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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

That Holy Man..

We decided to put Gracie into a Catholic school system..

Some may agree, some may disagree,, that's fine.
I still don't even agree with the decision that I made some days. It is what it is though.

The main reason that we decided to go with this school is because her older 2 cousins go there. I knew that they would watch out for her and if she ever needed anything they would both be right there.

The second reason was because I really do think that its a good thing to give her some sort of religious start.. A base.. When she gets older she can decide what she believes and what she doesn't.

Anyway, Gracie is in a Catholic school system, and I have to say, it's pretty darn cute.

She comes home saying little prayers, singing little songs, and it's super cute..

I've also learned that this can work to my benefit..

While in Walmart a few weeks ago (Don't Judge, they had good sales) we were in trapped in an aisle with a bunch of crazy "couponers". I'm sure you've all been in that situation before.
I was literally trapped between shoppers who were too busy "price matching" to notice that I needed through.. too busy to hear my polite "excuse me".

At that time, Gracie, like a gift from God, started singing "HALLELUJAH, PRAISE THE LORD", out loud!

That sure got their attention.. I was a little embarrassed, but couldn't help but laugh. As I looked around at the shoppers, i saw some smiles, a scowl, and one lady was looking at us like we had 3 heads..
Within seconds, a path was made for us to continue with our shopping and as we walked away, Gracie finished up with "In the name of the father, the son, and the holy spirit, AMEN!"

PRICELESS!! She couldn't have had any better timing..

It was that day that I decided I'm very happy with my decision. Not because she can save me in horrible shopping situations, but because it's really cool that at 3.5 years old, she can already pray to God. I don't care what anyone says, that is a great thing to have.

I have a feeling we'll have some more moments of religious comedy, and if they get really good, I'll start a separate page for it, but I'll end with my favourite one to date:

The other day, Gracie was telling me that she had new prayers. When I asked her to say one for me, this is what she said..

"THANK YOU GOD FOR GIVING US LOVE
THANK YOU GOD FOR GIVING US LOVE
HALLELUJAH, PRAISE THE LORD.
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON,
AND THAT HOLY MAN.....
I'M SEXY AND I KNOW IT" (breaks out dancing)

(Thank GOD she didn't sing "wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle) (For those of you that know the song, and or video, you'll understand that comment)

Yep, we're going to fit in with the catholic system perfectly!!

Have a great day ladies!!
XO





Thursday, November 10, 2011

A NEW DAY

HOLY SMOKES!!!

A New Day!
I fell of the blogging wagon again! I fell hard..

I've really been struggling with this lately.

I was actually planning on getting on today to tell you all that i was giving up on the blogging world. My heart just isn't in it. My heart isn't in it... at all..

That being said, I'm not quite ready to give up yet.. I don't typically give up on anything..

My lift has been consumed by stress lately, and instead of using this as a stress release, I've made it an extra stress..
Thinking about getting on here to blog, or read other blogs has been more stress, so that is why I just completely stepped away.

This morning I decided that I'm going to get back to using "you guys" as my stress release.

Life is getting back to normal.. Starting today! No more excuses!

Starting Monday, I am also getting back on the health train.. A few friends and I are all going to do a 30 day cleanse starting on Monday. I'm so excited to finally be doing it with a great group of girls.. I think it will be much easier with the support.. If anyone wants to join our little 30 day cleanse,,, let me know.

I've also started dealing with a homeopath and I have to say, I'm amazed at what I have been learning.

I am currently debating going back to school (from the comfort of my home using my laptop) to become a homeopath. The help that he has given me is mind blowing, and I'd love to be able to help others in return.

So... I will still be here posting away, but some of my subject may change a bit.. AS I enter into a new, healthier Mommy, I'm going to drag you along with me..

My new journey starts today. I hope you stick around to see where it goes..
and don't worry, I'll still be bitching about my hubby, my "angels", and the JK teacher that I'm really not fond of.. Those are all posts to come..

Have a great day ladies and we'll chat soon..

Thanks to all of you for sticking around while I've been gone. I will try to catch up on all of your blogs as soon as I can!
XO


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Loving what is

 I'm going to let you in on a little secret... Just in case you haven't noticed.....

I'm stressed!!!!

Like, to the max. I've got a lot ( A LOT) of stuff going on in my life, and I have been feeling like "it's" slowly suffocating me.

I don't hide this. What's the point?? I may as well let you all suffer with me, rather than suffer alone, right??!

Seriously though. I was really REALLY stressing on the weekend.
I decided to close my computer, and sit down with a Healthy Directions Magazine. I had about 5 to choose from, but grabbed the one that had a kid on the front..
What I found in that magazine (which I don't believe for a second was just "chance") is something that has "saved" me.
This one simple article really was life changing for me.
I was meant to read it the other day, and I'm so happy that I did.

Because it was so good, I am sharing it with all of you. If it can help even one person, the way it has helped me, than it's worth posting..

I hope that someone else gets as much from it as I did!!!

Here we go:




LOVING WHAT IS
                                  ~BYRON KATIE

~The only time we suffer is when we believe a thought that argues with what is. When the mind is perfectly clear, what is, is what we want. If you want reality to be different than it is, you might as well try to teach a cat to bark. You can try and try, and in the end the cat will look up at you and say, "MEOW". Wanting reality to be different than it is, is hopeless..

And yet, if you pay attention, you'll notice that you think thoughts like this dozens of times a day. "People should be kinder." "Children should be well behaved."
"My husband (or wife) should agree with me." "I should be thinner (or prettier, or more successful)."
These thoughts are ways of wanting reality to be different than it is. If you think that this sounds depressing, you're right. All the stress that we feel is caused by arguing with what is.

People often say to me, "But it would be dis-empowering to stop my argument with reality. If I simply accept reality, I'll become passive. I may even lose the desire to act." I answer them with a question: Which is more empowering? - "I wish I hadn't lost my job" or "I lost my job; what can I do now?"

No one wants their children to get sick, no one wants to be in a car accident, but when these things happen, how can it be helpful to mentally argue with them? We know better than to do that, yet we do it, because we don't know how to stop.

I am a love of what is, no because I'm a spiritual person, but because it hurts when I argue with reality. We can know that reality is good just as it is, because when we argue with it, we experience tension and frustration. We don't feel natural or balanced. When we stop opposing reality, action becomes simple, kind, and fearless.

STAYING IN YOUR OWN BUSINESS

I can find only three kinds of business in the universe: mine, yours, and God's. (For me, the word GOD means "reality". Reality is God because it rules. Anything that is out of my control, your control, and everyone else's control, I call that God's business.)
Much of our stress comes from mentally living out of our own business. When I think, "you need to get a job, I want you to be happy, you should be on time, you need to take better care of yourself, you shouldn't feel that way," I am in your business. When I'm worried about earthquakes, floods, war, or when I will die, I am in God's business. If I am mentally in your business or in God's business, the effect is separation. I noticed this early in 1986. When i mentally went into my mother's business, for example, with a thought like "My mother should understand me," I immediately experienced a feeling of loneliness. And I realized that every time in my life that I had felt hurt, or lonely, I had been in someone else's business.

If you are living your life and I am mentally living your life, who is here living mine? We're both over there. Being mentally in your business keeps me from being present in my own. I am separate from myself, wondering why my life doesn't work.
To think that I know what's best for anyone else is to be out of my own business. Even in the name of love, it is pure arrogance, and the result is tension, anxiety and fear. Do I know what's right for myself? That is my only business. Let me work with that before I try to solve your problems for you.

If you understand  the three kinds of business enough to stay in your own business, it could free your life in a way that you can't even imagine. The next time you're feeling stress or discomfort, ask yourself whose business you are in mentally, and you may burst out laughing. That question can bring you back to yourself. And you may come to see that you've never really been present, that you've been mentally living in other people's business all your life. Just to notice that you're in someone else's business can bring you back to your own mindful self.

Good, eh?!!

What do all of you do, to stop stress from getting the best of you??




Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Number on the Smartie box..

HEY THERE LADIES!!

I hope you all had a fantastic Halloween! We had a really fun day/night..
I will post a picture at the end of this post, so you can see just how cute my girls were.. (It's a mommy blog, yes, I'm bragging!)
And to make up for bragging, I can tell you that when we took those costumes off, and they consumed WAY too much sugar, they weren't so cute anymore..
Today,,, yeah,, still not so cute!!
I think the candy fairy might sneak in and steal the majority of the candy tonight.
There is absolutely no need for all of this "crap" to be in my house!

So, we had a fun day/night. The girls are getting to be fun ages. They have so much fun looking at all of the other kids' costumes.
I think they have more fun staying home and handing out the candy than they do trick or treating.

Daddy was on trick or treat duty... and pumpkin carving duty,, and well,,, pumpkin seed baking..
I, after all, found the costumes, dressed them up, bought the candy and bought the pumpkins. I think that is a fair trade off.

All in all, I think we all had a lot of fun with Halloween this year.

One thing though, changed the tone of my night, just a little.

As I was prying a mini box of Smarties out of Lylah's hands, I noticed that there was a white (speech like) bubble on the end of the box.
When I looked a little closer, I saw that it read......


KIDS HELP PHONE
1 800 668 6868

WOW!! Something about that, just pulled at my heart..

Here I am having an awesome night with my girls. I look at them so happy, laughing, smiling, dancing.
They were making memories. Great memories..

My happiness suddenly changes to sadness thinking that there are children at this exact moment, struggling, suffering, crying, hurting.. all while they should be enjoying childhood. Enjoying halloween. WOW!

I know what goes on. I know that the world isn't a perfect place. 
Something about that Smartie box really hit me though. 
I'll never be able to look at a Smartie box again without thinking of children suffering somewhere out there..

Maybe that's part of the idea..

It's a smart idea you know.. Putting that on a box for not only children who need the number, but for people like me. People that need reminders, or need their eyes open to what a cruel world we live in. 

I'd like to tell Nestle (makers of Smarties) that it worked..
I'm now sitting here today trying to find a way to help these kids..

I hope you all had a great Halloween! 
Did any of you notice the number on the Smartie box??


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