Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Quite a few years ago I had written something down about how to practice unity and I kept it in my planner and looked at it from time to time. It went like this:

Use the phrase "just like me" to signify your unity with others. Whenever you find yourself making an assessment of another person, whether you are saying something critical or something complimentary, right after you think or say it, add the statement "just like me."

Unity refers to living in harmony with other people. It means working for a common cause with those around the globe who know that when one person gains, all gain, and when one fails, all fail. We are crafting unity when we build communities. Unity enhances harmony and solidarity. Unity balances/counters loneliness and individuality.

I knew that when I had written down the practice there were other spiritual practices on the site that I got it from. I could not remember the site, so the other day I googled "to practice unity" and voila the site! If you are interested in more spiritual practices go to Spirituality and Practice. On the right hand side you will see a whole list. This is where I got the information for this post.

I just really love this site. It is spiritual but not geared toward one religion. As my spiritual journey continues to unfold, I feel that religion (Catholic) has given me a great foundation for connecting and yet is not the only truth.

Feel free to share your thoughts!

Live. Love. Laugh. Embrace.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Make something, make mistakes

How true it is! I often sit down to write or draw and find myself not wanting to start because I get afraid that the picture will be ugly or I will spell something wrong.

What if someone sees this?

I can tell you that when I do allow myself to just go with the flow and let my hand do the work without my thinking getting in the way, something magical happens.

I feel in tune. I feel creative. I feel a spiritual connection. I feel like me.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

....a year later!

It was a year ago that we suffered the loss of a baby with an early miscarriage.
A year ago, my husband held me tight as we cried and felt our dream slip away and
wondered what the future would hold.
Now, my husband holds me as we feel our baby move inside me. We hold
eachother and talk about the baby's arrival and dream of all the days that
will follow.
We feel truly blessed for this journey and all that God has provided us.
I am 28 weeks pregnant...the start of the last trimester!!

Yesterday, Matt and I went to my ultrasound appointment and the tech
surprised us by doing a 3d ultrasound. So, so amazing. Look at our
little june bugs lips, cheeks...nose. Awww...we are in love!!
P.S. I will have to get some pics of Matt and I together with my baby bump real soon!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Promise yourself...

Christian D. Larson believed that people have tremendous latent powers, which could be harnessed for success with the proper attitude. Here is one of his works which was originally in his book "Your forces and how to use them." This writing is the optimist creed.

I just love this and wanted to share.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Quote cards

I have always had a thing with words. I am attracted to them. The way they are spoken and arranged. The way that someones words can stick with me for years just the way they said it. I love famous words and uplifting quotes. I have written down and bookmarked quote after quote. Sometimes I search for just the right one. Yes, a little obsessed!

So, I thought I'd share some quote cards with you. I keep these in my purse. Sometimes I pick a random one to read. Sometimes I leave one behind for someone to find.
Print them out, keep them for yourself or spread them around. I print mine on bright white cardstock. http://visualessence.zenfolio.com/kindcards2.pdf
If you want to share them, please link back to this post and not directly to the PDF.
Live. Love. Laugh. Embrace.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

This body...

25 weeks here, 26 1/2 weeks nowThis body isn't mine anymore.
It has been taken over for a greater purpose.
A purpose that I have dreamt about my whole life.
Baby, every time I feel you move, I think about what you are up to in there.
I think about the way you will wiggle and giggle when you arrive.
I think about how much hair you have and whether you have my curved pinkies.
I wonder if you are going to have your daddy's beautiful eyes and his generous spirit.
I wonder if you'll think we are goofy or geeky.
I wonder if you'll ever realize how much we loved you before we even met you.
I gladly share my body with you and hope you stay comfortable because
we got a little ways to go.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Interest Pinterest

Well, I recently joined http://pinterest.com/ and let me tell you it is pretty addicting. So many neat, inspiring things all in one place!

I just wanted to share a few things that I've pinned.

I just love this quote and the way it is artistically expressed here.

Source: etsy.com via Krista on Pinterest

This little play grocery store brings back memories of childhood and how wonderful it was to be lost in imagination for hours!

Source: google.com via Krista on Pinterest

And this tree, with it's long shadow and gnarly branches....just beautiful!

So, I am having fun!!

Live. Love. Laugh. Embrace.