This isn’t like my usual posts, but I want to share this with you because it’s foundational to who I am in the most elemental way. I'd like you to meet someone very special. You can probably guess we're related. Her name is Francine. She is my birth mother and today would have been her 73rd birthday. She passed away in an accident 25 years ago. It's a weird milestone. On one hand, I am so grateful to know her name and to begin learning who she was. On the other, I'm very sad we will never have the chance to meet in person. I know that if we did, after lots of hugging and crying and more hugging and crying 'cos that's how we roll here, I would thank her for the life she gave me, and the sacrifice she made that brought me into the lives of a family who didn't think they could have kids. That they were so happy, they got pregnant the year after they got me. I would thank her for bringing Pauline and me together and share how we have always felt we were destined to be sisters. I would tell her how happy I am she had another child and how over the moon filled with love and joy Pauline and I are for our brother Ian. I would wish that she could meet my mom Margaret, they'd have a lot to talk about. While I may not be able to say those words to her, I can bow deeply in gratitude to her for giving me life. And to Pauline and Ian, my siblings, my heart, for embracing each other with incredible openness and the same deep love you share with me. And I continue to be in awe of the warmth shown by Francine's family and friends who are sharing their stories and memories so that I might know her better. I haven't met all of you yet but I truly love each of you. <3
Look inside yourself. There is beauty there.
FULL MOON JULY 27th
As if you were on fire from within. The moon lives in the lining of your skin.
Body. Mind. Soul.
#body #mind #soul #bodymindsoul #bodymindandsoul #harmony #lovelovelove
I am joy
I am peace
I am love
Root down. Rise up. Grow love. everyday
#joy #peace #love #rootdownriseupgrowlove #growlove #rootdown #grounded
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." - Maya Angelou
Today would have been my mom's 84th birthday. I miss her. She always put the comfort and safety of others above her own. If you ever went to her house, she fed you. Immediately. And if my sister or I dropped a snack, we'd hear, "it's ok, I'll eat the one that fell on the floor." I will always be grateful for her sacrifices, presence, love and care which have shaped who we are today.
“My mother's gifts of courage to me were both large and small. The latter are woven so subtly into the fabric of my psyche that I can hardly distinguish where she stops and I begin.”
― Maya Angelou, Mom & Me & Mom
Does this quote speak to you? I really relate to it. It's so easy to see people on the surface level and not take the time to find out what is underneath. People we may have not noticed or may have written off could have something hidden and lovely inside.
I absolutely love this quote from Carl Sagan. In dark times, I can turn to love - especially when I feel very small. Remember, you are someone’s world, you are important, you are loved. Always. #CarlSagan #love #rootdownriseupgrowlove #love #lovemakesusbetter #wearemadeofstardust
"Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life."
Take a walk today and be with nature.
I brought in some milkweed cuttings to keep them from taking over as they self seed (this is a non-native milkweed which is 👍🏼 for monarchs, but it needs to be managed). I checked to see why it looked ratty all of a sudden and found SIX monarch caterpillars munching the leaves. Escorted them to the more abundant milkweeds in the backyard. Good luck little ones!
There are so many inspiring women we love.
Who are the women you love and admire?