10.08.2014

LovelyLife: Ballerina Darth

 

"Luke, I am your Ballerina Mother."
 
 
The unification of girly propensities with aspirations to mimic a big brother create some comical composites.

10.01.2014

LovelyLife: Umbrellas and Rainbows





“Teach me, O Lord, to glory in my cross. Teach me the value of my thorns.
Show me how I have climbed to You through my path of pain.
Show me that it is through my tears that I have seen rainbows.”  
- George Matteson
 
 
I've been staring at this picture for a long time now, not sure what I want to say about it. The thing is, I'm afraid I'm stuck in an arc of cliche. 
 
Last night, in the middle of dinner, this beautiful rainbow appeared over our house. I nearly pushed my family out the door to go enjoy it, while dinner sat on the table getting cold.
 
The picture is bursting with rainbows for me. My children playing in the rain, the home they stand in front of... my cup runneth over. My overwhelming gratitude for this life brings me back to where I've come from, what I've come through. And so, when I look at this, as much joy and beauty as it holds for me, I can't help but offer to anyone currently feeling like you are on a path of pain: may the hope of something beyond that help you through. Hang on for the rainbow.
 
And pain or no pain, it doesn't hurt to go play in the rain. 
(Sorry, I warned you it was going to be cliche.)
 
 

9.24.2014

Liquid Gold

It's World (Breast) Milk Sharing Week again. In honor, I'm reposting my experience with milk sharing, a post that was picked up by The World Milk Sharing Organization's ebook available at:


http://worldmilksharing.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Liquid-Gold.pdf


Like giving blood, sharing breast milk is a beautiful, communal practice - a coming together to give infants their best start. If you're interested in giving or obtaining shared milk, your local Eats on Feets Facebook page is a good resource.

9.23.2014

LovelyLife: Butter-no-fly

 
Okay, I just kind of got lucky with this. I think it looks like an early 90's inspirational poster. I need a kitschy saying for the bottom to complete the look. Actually, I think the poor butterfly was sickly or really, really tired because I've never seen a butterfly stay put for as long as this one did. I had time to fish my scratched-up old camera out of my purse, turn it on, focus, and take a couple of pictures before it even flapped a wing. Hmm, maybe something like this:
 


 

9.16.2014

LovelyLife: Ballet Class

 
 
Cherish.
Cherish your gifts and take joy in them.
 
"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for."  
 -- Epicurus
 
I spent years hoping and dreaming of a daughter. In my younger years (sheesh, how old am I now if I start saying that?), she was more of an expectation for the future. In my later/sicker years, she was a painful yearning that seemed unlikely. But God brought her to me. Today, I can look down at a circle of toddling, pink-tutu-ed beauties and be filled with gratitude that I am in that place, there with her, whom I cherish.
 
(And later, at that terrible hour before dinner when everyone is tired and cranky, and my children seem to be incapable of refraining from bickering, I will remind myself to cherish.)