Happy Birthday Marc!

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Marc is my eldest son.  He celebrated his birthday today.  He has been blessed to turn 12 years old today.  How quickly our babies grow before our eyes.

He was greeted with the happy birthday song in bed and then we showered him with hugs and kisses.  I prayed over his life asking God to continue to bless, guide and protect him.

Later in the day we took the rest of the family and went to Ruby Tuesday for lunch.  We decided to go to Fun Station which is a gaming facility where we all enjoyed playing games, driving bumper cars, collecting tickets and eventually traded them in for our prizes which equated to 1 Stuffed Peppa Pig, candy, 1 jump rope and some whistles. 🙂

We got back home and enjoyed some cake and ice cream.  All in all, I am happy to say that Marc had a wonderful day and that was the MOST important thing.

Marc my love, may you be blessed to see many, many more birthdays filled with love, laughter and good times.

Lots of love mummy 🙂

Top 30 Life Lessons

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Here is my list of Top 30 Life Lessons coupled with some Words of Wisdom that I’ve acquired along the way.

1. Trust your instincts.

2. Don’t believe everything you read or hear.

3. Be proactive rather than reactive.

4. Forgiveness is the start towards living a happier more productive life.

5. Procrastination is a proven method for going nowhere.  Keep doing it long enough and you may even forget where you were headed.

6. Relationships may come and go but we should never lose ourselves in the process.

7. Being healthy is not necessarily being a perfect size but rather the lifestyle choices we make to live better.

8. Being happy starts with us. We have more power and control over our own happiness than we think.  Starting with the negative people in our lives.

9. Our past experiences have helped to shape who we are today but they don’t define who we are.

10. “Family” is more than just blood relative.  It is a ‘call to action’ that few non-relatives would have gained the right to be called.

11. Not all parents are parents and not all parents can parent.  In some instances, their roles were simply to get us here.

12. Self-love is called self-love for reason, it must come from within.  No amount of feedback from those around you could make you feel for yourself what you don’t believe about  yourself.

13. We believe what we hear, so we need to be mindful of the information we feed and allow to be fed to us.

14. “Mistakes” are really lessons in disguise. So open your eyes and take from them the lessons being communicated to you.

15. The true beauty of something is not always found on the surface.  Sometimes we just have to dig deeper.  If you trust only your eyes to find beauty in life, there may be many beautiful people who you miss the opportunity to meet and know.

16. Love can be expressed through words and actions that bring joy and a smile to your life and heart.  Love never physically, emotionally or intentionally hurts you.

17. Being silent  and not communicating when we’re hurting inside emotionally doesn’t help ease the pain we feel. If anything, it temporarily masks it.

18. Life can be complicated at times but it can also be really simple.  It’s all about the lens from which we choose to view it from.

19. Prayer coupled with faith and belief is the most powerful, inexpensive weapon you can own.

20. We’re all imperfect creatures and that is what makes each of us special.  As a result, the only real expectation we need to live up to is our own no one else’s.

21. The success or failure of a relationship lies in the willingness of both parties to work through the issues to move forward.

22. Music is more than a cool way to pass the time.  It is a great stress reliever and can help improve your mood.

23. Children are the future and if we want a brighter future we need to be mindful of the influence our behaviour and words have on their lives.

24. The earth is our home and if we don’t take better care of it how can we expect it to take care of us.

25. The cloud that seems to be hovering over your life is a passing cloud.  The sun will come out and you will see your way again. It happened for me and it can happen for you. 🙂

26. Laugh as much as you can. Don’t take everything so serious all of the time.

27. We can’t control everything but we can control some things. Do what you can, where you can as best as you can.

28. It’s not what we say but how we say it so think before you speak.

29. One of the most precious gifts we have in this life is time, use it wisely.

30. Lastly, we don’t have to be great at everything.

Feel free to add a life lesson below in comments. Thank you for stopping by.

Have a wonderful night.

Music Reflection Mondays # 24 – A Christmas to Remember

Welcome back to Music Reflection Mondays! Today I want to try something a little different for this segment – a story enhanced by the titles of Christmas songs.  Hope you enjoy.

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Once there was a little boy who said to his village one Christmas Eve, “O Come All Ye Faithful” but they didn’t listen and instead responded to him saying, “Go Away, Little Drummer Boy all we want is a Silent Night“.

This broke his heart because all he wanted to do was Deck the Halls and sing O Holy Night.    One of the villager’s (the richest man in the village) Mr. Smith approached him and explained that after Last Christmas   and the Jingle Bells episode that everyone was a little discouraged.  He hung his head filled with shame and guilt because he knew that was all his fault and now Christmas time is just too painful a memory for them.

Last Christmas the little boy had accidentally broke the bell on the church tower during the Christmas celebrations which almost killed two people.  That was a special bell that they saved up to purchase and now it was ruined.  They never looked at him the same after that day and just the thought of Christmas was a painful reminder for them.

Mr. Smith and the little boy came up with a plan to bring the Christmas spirit back to their land.  They decorated the old barn and even gathered a few members from the church choir to form a band. They went all over the village singing The Christmas Song, Mary’s Boy Child and Santa Claus is Coming to Town like never before and everyone came from far and wide.  This made the little boy and Mr. Smith very happy.

At the end of the show everyone was clapping and hugging each other filled with joy once more. A feeling they thought they would never explore again.  This event it seemed was just what the village needed to remember what made the month of December one to remember.

Later that night before they all turned in for the night they sang to the little boy and the villager We Wish You Merry Christmas“.    The little boy quietly made his Christmas wish, please  Let it Snow, Let it snow as he wiped his tears of joy off his cheek.  Sure enough, Christmas morning they were all greeted with the sight of snow through their windows.

The little boy was jumping up and down on his bed because he was so happy to see that it was really snowing. Just when he thought his Christmas could not get any better.  Mr. Smith went around with his horse and carriage presenting each home with a mini bell that had been dipped in gold and had special drawings on them. The little boy got dressed as quickly as he could and asked Mr. Smith if he could help him and of course Mr. Smith accepted.

This was a beautiful surprise and a wonderful gift. That was truly a Christmas to remember.

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Hope you enjoyed.  Have a wonderful day.  🙂

Music Reflection Mondays #18 – Christmas Favourites

Good night and welcome back to Music Reflection Mondays!  How was your day?   Was it like most Mondays, demanding all the energy you’ve got left over from the weekend?  I have no doubt that you persevered and conquered all if not most of your tasks today. 🙂

So what are we getting into tonight? Nothing too heavy, my youngest son Luke is turning 4 years old tomorrow so I’ve been busy finalizing arrangements for his big day.

As October comes to a close tomorrow, we move into November one month closer to Christmas my favourite time of the year. 🙂 The music just melts your heart and gets most of us in the Christmas spirit.

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The decorations, decorating, the cleaning, the baking and cooking, time with family, the Christmas shows, the many aromas, the many memories from our past and the new ones we create in the present all solidified in our minds and hearts along with some beautiful music.

Here are some of my favourite people to listen to at Christmas time:

There are so many wonderful songs and people to listen to that it’s near impossible to list them all tonight.  Are any of your favourites listed above? If yes, who?  If not, who did I mistakenly forget?

Have a wonderful night. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

 

 

 

Heart to Heart

This post was inspired by a piece I read called “I’m scared” written by Elsie over at Elsie LMC blog.  She rekindle in me some feelings I get whenever I think of a loved one leaving me before I could share with them all I have to say.

Family is sometimes all we have and those of us who are still fortunate to have people we love in our lives should never take them for granted.  This is to my family.

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So many times I stop and think

We could be no more with just one blink

No more laughter, no more talks

No more browsing on our little walks

So as I prepare this heart to heart

Let’s remove all bitterness from our path 

Agreeing to put petty differences aside

Especially those entangled with our pride

Our love for each other we should never hide

So many times I stop and think

How much time was wasted between you and me?

Silence left to pass the time

Because of foolish pettiness

We’ve now reduced our time

So many times I stop and think

If you were to leave me now

My heart would surely sink

For without you in this world

I would feel so empty and cold

As the tears and grief would fill my soul

So I’ve made my decision and with careful precision

I will take the first step because I don’t want to leave this world with regret

Besides I never want you to forget,

I love now and forever

To my mother, father, sister, brother, sons and niece

Knowing each of you in this life

Has truly brought me so much peace

I know we’ve had our moments

But life is short so no more postponements

Live your life and cherish it

Remembering to show your love

While learning to receive it

So let’s put any differences aside

Removing all bitterness and pride

Loving and praying for each other everyday

Because when that day comes there’s only so much we can say

I love you all

Have a blessed day.

 

 

What’s Up Wednesdays #18

Welcome back to What’s Up Wednesdays! What’s good with you?  How’s was your day?  What did you have for lunch? Any dinner ideas?  Who or what pissed you off today? Feel free to share in comments below.

I know this segment is supposed to be all about my life but I figured I would open it up to you guys as well and still share about my day or week.  🙂  Let’s get into it.

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What I’m eating this week:

This week has been very hectic and I have not always made the best decisions especially when it came to my eating habits.  For dinner, I had Kentucky Fried Chicken with mash potato and corn.  I had a late lunch so I did not get a chance to take photos forgive me. Trust me when I say it was “finger lickin’ good.”

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What I’m reminiscing about: 

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To be honest, nothing at the moment.  I’m grateful for the memories I’ve created over the last few months but I’m also welcoming and embracing the new ones as they come.

 

What I’m loving:

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The fact that my eldest son is starting to take his school work seriously.  He is a good student don’t get me wrong.  He’s just applying himself more by getting up early and putting in the extra work.  All on his own without me having to say a word.  I’m so very proud of him. I trust that he would reap the rewards of his sacrifice.  Keep up the good work Marc! 🙂

 

What I’ve been up to:

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Sorting, filing, procurement and some technical stuff too.  I surprise myself sometimes. I’m physically and mentally drained right now.

 

What I’m dreading:

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Going to the gas station to see what the new cost to fill my tank would be. 🙁 The government increased the cost of fuel so you know transportation cost among with other things that are associated with it both directly and indirectly will also increase.  We just have to deal with it.

 

What I’m working on:

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Staying cool, calm and collected.   This is so important because you know there are persons out there who seem to make it their life purpose to steal our joy but they can’t unless we let them.  Shake them off and out of your mind.  Should you feel yourself getting worked up remember to take slow but deep breaths.  Ask the good Lord to always stay close, to guide you and protect you.

 

What I’m excited about:

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The simple and little things we often take for granted.  Just waking up each day with good health, being safe and having the knowledge that my family is well – is more than enough for me to be excited about. 🙂

 

What I’m watching:

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I’m still watching Shadow Hunters. The show has put Orphan Black on the back burner at the moment. I know they are two different type of shows but Shadow Hunters has me intrigued and I’m definitely going to see how it all ends.

 

Who/ What I’m listening to:

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Unforgettable – by French Montana feat. Swae Lee

What I’m wearing/ Let’s Go Shopping:

Today, we’re visiting the Designer Shoe Warehouse  so yes, you guessed it we’re shopping for shoes.  Four different looks based on the occasion.

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a. Mix No.6 – Lill Pump

b. Franco Sarto – Harlet 2 Sandal

c. Franco Sarto – Wedge Pump

d. Skechers – Breathe Easy Slip-On Sneakers

 

What I’m doing this weekend:

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Unfortunately, zero painting was done last weekend so that task has rolled over to this weekend.

 

What I’m looking forward to the next month:

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November, reminds me how close Christmas is getting plus we have our Annual Christmas Extravaganza where we prepare various dishes.  It’s a lot of work but our friends and family enjoy it very much.  I’ll be sure to take pictures. 🙂

 

What else is new?

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An old friend of mine resurfaced recently after being missing in action with zero communication for almost two months. Thankfully, the silence has been broken and hopefully all is well or rather thin gs are better with them. 🙂

That’s all for now.  As always thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

 

Strength

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Typically, when we hear the term ‘strength‘ we associate it with physical abilities and attributes.   However, over the years after going through different experiences some good and others rather challenging,  I’ve learnt that strength is so much more than just a physical thing.

What do I mean?

Well, during my difficult moments it was my strength of mind, spirit and family that helped me overcome those not so sunny days.   Let me explain.

  • Strength of mind – this is when we know who we are and no longer allow self-doubt or negative people to have control over our thoughts and emotions. 

 

  • Strength of spirit – this is where our faith and our beliefs come in.   It is in times of adversity that this strength once nurtured and developed can help bring us through those tough periods in our lives.   Without it, we are like sheep among wolves.

 

  • Strength of family – this strength is often overlooked.  The love, support and encouragement of family is so important in our lives.  They usually rally around us in our time of need.  They usually stand by us through the good and the bad times.  Those of us who don’t have families like that may still be blessed with a few individuals in our lives that we have formed very close and strong bonds with who over the years have become your family.  This is just as significant.

These three aspects of my life have made such a difference in the outcome of various events in my life that I will forever be grateful.  So, am I strong? YES, in every area of my life that matters most to ME.

Am I going to have challenging moments in my life from time to time? Yes!  Why? Being strong in those areas does not mean we won’t have issues or challenges.  Those strengths just mean we would be better able to cope with the obstacles than individuals who have not developed those areas yet.

We use food and exercise to strengthen our bodies but how do we go about strengthening our mind and spirit?

Some things we can do to strengthen those areas include:

  1. Through prayer.
  2. Reading and trying to understand the scripture.  I understand that this can be a bit challenging as we would not always understand everything we read but I believe if we trust and ask God to open our minds and hearts to what he needs us to see and be he would point the way.
  3. Paying attention to what we put in and what we allow those around us to contribute.
  4. Be mindful of the people we surround ourselves with as negative energy breathes negativity.
  5. Take control of our thoughts.
  6. Facing our truths whatever they maybe and choosing to understand, learn and move forward.
  7. Practice forgiveness.  Not just for those persons who have wronged us but ourselves. We are often very tough on ourselves.
  8. Practice self-love.  I believe that even with our imperfections we are still worth love and appreciation.

I’m merely sharing my experience. I can only tell you what has helped me.  Strength is God’s gift to each of us.  Are you prepared and willing to tap into yours?

Thanks for stopping by.  Make today and this weekend a great one.