Monday, May 30, 2011

....thank you

much love, peace and gratitude on this
very special day.

"A hero is someone who has given
his or her life to something bigger than oneself."
        - Joseph Campbell

we could never thank those enough that
have given of themselves for us...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

....last weeks blessings

 photos from my visit back home last week...

 morning pages 

hanging with my nieces and nephew
(they think i am "SO WEIRD!")

yummy cheeseburgers and beers

reminiscing at my high school

trampoline jumping at dusk

a little thrift shopping

a little love note dropping at chicago o'hare airport
(during an 8 hour delay....UGH!)
(thank you Jen Lemen)

waiting patiently at the car rental facility

breathing in all of God's goodness.

my visit home was one of lots of love,
laughter, great conversation, 
rocking my sweet baby niece back to sleep,
 learning patience and 
finding the blessings
 in all that is around me.

what blessings have you found today?


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

say whaaaaaaaaaaaaat wednesday??

do you know that??
 i mean REALLY. REALLY. know that?
(this is my question for you today).

i am certain we all struggle with this from time to time...
with some times being much more overwhelming than others.

it is so important to remember this ... 
this nugget of truth... 


you are enough 
just as you are... right here, right now 
in this moment.

don't compare yourself to others...EVER.  
God NEVER compares you.  

There is only one unique you in this world.  
Only one.
There is only one precious you in this world.
Only one.

Do you know that??


Monday, May 16, 2011


(blessed with sister love)

i am feeling blessed beyond.
my heart is full cup runneth over.


i hope you are feeling blessed.


"These are days that you’ll remember
When May is rushing over you
With desire to be part of the miracles
You see in every hour
You’ll know it’s true
That you are blessed and lucky
It’s true that you are touched
By something that will grow and bloom in you."

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

say whaaaaaaaaaaaaat wednesday??


i love music...i mean
i don't know where i 
would be without it, 
as it is...without a doubt
theee best therapy i have ever had!!!


if you could master one instrument,
what would it be??

i have visions of learning to play
the acoustic guitar really well...not sure
if my 39 year old brain and fingers 
have the capacity!!!!  
we shall see....

i am off on a little adventure...
time to create and connect!!

happy rest of the week/weekend my friends!

Monday, May 9, 2011

snail mail, a lovely shop and monday music

i cannot begin to tell you 
how happy it makes me
when i open my mailbox and 
find "snail mail" in there.

a smile immediately comes to my face 
and my heart is warmed.

today i was blessed to open a box of 
sweet little treasures from 
the ever so talented and lovely Becky Shander.

becky's creations are like no other...
she amazes me with her endless creative prowess
and her beautiful way of looking at life.

you will find becky's article on these sweet littles she made 
(and how big of a smile did i get when i saw my name on one of them!!!)  

THANK YOU BECKY!!  i will cherish these always!!

today my brave girl sister Jeanne launched her new line at her yourself a favor and take a look.  
(make sure you have your credit card in hand)  
Jeanne's creations are so beautiful...
you are going to want one of each!!! 
(i'm loving this tote
(and Jeanne is just as beautiful as her creations, inside and out!)

Lastly, my soul sister Serena posted this 
and I couldn't stop watching. 
(just like she mentioned)

It is priceless...
"Lend me your eyes I can change what you see
But your soul you must keep, totally free"

  happy monday my friends

Saturday, May 7, 2011


 she is mom to 4
she is nonie to 10
she is sister to 3
she is kindness
she is laughter
she is hard working
she is survivor of cancer
she is constant
she is yoga instructor
she is hairdresser
she is italian
she is polish
she is compassion
she is loyal
she is giving
she is friend
she is love
she is SHINE

she is my mom.

i am beyond blessed for my mom,
my friend.
 and i thank God for her
every. single. day.

wishing all of my mama friends
 a bless-ed and magical
mama's day.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

say whaaaaaaaaaaaaat wednesday??

happy wednesday friends!!

last night i was reminded of something as my oldest
daughter shared with me about a choice one of her 
friends made....

i was reminded of the choices we all have
day in and day out...constantly.

the choice we have to tell someone we love them
or to let that moment pass by.

the choice to let go of something that hurt us
or to harbor it.

the choice to focus on the one negative thing
that was said to us 
or the countless positives.

the choice to reach out and help those in need
or to turn a blind eye.

we make endless choices in any given day.

choices of what we choose to focus on,
choices of what to wear,
choices of how we spend our free time,
choices of whom we spend our time with,
choices of the words that come out of our mouth,
etc... etc... etc...

choices that come easily and
 choices that require much prayer
 and reflection and thought...


what is a tough choice you have made lately?

i dont know about you...but i am working
really hard on only making good ones!!
(easier said than done sometimes)