Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Why? Does anyone else ever ask why about everything? I was driving into work this morning and heard the radio anouncer talking about the question why? My kids ask it all the time. As I have grown in my Christian faith I have learned to not question why. God guides us to where we need to be. We do not always know why we end up where He guides us, but we almost always end up learning the mesages that He has set out for us to learn. With the faith I have in God and in the plan that He has for me I have stopped trying to guess the why in all that happends in my life.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Overnight in Kingston

My mom and I took the girls to Kingston for the night on Friday night. We stayed at the Ambassador Hotel. It was so much fun because I had so many memories of being there as a kid myself on March Break. The kids were so excited because the hotel had a splash pad, water slide and pool. They had so much fun running through the splash pad. They also had a blast sliding down the slide. The were so brave going down the slide by themselves. I waited at the bottom and caught them. I was so proud of them. Before coming home we went to Chuckee Cheese and had lunch. the kids had a lot of fun playing games. The whole overnight trip was so much fun - an awesome memory.

Beautiful Sunday 03/08/07

Beautiful Sunday 03/08/07
Originally uploaded by dynamo_momof2.

My Favorite Things Saturday 03/07/07 - Taking My Girls Swimming

One of my favorite things is taking my girls swimming. they love the water and it is so fun to watch how excited they get.

2 Peas Friday Blogger Challenge - Weekend Plans

Join us today Friday if you blog. Challenge: What are your weekend plans? Blog about your upcoming weekend.. what are you going to be doing??? I am so excited about this weekend. It is the final weekend of March Break. My mom and I are taking the girls to the Ambassador Hotel in Kingston. I can't wait. When I was a little girl my parents used to take us to the Ambassador every single March Break. It is a memory that has stuck with me since then and I am excited to share the same experience with my girls.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

2 Peas Thursday Blogger Challenge - One Virtue

Join us today Thursday if you blog. Challenge: If you could give all human beings one virtue, which would you choose? Blog about it.... this is a good one!I would definitely choose FORGIVENESS as the one virtue that I could give all human beings. There are so many people who choose to not forgive, so many who choose to hold grudges. So many who do not realizing that forgiveness has to begin with them, to begin inside them. So many people have a heart of hatred and unforgiveness inside them, they do not realize that they are hurting God. God shows us all the ultimate forgiveness. Jesus was crucified so that we can all be forgiven of our sins and wrongdoings. If we choose to not forgive others it is like we are saying that Jesus died on the cross for nothing. I know for myself that that is not the case. Jesus did not die for nothing. He died for me, and for all of you so that we can be forgiven. So that we can become closer with our creator, so that we can be more like Jesus.

2 Peas Wednesday Blogger challenge - What's On My Mind

since 2peas was down for so long, i didn't get the chance to post this.. what was on your mind today?? What did you blog about today?
I guess the thing that has been on my mind most of this week has been that I've been feeling a little bit overwhelmed this week. I know I will get through everything that I have to accomplish in the next few weeks but there is a definite feeling of being overwhelmed inside me with all that is going on. I started a new job this week and I love it. The training is pretty intense though, especially as it is a brand new field for me. I am training to be a tech support agent for the Time Warner Cable Road Runner Internet program. I have never done tech support so it is all very new to me. I am also preparing to group lead a Pathways Basic Seminar here in Ottawa next weekend. You can see more about Pathways here at www.pathwaysseminars.com . It is an awesome seminar and has made such a difference in my life that I am group leading so I can help teach others what I have learned so that they too can have huge impacts in their lives. As well as all this I am completing my online degree in Accounting which is also a tun of work. Needless to say all these are what is causing my feeling of being overwhelmed. I know though that I will get through, that I will succeed and get all accomplished that I need to.

2 Peas Tuesday Blogger Challenge - Daylight

Join us today/Tue if you blog. Challenge: Now that the sun is staying out longer these days.. what kinds of things are u gonna be doing with that extra daylight? Blog about the effects on your days, on your life,. ... when there is more natural daylight.
There is something I so love about daylight. I love the brightness, I love the colors, I love the peacefulness of watching the sky. I love when spring comes and the daylight lasts longer. I love driving to work watching the sun come up and relaxing at home watching it go down. I see daylight and I instantly think of all the amazing photo opportunities that present itself with each sunrise. Every morning while I drive to work I thank God for bringing me another day to do what it is that He wants for me for that day. I live each moment of the day hoping to lead the life that God has created for me.

2 Peas Monday Blogger Challenge - What I'd like to ask God

Join us today/Monday if you blog. Challenge: What would you most like to ask God? blog about it.
This is a really tough one. I think I would like to ask God about how he is able to love so much and have so much grace to offer those in this world. I would ask him to continue giving me that grace and to help teach me to be more like Jesus.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

My Favorite Things Saturday - 10/03/07

One of my favorite things is watching the sun come up with a hot cup of coffee sitting in my favorite window.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

My First Digital Scrapbook Page

God's Grace

At my Celebrate Recovery group last night we talked about God's Grace. This topic has been sticking in my head since then. I know that it is only by God's Grace that I am clean. I know that it only by God's grace that I am forgiven. I know that it is only by God's grace that I am chosen and loved. We had this cool acrostic that helps me remember the significance of God's grace.

God's gift
Received by our faith
Accepted by God's love
Christ paid the price
Everlasting life

2 Peas Thursday Blogger Challenge -

Join us today/Thursday if you blog. Challenge: here's a fun one, If you believed in them or not -- What one question would you ask a psychic about the future????? blog about it!

I do not believe in psychics.
I believe in God.
I believe that only God knows our future.
I believe that He shows us what we we need to know about our future when it is important for us to know.
As we head into the future, He guides us, He brings us what we need at the perfect time!
He always bring us to where we need to be.
His plan is perfect.

2 Peas Wednesday Blogger Challenge - Most Beautiful Place

Join us today/Wed if you blog.. Challenge: What's the most beautiful place you've ever seen? Blog about it!!!

The most beautiful place I have ever seen was when I went to the Bahamas in 1998. These are my four favorite photos that i took on that trip. The whole trip was amazing. Beautiful. Peaceful. I loved taking photos of the ocean, of the market and of the wildlife. There was something so calming there about seeing the sun rise and set over the ocean. I will never forget the way I felt on that trip! I will never forget the beauty I saw!

2 Peas Tuesday Blogger Challenge - Spring Gardens

Join us today/Tue if you blog. Challenge: It's almost spring.. what are you gonna be planting in your garden/containter gardens, this spring? Blog about your floral favorites.
Okay here's my big confession.....
I suck at gardening. I love gardens. I love flowers, but I am no good at the routing of watering them on a regular basis. I hate pulling weeds. Most of my plants and gardens eventually die. I always try and plant a few thing every year but they end up growing (with lots of weeds) in an unkept garden. These flowers in the photo are my all time favorite spring flowers. I love tulips and love going to the Tulip Festival in Ottawa every year. I love going through the forest behind my parents house and seeing the first trilliums. I love cherry blossoms and lilacs and hope to plant these two trees when I someday own a home.

Monday, March 05, 2007


525,600 MINUTES

Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes,
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Moments so dear.
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?

In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights
In cups of coffee
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.

In five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure
A year in the life?

How about love?
How about love?
How about love? Measure in love

Seasons of love. Seasons of love

Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes!
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Journeys to plan.

Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure the life
Of a woman or a man?
In truths that she learned,
Or in times that he cried.
In bridges he burned,
Or the way that she died.

It's time now to sing out,
Tho' the story never ends
Let's celebrate

Remember a year in the life of friends
Remember the love!
Remember the love!
Seasons of love!

Oh you got to got to Remember the love! remember the love,
You Measure in love know that love is a gift from up above
Seasons of love. Share love, give love spread love Measure measure you life in love.

My boyfriend Cory has been telling me for so
long now that I would love watching Rent. He brought it over last week and we sat and watched it together. What an incredible movie. The story, the music - every single thing about it spoke to me. It touched me more than I thought could be possible. It made me laugh. It made me cry.
Listening to this song 525.600 minutes really spoke to my heart. It made me think of every minute of my life. Made me want to live all those minutes with love, with laughter, with happiness, with freedom, with friends, and with family. It made me just want to live. To be me and let nothing else get in the way.

Dear Anonymous

You keep posting messages on my blog about when we used to know each other. This is driving me crazy - I am dying to know who you are. Please email me or post your name with your comments. I'd love to see who this is and be able to say hi!!

2 Peas Monday Blogger Challenge

Join us today/Monday if you blog. Challenge: In order of importance, how would you rank :
This is a tough one.. blog about your choices.

I would have to rank Spirituality as the most important from this list for me. Without my love for God I would not be able to do anything else in my life. God directs all I do, He leads me on the paths that have been chosen for me. He has taught me about loving who I am because He created me to be special, he has also given me the strength and courage I have needed to conquer the challenges and obstacles that I have been faced with in my life.

Love is my second from this list. I can't imagine my life without the love I have for my beautiful girls. They give me all I need to succeed. To succeed as a great mom, to even succeed as a great woman. I never thought that I would ever be able to love something with every part of my being - then I became a mom and my whole definition of love changed. The love I have for the girls is totally unconditional, a love that is so pure and so from deep inside the heart. They are my everything!!

I would have to choose Freedom next from the list. Being free for me means many things. It means being free to be just me, being free to express my thoughts, my opinions, and my ideas. It means being free from drugs, being free from depression, and being free from panic attacks. The word freedom expresses for me the major obstacles I have overcome in my life to this point.

Happiness is the last on my list, although, for me being able to live with Spirituality, with Love, and with Freedom is what brings me happiness in all I do. I think when you finally stop trying to constantly search for happiness it will finally come to you. When I was able to stop searching so hard, it seemed to come to me. When I put all the other pieces of my life together, the happiness finally came.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Beautilful Sunday 04/03/07

Beautilful Sunday 04/03/07
Originally uploaded by dynamo_momof2.

2 Peas Sunday Blogger Challenge - Favorite Quotes

Join us today/Sunday if you blog. Challenge: Share some of you fave quotes.... and describe on your blog why they are your faves and mean so much to you.

If you would create something,you must be something.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Henry David Thoreau
Be the change you want to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi
There are no failures - just experiences and your reactions to them.
Tom Krause
You don't take a photograph, you make it.
Ansel Adams
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
John F. Kennedy
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
Joseph Chilton Pearce
To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.
David Viscott

Photographer at Heart

There is just something inside me that speaks when I think about Photography. I am a true photographer at heart. Sometimes it amazes me that I can think about photos without even trying. Sometimes it feels like I am looking at the whole world around me as if looking at everything I see through the lens of my camera. I see things in pictures. I see details that would make amazing captures. I see true beauty in everything. I LOVE being a photographer at heart.

Favorite Things Saturday 03/03/07

My girls, and spending time with them is my absolute most favorite thing in the world!!

2 Peas Monday Blogger Challenge - Memorable Vacations

Please come join us today/Monday if you blog. Challenge~ If you can remember going on a family vacation. What was your favorite and why?
My absolute most memorable family vacation is from the summer I was 16 years old. It was 1992. My family and I took 3 weeks and traveled through Western Canada. We went to the Calgary Stampede, the West Edmonton Mall, Jasper Alberta and Banff Alberta. It was the most amazing vacation ever. I loved the sheer beauty of Canada, the mountains, the yellow plains in Saskatchewan - everything. Every night my dad and I would sit in the motel room with maps and plan the next days drives and stops at local tourist attractions. He drove, I navigated from the backseat. It was such a bonding time for the two of us. As he drove, I often took photos and videos from the backseat. This is when my love for photography really developed. This is a trip I plan to do with my girls when they are old enough to appreciate the beauty of Canada ( and when they are old enough to drive that far without crying - hehe.)

2 Peas Friday Blogger Challenge - Comfort Foods

Join us today Friday if you blog. Fave comfort food?? what's yours? blog about it.
I have two very special comfort foods. The first is a hot cup of coffee. It can
something I drink in the morning or very late at night. there is just some
thing so comforting about holding a hot cup of black coffee in my hands. I am not quite sure what it is, perhaps the warm, perhaps the taste. Whatever it is it seems to sooth me. It quites my mind, it relaxes me, and it gives me pure joy.

The second comfort food I have is a hot bowl of mushroom soup with lots of pepper. this is what I eat when I am not feeling well or when I am sad. It warms me throughout my whole body and brings me comfort I can hardly begin to even describe.

2 Peas Wednesday Blogger Challenge - What Others Think...

Join us today/wed if you blog. Challenge: Here is a fun question... would you live your life any differently if you didn't care what people thought?? blog about it.. fun huh???? I am finally at that point in my life where I am realizing that it is not important what other people think about how I act. I am living my life for me, for God and for my kids. I have a keen sense of right and wrong, and a keen sense of how I should be reacting and acting in many situations. As long as I am living every single day loving who I am, as long as I am living every single day serving God, and as long as I am living every single day trying to be the absolute best mom I can be... well then, it does not ever matter what other people think.
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