tuesday tidbits

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

** chace and i are here in santa fe.

** ph will join us in a week.

** it is good to be here.

** i needed a change of scenery.

** the trip out was uneventful.

** with the exception of when the flight attendant asked if chace would like a banana.

** this may seem like a nice gesture.

** but chace was tired of being in his seat and was letting people know it.

** she thought a banana would make him quiet down.

** she does not know my child.

** i saw through her gesture and did not appreciate it.

** nope, not one bit.

** i am starting a new knitting project.

** i think it may take me a while.

** i am reading a great book, sarah's key.

** there is an unusually high number of mosquitos here this summer.

** i am over them.

** i am missing yoga.

** i might try to take a class or two here.

** my mom and i are working on a sewing project.

** hope all is well in your world.

** back to my knitting.

heart center

Saturday, August 20, 2011

i have had the heart
on my mind lately.
both the physical heart
and the figurative heart.

cooper's imperfect heart.
chace's perfect heart.
both the size of a walnut
when they were born.

this organ that is
in the center of the body.
the life force,
the work horse
of the human body,

my heart that i guarded
so carefully
until i met ph.

it was battered
and bruised over the years.
leaving me cautious
about leaving it unprotected.

i learned how much
my heart could love
when my boys were born.
and how much it could break, hurt and ache
when cooper died.

i learned how through
hard work, love, and patience
it can mend.
not heal but mend.
stitched together carefully.

i learned that despite
such a trauma,
it can love completely
again, if not more fully than before.

in yoga, the goal is
to be centered, grounded.
i start each practice
at heart center
and come back to throughout the class.

opening up.
being unguarded

and when i think i can
not open up anymore.
i think of cooper.
our hearts forever connected.
a string pulling my heart
closer to his.

and by opening up,
i am closer to him
and thus a better parent,
wife and friend.

a moment

Thursday, August 18, 2011

she let go

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

this was in my inbox when i walked out of yoga class
it seemed fitting.
it gave me chills.
it echoed class.
so, i thought i would share....

"She let go. 
Without a thought or a word,
she let go. She let go of the fear.
She let go of the judgments. She
let go of the confluence of
opinions swarming around her
head. She let go of the committee
of indecision within her. She let
go of all the 'right' reasons.
Wholly and completely, without
hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn't ask anyone for advice.
She didn't read a book on how to
let go. She didn't search the
scriptures. She just let go. She let
go of all the memories that held
her back. She let go of all the
anxiety that kept her from moving
forward. She let go of the
planning and all of the
calculations about how to 
do it just right.
She didn't promise to let go. She
didn't journal about it. She didn't
write the projected date in her
Day-Timer. She made no public
announcement and put no ad in
the paper. She didn't check the
weather report or read her daily
horoscope. She just let go.
She didn't analyze whether she
should let go. She didn't call her
friends to discuss the matter. She
didn't do a five-step Spiritual
Mind Treatment. She didn't call
the prayer line. She didn't utter
one word. She just let go.
No one was around when it
happened. There was no
applause or congratulations. No
one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing. Like a
leaf falling from a tree, she just
let go. There was no effort. There
was no struggle. It wasn't good
and it wasn't bad. It was what it
was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let
it all be. A small smile came over
her face. A light breeze blew
through her. And the sun and the
moon shone forevermore.."

tuesday tidbits

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

** this morning we had a play date with tommy and charlie.

** there was a lot of little boy energy in my house.

** and the three of them ate half a watermelon.

** i shudder to think what they will eat as teenagers.

** i finished sewing the quilt blocks on a big quilt project i have been working on for a long time.

**we leave monday to head to santa fe.

** we will be gone until sept. 7th.

** i am looking forward to a change of scenery.

**weight watchers is not going so well these days.

** i can not wait for college football to start.

** i have the urge to knit some sweaters for myself.

** i think it is because fall is right around the corner.

** i do love the fall.

** i have applied to 3 craft shows for the fall. i should know by the end of september if i was accepted.

** i will let you all know.

** c is down, but not asleep.

**that is my cue to go sew.

** happy tuesday.

dear chace

Sunday, August 14, 2011

 my dear sweet chace,

6 months from today you will be two years old. i can not believe that you are now 18 months old. the last year and a half has flown by, too fast. i am trying to stay in the present, to cherish every moment with you, but i get ahead of myself sometimes. in those moments you are going to college, following your passions, getting married, and having children of your own.  it goes by in a blink. i don't want to miss any of it. so i remind myself to stay present, in today, in the moment.

on this day that marks your 18th month of life. we played outside, you followed your dad while he mowed the lawn, you and i sat on the kitchen floor and ate blueberries and you and your dad are building a house out of legos as i type.

you are talking in paragraphs. unfortunately, i do not have the translation guide, so you get very frustrated at me. i have this feeling that one day when i ask you a question, you are simply going to respond like it's no big deal. you have figured out how to run. you take great pleasure in running around the yard, falling on the grass and laughing. there is nothing better for your dad and i to witness.

we leave in week to head to santa fe to see yaya and pappous. your dad will meet us there. we will also head to beaumont for the weekend for you to meet your aunt ashley, who you are in part named after. when we return from our trip, you will start montessori. i am sure that i will cry that first day, but know that montessori will be so good for you and is exactly where you need to be. our routine will shift a little, but for the most part will stay the same.

when your brother died, i did not know if  my heart was capable of loving so completely again. you have changed that, i knew from the day you were born, that my heart could love again. the last 18 months have taught me that the heart has the capacity to expand and love an inconceivable amount. i love you more than words can express. you are my greatest gift, my greatest joy and my greatest joy.

love you always

casual observations

Thursday, August 11, 2011

i have not been practicing yoga very long.
probably a month,
and i would not call myself a yogi,
but i have made some casual observations.

** i like yoga gear way too much, this is problematic only because it is "spendy" (as athena would say)

** there are some days when yoga is fun, uplifting and exhilarating.

** there are other days, when i just want it to be over.

** no matter which day it is, i always feel stronger after a class.

** i like quirky yoga teachers, technical yoga teachers.

** i do not like the more stereotypical yoga teacher.

** i am not still not good at being still.

** i am not a fan of the incense they burn before class.

** i love that the room if heated to 90 plus degrees.

** i love that i sweat.

** the me time is good.

** my body is beginning to crave yoga.

** i see this being a life time practice, which is cool.

** the thought of being able to accomplish "full wheel" seems daunting, but i hope some day i can....

** i love yoga more than i thought i would.

a moment

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

tuesday tidbits

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

** it is pouring here!

** monsoon rain, which is good because we need it.

** i burned the heck out of my arm on the iron last week.

** i will have a nice scar.

** chace is still talking up a storm, but in a language all his own.

** we are waiting for the electrician to arrive at the house.

** a simple project has turned into a major project.

** we think we might all the electric work needs to be re-done.

** ph made fantastic ribs in the smoker this weekend.

** he could become a professional bbq man if the landscaping doesnt work out.

** i have a pimple in my eyebrow.

** it hurts.

** i still heart yoga.

** i look forward to class.

** we leave for santa fe in two weeks.

** c and i will be there for 10 days and then ph will join us.

** that's it for now.

** i am off to sew.

** happy tuesday!


Saturday, August 6, 2011

thursday was one
of those days
when i loved motherhood.

one those days
that was magical.
one of those days
that  i will always remember.

we didnt do anything extraordinary.
we simply were in the moment.
we had connection, chace and i
that was indescribable.

we were silly.
we gave kisses.
we laughed.
we played.
we rolled in the grass.
we looked at the sky.
we laughed some more.
we practiced downward facing dog.
we gave hugs.
we ran.

it was so simple,
so easy,
so effortless.

it was a reminder to myself.
that i am capable of turning my mind off
and just being in the moment with chace.

i wouldn't trade it for anything.
and i will cherish it always.
i look forward to more of these
magical motherhood moments.

a moment

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

tuesday tidbits

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

** chace is talking in sentences.

** too bad i don't understand a word of it.

** weight watchers is well, weight watchers.

** 3 weeks from today we will be in santa fe visiting my parents.

** i currently have 5 custom orders for lucends.

** i love custom orders.

**last night cooper's cardiologist was next to me in yoga class.

** she is the one who suggested i try.

** what a gift she gave me, by doing so.

** the yoga studio carries the cutest street clothes/yoga clothes.

** ph is worried.

** i ordered a bunch of new fabric this week.

** i bought this pattern for myself.

** i might need my mom's help.

** mom????

** we used our panini maker for the first time last night.

** can you say AWESOME?

** this may be our new food, especially for leftovers.

** happy tuesday! its time to sew.

precious husband

Monday, August 1, 2011

he is known as ph on this blog.
and precious husband fits him perfectly.
he is my rock,
my salvation,
my best friend.

we were newly married
when cooper died.
just shy of our first 
our marriage had not been tested.

and was it about to 
be pushed to the brink.

i can vividly remember 
being in the room with 
cooper, saying our goodbyes
and thinking to myself.
"i just lost my son, 
i am not going to lose my husband too."

his love saved me during that time
and it continues to save me each and every day.

he is my biggest supporter.
he accepts my quirks
( and i have alot of them)
he encourages me to take time for me.
and doesn't criticize my fabric stash.

he is an incredible father.
chace is lucky to have him
as a role model.

i never thought i would
find someone who could love 
me so unconditionally.
(ok, let's be honest, 
i didn't think i deserved 
to have someone love me.)

i thank my lucky stars 
each and every day.
i feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
and i just wanted to share that with you.