Sometimes today is the day (ponytails, pics, and giving)

I just did something that I don’t do very often…I donated to a cause.  It’s not that I don’t believe in “causes”, quite the opposite.  It’s just that as I try to ensure there is food on the table and clothes on our backs I don’t feel as though I have the extra resources to contribute outside of my inner circle.  I choose where I give carefully when I have the ability to do so. 

But, this morning I was getting ready for work and decided to put my hair into a ponytail, which is also something I don’t do very often.  Maycee walked into the bathroom and asked, “Are you going to work like that?”  I said, “Yah, why?” She got all welled up with excitement, smiling brightly and exclaimed, “I like it!  I like it!  I’ve been wanting you to go to work like that since I was in Kindergarten!”  I said, “Oh, well, good.  I’m doing it today then!”

Next up was putting on mascara.  Now, Readers, I wear so little make-up that I can barely be called “made up”, if you know what I mean, but I do like my lashes lookin’ a bit longer and my cheeks to be pink (as I was taught by Mom that it makes us at least “look” healthy).  Maycee watched intently after brushing her teeth and said this: Now why do you feel you need to do that?! I don’t see why you feel you need to wear make-up.  I answered, “Well, because Mommy’s eyelashes are not long and beautiful naturally like yours are, Sweetie, nor are my cheeks as rosy.”  Maycee retorted, “Well, I think you are beautiful just the way you are!” Just writing this puts a lump in my throat and brings tears to my eyes.

Being on my lunch break at work and catching up on my blog reading, I couldn’t wait to read Chris’s (…from the bungalow) post from yesterday Blissfully Bald: Why my wife and I decided to shave our headsAs I read and followed the links something inside me said, “You have a vibrant, healthy daughter whom you love to pieces, and who loves you unconditionally.  This is such a gift in and of itself. Kasey, show your gratitude today by paying it forward.”  I connected to Chris’s blog, and I connected for many reasons…this is revealing itself as one of them. 

I have been intending to post pictures from Maycee’s wonderful birthday week for many days now, and I believe it is no coincidence that I finally was able to publish them today (thanks for helping me last night, my awesome b.f.) Children are the light of the world, Maycee is the light of my life.  Her words precious, her spirit infectious, her insight incomparable.  Please visit Chris’s post via the link above, and may your heart be touched and moved just as mine.  Maycee’s 8th birthday was so much fun, and I’m grateful I can look forward to next year’s. I love the phrase Life is a gift, that’s why we call it the present.

52 cookies for the Boys & Girls Club

Happy Birthday Girl, Happy Mommy!

Louisy, gettin' in on the birthday fun

Ready for the party, Mom!

Horses riding in the breeze made for a beautiful birthday card

And...make a wish!

 Readers, may you count your blessings today, have a wonderful weekend, and remember: life is short, be happy, and give a chuckle.


6 responses

  1. Such sweet pictures!

    Chris’s post really helped me to count my blessings, too, and they are so many. Did you see that this particular post was the only post Freshly Pressed since Wednesday? So awesome, and deserved.

    I’ll be blogging about it tomorrow or Monday, too. As is, I’m still processing Donna’s Cancer Story, which I read last night and this morning. Oh, yeah, I’m feeling my blessings–you, of course, among them!

    • Wow, I did notice it was Freshly Pressed, which I was so happy to see. I haven’t read Donna’s Cancer Story yet, as I know I need to be READY to read it. Cancer along is a tough subject, but put it on kids, and it it magnifies the issue. Thanks so much for your sweetness, Deb. You have been an amazing blessing to me, too, I can’t even tell you! 🙂


  2. Ok your doggie is soooo cute!!! I really need to post pics at some point. I feel like that will compromise my anonymity…we’ll see. I love the idea of paying it forward. I need to do a bit of that myself. It may start closer to home this week and branch out as time goes on. I am feeling like someone near and dear to me really needs a pick me up this week…my wheels are turning! Have an amazing day, friend 🙂

  3. Thanks, Tat2! Louisy is indeed a sweetie-a shelter doggie whom we adopted (along with another senior daschund, Percy) two years ago. I initially wondered about posting pics, too, but the more parenting-oriented blogs I read, the more I realized lots of people do it, and it has become a wonderful way to connect and share. Today is Make a Difference Monday, so what a great day to choose to pay it forward! Starting at home or close to home is the best place; the more we think outside of ourselves, the richer our lives become (oh, and our troubles seem much smaller, too). You have a terrific day, as well, and I’ll be thinkin’ of ya! 🙂

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