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    Wordless Wednesday: Sunrise

    The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.

    ~John Muir


    It is rare that I wake with the sun, but I have this week in Maine; and on Monday, decided to step outside and watch the sky change, alone with nature. It was, as it always has been, breathtaking and magical. I hope you too are having an amazing week.  

    The sky, painted.

    Starting to brighten...

    The sun, making an appearance above the trees.

    Wordless Wednesday: World Breastfeeding Week

    We're in the midst of World Breastfeeding Week (August 1 – 7th)!
    To celebrate, I’m sharing some awesome & inspiring breastfeeding photos, a moving video, and a cute tandem-nursing comic. Enjoy!

    Ontario's Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign Poster. Love this slogan!
    (source: Ontario Human Rights Commission - http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/issues/pregnancy/en/issues/pregnancy/pgac/document_view)

    Dar las teta es dar vida - To give the breast is to give life
    (source: Puerto Rico Breastfeeding Promotional Commercial - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=942FRjAJhxU)

    Older babies love to nurse, too! And what better place than the bath?
    (Source: http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/breastfeeding-photos.html)

    New Zealand's National Breastfeeding Promotion Campaign - such positive messages in these posters!
    (Source: http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/breastfeeding-resources-newsletter8)

    A comedic look at the sweet - and very real - side (pun alert) of tandem breastfeeding.
    (Source: http://www.breastfeeding.com/lighter_side/lighter_side_images/mccartney/200.html)

    Yoga + Breastfeeding = Awesomely Wow.
    (source: http://daughterofthesun77.blogspot.com/2011/04/naia-and-i-doing-our-daily-yoga.html )
    Posted: Aug 03 2011, 00:01 by kelly | Comments (3) 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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    Wordless Wednesday: Liberty

    We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.  ~Robert J. McCracken

    For Mother's Day, we took a daytrip to Liberty State Park in New Jersey. From there, we hopped the ferry to Ellis Island, and then on to the Statue of Liberty. It had been years and years since I saw the statue up close - some long-since-filed memory from a forgettable middle school trip, I'm sure.  This time, combined with the wonder of Ellis Island and the exuberance of my children it was much more meaningful and exciting.  Our 6 year old really got into the trip - as she was able to read all the signs and descriptions in the museum on Ellis Island. Our nearly 4 year old wasn't nearly as jazzed about the museum as he was about the ferry rides and climbing all the stairs inside the statue.  There are a few things available to younger guests - phones to pick up & listen to people talk about their experiences arriving on Ellis Island, and a gift shop with wooden whirly birds for sale, as an example. But on the whole, I'd say being reading age makes this trip much more interesting for children. We also got to see, relatively close, the new Freedom Tower under construction.  While the skyline looked a bit strange, as it always does, without the World Trade Center towers standing, seeing new construction was inspiring. In all, we had a fabulous time. It was amazing to me to see all the old photographs and artifacts, and with taking a ferry to & fro, I really could imagine what it would have been like arriving in America for the very first time. Amazing. For a history of Ellis Island & the mass immigration that took place there from 1892 - 1924, visit the EllisIsland.org Some photos from our trip:

    Sign on the way to the ferries.

    My son's favorite part of the trip.

    Lady liberty from afar.

    Walking around Ellis Island - checking out some of the names inscribed on the "Immigrant Wall of Honor".

    Luggage (amazing).

    Babywearing - nearly 100 years ago! :)

    The restored great hall where immigrants were first greeted & divided into groups for health, intelligence, legal processing, and other screenings. Here's a "then & now"
    photo gallery.

    Looking out over Ellis Island - the statue is off in the background.

    A list of the food available for purchase by immigrants. CANDY! :)

    A wall of postcards illustrating the various ships that brought passengers to the USA.

    Walking outside the main building, on the way to the ferry.

    The Manhattan skyline from the ferry. Missing the World Trade Towers.

    The statue from the ferry... getting closer!

    Preservation of the old torch.

    Odd art from the museum.

    Yes, there are elevators, but we walked!

    La Liberté éclairant le monde

    Family pic! (6 year old is making faces & 3 year old is bored)

    Posted: May 12 2011, 08:28 by kelly | Comments (2) RSS comment feed |
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    Wordless Wednesday: Don't Mess With Texas

    We travelled to Texas over Spring break. The wildflowers were abundant; my iPhone camera was so happy! Family time was also in abundance; and for that, I am grateful. For Wordless Wednesday, here's our trip, in pictures. Enjoy!

    Texas Bluebonnet



    Blanketflower like I can never get to grow in my garden


    Sitting on rocks. Not the best photo, but necessary for the dramatic next photograh...

    This fellow crawled out right next to where we were sitting, above.

    Obviously, we didn't see this sign before sitting there.

    Creek bed


    An awesome mural

    Geocaching (we did A LOT of cahching while in TX!)


    Walking with her hand on his back. My heart.


    More wildflowers. And bugs.

    Tiger at the In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Sanctuary. Each big cat here was rescued (some really heartbreaking stories of abuse & neglect) & are cared for by this amazing place, run completely on donations. If you're ever near Wylie, Texas, you must visit. (just a note, I'm not affiliated with In-Sync, we just happened upon it on our trip & I was really moved by the place).

    Big tiger sleeping like a little housecat


    Hot & dry y'all

    Walking along the reservoir in the sunset

    Waiting to head home

    Posted: May 03 2011, 23:49 by kelly | Comments (6) RSS comment feed |
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