Through the failures. Through the flaws. You'll realize.
That even as fragile as you are.
You're still unbreakable."
I don't know who wrote the beautiful message above, but I loved it when I saw it on Instagram. It went straight to my soul. As a woman, and as a human being, of course I could relate. Been there. Done that. And have lived to know. I am sure that I will fail again and again. And flaws? Hello! I am so very flawed. But I am finally at a point where I am able to forgive myself for my trespasses against others and myself - if that makes sense! Why are we always so hard on ourselves? I don't know, but we are. And it needs to stop, don't you think? We have to love ourselves ENOUGH to move on... to move on in life and to have joy. Life can be so hard and that is not a cliche but a fact. None of us escape that reality. And I know that some of you are battling heartbreaking, gut wrenching things and it is all that you can do to hold on. But you are ~ hopefully and prayerfully, because life - though, yes often very very hard - is absolutely PRECIOUS. Please hold on to that fact too - hold on to the promise of a new day, a new way, a new reason to breathe with every depth of your being. I pray that peace wraps its gentle presence around you in your fragility and in your strength and that you always know that you are not alone. Hope beats in our heart. Love flows through our veins......
I had SO much fun. My friend, Lori, and I went to Stone Mountain, Georgia for the Country Living Fair. It was cold. It was beautiful. And I couldn't keep my head out of the glorious trees! We met the Junk Gypsies - Amie and Jolie Sikes! They have a wonderful new book and we got to have our copies signed. Such a thrill to meet them! They are absolutely adorable. These pictures are from my phone - I didn't bring my big camera with me. Next time?
I won't leave home without it. Sigh. I missed it so much. But gosh, I had a great time! I plan to go again next year!
Are Shannon and Austin having a baby boy or a baby girl? Will Summer Lynn's wish come true and have a baby sister?
Well they are about to find out! Family and friends gathered in my sister and brother-in-law's backyard for a delicious barbecue and the "Reveal." At their last doctor visit, the baby's sex was determined and the nurse sealed the result in an envelope. Shannon and Austin were not told. At the reveal, Shannon gave the envelope to one of her friends and she slipped upstairs to fill one of the balloons with the appropriate confetti - "Baby Girl" or "Baby Boy." Hmmm .... I wonder which balloon is the one?
The girl on the train that I am sharing is Summer Lynn - not to be confused with the New York Times best seller by author, Paula Hawkins or the movie that is currently out. ;-) Summer Lynn has loved trains forever and that's a mighty long time in a four year old's life you know! Books about trains; videos with trains; and seeing the trains pass through downtown have made her face light up time and time again and capture her attention and imagination. Well for her 4th birthday, her Mommy and Daddy gifted her with her very first train ride on the only wood burning steam locomotive in Florida! I was so excited to be able to go along and this witness made me teary behind the lens. She was so thrilled as the whistle blew and the train chugged chugged down the track. She thought she could, she thought she could ... and she did.