Sunday Quote

"You are like a candle. Imagine you are sending light out all around you. All your words, thoughts and actions are going in many directions. If you say something kind, your kind words go in many directions, and you yourself go with them. We are ...transforming and continuing in a different form at every moment."

- Thich Nhat Hanh

Just Listening

Have you ever heard the saying it gets better with time?  I am finding this to be very true in my walk of life.  I've always been a good listener.  I believe this is why everyone comes to me.  I am a firm believer that God speaks to our hearts in various ways.  I ask God lots of questions and even if the answer is not what I hoped for He answers in one way or another.

Life sends little nuggets (wisdom) my way a lot lately.  In 4 short months I'll be 40 years old.  I'm very excited about that, because to me it's a great accomplishment.  With turning 40 I am noticing that I'm consciously and sub-consciously seeking wisdom on a daily basis.  Some days I discover gems.  Some days I do my Homer Simpson impression...Doh!

These days I am seeing myself more as a spiritual being rather just a human being.  I am also embracing my role as a teacher in this life.  I've always seen myself as mom, wife, daughter, aunt, sister, cousin and friend.  But, until now I hadn't fully realized that my walk was teaching others.  Ive had many people say to me "because of you I am bettering myself."  But the truth is I didn't embrace that.  I thought it was just talk.  Today I believe the truth.  This makes me more aware of how I'm living, speaking, and reacting in this life.
You learn a great deal when you just listen.  I am opening my heart, mind and spirit to learning.  I'm embracing wisdom with great love and respect.  With each new step, new breath, new day God is speaking wisdom into my spirit and the only thing I have to do is...Just listen.

HUGE Realization

On Friday I watched Oprah Winfrey's Master Class.  While watching her I was reminded by of what my grandpa did for me.  If you've been reading this blog from day one you know of my birth abnormalities and the struggles I have faced.  After I was born doctors came to my family and suggested I be placed in an institution, because according to them I'd never be able to function in society.  My grandpa stepped up and said "hell no!  she's family and she's coming home with us."  The realization is had my grandpa not did that it's safe to say I would not be posting this blog.

We are all here for a reason.  God has a plan for every life on this earth.  As I grow my role becomes clearer to me and my family.  What wasn't clear was the depth of just what my grandpa did for me.  I knew he was a true child of God and I knew he loved me dearly.  But, now I know just how deep he and God love me.  I now know that God knew it had to be my grandpa to speak up, because he had big plans for my life.

I want to honor God and my grandpa with my life.  The life that they saved.  The life that was given to me out of sheer love.  I have a greater respect for my grandpa and I feel so much closer to God.  I have a purpose in this world and I'm going to fulfill it with gratitude, respect and love.

Healthy Recipe Idea

Happy Monday Beautiful Beings!!

Last week I tried this amazing idea I found in a recipe magazine and it was Amazing!!  It was so yummy and filling AND it was a huge hit with the family!  It is simply a healthier take on pizza.  It's a portabella mushroom pizza.

How I Prepared:

--Wipe off mushrooms with damp towel
--Cut off stem
--Fill mushroom with 2 tablespoons of salsa or pasta sauce
--Top with green onions, chopped bell peppers, shredded chicken and a tbsp of shredded cheese
--Bake on 375 for 10 to 12 minutes

I promise this will become a house favorite!

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