Saturday, December 1, 2012

30 Days of Gratefulness | Day 29 & 30 | Music and Noise

Music is so cathartic. Any song, at any given time, can take me to a place where I remember someone - or something ... it can take me back to a simpler time ... or help me look forward to the days in front of me. I'm thankful I can hear BEAUTIFUL music ... it's probably something I take for granted most days.

When I was a little girl, I had to get tubes put into both my ears. Well, back in the day, it wasn't as simple as it is now - and well, my doctor punctured my eardrum. I've had surgeries over the years to try and correct the hole, but those surgeries haven't worked. Through time, my hearing has declined - but - THANK YOU JESUS, I can still hear.

I think we take for granted some of the most basic things, like our senses, and never realize they could be GONE, just like that. I'm GRATEFUL for the music - for the noise that surrounds me most days. I'm thankful that I can still hear my little boy laugh - my husband tell me he loves me - my sisters' and I's conversations - and the music. Oh ... the beautiful music.

{I LOVE this song - this group. It's mostly instrumental - but it helps me clear my head and makes me just a little more INSPIRED. Thankful today, and everyday, that I can hear beautiful MUSIC, just like this.}

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

30 Days of Gratefulness | Day 27 & 28 | Mattie and Winston

While my doggies, Mattie and Winston drive me a bit bonkers some days, I'm thankful for them. I adore their little nuances and how they get excited when they go for walks. And honestly, there's nothing like cuddling with them - grateful they are part of our 'family'. ;) They will always be our 'first kids'. :)

Mattie girl. She's our crazy, overly excited, slightly overweight caryn terrier.  ;)

Winston! He's the needy one - a cocker spaniel at heart - but most of the time, sweet and cuddly.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lange Family | Robert C. Beutter Park: City of Mishawaka

I've known Kelly for over half my life. She has been one of my dearest friends - and I'm blessed that I've been able to document so many 'moments' over the years for her.

Had some fun with her, her hubby and two sweetie pie babies a few weeks ago. It was a beautiful November day - filled with PERFECT smiles - and new memories.

Monday, November 26, 2012

30 Days of Gratefulness | Day 26 | Time

I wish there was a dial that you could turn on and off for the brain. I mean wouldn't it be nice if you could 'flip a switch' when you actually WANTED to think and then 'flip a switch' for when you just wanted peace from the chaos? I don't know ... just a thought of nonsense perhaps.

Nonetheless, it's funny how we are who we are. While that's simple, yes, I still find it amazing how different and splendid each of us really is. I think that reality hit me when I was a kid. I looked up into the sky, realized how small I really was ... and then looked around me ... it was easy to see the beauty in others because I saw the insignificance of it all. Not the insignificance of life, but the amazing power of a moment.

I think so often, moments pass us by - without a glance, without a notice. They creep, they crawl, they unearth our inhibitions - Perhaps to be noticed, or maybe just to get our attention.

Whatever the reason, they bring life to us, they give us meaning, and somehow, they give us hope for yet another day. They give us this coveted thing called TIME.

It’s funny how time goes. It just goes and goes … it doesn’t matter if you want it to stand still for a moment … it just keeps going, with no end in sight. I guess, as I’ve gotten older that truth has become so relevant - it’s become a constant, no matter how fast my brain goes - and no matter how I wish it to stop.

I am not complaining … I feel so honored to still be here. I feel blessed that I still have breath in my body to STOP … LOOK … and CHERISH the ‘moments’ … whatever they are … because whatever they might be, they’re worth noticing.

So while that ‘flip ON and OFF' switch doesn’t exist for the brain … and while time continues to move and move … I am reminded of what’s right in front of me … and am so thankful for the beauty that surrounds me. Because after all, I can still look UP and realize everything is as it should be … and no matter how small and insignificant, I still have the 'moment' - I still have TIME.

Tyler | Class of 2013

My cousin Tyler was the ring bearer in my husband and I's wedding over 12 years ago. You can see him below, in the first picture - the little stud, in front of all the bigger studs. Well, today, that little boy is a senior in high school. And a handsome one at that! Crazy how time flies.

Had such a blast taking his senior pictures a few weeks ago - despite the crazy cold!

Congrats Tyler! :) ♥ I know you are bound for great things!!!

Proud mom and dad! :)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

30 Days of Thankfulness | Days 22-25 | Family Time

The holidays are my FAVORITE time of year. It's when I get to spend time with my family - some of whom I don't get to see as often as I'd like! Of course, on both sides of the family, we ALL couldn't be together - but it's times like this, that I remain incredibly grateful for TWO families.

I adore my family. This is just a few of them! My dad, little sister Erin, my twin sis and her sweet boy Max were all able to come to Thanksgiving dinner this year! We had a blast. Cannot wait for the WHOLE family to be together in December for even more picture opportunities! ;)

My husband, son and I do not have very many pictures together. You'll see quite a few of my son - but not all of us. In 2013 - I want to change that! My little sister snapped this one for us, at the end of the day and I'm so grateful for it. LOVE these moments.

My dad and little sister - enjoying some 'playtime'! These are the moments that are incredibly AMAZING! LOVE THEM.

My sweet nieces and nephews on my hubby's side. They are some of the sweetest, cutest little ones you'll ever meet! ADORE them ALL. This is only half!

In downtown Indy. :) It's gorgeous there around the holidays ... the Allison grandkids in front of Rocket Fizz and with grandma to the right! ALL of them will soon be together at Christmas, as we welcome Stanley to the bunch! :)

LOVE my 'married into' family! Brad and Julie on the left, with their gorgeous kiddos, Morgan, Madison, Branden and Blake - and the oh so precious and beautiful, Steve and Melissa, and their cutie pie beauties, Claire and Ebbet.

Friday, November 23, 2012

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Howell Family | St. Patrick's County Park

Adore this beautiful family. April and Nate are some of my husband and I's dearest friends - and their sweet girls, Macie and Emma are absolute darlings.

Had a blast with them a few weeks ago at St. Patrick's Park. The weather was beautiful and their smiles were infectious!

Always thankful to share in special, fun moments with families!

30 Days of Gratefulness | Day 20 & 21 | Laughter & Youth

When I was younger, all I ever wanted to be was OLDER. Yes, it's true. In our youth, we wish for 'more years' and in our older years, we wish for our youth again.

Looking back on my youth, and I've probably said this many times before, but we had so much fun. My sisters and I fought like the dickens - but when it really came down to it - we flippin' adored each other. Today, we're BEST friends. And boy do we LAUGH! I definitely think the saying is true ... "Laughter is the best medicine."

Grateful for the memories of my youth - and the laughter we shared - and continue to share in our adulthood! LIFE would not be the same without these moments - without the laughter - without my sisters.