Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Dear Mother Nature,
I am writing you in regards to the recent 6" of the white stuff that you have dumped on my area in Michigan. I would like to take back my wish for snow (wish made 11/28/08) and replace it for my wish for -- Getting my garden ready, walking my dog, playing ball with the family in the yard and just sitting outside sipping ice tea, the smell of the grill fired up and just plan relaxing.
I know that this can be irritating always trying to please but as I am renewed I am ready for winter to break so that I can take time for myself doing the things that I love to do. I suggest you do the same. It is time for this season to melt away and to bring new and wonderous things onto my world..and the rest. New life, blossoms of flowers and leaves to remind us to stop and take it in, to bring out the best in people as they stop to open the door for others entering a store instead of running to beat them to get in from the cold, bring new growth and possibilities to everyone who needs the warmth of the sun so that they know that seasons change, time passes as does times and seasons of our life.
So, Mother Nature, as I close out this plea for help....please see it in your heart to start the change that is needed. Once goodness starts it will spread!
Kathy --A.K.A KJMELTAWAY
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
How does one day turn into twelve? I re-motivated myself (2/13) after finding that my sister in law will be staying longer than we thought. I'm over that! What is... is. I will find a way to deal with it. TODAY IT'S 2/25....where did the days go? I have been so busy helping my sister in law...helping my kids and my husband that I did not even realize how long it's been.
One GOOD thing is that I am still losing, that when I looked back over my non-tracked days I still made good choices. I still prefer to track as things get spin out of control quickly but I am proud of myself. I think that I can see this being a new lifestyle not just a lose weight diet! I am renewed and ready to roll! Back to SPARKING! I miss it I miss it a lot it helps to get me away a little and gives me a sense of what I am doing this for...why I am trying 15 ways with lean ground turkey or spending more on groceries!
I wish me luck and the ability to endure!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, January 23, 2009
OK...So the first thing I am stealing from my oldest son, Jake, is the ability to push himself to the top of his limits and do it with pride of his accomplishments. The second thing was taken from my second son, Jarid, from him I am taking imagination and the ability to make things what I want them to be.
Now to steal from my daughter, Keersten. I am stealing her laughter. The ability to laugh and love most people that she meets. Keersten is the type of kid that loves to be loved. She finds the good in most things. (except maybe her brother ) She is always positive and happy to be part of whatever is going on. Her smile and fun loving way can be quite catchy. She really is a sweet girl who tries to not hurt anyone's feelings. The kids in her class seem to want to be her friend and she accepts everyone without question.
Don't get me wrong she has her days, but I am proud of her! She is a good sweet kid who loves to make jokes and is willing to laugh at herself too!
So, from Keersten I will be stealing the ability to laugh at situations even if they involve me and accept people for who they are. I will try to focus on making myself better so that the people around me are better!
YUP, THIS TIME IS DEFINATELY DIFFERENT! I CAN FEEL IT!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Part 2 Stealing with pride...I have stolen from my first son Jacob the Energy and Endurance to do what I need to do and accomplish my goals with pride and support from others....Now I will steal from my middle son Jarid......
My son, as I call him, Jarhead, is a wonderful inventor his ideas for his age is innovative. He has a strong mind and soul. Sometimes Jarid's slow process to complete things can bring me to a boil real quick...but when he appears with the results of his slowness I am never short of amazed.
Last year my husband was plowing the drive with a 4-wheeler...the 4-wheeler was leaving little trails of snow behind and he asked Jarhead to "clean" up the trails with a shovel. Jarhead went into the garage...I'm thinking for a shovel...10 minutes later, just as I start towards the garage to get him moving...the door opens and there he is, on his bike. Strapped to the handlebars was the shovel, hooked on with bungie cords. I'm thinking "ok, what the heck this is not going to work". I know your thinking a lot of 12 year olds would think of that. BUT the thing that amazed me was that he had not only hooked the shovel to the front but also ran cords from each handle so the shovel was more stable and turned with the bike. To my amazement it worked and he had a lot of fun doing it. I took pictures and shared them with co-workers and family. The surprising thing to me was that he understood the concept of directional pull. He could not tell you in big fancy words what he was thinking he just looks at things and puts it together.
Jarid, while he can get under my skin, is a wonderful good hearted boy. He loves to help out and do things for other people. He is inventive and his mind is always turning of how he can take something and not necessarily make it easier but make it fun. Jarid is a son to be proud of, his soul is open and ready for whatever comes next....
This is the thing that as I continue with SparkPeople that I need to take from him. I need to take the things that I don't really want to do and put that twist on it that makes it fun or makes it my own.
1 more thing that I have stolen that is going to help me make this time different!
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