Now to start the next one …
Now to start the next one …
I love to make my own homemade soaps and scrubs… but sometimes?
Sometimes the writer in me comes out.. and my imagination gets the best of me..
… rosemary… thyme.. holy basil… lime…
… wild orange peel…
.. ALL in a coconut oil base…
Let’s face it.. it’s practically a marinade…
If Earth is invaded by predators or aliens? Would they think that I’ve already been marinaded in advance?
Will their mouths water at the smell of the Rosemary and thyme?
…will the Holy Basil be enough to keep me safe if they are demonic invaders?
Ha… as I stir the sugar scrub I’m sending to my daughter? I could write a whole book on whether I’m saving her .. or preparing her marinade!!
But really this isn’t unlike any other parenting question…
I often wonder if I’ve given my daughter the tools to be confident and stand out..
.. does she have the confidence and understanding to avoid predators in her life?
… does my son have the discipline and coping mechanisms to succeed in a workplace?
… Did we teach enough skills to let his light shine brighter than the Autism?
… did I fill my daughter full of enough empowerment.. that she knows she is more than her pretty face and her waistline?
Sometimes I worry that I didn’t put enough Holy Basil in their marinade…
Then I see their smile.. I see them laugh..
I see them confidently go into the world to meet their alien invaders…
.. and I know it’s enough for now..
.. and I’ll be here if they fall.. to help them up..
Ha… then add another ingredient into their marinade before sending them back into the world…
No one ever tells you how dangerous parenting can be…
This is the first year in a long time that I have not done the 30 days of thankfulness.. (At least not on Facebook)..
..but every day .. I wake up in this crazy life of mine and thank God for my Blessings.. The picture lists so many of my Blessings and is so fitting..
Today I am so thankful for everyone in my life.. I am thankful for God in my life .. Thankful that He forgives me so that I may forgive others.. I am thankful for 2 less than perfect parents that were perfect for me and taught me so much in life.. I am thankful for 6 real biological siblings that were my first friends and defenders.. Without them I could not imagine my life.. I am thankful for my many cousins.. My second friends and the foundation of so many memories .. I am thankful for my aunts, who steered me and guided me with love and laughter.. Especially my Aunt Dianne who I miss daily.. I am thankful for uncles who sheltered me and showed me what to look for in a spouse ..
I am thankful for adopted sisters .. My sisters of the heart.. Without them life on this earth would not be as bright.. I am thankful for friends far and near.. Friends I see every day.. And friends I rarely talk to.
I am thankful for my husband who provides for his family without fail and strives for perfection.. I am thankful for my oldest child.. Sabrina is strong willed, sassy, smart, loving and simply amazing.. I am thank ful for Simon.. Smart, artistic, and so helpful.. Sy’s life is NOT easy at all, YET he has a smile on his face every day and strives to be successful.. We could all learn something from him. I am thank ful for my Mariam and Olimpia!! These girls are daughters in my heart.. The time they spent in our home has forever engraved them in my life .. I am thank ful for my 17 nieces and nephews.. Each one of them are unique and amazing.. I could not possibly love them more..
I am thankful for my second parents, Carol and Barry .. I could not have asked for more loving and supportive people to take me into their family. I am thankful for my little sister Kate! My world traveling sister.. An amazing, giving soul who is as beautiful on the inside as on the outside .. I am thankful for the whole NELSON clan who are a wonderful group of people to know and call family.
I am thankful for the ability to write.. And the opportunity to publish a book.. I am thankful for the many hats I wear.. I love helping exchange students feel comfortable during their stay in the US.. I love watching preschoolers grow and learn during music and movement classes each week.. I am so thankful for my theatre group at MV.. Past and present.. These performers are beautiful souls that amaze me every time I see them in action.. I am so blessed to be their director ..
And tomorrow we leave on a family vacation.. The last vacation before my daughter graduates from high school. I am so thankful for the opportunity to spend this time with my kids .. And for the financial security to make it happen..
Today I pray that you feel Blessed and loved.. I am thankful for each and every one of you!!!