Just a quick upload… I’m sure I’ll have lots of photos to share in the coming days, but whether I’ll get online to upload one a day or not is a big question. So here’s one from tonight. At the annual family and friends Christmas Eve party. Thank you Jamie for snapping this one for me. It means a lot.
Hope you all have a safe and happy weekend surrounded by your loved ones. Make merry and a happy ho ho ho to each and every one of you.
Earlier today I took a really cute little snapshot with my BlackBerry. The wee girlie took Clifford (her stuffy version of him anyway) to school with her. They are doing an entire month dedicated to the big red dog, and Emilie Elizabeth is one of her favourite literary characters. Lily-Ann looked absolutely adorable in her red jacket with her navy blue jumper and tights, carrying Clifford… bright blue sky behind her.
It was such a pretty moment, so adorable, so sweet. It was what I’d planned on sharing. But plans change.
Today my little sister’s bus driver ran over an 11 year old boy – while my sister and several other special needs adults were on the bus. The boy died at the scene. In an instant a young life was brutally cut short, an entire family is now left to mourn. School children watched, as did my sister and her co-workers. Lives forever altered in a moment as brief as any other. That fast, and everything changes.
Please, tonight, hold your children close. Tell them how much they mean to you, and how much better your life is because of them. Read them a story, sing them a song, do a craft together… just be with them. Be present for them. Be actively involved in as many parts of their lives as you can be. Because all it takes is a moment to have it all ripped away.
My heart is with the family of that boy, and all those (including my sister) who’s lives have been affected by his tragic death. Tonight an entire city mourns.
I’m posting earlier in the day than usual, but there is much to do today, and I likely won’t have another chance to sit at the computer later. I’m also cheating a little… The picture I’m sharing is one from yesterday AND is one my mom took. But I didn’t think anyone would mind. 😉
Be safe and blessed while you celebrate Samhain tonight.
For those who celebrate Halloween, have a ton of fun.
For those who don’t celebrate the season, just enjoy your evening.
We celebrate Samhain, and have a little Halloween fun too.
Samhain (pronounced Sow-en) is the Celtic new year. The celebration of the beginning of the dark half of the year. It’s a festival of the bounty received from the years harvest, and a time of remembrance. So say a prayer for those you have lost, and celebrate their lives, their love was a gift and this is the festival of thanks. It’s not about ghouls and ghosts and vampires or the creepy things that make up the frivolity of Halloween… but we enjoy that part of it too. So get all dolled up, go out trick or treating, let out a witchy cackle, and then settle in, hold your family close, warm yourselves with a glass of hot cider, and remember the blessings of the past year.
Much love everyone!
Lily-Ann fell asleep in my arms today… and you’d be hard pressed to find a moment I find more lovely than a moment when I can hold her close and know that she is safe. My love for her is honestly overwhelming at times. And I’ve made sure she knows just how deeply she is treasured, loved, and appreciated. I tell her every day, and more than that, I show her every day. I tell her stories about when I was pregnant, and the things I felt then. I tell her stories about how she came to be, and how much even the nurses loved her… that they all thought she was so special that they had to tell the other nurses, and soon enough ALL the nurses had been by the room to see this perfect special little person that I was lucky enough to have and love. I really am blessed. She’s amazing. So now I’m just rambling. LOL That’s what happens when I get sentimental about my girl. 😉 So…. before I bore you to tears, here’s the photo for today. Just me and my girl.
So, this picture won’t win any awards… in ANY categories. LOL But it makes me happy. Just snapped it with my blackberry held out in my right hand as far away from us as I could reach. Then worked with it afterwards in iPhoto.
What a lucky, lucky mommy am I. 🙂
A friend of my dad’s was staying at a local hotel this weekend, so we headed out for a visit. While there, we took advantage of the hotel’s amenities. Here’s a picture of my two sweethearts – my daughter and her daddy (my husband) – waiting in line for the waterslide.
My mom and my brother started a new puzzle today. Here they are at the kitchen table, hard at work.
It’s always a great thing when your wee girlie is best friends with your friend’s wee girlie. 🙂 Such is the case with Lily-Ann and Ainsley…. seen here as the royal duo.
Amber (Ainsley’s mom) and I had stuff to do this afternoon. Thankfully, with the girls being such great friends, we got a lot acomplished while the girls played and played. 🙂