Monday, September 12, 2011

Cricket Moon Moments

A few weeks ago Jayden and Kaylie were at my house. They were restless, tired, and a little bit bored. It was getting dark and I said "Let's go outside for a listening adventure" ( I often tell them we are going on adventures...even if it's just a walk around the block) We sat on the porch and I told them to Listen and tell me what they could hear. They said things like... crickets, the wind blowing in the tree, a car driving by, a door closing. We took the time to just Listen. This little adventure only lasted a few was a time to teach them to listen when it's quiet...or you might miss something important.

Tonight I went on a walk. It was dark except for the street lights, lights from neighboring houses, and the full moon. As I walked I could hear hundreds of crickets. The air felt crisp and cool, the moon was beautiful. When I got back to my house I sat in the backyard and listened. There were crickets, voices from a neighbors yard, a car in the distance...and I looked at the moon...I remembered another listening moment that brought me great strength and growth. Last summer ( 2010) I was going through some very, very difficult moments in my life. Moments I am still struggling with...however they are getting better and I am more at peace now and alot stronger. During that summer I would often wake in the middle of the night, go out in my backyard, look at the moon, the stars, and just pray. I would pour out my heart to my Heavenly Father. Tears would be streaming down my face. Yet it was in those moments...moments under the stars, the moon, with only the sound of crickets...that I began to grow the most. Those moments brought me spiritual strength as I truly began to Listen to the Spirit more than I have in my entire life. I listened. I learned. I grew.

I'm stronger now, I'm continuing to listen and learn. And each time I hear the crickets or look at the full moon....I remember the summer of 2010 and I am eternally grateful for those "cricket moon moments" as I now call them. Listening to the Spirit is where I fnd the most peace and happiness. Take time to have those "listening moments" in your life. You just might be surprised what you learn.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Disney Moments to Remember

This past week I spent 3 days in California with my sweet daughter, Tiffany and my darling grandkids-Jayden and Kaylie. This was a trip Tiffany had planned months ago as a graduation present ot herself. She just graduated from hair school at MATC. I was so excited to spend this time with her and the kids. Dave couldn't go and so she would be there most of the time, alone.

I flew down on Monday. She had already been there for a few days. When I arrived the kids were so excited to see me and told me all about all the rides they had been on the few days before. The next morning we awoke early and headed to the park. The first character we saw when we entered was Pluto. The kids got out their little autograph books and waited patiently for a signature. It was so cute to just watch them.

Next we were off to the rides. Jayden wanted us to go on Thunder Mt. Railroad first. It's been one of my favorites, however, I have to be careful with my back. ( 7 years ago we went to Disneyland and I came home in alot of back pain... a few months later I was having back surgery for a herniated disc...I blame Tower of Terror-haha) We were having a blast. The kids had even waited till I got there to go on Pirates of the Caribbean because I told them it was one of my favorites. Splash Mountain was on the top of Jaydens list so we headed there. Jayden was in the front of the ride and I was right behind him. All the was through he kept saying "hold on to me grandma, hold on." As we were going up the hill before that last big downhill splash ( you know the one I'm talking about, the one where they take your picture) I put one arm around his chest and I could feel his little heart just pounding. I don't know if it was fear or excitement. He had already been on the ride once so I would say it was more on the excitement side. Down we went ..we both got drenched with water, and at the bottom he said. " wasn't that so fun grandma" as he laughed. Here's what we looked like after the ride:

We had the best time. The weather was perfect. The lines were short. I loved being able to have those precious moments to watch my grandchildren laugh, smile, and enjoy something so magical. They say Disney is the "happiest place on earth". I believe that it is when you just need some moments away from the "real" world. Our trip ended on Wed. Night as we watched the "World of Color" show at California Adventure. Tears came to my eyes as I saw this spectacular sight of water, color, pictures on the water, and music. I am so grateful that I was able to have these Disney Moments. I came home with a renewed peace and happiness about me...that no matter what life throws at me, I can dream, I can wish, and I can hope for all things to be better...for dreams can come true. I will always remember these magic moments. :)