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A Book a Week – The Luminaries

The Luminaries was the Man Booker Prize winner for 2013 and I knew I wanted to read it.

Except that it’s really long.

Really long.

So I decided that I would listen to it instead. That’s hours and hours of listening. But I did it anyway.

And listening might not have been the best call because there are a lot of charts and visual cues is this book. And it’s a tough story to follow as is.

But it was still worth it. I liked the story, found it interesting to follow and even though I got thoroughly confused at the end, I am still glad I read it.

Remember This - Week 33

My July My Mind’s Eye assignment is also May’s One Little Word assignment. I decided to take the wonderful little MME cards and then use their embellishment packs to add a layer and then I painted a bunch on each and then I stamped a bunch.

And a little more paint.

And finally I wrote my journaling and this is what I ended up with.

All the journaling is about what I am thinking about and trying at this moment.

Still can’t get enough of that Gold.

Remember This is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Listen with Intent – Week 34

For this week, I picked record. There’s lots of proof that we need to write down our gratitude to remember it. So we need to record the things we’re grateful for. I used to do this but i’ve fallen out of the habit. I need to get back in it. Apparently once a week is the right amount. Not too frequent so as to not take it seriously but frequent enough for it to be meaningful.

Here’s the pin where I got the lettering..

Are you recording your gratitude?

Listen with Intent is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

A Book a Week – The Desire Map

I read Desire Map many months ago and wrote about it a little here. Even though Danielle LaPorte can be hit or miss for me, I loved this book. Loved it.

I think it’s spot on and I recommend it.

Remember This – Week 33

Life Book week 23 was back to an assignment from Tam. It was about drawing deer. So I took the antlers and put them on my girl. It was also about making patterns.

Since my little girl is quite unusual, I decided the text should say: What makes you different is what makes you special, embrace who you are.

Ain’t that the truth?

Remember This is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Listen with Intent – Week 33

This week’s photo is blurry for some inexplicable reason. For this week, I picked observe. What’s the best way to show gratitude? One of the important aspects of being grateful is observing your life and noticing the millions of things you have to be grateful for. If I don’t observe, I miss so many of these.

Here’s the pin where I got the lettering..

What would you see in your life if you were observing more closely?

Listen with Intent is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Nathaniel Reads to Mommy – Week 16

Nathaniel Reads to Mommy is a project for 2014 that I am doing with my 4.5-year-old son. You can read more about it here.

Today I Know – Week 32

This week’s inspiration comes from this pin. I used pastels and pen on this page. I like how lovely it is.

prompt says: today i know that i am still learning how to

I wrote about learning to love and accept myself.

Today I Know is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

A Book a Week – Me Before You

I picked up Me Before You because I knew there’s a movie coming and I refuse to see movies if I haven’t read the book first and this one was very recommended, too.

Even though I read this one really fast, I am on the fence about it. I don’t know that I loved it. I did like it. I can’t even put my finger on exactly what. If you like a nice story, this one is a good one to put on the list.

It’s definitely one of those books you can’t put down. At least I couldn’t until I was done. However it could have been shorter without losing most of its value.

Remember This – Week 32

Life Book week twenty was taught by Serena Bridgeman. I loved, loved, loved her lesson. It was so calm and lovely and I really enjoyed it.

But when I sat down to make mine, all I knew was that I didn’t want to copy hers. I just wanted to do something different. I had just finished a month of painting faces so I decided to make a big face and see where it took me.

It took me to this.

The text says: No one can make you feel anything other than what you allow inside.

I love this one. I need to remember it frequently.

And continuing with my gold obsession, I gave her a gold halo. And of course a little bird on her shoulder.

Remember This is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Listen with Intent - Week 32

For this week, I picked celebrate. What’s the best way to show gratitude? With a celebration of course! Once I am aware of all that I am grateful for, celebrating comes naturally to me. I also want to bring back our weekly celebration parties. I will have to think of a creative way to do that. Let’s see what this week brings..

The lettering I used here comes from a book.

Listen with Intent is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

I love you and I am so proud of You

My sweet David,

Over the last few years, I’ve seen you change and grow so much in so many ways. You’ve developed a very distinct taste in music and you’ve started playing sports. You’ve become a more confident writer and an avid reader. So much of your personality has changed and grown in just two years. And I’ve loved watching all of it. I’ve been so proud of the person you’re growing into and so impressed with your courage and individuality.

But, more than anything, I’ve been blown away by your love of science.

Ever since first grade, I’ve watched you grow from a boy who knew nothing about science to a boy who is deeply knowledgeable and insatiably curious. You have devoured all the Richard Feynman books in our house and even encouraged us to buy a few new ones.

You’ve checked out books from the library, looked up facts in wikipedia and other websites. You’ve listened to lectures, science shows and even read articles in magazines to satiate your thirst for learning science. The amount of information you’ve accumulated in third grade surpasses what I know in my 30s.

When we visited your third grade class a few weeks ago, I read your nonfiction paper on quantum physics with awe and pride. It was well put-together, accurate, and interesting. Most importantly, I was clear that this was the product of a kid who loves science and is interested in going above and beyond to expand his knowledge any way he can. I felt so proud of you and so honored to be your mother.

David, I’ve always loved learning and have shared so much of it with you. I’ve taught you how to read. We did a lot of math together. And now, we’re learning languages together. But, science has never been my forte. I’ve never done much to encourage you in that direction. At best, I just got out of your way.

This one is all on you, my son.

You managed to find something you love and embraced it wholeheartedly. And while I can’t promise you that I will teach you things about physics, here’s what I can promise you, my son:

I promise you that I will forever support your passions in every way I can. I will take you to any exhibit, place, or show I can. I will buy you any books we can find. I will take you to the library each week if you’d like. I will tape whatever science shows we can find that you might like and I will sit with you and try to learn alongside you if it will help. I want you to know that I adore you and will be your number one supporter in the world. I love you with all my heart my son and I am so proud of you.