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this moment

this moment – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by Soulemama.

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this moment

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My girl Estelle, is a ‘hands on’ lover.

She loves to cuddle and and touch and get as close as she can to the object of her affection.

This includes the guinea pigs,

Toby the super poodle,

her sister,

daddy,

her dolls,

and anyone else who catches her eye.

So translated into our everyday life, I spend a whole lot of my day sounding like a broken record,

“Estelle let go of Alice’s face she needs to breathe”

“Please stop kissing Alice darling, her hair is all wet”

“Estelle lie next to Alice, not on her”

” Careful not to cuddle the guinea pig too tightly”

“The guinea pig is too big to fit in that handbag darling”

“Pleeeeease give Alice some space!”

I don’t like to harp on like that, but it is somewhat essential to the safety of the individuals who are much smaller than her that I do.

This morning I was sitting on the couch feeding Alice and Estelle was sitting next to me holding her hand.

Estelle said to me, “Mummy she’s holding my hand. ”

I said, “is she sweetheart?”

She let out a big sigh. “Mum, she just makes me love her so much all of the time.”

I smiled. I get that. I totally get that. Then I had a light bulb moment.

This girl of mine has so much love in that little heart of hers that it’s hard to keep it all in.

If she didn’t pour it out all over the ones she loves her heart could very well burst.

Being nearly three can get pretty tough, so many big emotions in one tiny body.

I will tuck this precious memory away for the next time I can feel my patience for her ‘smothering tendencies’ wearing thin.

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Right now, I am loving that it is just the beginning of a fresh, clean new year.

Right now, I am enjoying my children  just as they are because these moments are precious and gone too soon.

Right now, the kitchen is where I spend a lot of time preparing wholesome food for the people I love.

Right now, we are savouring summer. Playing in the pool, visiting the beach and appreciating the air-con we saved so long for!

Right now, I feel good with my new haircut. It’s lovely to feel pampered every once in a while.

Right now, I love the way the summer sun cuts through the house in the late afternoon filling the room it’s warm and fading light.

Right now, I have sadness for my nanna as she is preparing to say goodbye to the one she loves.

Right now, I struggle with feelings of fear. Fear that my words and thoughts in this space aren’t ‘good enough’.

Not good enough, for who? I don’t know.

Right now, all my creative energies and ideas are like these balloons floating just above above my fingertips, I am grasping at the strings but I just can’t seem to take hold. I am lost in a whirlwind of inspiration and need to ground myself!

Right now, I am feeling very connected to my family. Not just my family I live with, but my family that spread further out on the tree. I love my place within this family and I love the relationships I have with these wonderful women now that we are all adults.

Right now, it’s great to live in the right now.

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