Archive for October, 2011

October 28, 2011

MY Friday 5

Last week came and went (in a crazy, bulldozing, whiplashing, huh? kind of way… you know, like normal).  I totally missed my post last week and I didn’t think anything of it.  OOPS!  I’m venturing out on my own and writing about the topic that has brought me awesome days and sleepless nights.  This five-year-old has taken me on a ride over the last couple of months.  He is amazing and talented and brilliant, and he has found some very independent wings to fly with, hidden in his cubby at school.  I get sappy and sad to think of how fast he is growing up, (not needing me), and yet I couldn’t be prouder.  I think he is noticing a change in himself as well, because lately every boundary is pushed… every motive questioned…every passion unleashed for every little thing.  In my mind I know that he will not grow all the way up overnight, but many days it feels that way.  I thank God for each moment of five-year-old sunshine I get to bask in, not taking advantage of our time in this season.  I leave the stickers on a while longer… you know, the ones I got for being a good mommy?  LOL  I try to be intentional and listen closer… hug tighter… cherish deeper… see clearer.  I put the phone away and turn off the computer for hours at a time.  I put the chores aside, or ask if we can do them together.  It takes time to be intentional.  Sometimes I mess up with the boy.  Sometimes I miss my weekly writing assignment.  A lot of times the house stays messy.  But my baby needs me and I need time, so that has to be ok.  Is there something or someone that has been fighting for your attention lately?  If something’s got to give, what is that something?  Have a FABULOUS Friday, and remember there is someone on your journey that loves you enough to set life aside… In fact, He GAVE his life.  Isn’t that awesome? xxoxoxoxo

October 14, 2011

The Friday Five- …is AMAZING

Here's a pic of someone who happens to find every little thing amazing:)

Experiencing a tropical storm in Hawaii is pretty amazing.  The way it leaves as fast as it came, the way the palm trees can bend and sway and not snap like they seem like they should, the way I kept waiting to feel cold, but never did… Totally amazing.

Finding a toddler in a three-foot square puddle of syrup, while he tries desperately to get it off his hands by rubbing it in his hair… now that’s amazing.  Several hours later and still finding sticky spots on the floor, not so amazing! LOL

Hearing from officials and dignitaries from around the globe how they are investing their lives to make a dent in the issue of systemic poverty is inspiring… and amazing!

Being told that you have a family member you never knew existed is amazing enough… realizing that you have an instant, immense, possessive love for that person you have never met and only just found out about is TRULY AMAZING.

And finally… simply put, but DEEPLY felt- My parents are amazing.

Enjoy your weekend, spread the love, and think about those things in your life that amaze and inspire you… it really puts everything else in perspective!

October 1, 2011

The Friday Five- If you could, you would live…

I love where I am at, with my family in a little, biggish city with great schools and new homes.  I love how easy and leisurely paced Roseville CAN BE if you don’t get caught up in everything there is to do here.  Like the Bay Area, this has been the birthplace of many things in O and I’s life together, and for that it will always hold a special place in my heart.  That being said, I am always dreaming of new adventures.  Being a dreamer and a homebody resistant to change is conflicting!! For that reason, at the top of my list of places I would live if I could, would be:

1) On a ranch, near a beach, with a huge home (or two regular homes) so my MOM and DAD could live with us! Lol yep, Dad and I dream of this ranch all the time.  We could have chickens, goats, dogs and coastal fog.  I can’t think of a place that would be better!

2) Some small town in the Pacific NW… Washington, Oregon… I love your little towns, islands, flowers, people… sales tax.  To do this I would need frequent flyer miles to some HOT tropical destination.

3) If it isn’t the NW, it would be the SW:) Sunny San Diego and I have been flirting since the first time we met.

4) Have you ever walked down a cute downtown and seen the apartments above the stores? I would love to live there.  Picture Santana Row… picture “An American in Paris.”  I could people watch to my hearts content.  I could be walking distance to a little cafe.  I could do this if I needn’t heft a 35 pounder up and down stairs:)

5) Finally, as long as it were an upbeat town with little crime and no carnies, I could live in a lake house.  I would love huge exposed beams and a kitchen looking out over God’s country.  I would have a dock my boys could fish off of.  I would have a pontoon boat to take my family and friends out on.  But lake houses are the setting of many a horror flick.  No thank you.  Maybe just a ranch with my daddy and a pond the boys could fish in.  Maybe just anywhere my family is, is dreamy enough.  Have a wonderful weekend!!!