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Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Poem from A Sweet Girl!

I love my children.  They each have a specialness about them, each different from the other.  I would like to share with you a bit about my one and only daugther.  She is a joy to me.  She has such a sweetness about her.  She sees a need and does her best to fill it!  In fact that is ahow she lives life~ her best!  I am so grateful for her and to her.  She is an example to me of love, devotion, kindness, strength, determination, will power and Intergity. 
Today this dear daughter of mine came home from school and read me a poem she had written for L.A class. I am not sure if it will come across the same to you as it did to me, not knowing all that she is talking about, but I was amazed at how she captured and expressed her life on the page.  Her insights surprised me and so did the tears this brought to my eyes!  I hope you will enjoy. I know I did!!

Where I’m From
By: Mackenzie Wynder

I am from drawers
    from Old Navy and Stain remover
I am from red everything
      (Dark, light it felt like
      I was surrounded.)
I am from the grass
     the trees
    bright, fresh and damp smelling.

I am from the brown sugar, cinnamon toast and blue eyes
    From Dayna and Shiela and Rae.
I’m from the goal setting and
           hanging out,
from you are beautiful! and I love you!
I’m from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
            and I am a child of God. 

I’m from Alberta and Ontario
       haystacks and tea.  
From the Candy shop my
        brother owned,
The two broken arms of my grandma
when my mom was a baby.

Scrap books in the craft room
          full of pictures,
          me from birth to now
          I will always have the memories to cherish.
I am from purple and pink clothes-
           bright, blue, snowy mountains.

I love this girl!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


So how did yo do with the challenge?  Were you able to be screen free for the week? A few days? A day?  An evening?  Did you find it hard to do?
I did really well for the first part of the week and then had to check out an email that was important, and look up a motel # so I could book a room.  Amazing how much we use this technology in our daily lives.  I really missed posting on here! 
On the other side, I found it a bit liberating to ignore my emails and face book everyday.  I enjoyed the power that it seemed to give me.  A bit of freedom!  Funny, really when I don't have anyone standing over me making me check these things.  I don't really know what the difference was...I also found I had more patience with everyone around me.  I could feel the difference in our home.  I also read a book, and finished another. 
Here we are at the end of April and I have found I need to reevaluate where I am! To check in and see how I am using this "blessing", we call technology!  Only four months after deciding to go T.V free.  Perhaps I have replaced my T.V time with computer time?!  Maybe it is a good idea to check in quarterly just to see who is running who!
So, I am going to continue to hold on to this new bit of freedom and not check my emails and face book every chance I get.  I am going to take this little reminder and refocus.  I hope you will do the same.  Don't be afraid to take it to the next level.  Whether that is going T.V free for the year, the month, the week, a day, an evening, maybe it's turning off the computer more... Whatever it might me, I hope you will find the courage to go for it!  You deserve it!
Hope you have a bit of freedom today!  I plan to!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Oh! The Choices We Choose!

I received an email yesterday from an incredible friend of mine.  She is amazing to me.  She has three active children, she is going to university and taking crazy courses, she makes time to sell her wares at a farmers market a couple of times a year and she is now learning how to spin wool!  Talk about Limitless.  I will have to ask her how much time she spends in front of the tube.  I imagine it's not much, if any! It seems to me that she has made some amazing choices in her life and although hard at times, she is doing incredible things!
It was her email that informed me that this coming week is "Screen Free Week"! There is a link at the bottom of this post to a site (Please note I have no affiliation with this site, but only thought it might get you started.  I am not suggesting you purchase anything from this site, unless you feel to. There are other sites with many great ideas free of charge!) So the challenge for next week is to go Screen Free! Since that includes the computer, I will be refraining from posting next week, or checking emails and facebook! 
If you haven't been able to join us yet on our adventure, next week might be a great opportunity to see just what is possible!  Make it fit you.  If you need to check emails for work, check them, but maybe leave facebook alone for the week.  Maybe just starting with the T.V works best...You decide, you make the choice, but try something!!  Get your family involve and perhaps your friends and neighbours!  Be open to the possibility of possibilities! 
I hope have choose to join us! Have a Choice Day!  I plan to!

“Life is never boring, but some people choose to be bored.” ~Wayne Dyer~ 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Well I got so excited about the idea of  limitless days, but it seem that there has been so many things in the way since I wrote it that I haven't been able to start!  I spent last week on the road, (5 days and 3 nights in a motel and we didn't turn the T.V on once!) and this week I was able to spent a wonderful day with a dear friend of mine, which I enjoyed greatly,  I've had a sick boy home,so today is my day!!  Sometimes it just seems like life gets in the way of the best laid plans!
That is the trick though don't you think?  To try to enjoy the seemingly endless tasks and all of the to do lists, so that we can get to the "good stuff"!
There are a couple of theories on this. And I have tried some.  One is that we should always do the chores first and then have fun and enjoy ourselves. This is what my parents taught, or should I say, tried to teach me while growing up.  I understand this in theory.  It is much nicer to sit and eat my sandwich in a clean kitchen since of course I cleaned up after myself as I went, right?!!
The trouble with this one is that as a mom, I NEVER seem to be done the chores.  There is always something to be done and therefore I never get to the fun stuff.  SO, I have tried theory number the fun stuff first and the rest will fall into place!
This feels so great if you can let your self enjoy it and it can work. But be warned that it also has the ability to quickly be abused and before you know it you are living in complete chaos.
This said I think the answer is somewhere in the middle.  I have found when I can find that balance, I can enjoy the chores and the "fun stuff"! My family grumbles when things get to crazy at home, but my creative self also grumbles if ignored for too long.  My dear Mother has tried to teach me to find joy in creating a beautiful, orderly home.  I just get frustrated with having my work all undone with in hours, even minutes.  Limitless is great when it is limitless possibilities for my life, but NOT limitless chores to be done!
So today I am going to make a gentle to do list, I am going complete it, trying not to be distracted by anything and then I am going to enjoy some creative time. 
I hope you have a balanced day, I plan to!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Oh the Foolishness!

I just sent my youngest son, Jacob, to school with a note to say his g-tube is bothering him and that we will make an appointment to have the green stuff around it checked!  No, I am not being a totally negligent parent, we are just having some April Fools fun!  The Green stuff is actually the words "He He, Happy April Fools!"  written around his tube in green marker. Now, this is all in fun and please don't stop reading my blog over it!  I did talk to him before and he got very excited!  My Daughter, Mackenzie took green dyed noodles to sneeze at her friend too.  I have been giggling all morning! 
These jokes are in fun and harmless, the marker will come off and we made sure the noodles wouldn't stain anything.  Is it possible we have too much time on our hands!!  Perhaps one of the side effects of not watching television!  Be warned!
I guess having one day a year of foolishness is good.  I have to admit that I don't like being made the fool.  You know I am going to tie this in to T.V watching, don't you?!!  So with that said...When was the last time you watched T.V and didn't groan over some ridiculous commercial that belittled your intelligence?  Have you watched some of the stuff that we are having our pre-schoolers sit through? 
I remember watching the last episode of Seinfeld ( I really hope I am not getting myself in trouble here) I loved the show, but I felt like it was making fun of all of us who had followed it.  At first I was a bit annoyed, but since have seen the genius in it!  We can get so caught up in the lives of these make believe, Yes, they are make believe, lives and worlds.  Maybe we are playing the fool more than we know!  When we give the show our power and  HAVE to watch it.  What about when we numbly sit watching something that isn't worth our time, energy or brain power instead of doing something worth while.  Even sleeping would be better than filling out heads full of some of the stuff that is out there!
So enjoy your day of foolishness, it is great fun!  But I hope you see the wisdom in living your own real life, in your real world!  I know I hope to!

I seem to be having some technical difficulty.  Please try to ignore the highlights.  They are not intentional and I can't figure out how to get rid of them!! Thanks