Looking back through photos of the snow trip and I just had to show you these ones. My daughter has this amazing spirit and ability to make you laugh no matter what the situation, so here amongst our sadness driving home, she finds some humour at the Big Merino!
Posing for Front View:
Back view (cheeky girl)
Day 172: A lazy Sunday, after a big night with girlfriends. Bacon and eggs, the paper to read, good friends and a rainy day outside.
I took this photo when the sun came out for a second, before the next big storm front. Love the colour of the water.
Day 170: I had my worst migraine in 10 years last night. Unbelievable pain, thought my head was going to explode! Thanks to the care of my lovely hubby, I’m recuperating with a quite pj day at home. It’s amazing when you’re sick how the family can step up and take control. My ten year old took the reigns, and organised breakfast, made lunches and organised my five year old and husband with the routines. I heard my five year old telling my husband “mummy doesn’t do it that way” which was answered with a “well daddies doing it this way today”. Then silence as they drove down the driveway off to school and work.
Thank you all for your help today (and last nigh hun).
This shot is from flickr by Greg Cope http://www.flickr.com/photos/copeg/
(lightning representative of the pain I felt last night).
Day 82: I was doing my grocery shopping today and was at the checkout queue when I suddenly remembered I wanted to get a leek (onion vegetable). So since the lady in front of me was still unloading her items, I thought I could just duck back and get my leek, and left my trolley in the queue. However to my surprise when I returned, my trolley had been pushed out of the queue and a mature age lady was in my spot unloading her own items. I couldn’t believe it! So I asked her “did you move my trolley, I was in the queue?” To which she replied the trolley was unattended and I didn’t know how long you would be? I was shaking and so angry….and my only reply was “Well thanks very much, you are a very kind person aren’t you!” Then I took my trolley to another queue. And while I waited I was still stewing over this. I’ve been trying to practice loving kindness and buddhism beliefs, but I think I wasn’t very buddhist like, thinking “oh, karma is going to get you old lady”. How is it, this lady could get me so riled up?
When I got home and finished unpacking I checked my email and had received one of the “pass it on emails and something good will happen in four days”. But there was this prayer in it which I’ve put below. Maybe this was my own karma coming back with a message!
Saint Theresa’s Prayer
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be..
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God..
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing,
Dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
Day 76: Do you ever wake up feeling alive and refreshed? I want that feeling. I’ve never really been a morning person and it runs in the family with my kids being the same. Every morning is frantic, do this, get dressed, brush your teeth, have you got…, just to get out the door in time for school. How would I ever manage this and a job to go to, I applaud all of you who manage both home and careers. I think I’ll have to create my own work to suit my hours…now what to choose? It’d be great to take photos for a living, since I already love to do it. But is it really a high demand job…people can take their own photo’s these days with digital cameras and printing at home. Then there is the art perspective – do people buy art anymore? It’s one thing to love art and photos and being creative, but it’s another to sell it!
Gratitude for today would have to be my family. Sometimes you want to throttle them (like the mornings) but they give love continually and support, and should not be taken for granted. Speak to them with mindfulness, say please and thank you, or do you mind if…. and most of all tell them you love them, every day.
Beach walk today
This was again taken by my mobile phone camera – not too bad.
Day 16: Loving kindness….Loving kindness….Loving kindness….Loving kindness….Loving kindness….Loving kindness….Loving kindness….Loving kindness….Loving kindness….Loving kindness….Loving kindness….Loving kindness….Loving kindness….Loving kindness….
…is my parachute today
Day 16: Parachute
Day 10: I’ve been reading more about Buddhism, specifically Sarah Napthali books and have found them one of the most useful tools to look at yourself. They’ve helped me to be more in the present, to focus on loving kindness to others, and to be more in control of my thoughts and actions. It’s a weird feeling to be able to watch your thoughts and understand what lies beneath them. I’ve still got a long way to go, but am grateful to be on the path.
Day 10: Buddhism for Mothers