Happy Halloween …

Playing. Dressing up. Pretending. Eating candy. Every day should be like today!

Well, I hope you all have a Happy Halloween!!!

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Accomplished …

I have been around the motherhood block a few times. This makes my twenty-first year Halloween costuming little people. Some years it was ugly. There was a lot of last minute craziness. There were even Halloween day trips to overcrowded picked over stores that came with it an ugliness that remains indescribable with words in the English language. After what I have seen and endured to ensure my kids looked adorable, I can assure you that there are few finer moments than when a mother stands before a completed costume (prop and hair color included) the night before Halloween.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel accomplished!!!

SPLAT …

Jumping back into the real world after a long party weekend away is painful. Like falling on your face painful. Very. Very. Painful.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t go SPLAT!!!

Looking back and moving forward …

This morning I was looking at my Facebook Memories and realized that 5 years ago today Sidney and I attended a traveling college open house event. She was at the beginning part of her junior year and this visit would be the catalyst to more than I could have ever imaged. This would eventually be the university Sidney would choose to attend.

In the post I struggled with all of it. I guess nothing has changed there, HA! But it was amazing to see how much time DID change things. I remember that day perfectly. It would be the beginning of so much; a pre-college stay on campus, tours of the city, the application process, a portfolio, her senior year of high school and what would come to be her final year at home. What a journey it has been. To see how much she has grown is incredible. She has accomplished much. As I progressed through all of that with her I could not deny that she was on the right path. She FIT perfectly through every door that was opened for her. I watched her fall in love with all of it. And because she had the courage to take a chance on herself she has now created a wonderful life for herself. Despite being so young at the time my baby girl chose her future wisely. She listened to her heart and committed to nurturing and growing the gifts and talents God gave her. And in what seems like the blink of an eye … “my baby” girl grew up.

Five years.

A lot can happen in 5 years. Nothing in our lives looks the same as it did back then. Applying this knowledge to our futures fills me with a sense of excitement, but also with a little MOM sadness too. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss the simpler times when my big kids where little. I do. But watching them mature and seeing them chase their dreams and achieve their goals brings me overwhelming amounts of joy. I have mentioned before that this process comes with many ups and downs for me. I don’t do any of this gracefully. I feel my way through it. I’m thankful that my kids allow me to SIT with all of it in my own way. After all, it’s not just them who has been growing in all of this. I have learned and changed too. I am honestly fascinated at how so many lives can grow together yet still be on their own personal paths. I have come to believe that THIS is what life and love should look like when they are set in motion over a lifetime. And I don’t think I have ever been a part of something more beautiful.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you look back and move forward!!!

FOMO …

We are out of town celebrating Sidney, my oldest daughter, this weekend. And we are taking a few extra days to do it, HA! In situations like this it never fails. My body is energized and ready to PARTAY! It doesn’t matter how late I stay up, I wake up early the next day. Like my body and mind are screaming WHAT’S NEXT?!?! Trust me, I would LOVE to sleep in like normal people. But I think my body is worried it’s going to miss something important if we sleep an extra hour or two. Yes body, we will miss a few things … like the undead hours of the day and unopened coffee shops … OY.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t have an innate fear of missing out!!!

Crisis averted …

Have you ever felt like you just avoided a major nasty happening?!?! Well, I did this morning. I’m not sure who or what was looking out for me but I feel like I dodged a big one. This morning as I was making breakfast I picked up my salt shaker and used it to as I do with almost every meal. There was absolutely nothing strange about any of that. It was all routine stuff. But I had an uneasy feeling. Something made me turn my salt shaker upside and look at the bottom. And then I saw it. The seal was almost completely separated front the bottom! How salt had not escaped from the bottom I will NEVER know. I used it just as I always have. Shaking shaking shaking! This could have been DISASTROUS! Salt could have ended up EVERYWHERE. I am certainly grateful for the powers that be who helped me avoid the Henry Salt Storm of 2018. Phew.

Well, I hope you all have a day where crisis is averted!!!