Minding momma

Smiling big!
December 8, 2017, 8:53 am
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December 2, 2017, 3:50 pm
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On a predawn road trip with my son.  He would peek between his sleepy eyelids every half hour or so to see if we were still driving, and to ask if it was morning.  I had to smile each time, as in his nearly asleep state he sounded so young.  As he creeps closer to teen-dom, I cherish each moment I have of him as my baby.  As we drove west, the sun began to chase us, and the rear window view was fantastic.  I smiled when the little man got a glimpse of it and said oh wow!

December 1.
December 1, 2017, 1:39 am
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F38A5783-97E2-41D0-8990-7169291B131AI can’t believe it’s December 1st!  Christmas is sneaking up on me.  I have such dreams of a magazine cover worthy decor.  I flip between the classic red color scheme, a modern aqua themed room, and a shimmering silver and crisp white pristine picture.  I just realized I forgot to hang the garland on my banister!

Still smiling
November 29, 2017, 1:11 pm
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My second smile moments have me looking back to the skies.  There’s nothing like that bright blue clear sky.  It’s such a brilliant shade and I love breathing in that openness.  The second seems almost contradictory.  Cloudy and grey yes.  But look closer, the signs of coming rain, those rays!  I’m crazy about seeing them.  My childhood is full of memories where I heard those sunbeams were Gods fingers reaching down, or they were an angels playground slide, or those shimmering streaks were souls being lifted to Heaven.

Things that make me smile
November 27, 2017, 8:41 pm
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I ended the holiday weekend with laryngitis!  I was feeling pretty puny this morning.  But as I headed out, I passed a car with a Christmas tree on the roof.  I caught myself smiling!  I took a moment to let that soak in.

How many things have I skipped over the past few weeks in the vein of things they are thankful for?  How many times this month have I rushed to the next thing without enjoying where I am?  I wasn’t getting down on myself, actually the opposite, I just decided I am going to take a second look whenever I see something that makes me smile.

This evening the sky was spectacular!  My son was in the car with me and I kept gasping and saying oh my!  He looked up too.  When we stopped for dinner, we stood beside the car a few extra seconds and just watched the colors deepen.

There are days I don’t smile.  It’s not always butterflies and rainbows around here.  Circumstances and past hurts and fears and worry and more pile in.  I am just thankful for these today.  And by recording them, I can see, there was a day I smiled, over something simple.

November 23, 2017, 2:41 pm
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Each year we sleep in, have loaded breakfast burritos, and fry a turkey!  So  happy we are together again.  With a kiddo in college, I don’t know how many more years we can count on!  Miss my dad and brother and his kids too.  We hope you are with family or friends and that you have a day full of love and laughter.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Tears and pain
November 19, 2017, 8:59 pm
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1839C2AA-9657-4B75-B9CD-C6FC609C5815.jpegThis is where I wish was today.  It’s where my head gets clear and my heart gets settled.  Our community lost a vibrant young woman last night.  She graduated with my daughter.  I knew her back from the start of high school when the girls cheered together.  Lots of tears and pain in our house and many, many others in this town and beyond today.  There just aren’t words for her mother and father, her siblings, friends and classmates.