I first saw The One Word Game here.
It's New Year's Eve and in no time it will be 2009 (and thanks to Chinese take-out the other day I also know it will be the year of the Ox) and while many people focus on the year ahead, I am starting now - today - to make each moment real. To live in the Now, as my mother says. The present. Whatever tomorrows we have in store for ourselves are nice, but they're not guaranteed.
So on that note, I think The One Word Game is a good start to my Now.
Where is your mobile phone? charging
Where is your significant other? upstairs
Your hair color? highlighted
Your mother? remission
Your father? laughter
Your favorite thing? family
Your dream last night? boat
Your dream goal? time
The room you're in? cozy
Your hobby? laundry
Your fear? failure
Where do you want to be in 6 years? together
Where were you last night? kiddos
What you're not? dishonest
One of your wish-list items? peace
Where you grew up? Indiana
The last thing you did? yawn
What are you wearing? blue
Your TV? dusty
Your pets? shedding
Your computer? busy
Your mood? real
Missing someone? regularly
Your car? box
Something you're not wearing? frown
Favourite shop? book
Your summer? best
Love someone? madly
Your favorite color? green
When is the last time you laughed? morning
When is the last time you cried? Thursday
Have a safe and happy New Year!
Well, here it is! And a Merry Christmas to you all!
I honestly felt so unprepared for it this year - and I'm not just SAYING that, it's very true.
I went MIA a week before Christmas because hubby and I were out of the country. Yeah, don't leave the country for a week THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS if you want to feel ready for the holiday! Just a little tip there for ya!
And the Brazil trip was something we needed to recover from. Ten hour flights don't happen without some physical toll, but Doug had to go on business and I enjoyed being able to accompany him. More about Brazil post-holiday.
Most importantly we recently celebrated two more milestones in the ever-growing-bank-of-childhood-achievements-that-I'm-in-denial-of...both of our girls celebrated birthdays!
Are they really 6 & 8 years old?! Sure there wasn't a mix-up and I've got a snuggly toddler running around somewhere?!
Nope. It's real, they're independent and big - and Heidi's losing her first tooth cinched it.
And now it's Christmas day, late in the evening and I'm anxiously awaiting our girls' return from their father's house - any moment now I'll get two snowy hugs and I can't wait! Oh, and Doug's bringing home Chinese take-out for our late dinner because we lost track of time thanks to a movie. Yeah, we were avoiding the laundry and killing time before we got our kiddos back - so a movie it was. Thank you Blockbuster!
Since noon it's been quiet around here but family time revs up tomorrow and straight on into January - don't know where the next few days will be taking you, but I wish you safety and sweet memories to be made!
The apple won.
My baby has lost her first tooth! Is she really that old?!
Can't be - this is a dream - one of those Scrooge-like scenarios where I'm really sleeping and the Ghost of Childhood Future drags me out of bed to show me things that haven't happened yet and won't for years....
Nope. It's real.
I dusted off my sewing machine and whipped together a pillow-with-a-pocket just for her tooth. It's something we do for every first tooth lost in our family.
And Trev just announced he has a loose molar, and Mamie's got movement in her canines and bicuspids....
Any banks out there extending loans to the Tooth Fairy???
I received a phone call yesterday at 2:49 p.m.
It made me jump up and down and pump my fist in the air and cry all at once.
And it left me speechless.
Thank you for all of the prayers for my Mother!
Thank you for the well-wishes sent her way and for the countless people, who without even knowing her, have stepped-up and donated to their local blood banks and hospitals! You have helped someone without asking for anything in return - a true gift!
We are so very grateful!
I'll let her tell you the good news in her own words. Click here.
(photo by Mercy McNab - available from my shop or mercymcnab.com)
At any wedding one of the key elements is a photographer.
Not only was my brother's wedding a beautiful day, but it gave our family a reason to all clean ourselves up a little bit.
What do you get when you put a family of five together with our favorite photographer....
You get a family portrait!
Thanks Jon & Kate for letting us "borrow" Mercy McNab that day!
It really saved us a lot of time!
My little brother got married two months ago in our backyard.
I use the term 'little' loosely.
Although it was cold, the color in the trees unbelievable!
Here are my folks with the happy couple - I LOVE Mom's hat!
The kids loved that they were at home and could run around and play.
The kids hung out in the fort - in fact, I just found the missing library books out there last week. Nothing says 'humble pie' like a $42 library book fee!
The girls adore their Aunt Kate & Uncle Jonny!
Family from Seattle to Washington D.C. attended and we turned the weekend into a full-fledged family reunion! The kids played with cousins they had never even met!
Happiness! Such a very special day!
Never was I more proud of my little brother than on that day!
He has brought the most beautiful woman into our family - we're all so thankful!
So much family and love. So many smiles and tears of happiness.
It was a day to remember.
My Mom (aka Nana)finished up her chemo less than two weeks ago and already she's back in the hospital again - this time with fever and infections. Did you know that getting a splinter when you're neutropenic can be deadly?! Well, it can be. She had a small hole in her finger (likely do to a splinter no bigger than a pin prick) and germs got in there and in a few short hours she was spiking a fever near 103 and was in the ER. I tell you what...I'm ready to kick cancer's *#@! But that's another post altogether....
(photo taken June 21, 2008 - Nana & Poppy - married 40 years)
Anyway, when she got into the hospital she was in desperate of platelets and they had to send out for them - to Ft. Wayne! That's like 2 hours+ driving distance from the hospital she's in! That's how low the supplies are right now. Over the past few months one thing we've learned (among the many hundreds of things your learn when cancer invades your family) is that there can't be enough blood or platelets donated!
If you want to give something this year I urge you to call your local Red Cross or your local blood bank and set up an appointment to donate blood or platelets. You can also click here to find the nearest blood bank to you by simply typing in your zip code. Doug is donating regularly...I think it's blood every 55 days and you can give platelets nearly every 3 days, although that process takes 1-2 hours each time. I would if I could, but I'm anemic so they won't take my blood.
It's not Toys for Tots, or a donation to someone ringing a bell for the Salvation Army, or a care package to our troops overseas - all of which are very important and special, but it's something that is needed too. Please consider doing this!
To all you who already give - THANK YOU!!!