Thursday, August 26, 2010

{Kiss Your Life! My Forever Quote!}

"Kiss Your Life!
Accept it just as it is today,
So that those moments of happiness
you are waiting
for do not pass you by.
Kiss your Life Today
Just now the way it is!"

...and she gently smiles and blows a grateful kiss to her life.

Have a blessed and beautiful weekend!
...and blow a kiss right back to your life.
I pray it smiles gently right back in a way that makes you shine.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

{Sweet Grace}

I found this image as I worked this
morning of my niece, Peyton Grace and I.

"Grace binds you with far stronger cords than the
cords of duty or obligation can bind you.
Grace is free, but once you take it
you are bound forever to the Giver,
and bound to catch the spirit of the Giver.
Like produces like,
Grace makes you gracious,
the Giver makes you give."

-- E. Stanley Jones

She is a gift and is to me: Grace

I am to her: Peace.

I realize that with a child you give the umbrella to protect and all selfishness dissipates.

This is how we are, a solid place to land and just gentle delight.
I know I don't deliver to her out~loud laughter, but realize I don't have to.

She and I give one another this peaceful place that we can just be us.
It is in this peaceful place where thoughts,
adventure, smiles or concerns are always welcome.
Just real, just us.

She is my true joy and I am grateful for her and owe her my life.
Truth be known she is like Yoda to me and says and
does profound things as if she is 100 year old soul of wisdom.

So to your weekend I pray you this kind of peace.
I pray you gentle smiles.
And a heart full of soul~shine that
warms you down to your toes and
makes all storms fail to its great light.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

{Smile and Confession}

Life is too colorful to live your life beige.
Life is too amazing not to live it always in a grateful place full of faith.

Soooo...My Confession.....

I SING in the car to loud music and I SPEED....

Oh My Land!

Beyond this peaceful, deep thinking soul of me,
I just plain LOVE Adventure like that.
I love the feeling of wind hitting my face,
or that feeling of being free as if to fly.

Please forgive as I am working hard to stop the habit that is...but struggling.

I even prayed about it.
Yes, God already knows and I pray has His angels all around me.
Thank you God for that as I try to work through this.

Yes, I will seek my Best Friends for accountability.

I try not to speed or sing in the car, because I have seen people do this...and it looks funny!
You know you giggle at those souls too, even if you are one of them like me!

I always promised myself I would be real here. So I am.

Admission is the first step to recovery, right?!!!

I find I have to catch myself over and over.
I will tell you that I am not proud of the speeds I have topped out at
as I look down at the speedometer and say oh my!
I am just saying I should have been a race car driver {ahem!}.
I sing to my ipod when I run too..
That does not for some reason look as silly as driving and singing!
I sing when I run though to help with my breathing.
I have athletic asthma and always seem to get side stitches. UGH.
Thorn in my side....literally!
If anyone knows how to stop side stitches please intervene!!!!!!

Honestly, I try hard not to speed but realize at this point it is a part of me and well
generational as I get this adventure side of me from my MOM!

But her zest of life is what makes her wonderful! So not all of this is bad to live life.
Mom and I talk about how when stress hits us that there is
nothing better than getting on a horse and running the horse as fast as it will go!
Sooooo, my car is my horse in a way...just keeping it real here.

I guess it can be used for good somehow as
I learn to submit to God and follow the laws of the land at 55mph. UGH!
But in this town you go 55mph and people will run you over.


I was minding my own business...singing and speeding that is.

And then it happened....

I looked over to see a man smiling as he was quite tickled to my out loud singing!
I mean I think my voice is pretty ok, but then again the people
on American Idol tryouts think their voices are good too!

Yes...I turned a beautiful shade of REDDDDDD!
But can smile at the mess of me and realize it is good to giggle along with ones silliness.
only to find out.... after driving for a moment...

I looked over to change lanes..see I am a good driver and
unbeknownst to me that same man in his truck
was minding his own business and singing "laaa laa laa" toooooooo!

...and hitting his hands as if a drum set on the steering wheel. I DON'T DO THAT!!!!!!!

So, thank you mr. singer for
knowing that smiling is good and then well singing too.
Even if he caught me in the act and now doing a performance all of his own!
I did NOT make eye contact with the man,
but thought it funny how he was doing the same thing.
I quickly changed lanes and went on my way.

I now know I am not the only one.

Is there something that you do that you don't
realize that you do in a day and then catch yourself
and smile or say "OH MY!"
that you try not to do but makes you feel alive?

Please make this day count. You don't get these seconds back.
I know that life can serve trouble
but I have learned through much that no matter
the trials you can dust yourself off and do this day and do it well.

It's a decision....and lots of talking to God! Amen.

I will be a trier too, so please say Yes.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

{Life IS Amazing! Smile and LIVE it Well!}

Please turn off the music below.
This video will make you say WOW, tear up and smile and realize
that life no matter what is AMAZING.

Live your day with solid joy and the kind of hope that in unmovable!

For I know the plans I have for you
declares the Lord
plans to prosper you
and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope
and a future.
Jeremiah 29.11

{I wish I was....)

On that beach that is!

But I will live this day so grateful as if I am sitting in peace as
I listen to the waves of my...well, white noise machine {Smile!}
in my office as I work.
I think there is an ocean sound I can push....Oh, why yes there is! ;)

...and she smiles and feels peace in her soul that passes all understanding!

Humor is an affirmation of dignity,
a declaration of man's
superiority to all that befalls him.

-- Romain Gary

I believe that true. Praying your day filled with gentle smiles
and peace that feels like a sweet waves going in and out
on a gorgeous summer day, with a perfect breeze.

And well one of those drinks with the cute umbrellas {wink!}.

Hoping your day peaceful and filled with solid joy that is unwavering
to chaos, or uncertainty that may surround your day.

Sending you bright soul~shine so catch it please!

Friday, August 13, 2010

{The Secret of Me}

{I am a Friday the 13th Baby! I kind of always have been since the beginning of me, wink!}

And this my friends is what laughter {Watching her sister be, well, hilarious.} in a
girl born on Friday the 13th looks like.

I pray that laughter that I got to experience last night in that image lasts in me.

So my birthday gift back is to hopefully be able to deliver smiles like this to the world that can only reflect human sunshine right back the rest of my days! P.S. God willing I plan on living until 120! One of my great friends is on the same page, so no worries I won't be here alone with all the young peeps! 
Yes, I love life that much!
I have made it through this day without Friday the 13th haunting me. Yes, yes, my favorite color is black that I actually fessed up to the other day for the first time, but that has nothing to do with the day I was born...or does it? {SMILE!}
It has taken me a lifetime you know to get to this age which makes it kind of special to me.
No, no, I have not gotten hardened by this last year that has felt like being drug behind a truck! Wink! That dragging made me go deep in me and find God right in the center and all my dear people too. It made me realize I am braver than I ever knew. That which does not kill us makes us stronger. it just does people. It makes us realize we are real, it makes us know that none of us are above deep feelings, that compassion should always touch another life. I also do not feel bitter when the 25 year old {people she looked my age! I am not even kidding you!} at the driver's license place looked at me today and said and I quote "Happy Birthday, my Mom turned 40 on August 03! Well fancy that! One day she will turn 40 too....I mean {ahem} God willing and all! My point is, I don't feel bitter at all...wink! I mean I got to laugh with my lifelong best friend over it, so all is good!
What I do feel though is so very grateful and know that this age is good. It is good to be blessed with smile lines I have that tell a story of a soul that has lived a life with some really great laughter in there. My family and friends have given me smiles that I cannot even count if I counted to a million! I am blessed beyond anything I deserve!
My sister Wendy last night...This is what we were laughing at in the image above. She made the bunny into Don King....Only Wendy could pull this off! Oh how I wish I had her kind of I don't care what the world thinks in the way she delivers smiles big. She just experiences life with this gentle and hilarious soul that lights up the world in such a peaceful way...but funny, oh my and I love her!
Over the last two days I have been in touch with my most favorite people in the world, both new people and people that have walked with me most of my days! They have touched my life and blessed me more than they will ever know. So thank you for the smiles, peace, love and care...Thank you for helping me feel alive. Thank you for the laughter big that beams from my soul. Thank you God for my life. I pray to spend my life being thankful and blessing you and all your people as best as I am able.
I promise!
The images are from last night and untouched. I just thought I want to be who I am for you so if you see me in person the woman you find is just me and is not one that has been retouched. I want you to see me for me and for my soul. And more than anything my character and my laughter that gives me a reason to get out of bed and live this life well. I pray to deliver gentle encouragement to you, peace on any given day, or make you laugh with joy. 
"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
"I suppose you are real?" said the Rabbit. And then he wished he had not said it, for he thought theSkin Horse might be sensitive.
But the Skin Horse only smiled.
This life is beautiful! Live this day and every day after this one well!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

{Thank you Daddy}

Have you used one to say 'thank you?'
 -- William A. Ward
This made me think. Have I? Thanked Him that is? I know I need to, so I best get to it and quickly. Deal?! I pray that I do not offend anyone by saying my prayer here. I just want to have a thankful soul as I go forward in this day, one that is willing you know?!
This not going to be eloquent, but God knows the deep of my heart. Some of it He smiles to, other parts of my soul I am certain he says, "Oh my that is messy, eeek, ouch that hurt...Bless Her!" You who know me know the very human in me. But I desire really not to be human! But oh my I AM, human that is. So because I know all to well the mess of me, I desire to have my eyes turned towards Him, to be simply obedient to the one who gave me amazing. I want to be one that finds great delight in serving Him, not in a religious way at all, but in a very tender, cool {yes I said cool}, real relationship walking, running, or even patiently sitting still with God in a way that allows somehow beyond the stubborn and feisty in me to shine his light through me without my having to say one word. Well I can be wordy, wordy, wordy {wink}, so maybe a few.
God says: "Well then, Kristin, I love you but we have some work ahead of us!" 
Oh my!
And I say "OK God". Let's get to it....I am willing! 
From me to God today.
Hi God, 
It's me...your girl, you child, you princess~wanna~be in your court that loves you...or tries her best to. 
Thank you God for my life, for the breath's I breathe, for the ability to learn and serve and grow in my soul. Thank you for the little seconds that I seem to take for granted and use unwisely. Thank you for my people that love me well, I pray they know their value in my eyes and that I love them right back. Thank you Lord for even the hard moments that make me and mold me into the woman you would have me be. I pray I learn to make even those moments bless you well. God, I pray to serve you well today in the light and in the dark. Please forgive me for moments in the dark that I sin or hurt another. Thank you for being right there even in those times to change my heart for the betterment of your people. Please use me as your vessel to shine radiant into the hearts of your people. I pray I honor you with my time, thoughts actions and and words. I pray I bless you back so big that heaven can feel your smile. I pray that each person that comes across this blog if at all today, that they will feel you and know that you just simply love them well and all the way through no matter what. I pray they know my care for them too. Help me to know how to bring light to them. Thank you for you GOD! I love you!
~ And all God's children and well this child of yours says a great AMEN!
Praying each of your days bright and beautiful. So please go Shine BRIGHT today!
Image via: Juliet's Journal

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

So will you go Super Hero Hope along with me?

"I may at any point turn into
my Super Hero Alter Ego." it could very well happen! Love this!

For anyone walking through challenging moments....
KNOW deep in you is the kind of brave you
need to make it through anything!

Please know that I am not asking anything
of you that I am not willingly asking of myself.

Please know that I understand this thing called deep
pain as I unveil my heart tearful, concerned
and raw to find soul~shine and the peace of God
shining fractals of light through my soul
that is solid, real and whole.
Sink or Swim this girl is going to Swim!

We just have to lean in a bit and have a willing heart.
So please say you are willing too!

I learned this thought a while a ago...
You can be pitiful or powerful but you cannot be both.
The choice is yours and well mine too.

So please be a trier with me as I learn too.

You can do this day brilliantly! Know this!

"I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me"

Philippians 4:13

Image via: R.H.