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    How Would You Change?





    A few evenings ago, Adam & I decided to watch a quick movie before heading up to bed. It was quite late, but we wanted to try to settle our minds a bit after a hectic day – as family, work, and life can sometimes – often – be.  The title of this one struck me, as did the length (brief), so we settled in…

     

    (okay, deep breath, because I just watched it again before writing this post…)

     

    I will tell you firstly – in retrospect – this might not be the best thing to watch right before bed. Secondly, if you’re a parent, or soon to be a parent, or want to be a parent, and you watch this… you’re likely to find it deeply affecting.

     

    I can hope it will affect you in a positive and uplifting way, as it did us.

     

    See… I often think about my “bucket list”, and/or the things in our life I’d like to do differently – tomorrow, some day, when I have the chance, when I get the opportunity, when I’m in a better place, or frame of mind, or situation, or whatever. I think most of us do – it’s part of the human condition. But when you’re faced with death. In an instant. Like Mr. Elias was, and will describe… I imagine those things we’ve back-burnered, come rushing to the forefront.

     

    So it really makes me wonder: what am I waiting for? Why not make the best of what I have RIGHT. NOW? Why not try to enjoy each & every moment – small or big, good or bad? If I’m putting out energy, why not make it as positive as possible? And IF I’m putting effort into parenting, why not always do my best to be the most excellent parent I can?  I often find myself being okay with “enough” or even surrendering to the “bad parent” character – because yes, we all have those days, and not everyone can be perfect – but. But what if that day, that one day (that maybe is actually a week or a month, because it’s become a habit to just do enough to get through the day, and the next day will be better, right?), is THE day? The last day? What if that day, I KNOW I didn’t go after life with gusto? That I didn’t choose to be happy? That I didn’t try my best as a parent? What if?

    So with that, I’ll let you watch the video… Ric Elias: Three Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed


     

    To recap (or, if you can’t see the video for some reason), here’s what Ric Elias learned in those last moments:  

     

    1) I no longer want to postpone anything in my life.


    2) I decided to eliminate negative energy in my life. I no longer try to be right, I choose to be happy.


    3) Above all, above all - the only goal I have in life is to be a good dad. 


    I was given the gift of a miracle of not dying that day. I was given another gift which was to be able to see into the future and come back and live, differently.


    I challenge you today:


    How would you change?


    What would you get done that you’re waiting to get done because you think you’ll be here forever?


    How would you change your relationships & the negative energy in them?


    And more than anything – are you being the best parent you can be?

     

    So my readers… I have decided to accept his challenge, and hope you will too. Think about what you would change, and start today – now – to take steps towards that change. Commit to trying your hardest, being your most positive, making the most out of each moment as it comes, and always being the best parent your kids could want.

     

    Posted: Jan 25 2012, 22:36 by kelly | Comments (1) RSS comment feed |
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    Ten Years





    I do know one thing:
    Where you are is where I belong.
    I do know, where you go is where I want to be.

    ~DMB

     


    Prom... ~17 years ago


    Our first house ~11 years ago


    Getting married 10 years ago - TODAY


    Hiking partners ~17 years ago - the present


    Our first baby ~6 years ago


    Our family ~NOW

    Happy Anniversary, Ad!
    17 years together, 10 years married. It's been a long time.
    There's no where else I want to be.

    Posted: Aug 11 2011, 08:51 by kelly | Comments (4) RSS comment feed |
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    Wordless Wednesday: Gratitude





    When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.

    ~Anthony Robbins

     

    There is nothing as simple as gratitude to turn your mood around. It changes your perspective from self-absorbed to outward-looking; from being closed up, away from experiences to being open to receiving what life has to offer. Whenever I feel like things aren’t “going my way”, I stop for a moment, and focus on just being… thankful. It’s amazing how much better things look when the things you have are the things you want.

     

    On this Word(ful) Wednesday, the things in my life for which I am grateful...

      

    The Endless Wonder of my Children in our garden:

     

    An Evening Out with my Husband:

     

    Fresh Veggies from the Farmer’s Market:

     

     

    The Pine Barrens (wish I could transfer aroma through the internet):

    The Simple Beauty of My Garden:

    The Magnificence of Nature (on our recent trip to Ithaca, NY):

     

     

    For what are you most thankful?

    Posted: Jun 29 2011, 09:09 by kelly | Comments (7) RSS comment feed |
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    Sunday Spark: Father's Day





    When I think of what it means to be a Good Dad, I think of my husband, Adam.
     
    For our children he is: a storyteller. A silly song creator. A Duplo architect. An outdoor adventure leader. A horsey ride. A tennis, kiting, running, bike riding, hiking, skating, snowshoeing…coach of all activities. A school chauffer. A Sunday morning short order cook. A snap circuit engineer. A math quiz maker. A generous hug giver.

    My husband takes our children outside & teaches them sports rather than sitting in front of the television watching sports. When he sees our children struggling with something, he works with them to solve the problem – so they can solve it themselves in the future.

     
    He has a sensitivity and empathy about him that can see straight through our children’s tantrums, right down to the core of what’s bothering them. And he has the strength and patience to help them through it. He listens, and understands.

     

    He is the kind of father every child should have; our children are so lucky, and I am blessed to be witness to the love he has for them; and they for him.

    “I love when he hugs me and when he kisses me too.” ~ our 4 year old

     

    “I like him ‘cause he always helps me build things like science experiments.” ~our 6 year old

     

    Happy Father’s Day, Adam! We love you!

    Posted: Jun 19 2011, 10:16 by kelly | Comments (3) RSS comment feed |
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    Wordless Wednesday: InstagraMania





    A few days ago I discovered Instagram. I know I'm late to the party, but where has this party been all my life? It's an instant gratification salve to my no-longer-in-art-school-and-don't-have-enough-time-to-make-art-anymore blues. I can turn any so-so snapshot into something closer to remarkable - instantly. So, for this Wordless Wednesday, the fruits of my recent infatuation:


    Me, in the sun.


    Happy sprouts on our windowsill.


    My son's curls.


    Beautiful spring blossoms.


    My daughter, peeking.


    Spring rain on daffodils.


    Adam, contemplative.

    Have you discovered Instagram? Is there another iPhone photo app that's even cooler? Please let me know!

    Posted: Apr 06 2011, 18:16 by kelly | Comments (3) RSS comment feed |
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