Monday, May 25, 2015

memorial day

a memorial day weekend spent here at home with
35+ different families over the course of 3 days. 
we bbq'd, marched, biked, played, roasted marshmallows, water gunned, 
ran barefoot, pledged allegiance and gave thanks 
for all those that leave their home, family and friends to fight and protect ours.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

thankful tuesday, 5/19

tonight as the clouds parted and the sun was setting, 
i got to spend time all to myself planting corn and greens from the greenhouse. 
these delicate little lives that were once iitty bitty seeds, 
yet like the sun have broken through. 
so i watered the soil with tears of gratitude and 
counted my joy list on this most overdue thankful tuesday.  
  • happy garden rows
  • baby caterpillar hunting (minus poo)
  • when women thrive launch in o'canada
  • mr and daddy who runs the ship while i'm away
  • the issues that bond us
  • impromtu overnight with my brother and sister-in-law
  • song requests and sing-a-longs with jane
  • a full volvo with screaming, dancing kids
  • a sermon i needed to hear on the morning i needed to hear it
  • teachers we adore
  • summer planning
  • sidelines with mama friends
  • medway pride
  • hen inspired stories with little authors
  • full egg baskets
  • swan lake piano homework
  • hand-me-down treasures
  • squirming and snuggles
  • ironpig chants
  • less than 30 days left till school is out

Sunday, May 3, 2015

happy ending

some weekends are filled more than i'd like.
filled with all very good things...just full.
but when they end like this...then all is just as it should be.
hope you had a wonderful weekend too friends!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

getting lost and found in his books

little b and his books is pure magic. 
encouraging us all to slow down, get cozy and escape to far away lands.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

bloomers & rainbow stripes

oh hi...
well, so much for my march 31 days to thriving, huh?
i definitely had some good ideas and a rockin' plan,
but then it kinda went like this... 

 setting off all ruffly and rainbow striped.with the
inspriration and energy of a new job.
a new job that is bright, fresh and filled to the brim with opportunity.  
the first few weeks were full of all sorts of fun and games.
days building block towers of new strategies,
celebrating international women's day
and advancing gender equity and empowerment
on the global stage of the UN.

and then there came the crash after an incredible high.
remember the "bam" i talked about?
well that "bam" got pretty deafening.
in a really good way...
but that also in a way that left me completely
exhausted, emotional and wanting nothing more than to
curl up with my blankie and cling to what i used to know.

and now here i am, coming up for air and
marching onward all messy and muddy,
but underneath still filled with the
fluffy, ruffly and rainbow stripes of new opportunity. 
you guys are a big big part of that.
the love, support and encouragement you expressed
has meant more than you can know.

Friday, March 13, 2015

happy friday!

happy friday friends!
popping in for a quick hello while waiting in the car pool lane
 to pick-up up kiddos on a half day friday and feeling blessed to the core. 
a friday at the end of an exhausting and incredible week.  
a week that started in the bright lights of a global mercer tv broadcast 
and being surrounded by delegates and dignitaries at the 
UN Women's Empowerment Principles meeting 
and is now about to climax with crew of kids around my 
dining room table for a pizza lunch.
humbled. inspired. grateful.
happy friday friends!

Monday, March 9, 2015

video favorites...

as a follow-up to yesterday's lengthy post,
i thought today i'd just share some of my favorite youtub clips on the topic.  
first and last our #whenwomenthrive productions...
with some of my go-to favorites in between.
#no ceilings
any other good ones you want to share?