Thursday, December 20, 2012

27 Tributes

It's hard to stop thinking about the lives lost in Newtown. I've been searching for how to honor the 27 lives tragically cut short.

My list:

1) To set aside work and other commitments to spend more time with my kids.

 2) To forgive others, even if they have not asked for forgiveness.

3) To attempt to grow and deepen my relationship and understanding of God.

4) To become more brave.

 5) To be thankful for what I have.

6) To see more beauty in the world.

7) To give more to others in need.

 8) To become more involved in my community.

9) To forgive myself for my shortcomings.

10) To not compare my life to others.

11) To assume the best of others and be less critical.

12) To not worry if the house isn't clean so long as the people inside it are happy.

13) To take more snapshots and candid videos of my children.

14) To make a diary of the sweet things they say.

15) To make sure they see their friends and family as often as possible.

16) To worry less about the future and live in the present.

17) To eat more family meals together. And include a vegetable.

18) To listen to more music and dance with my kids.

19) To make sure to take at least one trip with them a year.

 20) To set aside times where I am completely unplugged and available to them.

21) To ask them how they are feeling more often.

22) To give more hugs and kisses.

 23) To honor those who are first responders who see and do the things I want to be shielded from: Police, firemen, paramedics.

 24) To be more engaged in politics.

25) To never be ashamed to get therapy when situations in life become too complicated to face without the help of someone who can offer a different perspective.

26) To support my school and it's teachers.

27) To support other parents with an open heart and without judgement.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Lights

It's been a nice break to think about light, love and joy... Textures = the free holiday overlay, Twinkle from Illuminations 1, and Magic from TP3 (blurred).

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Season's Greetings!!

Our Christmas card. This is not as it is set up for the printer, it is cut and pasted to make better sense - You are seeing front, back at the top, then the inside spread at the bottom.

 P.S. I wish you the very best Holidays. Be safe and go easy on yourself.

Quotes from Victor Hugo:
“What Is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul”
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
“The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God.”
“The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal.”

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Playing around with ideas about Fall.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

My Little Dickens

I'm working on my Christmas card idea. I've been quite inspired of late by movie posters - Game of Thrones, Les Miserables - and I wanted to try to do a take on it. So, loosely, it hopefully looks like we are starring in a Christmas Carol. I may redo the one of me but I'm pretty happy with the boys' images and am now trying to figure out how I can convince my husband to participate.