Month: May 2012

Quote for May 30th

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”  – LaoTzu

Versatile and Beautiful Blogger Awards 05/27/12

I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger and Beautiful Blogger awards from my friend Katrina  – http://freedomtoafulllife.wordpress.com    Katrina is an amazing writer and has a wonderful blog!!

 

Thank you so very much for your kindness, your encouragement and for thinking of me.

Now 7 (more) random things about myself,

I love meeting people and hearing about their adventures in life. 

I once had lunch with Jack Warden actor (While You Were Sleeping).

One of my favorite authors has always been David Morrell – and I got the chance to spend half a day talking to him while I worked at the bookstore. 

I am STILL shy.

I still don’t like math.

I love horror movies.

I like to read young adult fiction.

And my nominees are:

 http://reflectionsinapuddle.wordpress.com

http://geniespeaks.wordpress.com/

http://timzauto.wordpress.com/

http://teengirlsthatwrite.wordpress.com/

http://memyselfandela.wordpress.com/

http://sojournerspace.wordpress.com/

http://terry1954.wordpress.com/

http://francescannotwrite.wordpress.com/

http://shianwrites.wordpress.com/

http://peacewithmylife.com/

I wish I could pick so many more bloggers to win these awards because there are so many that are great!!  This is only a small sampling of the wonderful blogs I have connected with.

 

Kreative Blogger Award 05/10/12

I am a bit behind so….

I first want to apologize for it taking me so long, then second want to thank jennysserendipity.wordpress.com for nominating me for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Her blog is amazing with photo’s, stories and informative articles for

Here are the rules for those nominated:

  1. Copy the Kreativ Blogger Award logo and place it in your post.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  3. List 7 things about you that people might find interesting.
  4. Nominate 7 other bloggers for their own Kreativ Blogger Award.
  5. Leave a comment on the blogs you nominate to let them know about the award.

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1. I love baking.

2. Is looking forward to summer, but my favorite season is Fall.

3. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because that holiday is about being thankful and spending time with friends and family.

4. Hates insincere people.

5. Is thinking of starting an above ground herb garden.

6. Loves miniatures.  

7. Loves old houses and historical landmarks.

Here are the 7 blogs I nominated for this award.  These are some of my favorite blogs full of creativity and insight, please take a moment to check them out!  There are many many more! 

http://makesomethingmondays.wordpress.com/

http://kittybloger.wordpress.com/

http://deanjbaker.wordpress.com/

http://susandanielseden.wordpress.com/

http://cauldronsandcupcakes.com/

http://kathrynrubidoux.wordpress.com/

http://ram0singhal.wordpress.com/

Ending Cycles and Renewal Ahead

A friend of mine told me that when you lose one parent, you are still okay, because you still have the other one.  You hurt, you grieve, but you have someone to share it with and you still have that foundation of where you began.  When the other parent dies then your world is shaken.  When the other parent is gone then you lose a large bit of your soul, your heart and your identity.

I did not experience this at first even though it was only two and a half months between when both of my parents passed away.  No, I went through the gut punches of grief when it knocks you to the floor now and then out of the blue, I have felt lost at times, but that has gradually gotten better.

The actual experience like my friend described hit me in the month of May.  May, the month I was born, and Mother’s day.  It is also the month that see’s the end of another school year. 

It was a humbling thing to realize I would never again celebrate my birthday with my mom.  My birthdays have never been grand or a big deal anyway, but mom always made it a point to make a cake, get a mushy card and a gift of some kind.  She made sure we all did something on THE DAY, not when it was convenient later. 

I found myself distraught on my birthday and the days that followed.  Unable to stop the tears and such a great sense of loss that just would not go away and a heart that felt deeply wounded all over again.  Then in a moment of great sadness I opened a drawer while unpacking and ran across a card.  A birthday card from my mother, it was from last year I think, but it still made me smile. 

This month has proven to be one of the hardest months I have ever lived through.  The passing of time has been so present, so prominent starting with my birthday and ending the month with my oldest daughters’ graduation.  It is a bittersweet time for all of us, as she is having a difficult time with the grief too and fighting back tears that her grandparents won’t be there to see her graduate. 

Yet, it is a time of renewal too because just as it is a notable end to some cycles in this life, the month also marks the beginning of a new cycle, the start of a new path for both of my daughters and myself. 

My oldest daughter will be walking the stage to say goodbye to high school and onto a path of her own choosing including college and the adult choices that she will face along the way.

My youngest daughter is graduating 8th grade and will start her journey through high school and preparing for her future and the dreams she holds dear.

I spent the better part of last week in a muddle, second guessing things I had no real business second guessing because – guess what – my friend was right, you do indeed seem to lose a part of your identity with the loss of both parents.  So it became a time of meditation, prayer, wise counsel, and choosing to remain true to the path I have chosen.

So the hardest month became the darkest tunnel, and now with the beginning of June in sight, the light is shining again.  We go forward, we press on, and we will walk through until we reach the other side and find ourselves, our dreams and each other again.

Cherry Coley ©