Monday, March 31, 2008

what is my why?

I am making a pizza. The kids are in bed, Daniel went to bed too, feeling feverish. So I am alone in the quiet of my kitchen finishing up the pizza I started, thinking about various conversations I had today. One of my friends, my dear friend, who I love very much, was sort of spazzing out today about an interest she's pursuing. It seemed to me like a source of stress for her. I thought how helpful it would be for her to be more centered, you know, to know what is the main thing her life and what are the details. And that led me to this question - what is the main thing in my life? And I wondered if I could answer my own question.
It's funny because the answer came in moments - yes! Yes, I do know what the main thing in my life is. I do know why I'm here and what I'm doing right now. I'm raising my children. That is what I'm doing. I'm raising leaders for their generation, I'm raising four amazing people who (all too soon) will become adults and (by the grace of God) will make this world a better place. I'm raising children who will one day contribute in unique and positive ways to the society in which we live. That seems like a really great job to me. Very big. Big enough for me, anyway. Big enough to fill my life, big enough to make the details seem really small.
That was a really encouraging thought for me, it sort of puts my life in perspective a bit. Hope it helps you too.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

violets on Easter

On Easter Sunday we went to my mother in-law's place for easter. Her front lawn was a bit of a mess but jam-packed with various spring weeds, amongst them, much to my delight, were several patches of wild violets. I spent awhile in them laying in the yard photographing them and just enjoying their beauty.



my favorite flower

Saturday, March 22, 2008

life

Mary

Recently I just haven't felt like blogging much. I've been pretty busy with the girls and our new dog I've been taking a few photographs but mostly just simple stuff - trying to capture the growth of my children.
But aside from a general lack of sleep I've been feeling great! I've been keeping up with the green smoothie challenge and have had a smoothie every day with fresh fruits (or/and vegetables). Some days I add yogurt, which is perfectly delish!
I've also started doing yoga practice at home. I got a book out of the Library called "Simple Yoga" and I've been doing the routine at home. I usually do it right before lunch. It helps me relieve stress, and I can say that it is truly the one of best parts of my day. I stand there in mountain pose and think "I love this! I love this!" I especially love triangle pose and warrior pose and really hate downward dog but I keep doing them, and I feel so much better about my body. I feel like I generally make better choices about what I eat (though I still have ice cream at night!!). Really, I highly recommend it. Yoga is, as a whole, a spiritual philosophy and not a religion. And while I disagree with a lot of the essence of yoga, I find that the practice of the poses and the moments of "meditation" do help me. As I go through the routine of poses, sometimes I think about very specific things but usually I concentrate or releasing stress physically and emotionally. It's been very helpful for me.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

our new dog Mary


Last Saturday we adopted a new dog! Her name is Mary and she is a Boxer/German Shepherd mix.
We still have our other dog Daisy, the Labrador. She was very timid and submissive towards Mary at first. Today is ther first day that Daisy hasn't cowered on her pillow. Mary has been very gentle and hasn't hurt Daisy at all just growled a little.
Mary has been a really great dog so far. She is perfect with the kids, she hasn't made any accidents in the house, even though she used to be an outdoor pet. She's done excellently on a leash (Daisy - not so much). She still needs training, for sure. The difference in acceptable behavior in an outdoor pet vs. and indoor pet is pretty big. So we're still teaching her things like not to beg or get into trash.
I think we must have totally lost our minds to have adopted another big dog. since she's come it feels like our house has shrunk about three feet! But it's so great to have her!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

six months old

My little man six months old
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my little fairy princesses

My girl's Grammy took them out on Sunday & bought them each a fairy princess outfit. They've got the fancy skirt, fairy wings, tiara and fairy wand complete with an "I'm casting a spell" noise. Needless to say they've enjoyed them a lot and Beth has worn hers ever since Sunday. We went on a family walk and brought the camera. I was holding the baby so it was pretty tough to get any good photos!
Here's one that I like fairly well. It reminds me of how quickly little girls grow up and walk away from fairy-tale costumes and into their own grown-up lives.

a shot of Emma

Hello! I'm still alive here! Sorry to be so scarce recently - such is life.
I found such a cool blog today. She's a photographer just starting out with her business and I just LOVE her style & composition.
I messed around with some photos and filters. Daniel loaded his photo editing software onto my computer and it's really fun/difficult to use. So for tonight I'll simply leave you with this:

Thursday, March 13, 2008

things that made my day better

I guess this is a spin off of Amy's "Thankful Thursday" but I thought I'd just list a few things that made my day:


  • sunshine and a warm breeze through my kitchen window
  • listening to Kaki King's MySpace music
  • finding the soundtrack to August Rush
  • catching up on some blogs I haven't checked in awhile and seeing how much my internet-friends children/bellies are growing!
  • discovering this blog!
  • dancing to "Barlow Girl" with K-A
Things that nearly made me cry:
  • finding my girls had stolen fruit snacks - again
  • laying down for a nap just to hear Katie-Abigail getting up
  • folding laundry for an entire movie and still not being done
But this totally made my day: Katie-Abigail went potty for the very first time tonight!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

my littles

This morning my two year old came up to me as I was loading some of the girls clothes into the washing machine "I hep me eew" (translation "I'll 'help me' you").

Last night I walked into her room for the tenth time (it was the first night since Daylight Savings Time began that I've had to put the kiddos down. They were up for at least another hour after I'd put them to bed!) and she said "holdju me?" (translation "hold you? me.") I said "No baby, I've got to wash dishes and neaten up the Living Room." Then it hit me how stupid that sounded and I picked her up and help her. She nestled down into my arms, snuggled her face into her blanket and relaxed. I only stood there with her in my arms for a minute, but it was so special.

One night this weekend my husband and I were talking about how old we'll be when we are empty nesters. Daniel estimates I'll be about 45. If I live to be any older than 80 then raising my children will have only taken up about one quarter of my life.

Just a thought.

our squirrel

Friday, March 7, 2008

bathtime candles


I'm discovering that sometimes the best answer for life's more difficult moments is simly to take a bath by candlelight and go to bed.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

misc links

Secret Garden Studios - X-ray photography of flowers
an amazing self-portrait it reminds me of one of those Jane Austen novel movies
the best mama & baby portait I've ever seen!
and a whimsical painting that inspires me immensely! I totally want to copy-cat this one day.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

nature photo from Red Top Mountain Park


I took this picture on Sunday. We took a trip just a couple exits up to Red Top Mountain Park. It was wonderful to have that time as a family after Daniel's long week at work.


Saturday, March 1, 2008

healthy thoughts

I was thinking today that there is a flip side to what I wrote yesterday. It's important for me to take care of my body and to adopt more healthful habits of eating and exercising but it's also important to take care of my mind and adopt healthy habits of thinking too! In the book I'm reading her mantra was "I will not think unhealthy thoughts" or something link that and I've started thinking the same thing when I'm tempted to start brooding. So just like I want to reject the habit of eating junk-food so I also want to reject the habit of thinking junk-thoughts!

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