Happy Mother`s day……

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I am re-blogging this because AGAIN I am in tears, I watch this video every now and again because it reminds me how quick time passes and to hold on to every second of it.  Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful momma’s!!

 

A friend of mine posted this on her blog and it brought tears to my eyes.  Anything that can move someone to tears (even if it doesn`t take me much:) needs to be shared.  Thank-you Melissa for sharing this!  I am still crying…hahaha

Happy mommy day:)  Now go give your people a big hug!!

Jodi

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Inspiration is a funny thing…

Sometimes it is a song that comes on the radio, a photograph that catches your eye, a memory.  A lyric, a quote, a catch phrase.  Something so simple can inspire someone to pick up a pen, a guitar, a camera and create.

I stopped writing for a little while, I stopped taking pictures for a little while too.  I let people inside my head who didn’t need to be there and let words have weight when I should have just “set those words down”.  As the saying goes, You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are just to damn heavy.

There is no shame from taking a “time-out” as I have come to realize, even from something you love.  Especially when the load is “just to damn heavy”.  Sometimes you need that time to gain a little perspective, to focus on the now.  I am learning that just when you think you have something “figured out” that life can magically (and beautifully) intervene.

This life is just so damn beautiful and we are surrounded by so much love and greatness if we all just take that second to look.  I am taking the time now, to look around, to breathe it all in.  I am blessed, truly;

Sure there will always be those barriers, those road closed signs.  But I am choosing gratitude, love.  I am choosing family and friends and good.  I am choosing laughter and painting, writing, creating.  I am choosing me.  I choose to see the glass half full and focus on all that I have instead of all that I have not, because my god, I have a lot.  I am surrounded and engulfed in the good and I will embrace it.

I am not a great writer, that’s OK.

I am not a great photographer, that’s OK too.

I can’t sing like Janis Joplin, or dance like Fred Astaire or paint like Da Vinci.

I have a million “Can’t s” but you know what that….is…OK!!  I teach my boys everyday that if you can’t sing good, sing LOUD!!  If you listen to those voices, you will find them everywhere, so dammit sing LOUDER!!

So I think I am going to start singing again, metaphorically speaking. ha.  I am going to pick up those things that I set down for a little while because you know what, they don’t seem so heavy anymore.  It’s funny how a little time and distance can do that:)

Jodi

For it is in giving that we receive….

A little while ago I was the photographer for the first family photo day for RRHC, where all proceeds went directly back to this wonderful program.   I wrote a post about how amazing Rural Response is and how important it is to our community last spring when we were going to have our first shoot, but due to scheduling conflicts we moved it to the fall and booked right up:)  I want to thank the wonderful families who came out and supported this wonderful cause!!  It was a wonderful day.  Here are a few pictures of the beautiful families that came out.

* There is one more family that was involved in the family photo day that we did a few weeks later that I will be posting later today:)

My thanks to Melissa Wormington for singing songs with me, giving me antlers and make silly faces behind my back, you were so much help:) Thank you thankyou:)…and a BIG thankyou to Rural Response for contacting and choosing me to be the photographer for the day!!  I can’t wait for the next one!!

Jodi xoxo

Pumpkin Patch take 2….

Today we ended our Halloween week by going to the pumpkin patch again:)  I have different kids on different days and I didn’t want anyone to miss out so we braved the cold and headed one last time for the year.  Can you believe it is that time of year already,  Halloween has almost come and gone so quickly. It is true what they say “don’t blink.”   Thanks Melissa for coming too!!!

What made this day for two little boys, (one wasn’t so sure of the “tractor”) was what happened next…..

                                LOVE…love…love….

 

 

A chilly day, a few tears and a wipe out or two but what a day, What an amazing “don’t blink” kind of day:)

They did the mash….the daycare mash..

Do you hear that…wait….ahhhhhh quiet time:)  We had a very busy morning at Jodi’s halloween town today.  Lot’s of paint, stickers, feathers,and icing:)  It is days like today that I really LOVE my job, full out dance party in my kitchen, paint up to your elbows, icing all over your face kind of day.  Love it!!

 How cute are they??🙂

It’s the great pumpkin…

Linus: He’ll come here because I have the most sincere pumpkin patch and he respects sincerity.
Sally Brown: Do you really think he will come?
Linus: Tonight the Great Pumpkin will rise out of the pumpkin patch. He flies through the air and brings toys to all the children of the world.
Sally Brown That’s a good story.
Linus: You don’t believe the story of the Great Pumpkin? I thought little girls always believed everything that was told to them. I thought little girls were innocent and trusting.
Sally Brown:  Welcome to the 20th century!

I love the pumpkin patch, my crew and I look forward to this outing every year.  The owners are wonderful and let the kids run through the patch picking their absolute most perfect pumpkin.  This can be a very serious task and not taken to lightly, after picking the one that is just right the disscussion starts on what it soon will be….  mine is going to be all green with red eyes … well mine is going to be a princess with purple and sparkles… to them the fun is just beginning, LOVE this time of year, so much magic is in the air…

 Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.

Lucy : Not again! Writing a letter to a stupid pumpkin? You make me the laughing stalk of the neighborhood! All they talk about is my little brother who always writes to the Great Pumpkin! You’d better cut it out right now, or I’ll pound you!
Linus: There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.

 Dear Great Pumpkin, I am looking forward to your arrival on Halloween Night. I hope you will bring me lots of presents…..  You must get discouraged because more people believe in Santa Claus than in you. Well, let’s face it; Santa Claus has had more publicity, but being #2, perhaps you try harder.
 
It was another GREAT day….

Lucky to call them friends…

I have been thinking about all the ways I could start this post and introduce this family.  I could start by saying what an inspiration Patti has been to me and how much I have grown as a person because I have had her in my life, but that really goes without saying.  I could also start this with how I met Victoria when she was just 7 years old coming out to her driveway to “inspect” Matts new girlfriend, I think I met your approval:)  Or I could say how Victoria has grown into a beautiful young woman and a wonderful mother to her absolutley adorable son Noah and the love that are in the eyes of both her and Eric as they look at him is undeniable.  As all these things are true I think I will introduce the Harnett/Wellman family with this…

“In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit.”
~ Marge Kennedy~
You have a beautiful family and I am very lucky to know you!!
xo Jodi

Welcome Benson…

Kim emailed me a few weeks ago to see if I would take a few pictures of her little man, I was honoured she would think of me and I jumped at the chance.  I have known Kim for many years now as her and my husband grew up together and have been friends since diapers.  Thank you so much for letting me come over and steal a few snuggles from handsome little Benson!  Here are the pictures from that day.

                                                                                                            he he he,  how cute is he!!!!!

Thank you…

Compiling lists of gratitude are so important, and necessary.  They can help lift you up when you need a little push and can help bring you back down when that hot air rises up a little to far.  It can put things into perspective that sometimes otherwise become a little blurred.  To give thanks for the beauty that surrounds you is sometimes just like opening a window to get a breath of fresh air;  the clean crisp breeze washes over you and fills you with a sense of balance.   Here are some things to be thankful for…

Holding hands with someone you love…… Thankyou

To look into the eyes of what to you is perfection…    Thank you

To be called “mommy”…   Thank you

To be able to say you married your bestfriend… Thank you

There are so soooo many things to be thankful for….

    ~ Thank you, Thank you, Thank you… ~

Jodi