How you feeling?

You know that sing by Nina Simone “birds in the sky, you know how I feel. Scent of a pine, you know how I feel?” So, how do I feel you ask???

I have been taking care of the sweetest kids for the past five days. After cooking, cleaning, getting up, dressing, laundry, bathing, feeding, spreading beds, getting two off to school and that was just this morning…I feel, fulfilled!

Fabulous even. There is something about having children around that gives me a sense of purpose. Not that I don’t feel purposeful. But, children do this neat thing in your life where they are just there. Unapologetic, natural, honest and wonderful. They add so much richness to a persons life.

I know all these things get harder day in and day out. Being a parent is hard work, there’s no doubt about that. I know I get to go home and will eventually only have myself to take care of. These experiences (of part-time mom) have taught me that the help is so appreciative when you have it.

So, while I’m in my fifty-fourth hour of work, because I went to work after working. I wouldn’t do any looking after over night if I knew I wouldn’t feel so alive afterwards. I would take care of these kids for free if I could. All in all…

freedom is mine, and I know how I feel. Its a new day, its a new dawn, its a new life, for me. And I’m feeling gooooooood!!!”DSC04014

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Laughter

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What makes you laugh? I’ll tell you what makes me laugh…funny people, corny jokes, me tripping or falling, children, seniors, long drawn out stories, I could go on and on. All in all, there are many things that make me laugh.

My favourite thing about laughter, is that it’s contagious. So contagious sometimes, you get a good belly workout, you may cry and have to take some deep breaths after. Or, a shared moment with a stranger over a shared thought.

This weekend (last weekend now), I spent time with a friend/client and his family. I went over for dinner. After dinner, we were going to use the computer, but his little sister kept bringing us glass jars of different types from the kitchen. I kept making simple corny jokes about it and he laughed…and laughed and cried, silent laughed and giggled some more. Which made me laugh, out loud, hard. It was great. We had so much fun.

The kids always make me laugh the hardest. They are smarter than most people I know, quicker and more subtle in their jokes, so I have to think about it. Unfolding it in my mind, is like when you know someone is about to tickle you.

Laughing makes me feel good, makes me tummy feel tighter (ha) and gives my soul joy. Try it sometime, or EVERYDAY and call me in the morning!

Twelve!

…I have a number of clients who just turned twelve, when not knowing what to do, I think what would my twelve year old self do, I got a new baby sister when I was twelve and Sesame Street always counts to twelve!

You, have been such a blessing to me over the last twelve years. You’ve watched over me, told me when to shut up, supported me and been my friend when I didn’t want to share my secrets. Always there for me, in life and in death. No one told me it was going to be like this. For me, I was happy to wait for this truth. People told me, but humans don’t know what to say and can’t capture how beautiful this relationship would’ve truly been.

In the last year, I have had a wonderful ride through adulthood. I’ve learned a lot about people, business, friendship, trust and joy. You can take credit for all those things, especially joy, it’s not really an earthly learning. It comes from a higher power. The higher power is God, but you see him everyday and I know you guys share your love for me.

Thanks for being a part of me, from the bottom of my heart! I love you Stephen!

TWELVE!!!

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