The Poetry That Is Life

Trying to find the beauty, the poetry, in every moment

I’ll Love You Forever – A Mother’s Day Surprise

I know it’s a little late to be talking about Mother’s Day, but I got my mother her gift late to begin with. In my defense, I was able to give her her gift–which was a dual Mother’s Day/birthday gift–ON her birthday, which was only a week after Mother’s Day.  Since we live in different states and I was able to give her the gift in person, I’d say that’s pretty darn good, thank you very much ;).  And now, a little later than that, I’d like to share it with you here.

ill love you forever book coverOne of the children’s books I remember most distinctly growing up is Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.  It’s a beautiful story of a mother’s love for her child throughout all the stages of life: all difficult but all with their own sorts of blessings. But it is also the story of a child’s love for his mother, and devotion to her during another difficult stage of life. It’s a beautiful story that can be appreciated by kids and adults alike. It’s also a hugely popular book; I’m sure many of you also have a connection to this book as well.

This book sticks with me not only because my mother read this to me on innumerable occasions, but because she also developed her own tune to the constant refrain of the mother from the book, and it became a lullaby that was part of my nightly bedtime routine.

I’ll love you forever

I’ll like you for always

As long as I’m living,

My baby you’ll be

SO, when I saw that a friend of mine was selling prints of those words to give as Mother’s Day gifts, I knew I had to get one for my mom for her birthday/belated Mother’s Day. It’s something special between the two of us that I knew she would appreciate.

watercolor I'll love you forever 2

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#WeddingWednesday: Favorite Details From My Wedding Day

My husband and I will be heading out of town this weekend to celebrate the union of two friends (the groom to be was actually a groomsman in our wedding), so in honor of that joyous occasion, I thought I’d write a #WeddingWednesday post about a few of my favorite wedding details from our own wedding this past January.

As any former bride will attest, once you’ve gone through the planning process, you will forever notice the little details at other weddings, because you know how much work went into it! I’m looking forward to seeing all the details this weekend and at all future weddings to come, and I love looking back at my own.

Having a winter wedding gave me different options than are typical for your traditional summer wedding. This was good for me, because I always want to do things just a little bit different, and do things that are unique.

Color Scheme

I wanted a color scheme that would fit the winter season.  One of my favorite colors is green, so after some debate on various shades, I went with evergreen to match the season’s greenery without being too Christmas-y.  I didn’t have a definite second color; I wanted brown, but didn’t have a specific shade nailed down…besides the fact it’s hard to find multiple things in the same shade of brown….and black is such a go-to color for groom’s attire….

…Yeah, picking out colors was actually somewhat stressful for me (overthinking at it’s finest). Ultimately, I incorporated various shades of brown, black, and white.

To go along with the evergreen, I decided pretty early on to use greenery and pine cones on the tables at the reception, and possibly for other decor too.  That theme ended up being carried over in a lot of the details.

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March Reading

I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember–and even longer than that, if all the pictures of me as a tiny child on the lap of a parent, surrounded by books, are to be believed. I’ve been a voracious reader most of my life.

However, I must say, my reading significantly declined during a time in my life when I probably should have been reading the most–when I was a high school English teacher.  But man! It’s hard to plan curriculum for classes you’ve not taught before (or for long), grade papers, do your chores, and still find time to read.  Since I’m subbing right now, and subs don’t have to take their work home with them like “real” teachers do, I’m having more luck fitting in reading time.  Though I don’t like everything about subbing, that is one of the blessings that I can appreciate.

Right now, my Goodreads Reading Challenge for the year is set at 16 books (SIXTEEN books in the year twenty-SIXTEEN), and if I keep reading at this rate, I will easily surpass that goal. But we’ll just have to see how the rest of the year pans out.

When you’ve read a lot of books, it can be hard to remember everything you’ve read without the help of a site like Goodreads, and even then, the details can get fuzzy. Writing about what you read can help cement it in your mind a little better, and maybe (just maybe) get you thinking a little more critically about it, and keep your mind sharp to boot. I hope to be able to that regularly here.

So, 9 days into April, let’s talk about the books I read in March, shall we? 😉 Continue reading “March Reading”

Fellowship Conference Recap

This past weekend my husband and I (along with two friends in the car with us, and a pretty significant amount of our church family traveling separately) attended the Fellowship Conference in Denton, TX.

Fellowship Conference is a huge deal in our circle.  This year, you pretty much had to register within the first few days (maybe even hours!) of registration opening if you wanted to get accommodations on site, and it just a few days the limit on attendees had almost been reached.  And the limit on attendees is almost 1,000.

Why is Fellowship such a big deal?

Well, just look at the name.

Fellowship Conference is a time when Christians can get together and worship, be fed the Word by some amazing pastors, and also have plenty of time to fellowship with our family in Christ.  And that Fellowship is important, because it may be one of, if not the only time, some folks get to see each other in a year. And of course, it’s a great place to meet new people.  Attendees come from everywhere.  I didn’t even realize just how vast the scope of attendance was; I was only aware of people from about 2 states attending, but at this year’s conference, 27 states and 9 foreign countries were represented! Continue reading “Fellowship Conference Recap”

Saint Patrick’s Day in preschool

Today I subbed in a preschool classroom and that I’ve been in quite a few times over the past couple of weeks. Obviously, today is St. Patrick’s Day! I just love celebrating holidays in the classroom with students.  It’s really fun to come up with activities to do to go along with the holiday. Continue reading “Saint Patrick’s Day in preschool”

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