Saturday, June 12, 2010

Grandma Jeanne's Sunset with Shooting Star ...

Grandma Jeanne this is your sunset ... 6/12/2010 ... Bethany and I were watching it for you and we even (thanks to Bethany's great eyes) saw a shooting star zip across the horizon. Bethany made a wish for you ...
(Look for the shooting star to the top left of the big tree ...)

I think that just maybe ... that shooting star was you going back home ... Safe journey:  you are loved and you will be greatly missed!  Until we meet again ...

All Our Love,

Michelle & Bethany

P.S.  I've just been in a terrible overwhelming funk ... since my Grandmother's passing.  For some reason ... I just can't seem to shake it.  Vacation coming soon ... maybe that will help?  Until then, I just don't have it in me to write right now ... Until I find the words in me once me ... Peace and Love ... ~M/Isa

Friday, June 11, 2010

When life gives you lemons ...

When life "gives you lemons" and "you make lemonade" ... then life gives more lemons and you've still got a full gallon of lemonade left:  what do you do next?

This was my FaceBook post the other day ... and my wonderful FaceBook friends ... my friends ... rallied with a plethera of fanstastic answers that made me smile on a day, when I thought that a smile would be hard to come by.  One of the best answers was posted by my friend Angela ... she said "Add Tequela and invite my friends over."  What a great answer!  : )  It reminds me of the importance of having good friends to help give you a hand up when you are down ... to share not just the good times, but also the bad.  Sometimes ... (sometimes?! ...  actually almost all the time) ... it is hard for me to reach out to others and trust them with my pain ... I am a master at putting up a good front because I don't want to burden others with my pain ... my suffering, but I'm starting to realize that to not trust them is perhaps the greater insult.

Thanks to my friends, and one dear friend in particular, I am laughing and smiling during a very difficult time.  This time, the pain is surprisingly bearable and I don't feel as if I am slowly drowning.  Guess you can teach an old dog new tricks.  ; )  Thank you, my dear friends ... you have blessed me in more ways than you'll ever fully know.

P.S. Speaking of friends in good times and bad, I feel compelled to pray extra hard for your dad lately Paul and you ... hope all is going well and that my feeling is wrong.

A good friend of mine gave me this recipe for Margaritas ... I haven't been up to making these yet (my Grandmother's funeral is on Monday 6/21), but I feel the time is coming ... maybe just around the corner.  Anyway, here is the recipe for you to share ...

Margarita Recipe


1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1 cup white Tequila

1/3 cup Triple Sec

Coarse salt for coating the rims of the glasses

Dip the rims of 4 glasses in the lemon juice and put the glasses in the freezer. In a sealable bottle or shaker combine the Tequila, the Triple Sec, the remaining lemon juice, and about 2 cups crushed ice, seal the bottle, and shake the Margarita vigorously until it is very cold and the ice is almost melted. Remove the glasses from the freezer, dip the rims in the salt, shaking off the excess, and fill the glasses with ice cubes. Divide the Margaritas among the glasses.
Thank you ... I will be sure to toast to you as well when I finally get around to making these.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

An Enchanted Life ...

(Copyright @May 2010, Michelle C. of

“An enchanted life has many moments when the heart is overwhelmed with beauty and the imagination is electrified by some haunting quality in the world or by a spirit or voice speaking from deep within a thing, a place, or a person. ”

~Thomas Moore,  The Re-enchantment of Everyday Life

Do not let fear or conformity hold you back. Step forward, with the courage bestowed in the midst of humble grace and embrace your enchanted life; for the rest remains to be written.

6/5/2010 Sometimes embracing your enchanted life maybe means helping others find the path to theirs?