Wednesday, July 24, 2013


If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you.  

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


As I said in yesterday's brief post, I'm trying to get back to basics here and get my head back to a good place.  It's tricky when life throws you a curve ball, especially an unexpected one.  I'm a planner.  Sometimes that works to my benefit and other times, like now, it makes riding the wave of life more difficult.  But this too shall pass....

In the meantime, a great reminder to myself that more often than not what has appeared to be an "unanswered prayer" has turned out to be a wonderful turning point in my life.   Hopefully this time is no different.

And some lovely words from Elizabeth Lessor, who's book Broken Open, I am devouring.

"For me, my spiritual practice is all about becoming comfortable with uncertainty and relaxing in the mystery of not always needing answers"  


Monday, July 22, 2013

Getting back to basics

Trying to write my way out of the woods and get back to my consistent Notes to Laney practice.


Thursday, July 18, 2013


A critically important reminder:

"When people show you who they are, believe them." - Maya Angelou


Monday, July 8, 2013

This time is theirs...

SouleMama is one of my absolute favorite blogs.  Although on the surface this homeschooled family of 7 has very little in common with me, the Mama has the most eloquent way with words and her thoughts and reflections always bring me a sense of peace.

In today's post, she writes about her older two going off to Summer Camp.  She concludes with this:

Of course, I'd love to hear more. Are they making friends? Did they pass the swim test? What activities are they signed up for? How are their counselors? And what about all that slow dancing at the dance? Are they having fun? But I think I know the answers to most of those questions, knowing these confident, happy boys of mine as I do. They'll tell me more when they get home, surely. And the rest - well, the rest is theirs to know and experience and share as they like or not, for that's what the growing up that they're doing is all about. This time is theirs.

Isn't that just a lovely reminder to all of us parents.   I think so...  

And a picture also from her site, capturing a "New England Summer" as I remember it! 

(image via SouleMama)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

7 months

We interrupt this insanely busy time in Mama's life to jot down some notes about my boy at 7 months.  Yesterday, I would say you had one of your best moods ever.  Which says a lot since you are always a joy.  But yesterday, wow.  You were all giggles, all smiles, all patience, all play.   You sit up now so well and you LOVE your Fisher Price ring stacker toy.  You could sit on your little spot on the couch and just remove those rings and play with them for ever.  I love your little attention span.

When the time comes for bed, you are so cuddly.  You tuck right into mama's lap and nod off.  I know you're ready to go down when I put you in your crib and you roll to your right, clasp your hands together and cross your ankles over each other.   My sweet little angel.

When the morning comes, you wake up with so much enthusiasm to start the day  ...even if it's too early for us it's hard to say no to your beautiful smile.  You get so excited that you kick your feet and breathe so quick it's as though you're panting.   ....Daddy and I know that once you get talking you're going to have so much to say.  We can tell that you have so much you want to share with us already.

Oh, my boy.  You amaze me.  You make us all so happy.  You are just the sweetest, happiest guy and I am so overwhelmed and honored to be your mama.