Monday, June 27, 2011

this beautiful life

Ever have a moment where you realize how precious this life really is? Just a week ago we visited a family friend who is in her last stretch in a long battle with cancer. Her life has been built around her family and her home. We visited her there, as her family gathers around her, forming a strong and warm embrace of support and love. I was awed by her grace, by her husband’s devotion, and her children’s courage. 

Back home, making spaghetti, I realized how precious each moment is, every breath a gift. It is easy to overlook the mundane but in that moment, the red sauce tasted so rich and sweet. Since that evening, when I find myself feeling frustrated or unhappy, I think about how lucky I am to be waking up at 3 AM to my baby, how blessed to take a hot shower much too early in the morning, how grateful I am to watch the sun shine through the rain.
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It’s been a few days since my last post. Amelie got her MMR immunization and was miserable with a fever and rash. Thank goodness for my neighbor, Michelle, who brought over some coconut oil to soothe Ammy’s itchy skin (and it worked great!!).

Some ice cream gave a bit of distraction.
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We worked on a Father’s Day project for her Dada.
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 Happy Father's Day, Jeremiah!
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Ammy and her Dada

I added a new girly pink and white hoodie with braids to the shop.
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On Sunday, Amelie and I participated in the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia in Denver. We walked to support my sister and her daughter, survivors.
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Mindy and her daughter Lily

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Walkers on a hot summer morning, in Denver's City Park.

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My Dad and Amelie.

Amelie is finally feeling like herself again! My spirited child.
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7 comments:

  1. One of my friends' father passed away recently from a too-short battle with cancer, we said our final good byes but it's so hard, isn't it? glad you are appreciating life with your beautiful family!

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  2. Your post was a great reminder to be thankful for even those things we don't enjoy. Thanks!

    Also, just pinned your Black Monster Hoodie. So cute!!

    And thanks for stopping by my blog and following!

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  3. Love that last photo... those socks are the cutest on her!

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  4. Once a sweet child comes into your life, I think you have those moments a lot. It's such a wonderful, stressful,beautiful ride and you want to make sure not to miss loving every second of it. Looking forward to following your cute little family!

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  5. My brother died very suddenly when he was 11, it's been almost 13 years, but I try very hard to take time out every day to focus on the little things in life, because it is all so precious. :)

    Your daughter is beautiful!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! :)

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  6. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and kind words!

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  7. Thanks for a thoughtful post. You're blog seems like a cozy spot. Thanks for following me at "the perfect line". Be sure to check out this week's edition of Friends' Meetup Party where I show case all my new friends :) I encourage you to meet other bloggers on the list and share a few words about my meetup at your blog.

    Following you back! Thanks :)

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