Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I AM Thankful: Day 7

Me and My Stylist

Yesterday was Day 7 of I AM Thankful.
I am very thankful for the opportunity to set everything aside for a while and spend special un-interrupted time with my precious daughter at her "E-Claire Salon" (aka the living room).
I was treated to a curly hairdo, some of her brand new lip gloss and a rainbow tattoo. Such a fun time! And as she told her Dad..."you've got to see her. Mom's curly hairdo rocks!"

I AM Thankful: Day 6

Monday was Day 6 of I AM Thankful. Been so busy and blessed I didn't get here...

Thankful for the opportunity to open our home and our hearts to our growth group. Shared fellowship, dinner and I got to share some of the baked goodies that I had such fun making on Sunday evening.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I AM Thankful: Day 5

Today I AM Thankful for:
The warmth and coziness of a friend's sleeping baby snuggled into my neck and shoulder during morning worship...
My newly acquired baking skills...
Some silliness & fun with the loves of my life...

I AM Thankful: Day 4

So I got busy and didn't get her to post again yesterday. But I was thankful for:
A trip to the apple orchard with my 2 favorite people...
Another pound of weight loss...
A quiet evening at home...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

I AM Thankful: Day 3

I'm actually posting a day late. I had my thankful items but didn't get here to post yesterday. So...
I AM thankful for a Friday off of work with the time and motivation to get housework done, for a lunch date with my husband, for the new jeans I wore on said date (3 sizes smaller), for all the laughter and fun that my daughter had with her two little playmates...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

An extra for Day 2:

I am thankful for special friends and the opportunity and ability to bless them with little gifts or acts of kindness. (And for the new title that I've claimed in doing so...Say hello to the Capuccino Fairy.)

I AM Thankful: Day 2

Due to a little conflict in scheduling, Emily attended a meeting with me last evening. By the time we got home and unwound bedtime was postponed a bit. So, this morning was not one of the smoother flowing mornings that we've had lately. But...I AM thankful. We were all healthy enough to get out of bed this morning, Emily is able to attend school and get an education, I have a job to rush to in the morning and there was food in the kitchen to pack lunches with. That's more than many have! So I give thanks!

And for a little laugh...I can't help but recall the face Ben made when he heard the geese flying over head this morning. Heading SOUTH!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I AM Thankful: Day 1

*UPDATE: I told my sweet girl what I am doing and she wants to participate. She says she's thankful for her friends and family that love her so much.*

Today I am thankful for an amazing daughter who brightens my day with a "Mornin', Mommy!" and extra long hugs!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Season of Thanks

Happy fall, y'all! As autumn officially began today I have been thinking about all that comes with it. We are anticipating apple picking, the continued growth of our pumpkin (separate post in the near future with all the details on how pumpkin growing came to be at our house), Halloween and eventually Thanksgiving.

I've also been trying very hard lately to focus on the positive and all of the many blessings in my life. So I've decided to challenge myself to come up with at least 1 thing each day now through Thanksgiving that I am thankful for. My hope is that with each falling leaf, my negativity will drift away as well. I want to live intentionally, notice the little things and realize the many gifts in my life.

Tonight I'm going to start with being thankful for family and friends who love me unconditionally... even when I'm having an "EGR" Moment (Extra Grace Required-LOVE that term...thanks Pastor Bill!)

My moments tend to come all too frequently and I so appreciate the love and support of family and am grateful for my dear friends who have made the decision to become part of my life and choose to stand by me. I'm lucky to have such wonderful people in my life to love me even during the rough patches and encourage me to do what I need to do to have less of them. THANKS to all for your love, support, encouragement and inspiration.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Changing of the Seasons

According to the calendar, tomorrow is the change of the seasons...the "official" end of summer and start of autumn. The leaves will soon turn vivid shades of red, orange and yellow and will then begin their graceful flight through the air as they drift to the ground.

Autumn, with it's ability to awaken the senses and bring back fond memories, is my favorite season. The colorful foliage, the rustle of leaves beneath my feet, a slight crispness in the air, apple picking, pumpkin spice candles and so much more...some of my most precious moments in life have occured this time of year.

Nearly 12 years ago, Ben and I were wed on an amazingly beautiful autumn day and spent a lovely week in Vermont...5 years later, we returned to the countryside of Vermont for a long weekend where we enjoyed the scenery, foliage, some covered bridges and the chance to get away from it all. Fast forward another 5 years...we traveled to Puerto Rico where we spent an amazing week with our "personal tour guide" and concluded the trip celebrating our 10th Anniversary exploring Old San Juan with some dear friends and then had a most delicious, romantic and unforgettable dinner for two at a fabulous restaurant in the Old City.

But, this year as autumn draws ever near, I can't help but think about the change of seasons in my life especially as a mother. When the school year began, Emily stated that starting with the very first day, she was going in alone. I was not to walk her to her room, not even on the first day. And this past Friday, she went on a sleepover to a friends house. Bit by bit I am having to let go as my "baby girl" takes steps towards independence. It is bittersweet. I am excited to watch her grow and blossom into the beautiful little lady she is becoming, but I can't help wishing in a way that I could rewind time or at least make time stand still. I think of all the moments spent with a tiny girl requiring, or perhaps just demanding, my undivided attention most every moment of the day (and night!)...and now I am face to face with the reality, that each day that passes brings to her a little more independence and a little less dependence on me. So begins my process of learning to loosen the grip, watch her spread her wings a little and be the safe landing place should she fall along the way.

As I walk beside her on the journey to find herself, I am also finding some of my lost and yet to be discovered dreams for my own life and coming to know how truly blessed I am and have been in each "season" of my life.

To everything there is a season...
Ecclesiastes 3:1

I'm back...

So after a long blogging hiatus, I have decided to come back. I guess at times I felt I had nothing of any importance to say and I'll admit I have become a bit addicted to Facebook. But since I tend to change my status numerous times a day to reflect my thoughts and what's happening, I decided maybe I should start writing here again. So, I'm back!