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Its that time again – Here we have come full circle once again to another  Thanksgiving.

This has been an insanely busy year for me. As much as I love all of the people and thing in my life it is not very often that I get much time to reflect upon that which I am thankful for.

I do often think in spare moments that I am thankful for my Home, my family, my husband, and my boys. But these moments are fleeting and overwhelmed by the hectic flow of my life.  Today I would truly like to take some time to pause and reflect upon the people and things which I am thankful for. I am working om creating a list on pinterest for some of these things.

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What It Means to be Southern

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ImageThis word cloud was created using a compilation of writings on what the south means to a group of random southern raised people.

I thought that it was an interesting reflection of the southern cultural identity. The Identity of Southern America is not so much a concrete thing but as shifting collection of ideas, collective experiences, and a shared past.

Old Fashioned

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ImageBaby Luca was born 4/19/213. I guess you could consider this my birth announcement.  In these  modern times we announce everything electronically through social media. I even announced my pregnancy to most of my friends and family via Facebook.

The postal service is dead, and thank you cards are a thing of the past. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Do we need to return to a simpler time ? Do we long for a simpler time?

I am more full of questions that answers. This is another sign of our times.

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A Thanks Giving

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There are those reflective moments in life,  when I take a step back to survey my life. It is in these quiet moments when I feel a true joy. I know in these moments, surrounded by those who I hold dear,  that I am truly blessed.

I am so thankful to have food. There have been times when I have not had a table with food or food in my pantry. I believe to be thankful for  this most basic essential one must go without first.

I am thankful for my loving family. There have been moments in my life where I was truly alone.
These were the darkest times. The love provided by friends and family feeds ones spirit in dark hours.

I am thankful to be alive. I am thankful to be able to experience these blessings and feel the warmth of spirit known as gratitude.

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The South

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It’s hard to explain what “The South” means to me. To me this term resonates with a meaning deeper than “Home”. “The South”  to me speaks of history and place. It is where my the spirit of my family resides.

Many times as a child and even now I have tried to understand myself in these terms. Looking back at the path of my forefathers I retrace the steps to my awakening.

We know the past through stories. The truth of these stories can be hidden. I have searched for truth in my, in my family’s, stories. I have found some truth but much remains hidden. There is pain in this past and in these stories, but there is also triumph, humor, and love.