Sunday Sayings . . .

I'd like to keep these in my phone to empower myself from time to time.:

This one struck a chord with me. 

I wish you all a wonderful rest of your day and a beautiful and peaceful week ahead.

~ Wendy


Today's Reminders . . .

Happy belated Thanksgiving to those that celebrated yesterday!!  We had a wonderful day.  It was laid back and full of laughter and great food.  I didn't take any photos.  Mainly because I didn't feel like arguing with my kids and nieces and nephews while trying to get a photo of them.  They're all at THAT age.  You probably know what I'm talking about.  : )

This year's Thanksgiving mantle.

As we enter this season of hustle and bustle, I thought I'd share something that I came across recently.  I'm pinning it up next to my computer so that I can remind myself every day.

Today's Reminders:

1)  Be kind

2)  Be grateful

3)  Listen to your intuition

4)  Be productive but calm

5)  Trust the timing of your life

6)  Let go of what you can't control

I'm going to start by letting go of the fact that I can't get the numbers to line up and still be centered.  GRRRRR!!!!  : )

We're going to be taking it easy today.  I'd like to start some Christmas decorating and I'd like to focus on number 4 above as best as I can with a six year old that's being just a wee bit (when I say "just a wee bit" I mean OBNOXIOUSLY) moody this morning.  I'll let you know how it goes.  : )

Wishing you a happy and peaceful weekend ~ Wendy


Rain and Leaves on a {Mostly} Wordless Wednesday . . .


Yesterday was a rainy day.  My favorite kind of day.  The kind of day when I throw on a bra under my jammies and consider myself dressed.  : )  Today it's sunny but my mood is still rainy.  I didn't sleep well last night.  My brain has been spinning.  I have those couple of days out of the month where I can't seem to get out of my own way.  Hormones suck.  Plain and simple.  Today is also the 11th anniversary of the passing of my dad.  November is a bit of an emotional month for us.  My first husband passed during the month of November as well, almost exactly a year before.  I would dread turning the calendar after Halloween was over.

In the midst of all that sadness, there was still a bright spot.  My first born baby celebrates a birthday tomorrow.  Connor will be 24 which is a year younger than I was when I had him.  WHAAAAT???  He's the guy on the right with the hat.  Trevor is on the left and that baby in the middle is me.  I was 30 in that picture.  Where does the time go???

Tonight we're going out for a little early birthday celebration with my father in law and brother in law from my first marriage.  Since we moved, we don't get to see them nearly as much as we used to so it will be good to spend some time with them.

Have a great rest of your day ~ Wendy


{This Moment} on Veteran's Day . . .

At this moment, our beautiful country is in turmoil.  People are losing friends and family members over our election.  There is hatred and violence to be seen every time you turn on the news.  It is beyond words for me to describe how I feel when I look at it and think about it.  To see someone burn an American flag, to me, is as low as a citizen of this country can go.  For today, I will focus on what this day means.  It is a day to honor the men and women who have served and are currently serving to keep our country safe.

My husband served 8 years in the United States Navy and is a veteran of the Gulf War.

My dad served in the United States Army during the Viet Nam War and was a Purple Heart recipient.


Today is about gratitude and respect and reflection.  Looking back on how far we've come.  We are not a perfect nation but we are a united nation and need to be once again.

Wishing you love and peace ~ Wendy



A Halloween Whirlwind . . .

  We've had a wonderful whirlwind of Halloween activities going on for the last couple of days that began with the family donating a few hours of our time at Hi Tor, our local animal shelter.  They asked me if I could take some photos again and of course I jumped at the chance.

Megan and Scarecrow Tom.

My honey Jim, son Brendan and daughter Megan.

Beautiful Cocoa.  She's a big mush!!!

Zorro kissing the Scarecrow.

This sweet baby is named Lucky.  He was found on the thruway after being hit by a car when he was just a couple of months old.  He is a sweety pie with the most soulful eyes.  He needs his forever home and a family to love him the way he deserves to be loved.  If my house wasn't at maximum capacity I would take him in a heartbeat.  : (

How do you say no to those beautiful faces??  I'm hoping they all get their forever homes during this season of giving and I know those that don't are still in wonderful hands at the shelter.  The workers and volunteers are a group of amazing people that are there purely for their love of animals.  My kind of people!!!  : )

Next up was a party at one of the churches in our town on Saturday night.  We picked up Megan's friend Gracie and headed over to St. Thomas of Canterbury for games, treats and a screening of  "The Great Pumpkin" which is definitely one of my all time favorites.  I have to admit I do get sad when Charlie Brown gets a rock in his trick or treat bag though.  : (

Yesterday I headed over to Megan's class where I helped the kids put their costumes on and get ready for the annual costume parade.  I can't tell you how happy I am that they still do this.  So many schools are banning celebrations at school and it makes me so sad.  This is what life is all about.  There is so much negative in this world.  We all need something happy and positive to look forward to.  The happy buzz in the school was contagious!!

Megan and her friend Ava getting ready for the parade.

Marching in the parade with her class.

Megan's class after the parade.  These photos are just so classic and timeless to me.  In the blink of an eye, they'll all be teenagers!!! 

Back in the classroom loading up on sugar and popcorn balls!!!

We went trick or treating with friends last night for the first time in our new town. We moved here the week after Halloween last year.  Everyone told us how great it is for kids.  It's actually been voted one of the best trick or treating towns in the country.  See for yourself.  : )  We got home right before 8 o'clock.  It was a long day and Megan was pooped.  So was Megan's mom.  : )  

So now it's November 1st and we all know what that means.  The beginning of the holiday season.  The beginning of hustle and bustle.  I'm going to make some promises to myself . . .

I'm going to keep things simple.  I'm going to take things one day at a time.  I'm not going to have any expectations.  I am going to accept things for how they are today.  I am going to accept that I am right where I'm supposed to be.  I am going to accept the things I cannot change.  I am going to try to stay in the present moment as best as I can and take this season all in.  I want to see things thru the eyes of my daughter who still believes in the magic of Christmas and all that comes with it.  I want to count my blessings each and every day because I have so very much to be grateful for.

 Happy Tuesday to you ~ Wendy


Sunday Sayings . . .

Acceptance > Expectations. Re-pinned by Sandhill. www.sandhillcounseling.com:

Sometimes acceptance is a very difficult pill to swallow.  You leave that door cracked open the tiniest of bits.  You leave it open with a prayer as your door stop.  Then, just like that, you know it's time to close it completely.  You know there's no reason to hold onto hope any longer.  You wonder why you've been dealt the hand you've been dealt and then remember that you're not the only one on this journey.  Everyone is on their own journey and sometimes theirs nudges yours in a different direction.  One that you don't want to take but know, for now, it has to be traveled.  You try not to be filled with anger and resentment.  Some days are easier than others.  Not being able to speak your mind or your peace is probably most difficult of all.  You know that things could be so different but, for now, there are no longer any expectations.  Instead, there is acceptance and sadness for what could have been.

Wishing you a beautiful Sunday ~ Wendy


A Day Well Spent . . .

I wanted to share some photos of the fundraiser that I participated in for our local animal shelter this past weekend.  It was a wonderful day.  Whenever I can photograph happy fur babies and hang out with the amazing people that volunteer their time for those fur babies still looking for their forever home, it's always a wonderful day!!  : )

A bunch of Hi Tor volunteers.  Beautiful, happy faces!!

I'll be at Hi Tor again tomorrow for a few hours to photograph another fundraiser.  There is always something going on at the shelter.  In all honesty, I couldn't even think about going to an animal shelter because of how sad it is to me.  About five years ago, I had read that they were in dire need of some supplies so I dropped some stuff off for them.  There were lots of people coming and going.  There were volunteers walking dogs and petting cats.  Everyone was happy.  The energy at Hi Tor is so positive and palpable.  I faced my fears and even took a class to become a volunteer dog walker.  It's still difficult to see animals that, in many instances, were dropped off just because they weren't wanted any more.  I do know that all of these beautiful babies are loved and well taken care of by the staff and volunteers while they're waiting for a new home.  I don't have a feeling of dread when I visit there and that is huge for me.  : )

 I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Any special plans??  I'd love to hear about them!!!  xo

~ Wendy

P.S.  All of the dogs (and cat) in these photos have wonderful homes and most of them were adopted from Hi Tor.  ALL of them are spoiled rotten!!!  : )