How To Stay In Love

I’m a hopeless romantic.  My mom once said to me, “you are in love with love.”  Indeed, she was right.  Unfortunately, this has led to some heart breaks for me and, I’m ashamed to say, for the other person:(  It’s easy to fall in love, the challenge is to stay in love.  After many years of life and learning, I think I have found my secret to staying in love.

One of the things that’s really important is to enjoy sharing everyday life with the one you love.  A tradition that my fiance’ and I have is to go to our favorite breakfast spot at least 1-2 times a week, or the Waffle House if I’m starving😂  We don’t even chat a lot, we simply enjoy each others company.

Here is our favorite romantic breakfast spot.

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Abita Roasting co.  504 Water St. Madisonville, Louisiana

We always get the same thing every time.  I love their scrambled eggs and muffin top!  I was reading Throne of Glass on my Kindle. I’m a bit of a sci-fi nerd.

FullSizeRender (11)The friendly service here and the atmosphere, and of course the delicious food, is what keeps us coming back:)

💓The real secret I’ve found to staying in love is being able to laugh together.  I’m in 100% agreement with Audrey Hepburn who said,

I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.

It seemed like my man and me needed a good dose of fun today, so when he went out on an errand, here’s what I did… hehe;)

FullSizeRender (10)OMG, it was so much FUN!!  When I saw his car pulling up I quickly hid in the pantry closet and tried my darndest not to laugh.  When he came in the door, the game was on!  I think I laughed the whole time we were firing at each other.  Needless to say, I’m the dishwasher tonight;) LOL.  But it was so worth it!

Tip To Help Your Child Have Good Dreams

FullSizeRender (13)There is a story I heard years ago that continues to haunt me in a way that stirs my curiosity and wonder.

It’s a story about a three-year-old girl who was the only child in her family.  Her mom became pregnant again, and this three-year-old girl was very excited about being a big sister. The day came when the mother delivered a baby boy. The little girl was delighted and so excited when they brought him home.  

After a couple of hours of the baby being home, the little girl told her parents that she wanted to be with the baby in the his room, alone, with the door shut. She was absolutely insistent about the door being shut. It kind of gave her folks the willies.  They knew she was a good little girl, but they had heard about sibling rivalry, so they were a bit hesitant.  

But, they were able to put their worries aside when they remembered they had installed an intercom system in preparation for the arrival of the new baby.  They reasoned that it would be okay because if they heard the slightest weird thing happening, they could be there in a flash.

So they let their little girl go into the room. They closed the door behind her. Then they raced to the listening post. They heard her footsteps move across the room. They could tell she was standing over the baby’s crib, and then they hear her say to her two-day-old baby brother, “Tell me about God. I’ve almost forgotten.”

This story captures the sense that as we grow up, as we become more influenced by the world, we engage in a process of forgetting.  There is something about the process of growing up that wounds us all.  In spite of this we can still  renew our purity and connection to God.  Allowing ourselves to be fully in the moment with children and engaging in their world can be a help.

Children have a purity of heart that allows them to believe and love with ease.  It’s heartbreaking when the negative messages from our society seep into their hearts and cause them to fear and doubt themselves.  These influences can be revealed when our children have nightmares.

I want to do everything I can to protect the spirits of the children in my life, so when my fiance’s granddaughter continued to cry out at night because of bad dreams, I wanted to do something. Native American spirituality has always fascinated me, and I remembered their use of dream catchers for preventing nightmares.

I thought it would be a healing and fun craft project for us to make our own dream catchers.  She was all about it!  It was not only fun for her, but it was a relaxing way for her to talk about her dreams and fears.

You can make this with items you more than likely already have in your home.

Here is everything you will need:

*Yarn

*Plastic or paper plates

*Sticky gems & stickers

*Beads

*Feathers

*Tape

*Hole puncher

*Scissors

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  1. Your little one can help you punch holes in a paper plate.
  2. Cut different colors of yarn and tape it to the back of the plate.  Let your little one thread the yarn through the loops.  (here is where you can thread in the beads onto some of the strings)
  3. He or she can choose the feather colors and you can tie it on the string.
  4. Put stickers or gems on the plate

 

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“Dream catchers are one of the most fascinating traditions of Native Americans. The traditional dream catcher was intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams through. The positive dreams would slip through the hole in the center of the dream catcher, and glide down the feathers to the sleeping person below. The negative dreams would get caught up in the web, and expire when the first rays of the sun struck them.”  http://www.dream-catchers.org/

When we asked her the next morning if she had any bad dreams she said, “no.” 😇

 

Stopping To Find What’s Missing

This morning I woke up with an incredible feeling of hope and happiness. Maybe my dream that night of winning a huge amount of money at the casino had something to do with that😉 but whatever the reason, my heart was inspired.  The day did not disappoint.

It was a special Sunday because my fiance’s grandchildren were baptized, and I was blessed to witness the beginnings of their spiritual journeys.

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I fully entered into the moment and enjoyed being there with them.  I wonder how our attitudes and relationships might change if we go through our days noticing, pausing and witnessing the life around us?  The Sabbath, as archaic as that term is, still holds immense value.  It offers an invitation to us to stop and notice the possibilities and beauty all around us.  I want to continue to practice living in that space of wonder and awareness.

I didn’t win the lottery or cash in a prize at the Casino, but I was far richer for passing through the day without it passing me by.

I believe it’s Deepak Chopra that says “life doesn’t happen in the notes of music but the space between.”  Maybe the magic, the answers, the miracles we are looking for are right under our noses?