at this very moment, SMOKE (tony stewart) is to my north. at this very moment, BONO (U2) is to my south. i, my friends, am stuck in the middle, wedged between two unbelievably hot men. and that is why i am overstimulated.
Go SMOKE! The NASCAR chase championship begins.
(in a very soft whisper: see you tomorrow night BONO)
I do sincerely hope that all participants will be equally touched when they receive their 'gift of jewels' in the mail. It has been so exciting to hear how much you've enjoyed participating in this project. I know many 'gift of jewels' are still in transit, however, should you not received yours by September 30th, please let me know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. No worries. Every participant WILL receive a 'gift of jewels' because there is nothing like receiving some snail mail filled with love.
*PAY IT FORWARD: Christina at Soul Aperture is currently hosting another fun project where she'll be giving away 5 (five) 'pay it forward' gifts. For details and your chance to enter, please click here.
grandparents day 2009. my daughter pays her 95 year old great-grandmother a visit. she brings her very own groovy girl doll. grandma doesn't want to accept it...she doesn't want to take away the child's doll. but my daughter insists. so grandma accepts. as usual, grandma exclaims, "it's not a doll. it's a pretty little girl" and gives her pretty little groovy girl a most welcoming hug.
grandma takes a moment to stop and smell the flowers my daughter hand picked for her from the garden.
time will not erase the child inside. grandma tries on her bottle cap ring. here comes the bride.
grandma is happy. she is not forgotten. she tells hubby that our daughter is the only grandchild who gives her gran-gran anything. celebrating great-grandmothers.
Just when I thought my day couldn't get any better...
I received an apache blessing in the form of this mug in the post, courtesy of the beautiful Empress Christina from Soul Aperture. Instantly, I imagined snorkeling in the warm turquoise waters of Caribbean Sea. Coral reefs and angel fish surrounding me. Ooooh, the tropics. Yeah, she took me there. Home. I needed that.
So, what's a girl to do? Well, this Caribbean Queen quickly rustled up a cup of bush tea, topped off with a special, loving sprinkle of old town spiced sugar. And let's not forget to grab some "bun and cheese" to make this 'back-home' experience complete.
I received my gift of jewels in the post!!! I came home after an otherwise fabulous day. Didn't think it could get any better. But there it was. A handwritten envelope. I jumped up and down, anxiously waiting to get inside to rip it open.
A purple envelope that simply said Se'lah rested inside. It held the most beautious handmade card decorated with a matryoshka nesting doll theme...friends was the word that immediately came to mind as I noticed how they were leaning on each other so lovingly.
But that wasn't all. There was another envelope with a specially stamped moleskine for my bloggy thoughts when I'm out and about.
Aren't they beea-u-tiful? I treasure them both, from the very bottom of my heart.
Thanks a million, Julochka. You are a most precious jewel.
today, many will celebrate the lives of those lost in the unforgettable human slaughter on September 11, 2001. that moment will be forever etched in my mind as long as live. my thoughts and prayers go out those who have been touched by that man-made disaster. i hope that one day, a day not so very far away, peace and love will reign supreme throughout the world.
still, in many parts of this earth, on this very day, countless humans are being slaughtered with reckless abandon and are subject to unthinkable acts of cruelty and slavery. i pray for them too.
our "gift of jewels" have been sprinkled all over the world and it's now time for us to celebrate the beginning of a new year with love in our hearts and joy in our homes. many thanks to all those who participated in this modified pen-pal project. it has been quite a rewarding and exciting experience which would not have been possible without each and every one of you. hope you all enjoyed and will join in again next time.
Just a quick reminder that all "gift of jewels" should be postmarked no later than this Friday, September 11, 2009. Of course, we understand that life sometimes present unexpected challenges, so just roll with it. absolutely no pressure. feel free to buy a card if you don't have time to make one. but above all, let's have fun!
abandoned. that void you feel deep inside when you lose a loved one. can't touch, hug or kiss. anymore. can't feel the warmth of their loving embrace. anymore. simply gone. and it's even more evident around the holidays.
as the stream trickled between her fingers i asked my daughter why do you like water so much? this is what she said: water is smooth, and soft it is in our blood it is in the rivers and ocean it is almost everything it is in all of us it is in our hearts.