Thursday, May 29, 2014

For Kade ...

On the day you were born, the Nurses called you Elvis... check out that head of hair!
On the day you were born - your dad and I both cried.
We were so excited to have you join our lives!

We spent a lot of mornings making pancakes and singing songs together ...

 Your smile will forever brighten my day.

I must have made you 100 sets of wings to wear ... You lived in wings! 

I love your art - especially the flowers!

Never lose your creativity! It's a gift and you can touch so many lives (for good).
You make a difference - always have. Always will!

 Art on display

Happy birthday - I love you. ~ Mom

PS: Thanks for 18 years of 'little moments that matter' - I cherish them all.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

When you get the chance ... Dance.

A gazebo at sunset ...

My husband and I recently celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary ... As part of our adventure, we took the Bed & Breakfast bikes for a spin around the city (oh so romantic!) We found ourselves at a park (at sunset) and bumped into this gazebo!

What did we do? We danced. It was spontaneous and one of my favorite romantic moments of all time ...

In love, it's all about the little moments!

Want to dance? YES!!!!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Take random road trips ...

It's been a stressful week ... ever have those? Oh good - I'm not alone! Bumped into this image via Pinterest and it made me smile. I need a random road trip! Something about the road and 'leaving it all behind' does wonders for my soul.

Cheers to the road and the adventures of life. :)

Monday, May 12, 2014

This far ...

God didn't bring you this far to abandon you.

Ever felt like you were being thrashed about by the 'storms of life'? I like this quote and the reminder that even in the midst of our trials and 'stormy' days, we are not alone. Our Heavenly Father is always there - always ready to take us by the hand and see us through whatever we are going through.

I am so thankful for His constant love and guidance - He is always ready to lift us up and out of troubled waters.

It's humbling to know that He cares about each of us so very much.

Always remember, you are not alone. And with and through the trials and storms of life, He helps us become something better, stronger and wiser. For that ... I am eternally grateful.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Why do we fall?


Reminds me of one of my favorite lines from 'Batman Begins' -

And why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.

(Not always easy - but worth it)

Rise up!

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

What do you radiate?

We influence others by what we say, what we do, and who we are.

Every person who lives in this world wields an influence, whether for good or for evil. It is not what he says alone, it is not alone what he does. It is what he is. Every man, every person radiates what he or she is. Every person is a recipient of radiation. The Savior was conscious of that. Whenever he came into the presence of an individual, he sensed that radiation—whether it was the woman of Samaria with her past life; whether it was the woman who was to be stoned or the men who were to stone her; whether it was the statesman, Nicodemus, or one of the lepers. He was conscious of the radiation from the individual. And to a degree so are you, and so am I. It is what we are and what we radiate that affects the people around us.
… As individuals, we must think nobler thoughts. We must not encourage vile thoughts or low aspirations. We shall radiate them if we do. If we think noble thoughts, if we encourage and cherish noble aspirations, there will be that radiation when we meet people, especially when we associate with them.
The effect of our words and acts is tremendous in this world. Every moment of life you are changing to a degree the lives of the whole world. … So, it’s not the surroundings, it isn’t the positions; the thing that will influence [others] in this world, are personalities. No matter what you are, people will feel and recognize this. You radiate, you can’t hide it. 
It is important … that we seek, both in life and in books, the companionship of the best and noblest men and women. [Thomas] Carlyle, a great English writer, says that “Great men taken up in any way are profitable company. We cannot look, however imperfectly, upon a great man, without gaining something by him. He is the living ‘light-fountain,’ which it is good and pleasant to be near.”
If you will study the lives of these great “light-fountains” of the world, you will learn of at least one thing that has made their names endure. It is this: Each one has given something of his life to make the world better. They did not spend all their time seeking only pleasure and ease, and a “good time” for themselves alone, but found their greatest joy in making others happy and more comfortable. All such good deeds live forever, even though the world may never hear of them.
No good deed, no kind word can be spoken without its effect being felt for good upon all. Sometimes the good may be infinitesimal, but as a rock that is thrown in a pool starts a wave from the center which continues to enlarge until every part of the shore is touched, so your deeds, silent, many of them, unknown, unspoken, unheralded, continue to radiate and touch many hearts.
~ David O. McKay
Artwork by Lori Portka

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Friday, May 02, 2014

Leaders (create more Leaders) -

I like this quote ... Leaders create more Leaders.
How do they do that?

I believe Leaders create more Leaders by believing in the people who follow them. Leaders inspire, lift, help, encourage and persevere.

By so doing, they model empowered leadership that allows others to step up and LEAD!

Thursday, May 01, 2014

For Kaleb

With a praying mantis ...

Flying paper airplanes ...

Dancing with a peacock ....


I love your kind heart.
I love your curious spirit.
I love your drive to learn, see and do.
I love being your mom.

Never lose your sense of wonder.