Tuesday, April 27, 2010

fresh flowers

fresh flowers from a sweet hubby....

from a sweet hubby
makes a girl really happy!

Monday, April 26, 2010

hello!


kitty love

It has been a while since these little faces have been seen around here,
so hello again!

These are just a couple of shots from yesterday afternoon.  The weather
was beautiful, the sunlight was heavenly, the kitties were getting some
serious loving from these two and the littlest one couldn't help
but be her sweet, silly self.





:)


Here's hoping your days have been filled with beauty and fun and sweetness and love.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

balance

balance

i'm looking for it everywhere

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something i'm in constant search of
something i try desperately to hold onto

...

somehow i feel that this could go on forever

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dreams : reality

wants : needs

thoughts : actions

to speak : to remain quiet

stand up : back down

past : present

religious : spiritual
( yes, they are very different things)

like : dislike

acceptance : rejection

peace : chaos

right : wrong

sickness : health

personal time : family time

pleasing others : pleasing myself

being authentic : wearing the mask

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i'm also wondering why it's just so darn hard to balance. why is it hard to be truly and deeply authentic? why is it so hard to know when you should speak up, when you should quietly dismiss? why is it so hard to reconcile wants and needs in today's world? when did the lines become so blurred between thoughts and actions, peace and chaos, religion and true spirituality, dreams and reality? why do i find so much underlying hate and hipocracy in places where it shouldn't be?


balance.


it's a really, really hard thing to find and even harder to hold onto.


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Thursday, April 22, 2010

just a bite

just a bite.
10:52


for self portrait challenge, square theme.


mmm. love me some ghirardelli chocolate!





Thursday, April 15, 2010

stopping along the way

stopping along the way to focus on the little things

...to focus on the little things.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

move.forward.

move.  forward.

9:52


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one step at a time


one day at a time


all in the right direction with forward motion,


who says we can't write a new chapter of life?


a chapter completely different from the first...


one that complements and completes,


one that elevates, one that enlightens,


one that includes every trace of the dreams


we have left to dream...using every piece to build


a life well lived.


Monday, April 12, 2010

moments of bliss - 8:52

7:52

weekend afternoons
in the hammock
listening to dmb
while the kids play


bliss...





Sunday, April 11, 2010

tiny wishes

"Wish for your deepest desires, she said & when I asked if they'd come true, she said they always do, so you might as well get them out in the open while you're still young enough to correct any serious mistakes. "

"Wish for your deepest desires, she said & when I asked if they'd come true, she said they always do, so you might as well get them out in the open while you're still young enough to correct any serious mistakes. "


~Storypeople~




i've just been thinking about how tiny wishes can grow into big dreams and then into incredible realities. the seed to change or to improve or to be what you want to be is always there....waiting....for us to have the courage to nurture it.


7:52

6:52

i can't believe i let myself get 3 weeks behind on my sp project! well....yes, i suppose i can believe it, but still. honestly, things have been totally wacko around here lately and my mind is paying the price, lol! anyway, still have two more to upload to catch up - be back soon!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

"It is easier to believe than to doubt." ~E.D. Martin

"It is easier to believe than to doubt."  ~E.D. Martin

I'm hoping you all had a great Easter weekend filled with lots of the special goodness you love. I've been so crazy-busy here that I've just had no time for anything. Sometimes I have to wonder how I ever kept up with so much for so long....it's really a mystery! I need to catch up on my 52 week self portrait project - actually I have taken two of the three selfies I've missed, but just not prepared them for upload yet. My mind seems to be racing in a million different directions lately and I just can't seem to get a hold on myself. I'm feeling very unproductive and unorganized.

...nature's easter eggs...

As I sit here, typing this out, I have to wonder if the key to it all is balance? I used to make myself participate in my hobbies every day, if only for a few minutes. I'd take time to capture a shot of the kids or something else memorable from the day and I'd jot down my thoughts about it in journal or blog form and I'd make sure to spend time posting the entry. I'd take time for sewing and drawing, and other crafty ventures, too. For the past four to six months I can't say the same. There are many days that go by with me taking absolutely no time for the things I really love to do. I won't pick up my camera except on the days when I have to for something specific, I haven't been spending much time with photo editing, I've done practically no sewing or crafty stuff and very little writing lately.

All this makes me wonder if keeping things in balance, the good and the bad, the work and the play, the have-to's and the hobbies....is that the key to happiness in our everyday lives? Taking care of a house and family and home/un schooling the kids is such a daunting task, but maybe it's true that a little too much work and not enough play is bad for us. Maybe I need to remember to play just a bit more, and not forgetting some of the things that I love so much, the things that somehow manage to keep me feeling sane in such a crazy world.