Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"Be happy, and a reason will come along." ~ Robert Brault

What a beautiful morning it is out there this morning! I do love fall. I love the nip in the air & the gorgeous colors the trees turn. Give me a cool morning, a cup of coffee, my lounge pants & a hoodie & a good book & I'm in heaven...I'm definitely a spring & fall kind of gal.

It's hard to believe but Christmas is just around the corner. Where did this year go? The other day at work I was thinking about where I was a year ago at this time. Halfway through my 3rd semester of nursing school, I couldn't have even began to imagine where I would be today. Isn't life funny like that? We spend so much time "planning" everything for our futures & yet, life has a way of winding us down paths we never imagined. I'm a planner. Always have been. I like things organized & in order. I like knowing where I'm headed & having a distinct plan for getting there. But one thing I've learned is that sometimes it's better to just fly by the seat of your pants & go where life leads you. Sometimes we don't know what's best for us & it's hard to plan for something that we don't even realize is a possibility yet.

I'm actually looking forward to Christmas this year for the 1st time in a long time. I can already feel the Christmas spirit creeping in & I love that. Even Livi said last weekend, "Hey, would you care if we watch a Christmas movie?"  Heck no, kiddo!!! Sign me up! :)

Today, I'm going to get busy cleaning out some things & reorganizing. Won't be long till I need to make room for the Christmas tree :) I've got some paperwork/bills/schooling type stuff I need to work on as well. I always took for granted how satisfying just working around the house could be until nursing school started & only the things that had to be done got done. It's nice to have some normalcy (whatever that is - LOL!) in our lives.

My favorite photographer captured my LiviGirl a couple weeks back so I can't close out this post without sharing a couple of my favorites with you. I never cease to be awed by the beautiful young lady she has evolved into...
Photo by Chad Goldman Photography

Photo by Chad Goldman Photography

Photo by Chad Goldman Photography

Sunday, October 21, 2012

"Comes the Dawn"

by Veronic Shoffstall 

After a while you learn the subtle difference 

Between holding a hand and chaining a soul, 
And you learn that love doesn't mean security, 
And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts 
And presents aren't promises 
And you begin to accept your defeats 
With your head up and your eyes open, 
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child, 
And you learn to build all your roads 
On today because tomorrow's ground 
Is too uncertain. And futures have 
A way of falling down in midflight, 
After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much. 
So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting 
For someone to bring you flowers. 
And you learn that you really can endure... 
That you really are strong, 
And you really do have worth 
And you learn and learn 
With every goodbye you learn.