Blessings in Disguise

 Source: sassyandalwaysclassy.tumblr.com via Stacy of on Pinterest

Beside the gift of time I am finding to be with my children in more and simpler ways , another blessing I am relishing this week is all of YOU! I assure you, your comments on my last post and words of encouragement did not go unnoticed. I am still working on answering each and every one of you, but don’t think for a moment I have not read your words or taken them to heart.

I started this blog with hopes of finding “people like me” and I am happy to say I have done just that. Each time, I open up my normally guarded self … just a little bit, you welcome me with open arms and give me the courage to do it again.

Thank you all for that! XOXO
Always here whenever you guys need me

P.S. - And a great big {{{HUG}}} to you Michelle for helping this pin find me, and for thinking of me when you found it. What a true blessing you are! Folks find more of her awesome pins here and get to know a new friend by checking out her perfectly wonderful blog.

Life in an Instant: A celebration of gratitude

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Baking / Kisses / Crafting / Spending time Together / Creating / Sharing / Lovin’ / Hugging / Passing on traditions & making new ones / Being a family

This year I tried to capture moments I was thankful for, as they were happening. I did it all with my iPhone and the help of a few apps. The result was magical, documenting my gratitude not only helped me to truly enjoy this special time with the ones I love, but looking back on these precious moments fills my heart with so much joy. I am so very grateful for each and every one of the reasons I have to be thankful this year.

Thankful for helping hands in the kitchen,

the very best sweet hugs & kisses.

A Nana who likes to craft,

siblings who love each other,

and teaching them to be thankful too.

Knowing my children have grandparents who want to be a part of their lives,

and to have known a love like this.

Thankful for the happy home I have built with my best friend.

Life is good and I am blessed.

To celebrate this feeling and in hopes of helping it spread throughout the holiday season, I’d like to start a new series we can all participate in – Life in An Instant. A chance for us to share those moments that matter most.

Follow along as I capture Life in an Instant here

Catch these moments as they happen in your Facebook feed

Or leave a collection of your own


If you’d like some help getting started or have questions about which apps to use, I’m happy to help.

Happy Birthday Jesus!!!

Merry Christmas Everyone!! I’ve been enjoying my holiday away from the computer, but I just couldn’t help but share this story of Christmas as told through the eyes of a child. So precious and so necessary to share with our children at this time of year.

Thank you Stephanie, wishing you & yours all the best this holiday season! Wish I could reach out and hug you right now.

My Kind Of Prayer

I stumbled across this inspiring prayer from Illuminata: A Return to Prayer and thought you might find it as … uplifting, relevant, and sublime as I do.

Dear God,
I give this day to You.
May my mind stay centered
on the things of spirit.
May I not be tempted to stray from love
.
As I begin this day, I open to receive You
.
Please enter where You
already abide.
May my mind and heart be pure
and true, and may I not deviate
from the things of goodness
.
May I see the love
and innocence in all mankind, behnd the masks
we all wear and the illusion of this worldly plane.
I surrender to You
my doings this day.
I ask only that they serve You
and the healing of the world.
May I bring Your
love and goodness with me, to give unto others
wherever I go.
Make me the person You
would have me to be.
Direct my footsteps, and show me what You
would have me to do.
Make the world a safer, more beautiful
place.
Bless all Your
creatures.
Heal us all, and use me, dear Lord
, that I might know the joy of being
used by You
.
Amen
.

I hope it helps you, as it has helped me, to fill your days with love, patience, compassion and understanding ~ not only with your children, but with all of whom you come in contact. I’ve been stealing away a few quiet moments for myself each morning to think on this prayer an what it means to me. I’ve had extraordinary results in my home and believe sometimes all it takes to get the day moving in the right direction is a gentle reminder of all that we can achieve if we can just focus and concentrate on the moment we’re in Now.

[Thank you Oprah]

A Moment of Prayer for Easter

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Lord Jesus, purify my heart with your truth and guide me in the way of holiness,
so that I may always do what is pleasing in your sight.

May the peace of your presence abide with me and make each day you give me the most beautiful day of my life.

Amen.

Prayer courtesy of Living Water Community, Photos brought to you by these folks on Flickr:
1. Pittsfield Hot Air Balloon Rally – 2006, 2. look like lollipops, 3. Untitled, 4. Bath Toy Boats, 5. Skogstur med familien Boysen/Knutsen – 30/31, 6. Psyckedelia, 7. Flowers bring colour…, 8. 080620-tb, 9. Summer, 10. An Army of Peeps, 11. Scenery while driving home, 12. Crab-apple- (14)Kal5, 13. 2004-07-02 17-43-44, 14. Candy Floss, 15. Flower Buds, 16. Lemon Berry Smoothie Remix, 17. Bom dia!, 18. Santiago www.viajar24h.com-124, 19. The Crayola Pallet, 20. flikr1514, 21. P2074011, 22. pinkies, 23. Rainbow and trees, 24. more community garden flowers, 25. watercolor

The Pleasure in Today

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A Prayer in Spring

by Robert Frost

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Excerpt from The Station: A Reminder to Cherish the Journey , Robert J. Hastings

“It isn’t the burdens of today that drive men mad. It is the regrets over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are thieves who rob us of today.”

“So stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, climb more mountains, eat more ice cream, go barefoot more often, swim more rivers, watch more sunsets, laugh more, cry less.”

“Life must be lived as we go along.”

What a perfect motivation for Spring 2009, I’ll have no problem keeping up the eating ice cream and going barefoot part of the deal. I’m even looking forward to swimming in more rivers (although mine might be swimming pools) and laughing ALOT more, The part I’ll be working on this season, letting go of dread and regret. How about you? Ready to take a leap of faith and enjoy your life?

A brief moment for reflection and praise in honor of springtime- courtesy of all these wonderful folks on Flickr

1. Happier than happy square, 2. Perfect Gift, 3. Florecitas….., 4. Before the Smile Stealer Attacked, 5. Mrs Potato Head, 6. Rings colour, 7. Soft Pink, 8. EASTER CUPCAKES, 9. AMIGURUMI FROG, 10. mess making, 11. Anak ke dua?, 12. Bleeding Hearts on the vine, 13. Stripey Walk, 14. calendar wintersemester 2007/2008, 15. Untitled, 16. Cake Detail, 17. Flicka in Switzerland, 18. Reading, 19. Untitled, 20. Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine., 21. Colourful Houses, 22. Contrasting Leaves, 23. Tre Monti Cherries 6, 24. Childportrait test, 25. finer gauge Shroom