Valentines Mail!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Well, here we are departing Wednesday yet again. This week each year is kinda a blah week in the Fry house, as Ryan prepares to go to New York for Toy Show. Never fails that it falls right around Valentines Day! BOOO... good thing I have Little Miss Priss to be my Valentine. 

On Monday we came home from work, and she did the usual throw-on-whatever-shoes-I-can-find routine, and trotted out the mailbox with Ryan to get the mail. This is seriously one of the highlights of her day. When he goes and she chooses not to, we immediately check for a fever. No Joke! ;)

When she got back in, she was carrying a package the size of her top half, with a smile just beaming on her face. SHE GOT MAIL! **Insert AOL "DING"**. 

I recognized the handwriting on the Arkansas address right away. Grammy and Opa send Caroline, and all the grandkids, a holiday goody for almost EVERY holiday. It's so crazy how fun that is for them. They delight in such small acts. 

Here she is showing off her Valentines mail, complete with a Valentines night gown, coloring book, candy, PEZ, stamps, and the noteworthy "BAG". 

She has carried that bag with here EVERYWHERE. In fact, just because she loves it so much, Ryan loves to try and tease her and take it away. LOL

She has SLEPT with the bag each night.

The first thing she asks Ryan this morning when he got her up, "where is my bag?"

I have never seen a child so excited about a BAG!!!

Needless to say, Caroline has the best Grammy and Opa there is. No offense Opa, but we know Grammy does all the surprise preparing ;). It's such a small act of kindness from them, but it's insane how much it means to her.

I still remember when I was little and would visit my Nan in Tennessee. Every time I came she would have treats laid out on the bed for me: coloring books, cross word puzzles, lip glosses, hair accessories, dolls, etc. 

It's so fun to watch that same concept in Caroline's life.

Bottom line people: It's the small things that matter, and not only should we make the effort on the little things, we should learn to have a child like excitement for the small things too!

Can you imagine how much joy we would have in our lives if a seasonal bag made us happy for 3+ days? 
Be the kind of person, who appreciates the small stuff, and finds joy in the thoughtfilled efforts of others.

...and that my Dear, was all she wrote...

Five Minute Friday

Friday, February 7, 2014

Today I'm joining a link up with Lisa-Jo Baker's FMF Group.
Every Friday she has a topic up. For 5 minutes flat the challenge is to write freely about that topic.
"Unscripted. Unedited. Real."

Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday
Topic: WRITE

Ready, Set, GO (11:50 am) 

Writing? Ha! I laugh, because the desire to write is so natural to me, it almost burns in me when I can't express what I feel. I have been writing since I could write. Never professionally, but always passionately. 

I took Creative Writing in high school. It was by far my favorite High School Experience. Something about being GIVEN a topic, assignment, challenge... took my writing so far beyond my tiny perspective on my world. I was challenged. I love a challenge.

In the real world, I don't have someone assigning me a topic to explore. I rely solely on my own experiences, observations, and emotions to create read worthy material. It's a different type of challenge. Being a good writer depends not only on being able to express yourself through writing, but also on your ability to see the world around you in a new light, and transform it into something impactful for a reader. To bring MEANING to something, that otherwise would be just a fleeting thought or routine experience, to take a TINY feeling and turn it into something of self discovery, and motivation. To MOVE people. To STIR emotions. To INSPIRE actions. 

Maybe I'm more creatively challenged now than I ever thought I was.

(11:55 am)

What a neat challenge! Join the link up!!
 Leave a comment below if you participate so I can share your 5 min Friday.

Here are the basic guidelines:

1. Check what the prompt is on my blog
2. Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog
3. If you don't have a blog, no worries, just leave your writing as a comment on my post.
4. Visit and link up there as well.

Write- Join the blogger community!!

...and that my Dear, was all she wrote...

What are the Words You Would Say? (3 Reasons to Write Letters)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

As many of you know, I write a lot of letters. I have written letters to myself, letters to my daughter, to my husband, to my daughter's future dates, and even to change. In fact, The Pink Porch, is undergoing a face lift behind the scenes, and the new site will have a tab JUST FOR LETTERS that I have written. I got to thinking about it, and wondering why letters always sound so powerful. Why when I reflect on letters, does it feel so much more meaningful than when I simply attempt to remember what my emotions were like at those particular times in life? The personal touch that a purposefully addressed note leaves, is what usually makes it the must substantial of all communication. Many people keep a diary, some journal, some jot down notes, all of which are great ways to express yourself. Letter writing, however, allows you to say WHATEVER your feeling, specifically to WHOEVER or WHATEVER you want. I view diary/journal keeping as a reflection on what has been done, and letter writing as proactive notion of intent, forewarning, inspiration, reminding, or goal setting, and I think everyone should consider writing letters. Here's Why:

1. You will never feel the same way about a particular thing as you do right now. When you discover you are passionate about something, there is a process in which you go through. The beginning, where something ignites the flame, and the passion for a subject begins to burn. There is the forest fire, where you completely understand the passion, have all your facts straight, and will defend your passion to the death. Then there is the firefighting. The passion still burns in the rubble, but the nature of the flame has diminished. Writing letters to your future self allows you to witness this change inside of you from the outside in. It's so incredible to see the shift in your views and opinions over time, and one of the only ways to keep record of it most accurately is to write to your future self as if your defending your passions against yourself.

2. Sometimes we have feelings about something, but don't yet have the appropriate person in our lives to express these feelings to. One day, however, that person will come along, and rekindling those feelings will become difficult once that person has filled the void. Write letters to your future children, your future spouse, your future grandchildren, your future career, your future goal, etc.
I promise you will thank yourself someday when that person/thing comes into your life. It's so amazing to compare what you thought that person would be like, and how you would feel about them to the reality of what they are like. What things are similar to what you have always known they would be like? What things could you never have imagined you would feel? You can see a letter I wrote to my future husband: HERE. It's quite satisfying to go through and know that Ryan met all of this criteria and so much more!!

3. You never know who will read these letters some day. Things that you aren't able to express in person, things you aren't capable of conveying, may be discovered when your gone, and touch lives around you. Your children may not be capable of understanding the way you feel about them right now, and by the time they DO understand, recalling the exact perspective you once had can be difficult or nearly impossible. Do it now. Write to them NOW. Preserve the words you would say today.

You can see some letters that I have written and shared on The Pink Porch below:

I encourage each of you to take some time and write to your future self or your past self. Write to your children. Write to your spouse. Even if you do nothing but draft them as an email and tuck them away. Tell those around you how you feel when you feel it. Moments are fleeting. You will not have the same moment you are in with the same feelings you feel again. Preserve this moment.

I know I have shared this video several times, but it's still one of my favorite songs. Before Caroline was born, this was my song to her, and now these lyrics hang on a canvas I painted in her room. Take 3 minutes out of your day to "hear these simple truths".Who would you share these words with? What are the words you would say??

...and that my Dear, was all she wrote...

Monday "Mourning"

Monday, February 3, 2014

Today I am grieving over the fact that it's Monday. *SNIFF SNIFF*. Some Monday's don't seem so bad, in fact, I'm an advocate for taking hold of Mondays and running with them. Today, however, with the cold weather, my sleepiness, and desire to lay in my warm bed and finish my book...I was just really bummed to see Monday arrive. 

In honor of my Monday Blues... here is a peak at what I'm sporting on this blah day! 

Monday "Mourning"

I'm cuddled up in an oversized sweater, white shirt, and jeans, complete with gray boots. I am drinking hot Plexus, listening to Itunes Radio Weekly Top 50 (really is the best station for a bit of everything you love!). On Thursday I got a gel manicure in this exact shade of P.I.N.K. for Valentines Day. I'm attempting to hide the sleepiness with a spritz of Vera Wang's "Rock Princess", and some BareMinerals "Well Rested" (my secrete weapon <3 br="">

Even on this gloomy day, I do have this verse bouncing around in my head which I feel like is appropriate considering:

 "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 

Even on these gloomy, blah, boring, days of  "mourning" the weekend, it's important not to "lose heart" because "inwardly we are being renewed DAY BY DAY". 

Thank you, Lord, that even when I feel worthless, you are still working in me, and that my troubles are "light and momentary". 

Have a happy week!

...and that my Dear, was all she wrote...

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