Tuesday, December 13, 2011

eyes wide open...

 "Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary." 
~John Keating, Dead Poets Society

I found four silver hairs on my head the other day.
When did this happen???
I kinda dig it.

Life really does feel like it's moving at mach speed these days,
and I am painfully aware that these days with my babies
will slip through my fingers like sand in an hourglass.

There are days when I feel so exhausted.
And overwhelmed. 
Days when I feel like I'm just dropping the ball.

But most of the time, I am in awe, 
just marveling at these little beings...
these little souls that have been entrusted to me. 
(very sobering indeed to ponder the great responsibility of that)
I see their innocence, the wonder in their eyes,
how excited they get over marshmallows...
and snow...and just about everything. 
It fills me with a sense of enchantment and a peace 
of all that's still good and right and true in this world. 
It makes me realign my thoughts and put things into proper perspective, 
letting go of things that can easily consume me so that I can make room for 
the moments of life that are happening before my eyes. 
To make time to appreciate them. 
It's such a crazy life right now, 
but it's MY life.
And I don't want to miss a thing...


  1. Lovely photos! And I found a few silver hairs too! Gotta love motherhood. lol What a wonderful gift we have in these years. So blessed...

  2. Absolutely beautiful...just like their mama! You are so right to keep your eyes wide open. They grow up way too fast. Thanks for sharing your life with us. Merry Christmas to you and your family! *hugs*

  3. I have your note sitting in my inbox and read it over and over (knowing I need to write but trying to wedge in a little 'me' time for it). Every time you write something I come away moved. "...little souls that have been entrusted to me." It's an amazing responsibility, no? Thank goodness we have a guidebook.


  4. "But it's MY life and I don't want to miss a thing"! Yes! I am so with you on that...no matter what our little world looks like; no matter what role we have on this incredible journey, it's our journey and our life to make the best of and to savour! That is just what you are doing and those little dolls are such a vision worth keeping your eyes fixed on...such a beautiful blessing! Glory to God!

  5. Bella Jaime-I did get your Christmas card, and I thank you so much for the photo of your beautiful children...as you have posted photos on your blog!
    Baby Joshua is growing by "leaps and bounds" and is so alert, and a wise little baby, and so, so amazingly cute!
    This is the time of the year to count your blessings...and that, my dear sweet friend, you have plenty of blessings to keep counting:DDD
    God Bless, for a beautiful and peaceful Christmas!
    Big hugs, and lots of kisses!

  6. Bella, I am so, so sorry for making a mistake on your precious baby's name...He is Luke, and not Joshua! Where did I get the name of Joshua from? Is that the name of your second child?...or maybe I just like the name so much! Luke, is the same as Luca, which is in Italian, and it's the name of my only grandson, as well! So sorry for making the mistake on your precious baby's name!

  7. Wow! 4 silver dollars in one day! Thank you for the reminder to take each day with fresh eyes and a hearty appreciation. I hope you are having a relaxing Sunday, my friend. I'm about to begin a week of baking, traveling and celebrating with family. Much love and many blessings.

  8. oh wow. I hear ya sister. I feel the same way. Especially on those days when I feel so overwhelmed, I try so hard to snap back so I don't miss a thing.

    Your babies are so beautiful. much love, sweet friend.

  9. Precious photos! Also, love your thoughts on not wanting to miss a day!

  10. Dear sweet bella! Wishing you and your precious family a New Year, filled with many blessings, in health, and prosperity! Big hugs:DDD
    Happy New Year!

  11. Such beautiful, sweet faces!!! Savor every moment with your most precious gifts~ xoxo



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