Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Yay for Sisters!

Dear friends,  

Tonight I'm celebrating the arrival of my sister, Katie!  I have one sibling, Katie, who is 16 months younger than me.  
 
 
Christine and Katie as little bits


Cheesing it up for the cameras
   
A couple of days ago she decided to make a quick trip to GA.  She knew her nieces were sad about not being with family over Thanksgiving and she hadn't had a chance to come see our new home.  So today she made it!  Celebrating relationships that last a lifetime :)   We had a great dinner and conversation. Now the crew is snuggled up watching Frozen a movie also about sisters. 



2013 family photos



We have already had some great laughs and we are looking forward to more over the next couple of days!  

When we were little we were best friends and sometimes worst enemies.  I'm lucky that as adults we have a strong friendship.  I'm hoping my girls are lucky enough to have the same as they grow.
 

Sisters :)
Who are your favorite relatives to hang out with?

Wrapping you around with infinite love and warm fuzzies,

Christine

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Traditions




Dear friends,

I'm thinking about traditions tonight.

Usually my family and I are on a road trip this week making our way back home to Texas to see family and friends and attend a family reunion.

The tradition of taking bad pics of the Mighty Mississippi!


This year we decided to stay home in GA to finish unpacking our new home, set up some organizational systems that work and rest.  Geez grown up decisions are hard.


We have been getting lots of  stuff done including cleaning out the garage and making a dent in the boxes.  Not as much as I hoped.  Of course since I was raised on Samantha and I dream of Genie I think I tend to have some magical thinking about how long cleaning and organizing truly takes :)

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I'd love to have her "organizing" nose!
                              
I realized the last day or two I've been a bit melancholy.   I'm missing our usual traditions associated with our road trip and the people we see.

The quilt at my Nanny's house that we usually sleep under
I talked to my Nanny on the phone today - we always stop at her house first when we get to TX.  You all met her in this blog: Creating a loving tribute.  I got a chance to catch up on family "news" and hear about her recent trip to CA and Mexico for my cousin's wedding.  

I will miss our traditional Canasta card game where Nanny usually wins.  I need to find two packs of cards so we can play at least one or two games this break.

After Nanny's we drive off to see more friends, Joe's family and end up at a family reunion celebrating my mother line.
 


I could go on about more traditions that include animal noises, tamales and polar plunges but I think I'll stop for now and ask about your traditions.

The "Turkey" I made last year

What are your favorite traditions around Thanksgiving?

Do you recreate traditions when you are separated from family?

Wrapping you around with infinite love and warmth,

Christine

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Creating Gratitude

Dear friends,

I'm currently snuggled in on this Sunday morning as a soft gentle rain falls outside and a flickering fire whispers to me as I drink my tea and write.

Over at the Daily Creative Practice today marks the  start of our week of gratitude.  We will be creating something daily to celebrate.

Artwork by +Hallelujah Truth 


There are so many people, events and things in my life to be grateful for it would be impossible to put them all in one post.

Date night - where we met Elvis at Lionheart Theatre - grateful for new friends too!

This morning I am grateful for teamwork.  Yesterday Joe and I worked on the garage together for over six hours!  We laughed and joked that if was a good thing we celebrated 20 years of marriage this week and knew  our marriage was strong before we tackled this  project!  We are still in the process of unpacking and de-cluttering from our move this summer and yesterday was a big step in that process.  We rewarded ourselves with a date night and went to see a local theater production that several of our friends were in - super fun!

 

Arrendale State Prison GeorgiaI am also grateful for the teamwork of my friend +Jennifer Denning.  This fall we've been traveling together early Friday mornings up to the Lee Arrendale State Prison and doing InterPlay with a group of @16 women.  It has been incredibly meaningful and an important step on my journey to combining my profession of Social Work and InterPlay.


Gratitudes of  course for my friend +Ruth Schowalter  who when we met well over a year ago she found out I had written a (as in one) blog and she asked me some awesome questions which prompted this blog: blogging for you-blogging for me
that has lead to over 230 blogs - wow!  We have also been a team of two leaders in training for InterPlay on a fun journey for over a year now!  We meet bi-weekly to study our Leader materials and practice our "play."

Grateful for nature & gardens too - Christine & Ruth at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens :) 

 
I am so lucky that this list and blog could go on and on in gratitudes....

So what/or who are you grateful for today?

Wrapping you around with infinite love and gratitude,

Christine

Friday, November 21, 2014

Dragon Fly Medicine

Dear friends,

I've always loved Dragonflies.  Today I revisited a picture I took earlier this year on a Girl Scout Camp out.  So I looked into the totem/medicine meeting today on the Spirit Animal website:


The dragonfly totem carries the wisdom of transformation and adaptability in life. As spirit animal, the dragonfly is connected to the symbolism of change and light. When the dragonfly shows up in your life, it may remind you to bring a bit more lightness and joy into your life. Those who have this animal as totem may be inclined to delve deep into their emotions and shine their true colors.




 Dragonfly Meaning

The dragonfly is generally associated with the symbolic meaning of transformation. Here are common meanings for this animal totem:

  • Change and transformation
  • Adaptability
  • Joy, lightness of being
  • Symbol of the realm of emotions, invitation to dive deeper into your feeling
  • Being on the lookout for illusions and deceits, whether are external or personal
  • Connection with nature’s spirits, fairies realm  
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  • Wrapping you around with infinite love and transformation,
  • Christine

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Creating Art for Therapy

Dear friends,

Today over at the Daily Creative Practice (DCP for short) we started Week #1 of Art Therapy Thursday.

The idea was born from a Huff post article 10 easy art therapy techniques to help you de-stress.

Today's assignment for week #1 was - 

Design a Postcard You Don't Intend to Send. 


From DCP's FB page:


Have fun designing a postcard; however you want to make it. Then write something, anything...."Whether it's a love note to someone you're not ready to confess your feelings to, or an angry rant you know is better left unsaid, sometimes enumerating all the details helps deflate the issue at hand. While writing the text can be therapeutic in its own right, designing the postcard gives even more value to the object. It also allows you to activate different portions of your brain while relaxing in a manner similar to coloring in a coloring book. Once you toss that signed and sealed letter in the trash (or tuck it away in a drawer), you'll find its message has lost some of its power."

Here is my postcard:
 



I loved this assignment and it really got me thinking and feeling.  I have another post card to make on the road to forgiveness of an issue I've been holding onto too long.  I'm not sure when or how it will emerge.  I do know that it was personal enough and still painful enough that it wasn't up for public, Face book posting; However, this per-curser postcard (I do love alliteration)  brought to my awareness the tender spot I still have.

Is there a postcard you need to create?

Have you done art therapy before?

Wrapping you around with infinite love and healing,

Christine

P.s. 

Day 18

Manifesting Through Grace

CENTERING THOUGHT

I am grateful for divine manifestations.

SANSKRIT MANTRA

Hoom Namah
My divine nature reveals itself as it awakens.

 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Celebrating 20 years

Dear friends,

20 years ago today Joe and I officially danced our first dance and Mr. and Mrs. Gautreaux.  This morning we danced in our kitchen to George Strait's "I cross my heart."  A quick celebration of 20 amazing years.  How to sum it up in one post...


Joe & Christine


We've conquered many things in 20 years



We've had many adventures


We love to dress up

and have fun together!



So we celebrate 20 years of dancing together
and we look forward to many many more!


Wrapping you around with infinite love and celebration,

Christine

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SoulPrint Players

Dear friends,

Sunday night I had the privilege of performing with InterPlay Atlanta's SoulPrint players.  It was our first official performance and the theme was Gratitude.  Our troupe was directed by Jennifer Denning (also the regional director of InterPlay Atlanta and a dear friend).  

Silly SoulPrint Players after the performance - photo by Dean Hess


Here is her blog on the performance that I hope you can check out:  Atlanta InterPlay Blog on Being Seen.

My friend, Ruth Showalter, compiled pictures taken by Dean Hess and put them to music by Karen Drucker (one of my FAVORITES) to create this amazing video of our performance:


I love the transposed images.  I'm on the left with the glasses :)

So much fun to be a part of this event.  My first foray into performance happened back in June at the First Congregational Church in downtown Atlanta "I See You Free" conference with a few InterPlay friends - Check out the blog I wrote about it:  Creating Day 8 - I see you free.

I am so thankful for this amazing group of friends and performers.  Feeling super lucky to be a part of this community.

I'm hoping you'll be able to join us for an InterPlay second Saturday play date soon - I'm leading the one in December - squeeeee!

Wrapping you around with infinite love and play,

Christine