Sunday, November 28, 2010

I Was a Teenager's Mom Today...

Chauffering my daughter from
one social engagement
to the next one.

She watched a movie with one
set of friends, and then
she went ice skating
with another set.

Then dinner, and
I was invited.

We had other things
to do today, but
this was way
more fun.

Friday, November 26, 2010

'Tis the Season...

for list-making, gift-shopping, and spending time with friends and family. And while some brave Americans were out before dawn this morning to take advantage of post-Thanksgiving sales, my thoughts turned to a different type of gift. A gift that brings hope to the recipient. Click on one of the arrows below and see what you think. I've signed up. Maybe this is something you'll want to add to your list this holiday season.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Giving Thanks....

for the quiet moment at dusk as the day's light begins to fade * peppermint mocha frappacinos * being with my family * snuggling with my daughter * receiving hugs from Scout * and giving hugs back * the way the morning light filters into the sunroom * fulfilling work * the most wonderful daughter in the world * a home * a car that does what it's supposed to do * books that stop me in my tracks * beautiful photographs * peace * music that makes me get up and dance * the time I spend with my daughter * freedom and liberties that come with being an American * my education * the best mother- and father-in-law on the planet * the comfort of a cozy bed on a Saturday morning * the warmth of the fireplace during the cold months of Winter * starry skies at night and blue skies during the day * cloud pictures * rare snowfalls * sisters who listen * rich and creamy coffee ice cream * the sound of ocean waves crashing onto shore * family even though we're miles apart * friends and co-workers who brighten my day * a husband who makes life easier and happier than I could have ever imagined.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Okay, This Time It's Me....

Jumping for Joy....
It's a beautiful day,
and I'm on Thanksgiving break.
What could be better?

Maybe, just maybe, I'll accomplish something tomorrow.

Until then, I'll practice my leaps.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Jumping for Joy....

Do you have any idea
how excited I am to have
Thanksgiving break next week?

Let's just say

that I am


for joy!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fall Beauty

Today began like many of my Saturdays. I stretched my arms over my head after I woke up, relishing the comfort of my warm bed. After a chat with my sister, I moved into the living room and settled into a chair by the fireplace to read the newspaper. Then, I did what I inevitably do... I pulled out a batch of papers and began to grade.

A little while later, that girl of mine asked if I would go outside with her. Not really in the mood for a walk in the woods, I took her up on her offer anyway. We made our way over broken logs and pushed past some of the last bits of fall foliage, stopping every now and then to take pictures.

It didn't take me long at all to enjoy the moment. The sky enveloped us in a deep blue; trees towered over us casting dappled rays of sunlight across our path. We climbed up hills and remembered days long past when the woods were a wild playground for a little girl and her mom.

It was a beautiful fall day.... A beautiful moment with a beautiful girl.