Hello, I'm excited to be linking up to some new things today. First up is a blog that my dear friend Shahrul is a part of, A Beautiful World. Each week they give you a prompt and you share a picture/story to go with that prompt and link up. I've been waiting to do this for weeks and finally made the time and the prompt is perfect for how I've been feeling the last 2 weeks. The prompt this week is "WAITING" I am in the middle on this, can wait patiently for some things and not for others. These two weeks were the later, waiting for my kids to come home from camp. Each were difficult in their own way, I didn't like sending Sam off when Summer just got back. It was too soon and my heart just wasn't into another week of "waiting" and "worrying" about one of my kids. I try not to feel this way but sorry it is in my nature so strong nothing can stop it. This picture above isn't the cutest or even him smiling that cute smile of his but it's all I could get from my tired boy once home. This picture does say a lot though, he's back home, he's in his favorite spot, eating a popicle and watching tv with his ipod beside him. I missed seeing him in this spot and doing his "norm".
While waiting for you I prayed for you
While waiting for you I looked at your old pictures
While waiting for you I enjoyed chic flicks with your sisters
While waiting for you I worried you'd be too cold
While waiting for you I worried the other boys would pick on you
While waiting for you I worried you'd get hurt from the paintballs
While waiting for you I did some sketching
While waiting for you the house had no boy laughs in it
While waiting for you the girls took bike rides on their new bikes
While waiting for you I didn't have anyone to tuck in
While waiting for you we made you happy mail that you didn't get till the last day, sigh
While waiting for you my heart was sad and empty
While waiting for you Summer got contacts
While waiting for you dad and I had troubles sleeping, same as when Summer was gone
While waiting for you I was thankful the big storm didn't come
While waiting for you my arms missed hugging you
While waiting for you I was hoping you were having a fun time
While waiting for you I realized even more how much I love you and am soooo happy you are my SON. My BOY. The last link to this family and it wouldn't be the same without you in it.
Now it is YOU who is "waiting" to go back again next summer. (sigh)
Shahrul, I'm so happy that I finally got this chance to share at http://www.our--beautiful--world--365spot.com and look forward to doing more. Thank you also to the other wonderful hosts at this blog, I did poke around and love the stories and photos you've been sharing. Please go and visit them to see what they are 'waiting" for this week. The picture above was taken by my Sony Cyber Shot and no editing was done. Thanks ladies for letting me a part of your beautiful world.
Below is my Project Life pages that tell you more about my week while Sam was gone.
here is the full spread, his favorite color mixed with some blue. I did change the format from last weeks pages, kinda felt this was more fitted for Sam. He has read it and loved it. Click on the image to see/read it better. If you need close ups let me know and I will do that too, this post already got a little longer then planned. See the last picture on the bottom right side, that is what Sam looked like when I picked him up. Covered in dirt and happy with the great time he had at camp. I had to do all his laundry once home. It smelled soooo bad, he mixed wet things in with clean things so everything had to be washed. It's good to have him home and things back to normal now.
Next up is something new for me too, love that I find all these cool blogs and awesome people.
I'm sharing my first of hopefully many Mandala's with you. I stumbled upon this amazing blog belonging to Dawn and she creates these gorgeous and creative mandalas. I didn't realize till yesterday that she tries to use only dead/dying things from nature. This way you still find the beauty in them even longer. I have been drooling over hers for about a month now and finally it hit me yesterday while I was trimming the hedges. While making a pile of the clippings it dawned on me that these would be perfect for a mandala. So I told the little ones I was watching my idea and they didn't understand but they wanted to help. We gathered the clippings, leaves, petals, flowers, mulch chips, golf balls just because they are fun and got to work in the driveway. Well the wind kept blowing it and messing it up so we took our goodies inside and created this fun mandala. I couldn't remember the exact way, if there even is a right way to make one. The kids got to help put things where they thought they should go and I guided them a bit but wanted them to have the freedom to create it too. We left it up all day and shared it with others that came over and my hubby when he got home. I enjoyed this so much that I couldn't sleep well due to thinking of other ways to create my next mandala, might just need a nap today. You can find Dawn's blog at http://girlunwinding.wordpress.com please visit her and check out the amazing, gorgeous mandalas she makes. I am finding others doing this and sharing thru her blog too. It's amazing what everyone is coming up with and just using things you find in your own yard, park, garden. Thanks Dawn for sharing your wonderful talent with us.
We are having a cool down for the last week, feels like fall is sneaking it's way in a bit too early. So no summer swimming/beach for us this week. The kids are enjoying their bike rides though and we have been playing tennis and thanks to Renee's new obsession with the game of "LIFE" they are playing that all day too. Hope everyone is doing well this week. Thanks so much for your visits and comments that make my day. Have a great week and please visit these links and let me know what you think. HUGS!!