Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Book Review

I read the book "Traveling with Pomegranates" as a suggestion plea from my mother. I was home for a brief visit and she had marked some of the pages in the book and read them to me...I decided to go for it. I am so happy I did...this is a great book to read with your mom. It talks about the relationship between a mother and daughter and their own personal journey. Maybe it fit so well with us because we are right around the same ages and going through some of the same things...a great read!!!

Traveling with Pomegranates:

A Mother-Daughter Story

In this wise and intimate dual memoir, Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor, chronicle their travels together, and offer their distinct perspectives as a fifty-something and a twenty-something, each on a quest to redefine herself, and rediscover each other.

Between 1998 and 2000, Sue and Ann travel together to sacred sites throughout Greece and France. Sue, newly aware of aging, caught in a creative vacuum, longing to reconnect with her now grown daughter, struggles to find the wherewithal to enlarge a vision of swarming bees into a novel. Ann, just graduated from college, heartbroken and benumbed by the classic question about what to do with her life, grapples with a painful depression. The intimacy of travel and the wondrous nature of the places Sue and Ann visit bring forth each woman’s internal struggle and provide fertile terrain for reflection and inspiration. In voices candid and lyrical, this modern-day Demeter and Persephone explore the richly symbolic and personal meaning of an array of inspiring figures and sacred sites in Athens and Eleusis, Paris and Rocamador, and places in between. They also give voice to a moving transformation of that most protean of human connections: the bond of mothers and daughters.

A poignant and compelling book about feminine thresholds, spiritual growth, and the relationship between mothers and daughters, Traveling with Pomegranates is both a revealing self-portrait by a beloved author and her daughter, a strong new voice, and a momentous story that will resonate with women everywhere.

Friday, June 25, 2010

One year ago this weekend....

One year ago this weekend I was in Chicago celebrating my bachelorette party was one of the best weekends of my life. With my closest family and friends.(minus my sister in law Lauren who was prego with Lilly and Di)..we missed her!..I will never forget it! Here are a few pictures. It is also the year anniversary  of Michael Jackson's death, so all weekend all we heard was Michael Jackson tunes, hence why I only have Michael Jackson on my playlist this month! Have a good weekend!

PS and it's my 100th post...YEA!!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to my wonderful Dad. I don't know if there are any words I can use to describe my dad. I don't know if I ever really appreciated him and valued him as much as I have this year after I got married. It's hard to explain this change, maybe it's a normal change in the progression of the relationship between a father and daughter. It's not that I never appreciated him, or admired him or looked up to him, but it is just different now. He is so kind hearted, he always picks the right way even if its not the easy way.He chooses to see the positive in life. He has more patience then I could ever dream of. His second bible is consumer reports magazine, which cracks me up. His opinion is one of the few that actually holds weight in my life and really means something. I have seen the results of him and my moms dedication to their family. We are a group of 4 individuals who continually choose to make each other a priority even as we start our own families. This is a result of the environment we grew up in. This is a result of my parents teaching us that family is a priority. They taught us by example.

My dad is a man of sound faith. I have never seen him question his faith or the importance of it. He was always at church with us, even on vacation. He is always the first to lead prayer at family dinners. It's amazing to me how a  man of little words has been able to instill faith in his children. He does it by example. Reverent at church, giving money to the church, fervently praying, making it the center of his marriage and family.

I am blessed to have a man like my dad in my life. The best part about it is that I see so much of my dad in Mark. I see so much of my dad in my brother's Tim and Matt. They are not only amazing people, but they are the exact kind of dad that my dad was. How lucky are their kids and how lucky my kids will be. So maybe all of this explains the strong urge to cling to my dad every time I see it is hard to let go when he hugs me. I want to absorb every ounce of this man, so I can be more like him. I was fortunate to be able to spend some time with him this Father's Day. Standing next to him in church, praying with him and for him...meant so much. Another memory to add to bank. Having our favorite breakfast together, laughing about old times and asking for advice...such a great father-daughter moment. I love you dad!

I can't forget to give a shout out to my Father- in-law, Larry. Another great man, another great example in my life. He is so generous, always thinking about us, willing to help whenever we need it. Always greeting us with a smile and a hug... brightens the room with his smile and twangy voice... Another blessing in our life!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Thought...

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."

Mother Teresa

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Alex and Evan

Here are a few pictures of the boys from this past weekend...Love them! I really need something else to blog about besides my nieces and nephews!

Forcing them to love on me!
Neices and Nephews
"These girls cry a lot!"

Monday, June 7, 2010

Lilly and Diana's Baptism

It was Lilly and Diana's Baptism this past Saturday. My parents came over on Friday and Tim, Shonda and the boys were here Saturday. It was a crazy busy weekend, but also a very fun and special weekend. When everyone left on Sunday, I just looked at Mark and said " I am truly happy when I am with my family" And it is so true, some of my happiest times are when we are all together. I did miss my sister and I know it's hard for her to be away from everyone...I can't imagine!

As for the baptism, Lilly and Diana did great. They didn't cry at all during church and were such troopers being passed around all night (of course, I had nothing to do with that!) It was such a memory making day and I'm glad I got to be apart of it. The girls baptism gowns were made by Lauren's aunt and they included pieces from Lauren's mom's wedding dress... As she said " They were wrapped in Grandma's Love" It was an emotional day and I know I kept thinking about Lauren's parents so I can't imagine how her family felt. My dad kept reminding me that they were definitely there and looking down on us. are a few highlights!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Backyard Transformation

So we mulched our entire yard this weekend, got rid of trees and shrubs. I finished spray painting the chairs, we got new cushions and patio furniture! It looks so good! I am so proud of Mark of all of his hard work...Also a special thanks to Mark's parents and my brother Matt for helping!

Lots of Mulch

Cutting Down Trees

I lucked out...these were my two little helpers inside

Lilly and Di who were supposed to be taking a nap...

Diana being so cute, I couldn't put her down!