Archive | September, 2011

God

15 Sep

God is everywhere.

He is in everything.

He is in everyone.

He is the lap of water on the ocean shore.

He is in the gentle breeze that shakes the leaves.

He is in the awe of the most majestic mountain.

He is the sparkle of the diamond in my wedding ring.

He is in the softness of my husband’s eyes.

He is the delight in my children’s giggles.

He is the nudge of the baby in the mother’s womb.

He is in the intercessions of Mary. The saints and angles.

He is in our troubles.

Our wants.

Our losses.

Our sufferings.

And where are we for God?

Are we thinking of Him amidst the beautiful trees?

Is He in the breath of our wedding vows?

Is He the hand that glides over the pregnant belly?

Or the smile acknowledging a chatty baby?

Is He in our minds during our toils?

Do we ask for His company in our most sorrowful moments?

Are our hands extended to the service of others, in His name?

Do we live, daily in the service of He who created us?

He who is in everything and IS everything?

God’s love is everlasting. May we show the same in return.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I Have No Idea What I Am Doing But I’m Going to do it Anyway…

13 Sep

While at Veronica’s little dance/gym class I noticed that the other little girls were carrying around the cinch knapsacks. Veronica was carting this tote bag around that held her dancing shoes and extra clothes. I was thinking of trying to locate something like what the little girls had so Veronica didn’t have this huge bag to carry around. Then I decided, what the heck, I’ll make her one. Veronica chose this pretty fabric that came from these bags of scrap fabric that I scored (for FREE) at a garage sale. She loved the blue clouds and that there was a blue rainbow. I cut the fabric into two identical squares…er…more like rectangles (and depending on how big you want the bag you can really just eyeball how big you want the rectangles). I had some leftover tulle from my wedding and I “attempted” to sew a few layers of it on one of the fabric pieces. This was to get the look of a tutu. I have to admit that tulle is a pain in the arse to sew but I managed to do it.

I placed both the fabrics together…the colored part facing eachother…and I sewed the bottom of the bag together. Then the sides. I folded the top part down about an inch to make way for something to cinch the back (in this case, I eventually used a blue ribbon because I have no rope). I sewed the top part except for a couple inches so I could leave room for the ribbon to be pushed through. I attached a safety pin on the edge of the ribbon and fed it through the top. After I made it around I cinched the bag and left about 6 or so inches of ribbon on both sides to use almost like purse straps and I knotted them together. Voila. You have a very functional…although, in my case, messy….dance bag!

Veronica’s First Day of Ballet!

13 Sep

A day of tumbling, marching, plies and leaps! Not to mention giggles, smiles and plenty of memories!

September Fresh

13 Sep

I’ll admit, I love September. Not because Summer is drawing to a close (because here is seems to have just begun) and the first hint of Fall blows through on the morning breeze. It is the time for new beginnings. Children are starting a new year of school and are entering into a whole new way of learning. And with it comes new challenges, new memories and (hopefully) new friends. It is also a time to start afresh and with a clean slate. And that is what I love so much about it.

This year is particularly exciting. Veronica is starting homeschool preschool and her ballet/tap/gymnastics lessons (the lessons run like this: ballet 15 min, tap 15 min and gymnastics 30 mintues). It is hard to believe she’s old enough for school. It’ll be interesting to see if I have the knack for this homeschooling gig. I feel pretty energized about it.

I feel refreshed, howevever, in a whole new way.  The past couple of months I have taken on several different new hobbies. Actually, I can’t really say I have taken them on because that would be a lie. I merely have an interest in them. Sewing. That is probably my new favorite hobby. I don’t ever have any time to do it, though. But from the couple of spare hours I had and would sew and I was hooked. I managed to sew a simple skirt for me and I am almost done with a skirt for Veronica. I have a long list of projects I dream of one day completing. Maybe someday I’ll be able to sew my own wardrobe. I hope…I wish.

I have also taken an interest in jewelry making. Only thing is…I haven’t made squat. What I have done is found rocks in my backyard, tumbled them in our rock tumbler, and drilled holes in the rocks with our rock driller. I have a vision as to what my Etsy store would be called and what my jewelry would look like….but….I don’t really know where to start as far as jewelry making. And it costs money to start making jewelry. In my dreams, my Etsy store has many admirers and “lots” of sales.

Did I mention to you that I am now the owner of a ukelele? Yep! And I have not played it yet. Luckily, YouTube has loads of tutorials so you can learn the basic steps online. My ultimate goal is to know how to play (while singing) “Tiny Bubbles” on a hot, lazy summer day. Maybe by next summer. If I have time, that is.

Time. I don’t have time. Money. I don’t have money. Sigh….

The sewing bit, however, I find useful. I wish I had always learned how to sew. But I appreciate that I somehow have found an interest in it. It’s amazing what  glass of wine and a sewing machine can do. Anyways, with this knowledge I can eventually use it to hem skirts, pants and mend clothing. Although, I will shamefully admit I can’t recall how to properly sew a button.

In the end, however, it’s fun picking up new interests and setting new goals. It’s what prevents me from losing who I am. And it’s a great learning experience…not only for myself but for my kids. They’ll see me trying new things and “succeeding” and maybe that’ll be something they pick up as they grow and learn. We’ll see.

But, for now, here’s to the month of September….and for all the opportunities it has to offer!