Bubble Gum Bubble

{Photo 317/365}  I picked him up after a long day at our office.  We had the Keeping it Personal: Shop for a Cause Open House today.  It was fun…it was successful…but I was ready to go home, have dinner, and spend time with my 3 favorite people.  We were in the car drive when he says mumbling, “MMMMoommm,  llllloooookkkk! Llllloooooookkk!”  I came to a stop light and this is what I saw — a HUGE bubble gum bubble.  It was a good bubble, because it lasted long enough for me to whip out my camera and snap this.  He was SO excited…he just recently over the past few months has mastered blowing bubbles with bubble gum — such a proud little nugget.  I can remember these moments when I was a little girl, it’s the little things that are exciting.  I like that.

Overcoming the Nevers

{Photo 286/365}  My alarm went off at 3:30 this morning; my flight departed at 6:30 — Charleston, SC bound to attend my publisher’s annual Author’s Marketing Summit.  My plan today was to get some rest once I arrived.  Massage.  Pedicure.  Shopping on King Street.  Then, a quick bite to eat before I headed to bed, early.  While I was eating alone at the hotel restaurant, I got a text message from Brooke, the Senior Editor, Publicity Manager — she was insistent about seeing me.  My text response was, “I’m a crusty mess been up since 3:30am got a massage {my hair is greasy} and I haven’t eaten yet today…”  This didn’t prevent her from stopping by.  After I gave her a BIG hug, since I hadn’t seen her in one year, she smiled and graciously pulled my book out of her bag and handed it to me.  I had NO idea I was going to get this today – truly.  In fact, the publication date was estimated to be the 15th — I was thinking I would see it next week on my door step.  But no, here it is…I’m holding it in my hands…this project, my heart, my soul has poured into.  I was speechless, still am.  Excited.  Emotional.  Happy.  Nervous.  Here I sit now, in my hotel room, just me and the book.  Reflecting.  Praying.  Joy in my heart.  Grateful for the journey.  Looking forward to what lies ahead.  {now I can start filling the “pre-orders” –> download the introduction, watch the trailer video, order the book here}

A Season Over

{Photo 279/365}  My sweet friend had GREAT reason to celebrate tonight…a season over.  A long journey came to an end…a new one begins.  We learn, we grow.  We are stretched, we are challenged.  We refine, we become.  I am so grateful for the people in my life — wisdom, confidence, strength.

Almost Undefeated

{Photo 274/365}  The season went by fast — we had so much fun.  This was his first year playing, tackle,  he loved it!  He’s already looking forward to next year.  The coaches were great with the boys, we were truly blessed to be a part of this team.  Today was their last game.  They were 9 and 0 — the team to beat — and today, that happened, we lost.  They played hard, and the other team did too.  I walked up to Zane after the game and he said with a big smile on his face, “Mom, we FINALLY lost!” Then he gave me a high five.  The boys didn’t care — they were so excited about their new footballs and the trophy they received, and of course they were itching to go to the end of the year pizza party.  So, that’s what we did.  memories.

 

Changing

{Photo 270/365}  I noticed this tree in my neighbor’s front yard as I pulled into my development this afternoon.  Do you see the change taking place?  The gradual change?  The left part of the tree is green, then as you look to the right there are hints of light orange, then red.   It’s happening slowly as we enter this new season, Autumn, by small degrees; little by little.  Soon, this tree and the tree-line behind it will be vibrant in color.  I think of life…my journey…the journey of others who are close to me.  How we want to see change happen so quickly.  How we can be impatient for what’s on the horizon, what’s next.  How if we were to go at the speed that we would like, we might not get the outcome that God has planned for us.  How with gradual change comes refining, learning, growth.  I love how I am gradually changing.  I’m grateful for God’s patience with me through all of my seasons.  My desire is to extend that same patience to others.

Anniversary

{Photo 234/365}  Sometimes, life happens and things have to change.  We had B I G plans to celebrate our anniversary this year, but they got cancelled — for several reasons.  Instead, this special day was just our typical summer day and some quality time when the kids were tucked into bed.  I’m grateful for my husband.  Through it all.  ”A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity.  The order varies for any given year.” – Paul Sweeney

Life is Precious

{Photo 229/365}  I was R E F L E C T I N G this morning –> 1 year ago today…I can’t believe time has gone by so quickly…life is SO precious…SO fragile…our time here is SO temporary…we must L I V E each day to it’s fullest…BE a light…love…forgive…show compassion –> We are celebrating your life today, Michelle Holmes…remembering YOU!! I know you’re dancing with Our Father, singing, riding horses, doing yoga, and eating chips and salsa in heaven.  The three of us met today to remember our friend — mexican style, her favorite — we had a great time.  laughing. sharing. connecting.

Champions

{Photo 163/365}  What a great weekend of hockey; good competitive hockey.  They worked hard and took it all.  I’m amazed how well the are developing and working together.  They have a strong team.  “I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.” - Mia Hamm

Her Day

{Photo 156/365}  Today was all about her; we wanted her to feel special.  Class of 2011 – she graduated, what an exciting time.  Closing one chapter by celebrating with family and friends…moving into the next season of life soon, college.  I am so grateful for this opportunity, answered prayers, God’s timing, and baby steps forward.  In my heart, it was the perfect day. smiling.

Proud Dad

{Photo 154/365}  Today was a special day.  She graduated with honors.  We were there to experience it.  He’s so proud of her — beautiful inside and out.  She sang, My Wish by Rascal Flatts, with two of her classmates during the ceremony — amazing.  ”My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to, your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small, you never need to carry more than you can hold, and while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to, I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too, yeah, this, is my wish.”