Thursday, November 20, 2014

Counting my blessings















Count your blessings..   you often hear that when there is a shift in your life.    Through good and bad.. there is always a reason to count your blessings.   When life is good, it's easy.    But when things aren't going the way we plan.. it sure is a lot harder to see those blessings clearly.

Many months ago,  when my marriage was quickly crumbling,  when the friends that I loved and trusted betrayed and used me,  when the consequences of those acts caused me to leave the job that I loved for 6 years,  When confusion and sadness consumed me...
 People said it to me many times,  Count your blessings.   Hah!  I could have laughed in their faces.

Tonight, as I stood at the stove, side by side with my husband, cooking dinner together and listening to our daughters silly debate on whether the real pronunciation of  Speaker John Boehner's name is Baynor or Boner...  I heard those voices whispering in my head,  Count your blessings.  



I admit that I have moments when I still miss my old job.  I still miss the chaos of trying to balance work and everything else
.... and then,  I think back to the summer.
 This lazy healing wonderful summer.   Paul and I spent every minute that we had together ~ together.    Healing, loving, forgiving and trusting.. 

I think of all of the trips, days on the boat, dinner dates, movie nights, projects and conversations.

I think back to a few days ago,  sitting at the kitchen table with Michelle, laughing and singing along to our favorite Christmas songs  as we cut out and decorated homemade cinnamon Christmas tree ornaments. 

I think back to last week,  feeling exhausted as I sat on the bus next to sally on our way home from NYC.  I hear her words in my head over and over..   This was the greatest birthday ever and I wouldn't have wanted to come here with anyone else but you..   I am so glad that you stopped working. 
Like music to my ears.. 

I look back to that lonely night in May when the reality of everything completely crushed me.

 I look back at it all and count my blessings. 

 I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.  To be in this place that I am today ..  to be loved and to love so much that it hurts ~     This year sure has been an amazing journey!


xo

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sweet 16 in the big apple ( photo overload)

I mentioned that there was a big birthday last week!   
16!  Yikes!

As we were preparing for Sally's birthday we offered to have a party somewhere, but she didn't want to. 
 She said that she just wanted to hang out with me..  a mom date, like we used to have.  ( can you feel this mother's heart swell)
                          ......And that's how it started.  

New York City.  

We had no set plans except that we were going to have dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.

We hopped on the bus up at 7:30 am and we strolling through the city by 11:00.

This view from New Jersey,  just outside of the Lincoln tunnel has always been my favorite.   I always get excited when we reach this point.

 Our first stop,  Times Square..  where we were attacked by these characters. 
 

Mostly all of the photos are from Sally's camera and point of view. 
 You'll see...  she took some great photos of our trip.


 
We made a few stops on times square and decided on instead of going downtown as we had planned,  
that we'd walk north to central park.




It was cold.. but so beautiful. The foliage was full of color.










 Speaking of beautiful..  Look at this cutie.  I can't believe that she's 16 already!




 We spent hours in the park.. we've been there before, on carriage rides,  and it was never anything like this,  strolling on foot.   It was breathtaking.   We could have stayed there all day long.


Being in the park really made us both want to go home and watch Elf and Home Alone 2 ...  : ) 


We went to Rockefeller center where we contemplated going ice skating.  We both chickened out.

 They were literally trimming the tree.





After indulging on a slice of the greasiest, most delicious, slice of New York pizza, 
We took the Top Of  The Rock tour.   I think that the view from here is even better then that from the empire state building.. because from here you have the gorgeous view of the Empire state building.








I love this shot where you can see the Empire state building, the Freedom Tower and the Statue of Liberty.





































And of course..  we had to go to Macy's!













Soon it was time for dinner...  With arm loads of packages we traveled back up to Times Square.




 

As promised,  Sally's old grade school bff .. who now lives just outside of Manhattan,  met us for dinner.  Although they sometimes Skype..  these two haven't seen each other in person for almost 4 years.   It was a funny reunion..  They crack me up!!!



And that my friends was pretty much all of our trip!   Nothing fancy..  but truly a wonderful day and a great 16th Birthday!!


Hope you enjoyed the journey with us.   Just be thankful that you don't have the sore hips and feet : )


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hot chocolate tailgating


What do you do for a bunch of teenagers who were determined to go rock hopping through the stream on a cold day?   You meet them with a hatch filled with warm goodies.



The kids all wanted to meet up at a local park and celebrate Sally's birthday outdoors.
Crazy kids.
 
 It was a good excuse for me to break out the vintage thermoses.


Hot chocolate is no good without MARSHMALLOWS!
lots and lots of marshmallows.



They were all gracious and happy at the goodies that I surprised them with. 
Like magic,  the cookies disappeared within a blink of an eye.


Here are some of the group.
   The red haired cutie standing beside sally is her best friend,
They've been besties since Kindergarten. 
   Although they attend different high schools and don't get to see each other as often as they'd like.. 
  their friendship still remains strong.


The rest of the group are kids from Sally's junior class.  
Knowing that she has such a great group of friends makes me happy.
 : ) 

I would say that Sally had a great 16th birthday celebration.
I sure enjoyed it!
Friday was her actual birthday and she and I spent the day in New York City.
Once I steal some photos from her computer..  I share more of that trip.
It was an awesome time!!  

Hope that you all are having a great weekend.
Stay warm.

xo
 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ornament exchange

A few weeks ago I entered a primitive ornament exchange hosted by Amy at Bumble Bee Lane.
and yesterday I received this adorable snowman ornament from Danice at Homespun Hannah's blog.   I've never been to Danice's blog before and Wow ~ I'm so glad that I have now...   she makes the most adorable things!!! 



Isn't it the sweetest little snowman ever!!   I just love it!!!


The rusty bells and pins are my favorite part.
I can't wait to display it..
  maybe I'll put it in my new stained corner cabinet..


Stop by and check out all of the cute homemade goodness at Homespun Hannah.  You'll want to hang out a while.


Happy Friday to you!!!