If you’re looking for color in the white and gray of winter, you can find it. You only need notice the small things. There is magic everywhere. ✨
From 1996 to 2005 I lived in Venezuela and the USA. Thinking back, the memories feel like a parallel dimension.
This was our home on Isla de Margarita or commonly referred to as #margaritaisland
. The island is 28 miles off the coast of Caracas. .
The area is a safe zone from hurricane dangers due to being the Southern most island in the #Caribbean
. Hurricanes were not our threat of danger but the local government was. .
We ended up leaving the island and all our property and possessions under armed protection from the Venezuelan National guard. .
I feel tremendous sadness sometimes seeing these pictures but mostly grateful for the 9 years and life long memories. I may share more photos from #Venezuela
here soon. #Travel #Adventure #lifeunplugged
Indie is an all seasons person.
Mabyn is not.
Walk number 752458 of the day and it’s not even noon. Grateful for the sunshine and blue skies to make these strolls enjoyable!
Lunch at The Marram Grass followed by a walk to the Giant’s Stepping Stones. A Saturday on Anglesey well spent #whpwanderlust
Practicing big sister duties 💕
I'm falling in love with s i m p l e . Doesn't that just feel like a breath of fresh air washing over you?
Mom truth.... It’s been a week since we started to eliminate screen time in Ethan’s daily life. I hate admitting this, but some days he was getting 2-4 hours of screen time...in just 1 DAY! With us having a new baby paired with cold, rainy weather, somedays the struggle was real and movies or episodes of My Little Pony were our saving grace. Now, it wasn’t easy the first couple of days, but overall Ethan has adjusted quite well. He can now earn a weekend movie Fri-Sun, and is super excited for these “special movies”. Also to a very pleasant surprise, he has literally stopped saying “I’m bored” 24/7. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure he might get bored at times, but he doesn’t voice it. Now instead of finding him dragging his feet around, I can find him at his table coloring or in his room building a train track or constructing various potato heads. His dramatic play has increased, he’s going to bed earlier and he seems a lot happier overall.
As I sit here and write this, I think to myself “how did I let it go so far”....and honestly when I look back, it’s so easy. Trying to get ready for the day...here watch a movie. Trying to get dinner together...here watch a movie. Trying to nurse sweet baby boy....here watch a movie. Don’t get me wrong, each family is unique and does what’s best for them, but for us clearly screen time is not ideal for us. Now instead of nights filled with animated stories, we now spend it playing games, reading the latest books from our library run and using our imagination to create stories, art and so many wonderful things. Overall, our new norm is quite wonderful and I am so happy that we changed our days for the better. .
#momtruth #ethanparker #magicofchildhood #storytellingmama #letthembelittle #boymom #wildandfreechildren #lightinspired #thatsdarling #childhoodcaptured #livesimply #childhood #momlife #newborn #childhoodunplugged #motherhoodunplugged #letthekids #livingourbestlife #lifeunplugged #ourlittlechaos #instabest #unpluggedchildhood
How cool is it that the same God
who created mountains
looked at you and thought
the world needed one of you too .
It was a beautiful morning today and thanks to Jeybran I woke up early morning and after fixing breakfast for Jeybran I went in my living room to soak in the sunshine as usual and opened the window.
To my surprise, I saw a butterfly on the window and immediately called Jeybran to see.
I asked him to slowly tip toe and get in the room so it does not fly away.
Jeybran quickly grabbed his chair and stood on it to see the butterfly.
But to my astonishment, the butterfly did not fly away rather was there for a very long time.
After few mins we lost the charm of the butterfly.
Butterflies look good fluttering and not still.
Moral of the story - we want to see, wish and get hold of things that are out of our reach. Once, those things come to us naturally or easily we lose their value.
Bit late to the party but thought would get involved in the #10yearchallenge
. These photos are pretty much 10 years apart to the day, on the left me at 29 and on the right, me yesterday at 39! Admittedly I don't have the cheekbones I used to and these days if I don't dye my hair it looks like Jack frost has visited, but 10 years on my skin is better because I no longer smoke 20 cigarettes a day or drink a bottle of wine, I look happier because I am, In between these photo's being taken I had 2 more children, moved house 5 times, spent a good few years as a single parent because I left the unhealthy relationship I was in when this photo was taken, worked my way up from an admin assistant to a senior project manager only to be made redundant when I was pregnant with my middle daughter and a single parent, hit rock bottom and stayed there for a long time, went back to rock bottom, developed some serious drinking issues,lost friends, made friends, met the love of my life, gained 2 beautiful step children to be, gained a dog, cat and rabbit, learnt to like me, got through more days I thought I wouldn't than I can remember, got better, got stronger and here I am about to enter my 40s, happier, more content, sober and stronger than ever! .
#thehonestsquare #10yearslater #sobriety #thesoberlife #whatadifference10yearsmakes #littlestoriesofmylife #youareamazing #documentyourdays #throwback #lifeisajourney #lifelessons #lifeunplugged #growingup #40andfabulous #theartofslowliving #shropshire #thingsiwanttoremember
Loved every minute of quality time with this little dude this morning while big brother was at school - he simply soaks it up! These times go by so fast, so I'm loving every minute of it. Even if he was up most of the night last night 🙄 Mom life, right? 😉
Surprise flowers will always be the best flowers! 🙌🏼 The last few days I have been struggling with what life will be like in the upcoming weeks. Giving birth, a newborn baby, two little girls who still need all of mamas attention, a husband who is a full time car salesman and is also going to school to be apart of our volunteer fire department, along with the rest of life’s adventures. I don’t do well with unknowns, I don’t care much for change, and I like routine.
Grant knows how much I love the “little things” in life and this is a perfect example of him showing all will be alright in this season of life. ❤️
We’ve officially entered the “it’s hilarious when I close the door on mommy when she’s going to the bathroom” phase. So I guess you could say he’s literally already shutting me out of his life 😩. If you need me I’ll be in therapy.
The girl In 2009
She was confident and did not give a damn about what others thought.
A carefree bird 💁♀️
Her tummy was sucked in but she still thought she is not fit because size 0 was her goal! 😂
But she loved herself a lot!! 😂🙈 she thought the world and life is a dream just like her paintings and lived very happily in her dreamland🙈
Can you see, I am Blessed 😢 with a chubby face I weighed 54 kgs that time but those cheeks never go! 🤦♀️ Fast forward to 2019, 10 years later
Living the practical life, a lot more responsible, WISER and definitely chubbier but guess what I don't care!
Believes in slowly reaching fitness goals and Thankful to Allah for everything then and now ALHUMDULLILAH 🙏
It took me a while to dig out my old pictures for this challenge. Finally I found this blurry, low res picture. 🙈
There is an ache in my heart that I know is here to stay awhile perhaps it may never go away & is here to stay.
It’s just there, part of my story now.
I don’t think anyone can prepare for the pain that comes with loosing a parent. What I do know is this .... While it feels like my heart has been wrapped in a blanket of sadness, there have been moments where my mind floods with such vivid tangible memories & it’s almost as if I’ve been completely transported back to that moment in time. I want to welcome, preserve & honor all of it. The idea of these things fading over time does not satisfy me. They are the anchors to my identity. I know that allowing myself to feel deeply is part of this journey & as I move onward I want to heal in a way that I am able to carry the hurt & embrace joy simultaneously & freely into the beauty that awaits. #TheStoriesWeTell #HowWeHeal #Healing #Loss #Dad
Sweet dreams beautiful people.
Due to my son’s teething he’s been very uncomfortable this week! I have teething toys in every room of the house. This Nintendo teether is from @bumkinsbaby
and it’s super comfortable in emery hands so he can hold on to it for a while which is awesome! This was lunch and Emery loved the carrots I used a vegetable peeler to cut them long and thin!
Yeah so that third baby doesn’t play around when it comes to showing up. 15 weeks and still so sick but so so thankful!
New styles have arrived! 🙌 Check out our Spring 2019 collection through the link in our bio. Also keep an eye on our Stories, where we'll be featuring the new bags and answering questions 📱💕
This little fire cracker has decided not to sleep. So today I’ll be ringing for referrals to sleep school and maybe even looking into melatonin. He is up every 15 minutes of a night and barely napping during the day. How he is so happy and curious is beyond me! Any tips? We will try anything. .
Welcome to our P52 weekly loop! I’ve joined a group of talented photographers completing the @p52clicks
project. This month’s theme is “low light.”
Follow along to see each photographer’s interpretation of the theme! Next up is @rachel.bayes
Deep in the forest a call was sounding, and as often as he heard this call, mysteriously thrilling and luring, he felt compelled to turn his back upon the fire and the beaten earth around it, and to plunge into the forest, and on and on, he knew not where or why; nor did he wonder where or why, the call surrounding imperiously, deep in the forest. - Jack London, The Call of the Wild
I wasn't planning on saying much in this caption, but I changed my mind. This was the first time I've skinned in the backcountry at night and it's quite possibly the most magical thing I've experienced. The snow lightly falling, muffling sounds until all you could hear was silence. The snow crystals glimmered from branches and in the air, reflecting the light of my headlamp. The air was cold, but not too cold. I had long since pulled out my camera, so I have to thank Matt(@its_the_mik
) for this photo. It was just as awesome as it looks. 🌲🌨🌜🌲
📷 cred: @its_the_mik
#jacklondonquotes #nightskinning #hikinginthedark #bettybearhut
Letting go is not about forgetting, it is about not carrying the energy of the past into our future.
I am a reflection of all of the people I have ever loved.