Friday, January 28, 2011

If ever there was a time...

If ever there was a time to say "I love you", now is the time.
If ever there was a time to squeeze in an extra hug, now is the time.
If ever there was a time to make peace, now is the time.
If ever there was a time to stop saying "I don't have the time", now is the time.
If ever there was a time to steal another kiss, now is the time.
If ever there was a time to make that phone call, now is the time.
If ever there was a time to follow your heart, now is the time.
If ever there was a time to count your blessings, now is the time.

We do not know when our time or anothers time will end. We have this moment and nothing else is promised. While we are here, we must remember to be true to our hearts and make time for the important things. Make time for the important people. Make time for love.

Many prayers to those suffering this week; especially to some friends who lost their 8 month old daughter, to another friend whose mother is not doing well and to my cousin who continues to battle lung cancer.

Love will never be wasted.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Frog

I adore this story. There is something very powerful in the words we express and the ones we listen to. Just imagine the world we can create around us and for ourselves if we continue uplifting people and if we refuse to listen to the negative comments people tell us.

Go on, spread a little joy and encouragement. It'll feel great!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Loving the journey

18 1/2 weeks here

I am loving this journey of being pregnant.
It is so fun to have a growing belly.
It is really sweet to hear Matt talk to the baby.
I am enjoying eating salads and ice cream.
I love thinking about what the baby will look like and what their personality will be.
I enjoy dreaming about what we will teach baby and what we will learn from baby.

It hasn't all been easy. There has definately been sickness, pain and crazy dreams. But it is so worth the miracle!

So excited for the rest of the journey!

Live. Love. Laugh. Embrace.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Sweet dreams 2010, hello 2011

Dear 2010-

I will never forget you.

It was with you that I spent some glorious, memorable last days with my Grandpa and endured the pain of losing someone dear for the first time. I cherish the 29 years I had with Grandpa but do find myself wishing there were more and wishing I would've listened to more stories and asked more questions.

It was with you that I learned I was pregnant and then shortly after what it was like to lose that dream. I hurt often and kept hope always and 6 months later you blessed me with another pregnancy. I am carrying this blessed baby with me into 2011.

It was with you that I organized a fundraising event for Free Arts Minnesota. The people that were brought into my life to make the event successful will never be forgotten and the ripples that were made, I will never fully see. I truly believe it may only take one person to have an idea but it takes a community to bring it into fruition.

It was with you that I experienced many precious moments during my Tuesdays with Grandma. From her witty comments to her lovely singing. I will forever hold in my heart the sweet moments of my aging grandma.

It was with you that I came to realize how much the support of my husband means during the trials and celebrations of life. I now understand how much he is a part of me and the way he gives to me helps me to be who I am.

To you, I'd like to say sweet dreams. I cannot say goodbye because you will be waking in my mind over and over throughout the years. I will never forget or take for granted all the lessons you taught me my dear 2010.

Hello 2011-

I welcome you with open arms.
I look forward to welcoming my first baby this year in June and what a true blessing that will be!
I want to continue to develop my talents and use them in ways to serve others.
I'd like to expand my fine art photography business.
I want to find new ways to inspire and spread kindness.
I want to be a better listener and communicator.
I want to love more deeply.
I look forward to all the opportunity and love of this new year.