40 years of music... click here to go back to the beginning)
______________________________________


"Sailing"
Avant



(Click to remember)
2009

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Remembering 2007 with... Hate On Me

(Sharing 40 years of music... click here to go back to the beginning)


"Hate On Me"
Jill Scott



(Click to remember)
2008

Friday, June 17, 2016

Graduation Lesson...Stand Together and Stand Apart

It's that time of year...

awards have been given
yearbooks signed
tassels switched from right to left

while birds sing to remind us of the season

And as I...

listen to them
look up
learn

I want to share with you
I want to tell you
I hope you know

that although we stand together we each...

stand out
stand apart


because we are each uniquely

purposed
gifted
chosen

So my prayer for you as you head into the next phase of your journey is that you...

"Find what you love and do it!"
(remembering that it is okay for you to)



stand together while you also stand apart

How to Win... and Never Lose

I have a picture with

my son...
playing in a basketball game

my daughter...
cheering in the game

my hubby...
recording the game


and perhaps what I love most is that

I was able to capture this moment
with the three of them

showing how we each

operate
function
work together

(and separately)

showing how that although we are

a unit
a team
a unified force

we function independently
each with varying roles

because...

sometimes we're in the game
sometimes we coach the game

and sometimes we stand along side and simply cheer

But life has a way of...

distracting us
pulling us aside
drawing us out of character

(and forcing Game 7)

so we must each remember

who we are
whose we are

and our purpose
in the game

because it is then and only then when we will win...
and never lose

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Remembering 2006 with... Upside Down

In 2006...

I was running a home-based child care business 
while raising two kids

(ages 2 and 4)

and those days were filled with 

crazy
beautiful
amazing
upside-down

fun





And then I blinked...

and opened my eyes to realize that 10 years and five minutes had passed

and I'm not exactly sure

how...
or why...

we are so blessed
to be yet enjoying our

crazy
beautiful
amazing
joy-filled

lives

But we are

and I am so

happy
thankful
grateful

to realize that

all I want is still right here

(Sharing 40 years of music... click here to go back to the beginning)
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"Upside Down"
by Jack Johnson



(Click to remember)
2007

Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Same Black Dress (A Three Year Journey)

This began as a simple challenge...
(to wear the same dress for an entire week)


And finally, after

three years

in this same black dress


today it ends
as I walk out

in my same black dress


(for the final time)

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Remembering 2005 with... Pure Gold

(Sharing 40 years of music... click here to return to the beginning)

"Pure Gold"
Earth, Wind, and Fire




(Click to remember)
2006