Everyday Magic.

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.
We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-
instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.

Dale Carnegie

I’m not gonna lie.

Last week was a really bad week. A ridiculous week. Actually, May has been an up and down kinda month all around. Too many long hours for my hubby at work (and when I say LONG, I mean long). Lots happening in our personal lives. Responsibilities. Schedules. Just life was taking over and putting me in a bad, grumpy mood.

You can relate, right? I don’t think I’m alone …

I know my petty woes were just that – petty – and there are much bigger problems in the world, but sometimes, for no apparent reason, it just feels like the world is weighing you down. To the point where another load of laundry and another sleepless night could really put you over the edge …

One of my good friends called me on the phone last week. I’m not a phone talker (as all of my friends would know!), but that phone call was awesome.  I cried to her and in turn, she prayed for me when I shared her about feeling like a breakdown was around the corner …. (literally? Well, maybe!) and from there, things started looking up. Whether it was an attitude change or God gave me a bit more strength, but whatever it was, we made it through the dark week. And now, we’ve emerged with sunshine, bright summer days looming ahead of us and a much happier home. I am thankful for prayer. For friends you can spill your heart too. For knowing that I am not alone when I feel a mommy-meltdown coming on. For knowing that a quick attitude change can make a HUGE difference.

I’m sitting in my backyard right now – absolutely at peace. Lilacs are blooming. The veggie garden is sprouting. The girls are playing Little House on the Prairie in their (new to them) pretty pink vintage dresses. And I’m thankful for the magic that can be found in the everyday. Even if it means there are still a few loads of laundry to work through.

This is how Lovelyn took her morning nap.

Under the lilac bushes.

{Thank you, Twill & Twine for the lovely banner! And thank you, Holly, for the canopy! I’m using it for tonight’s session with two pretty little girls.}

We found an orchard the other day and took the girls for a tea party …

So very much looking forward to a beautiful week. I hope you are, too.

June 1, 2011 - 2:53 pm

Petra Could that top picture look any more blissed out? Love it. What a lucky little lady.

May 31, 2011 - 3:18 am

Nancy Your honesty and openness to everyone that reads your blog is refreshing to say the least. I am sure there isn’t anyone out there that can’t relate to the emotions you have shared. We would all be so lucky to have a friend that would listen and pray for us Gillian…you are truly blessed, but so are the many people that come into contact with you. Your warmth and kindness is geniune and I can’t thank you enough for all you do for so many others! Always remember the rainbow is right infront of you in your family and friends!

May 30, 2011 - 8:50 pm

Sherri Sigh, I do so love your photography (and your L’s). Amazed at how the books colours look so vivid against the basket. Can’t wait for my shots in the fall {hint hint}

May 30, 2011 - 8:35 pm

Lauren Gorgeous girls! Gorgeous moments! Gorgeous dresses! (did you find them somewhere you can share?! ;p)

May 30, 2011 - 4:50 pm

marcia beautiful photos. i’m so happy to hear you found your happiness and peace again! and no, you’re not alone. i can relate 100%! xo

May 30, 2011 - 3:56 pm

Debbie I think that this spring has brought a lot of people to the brink of madness…one can only take so much rain and “dullness”. Glad that you had someone to talk you back to your normal upbeat self.