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Thirteen Things about MARIBETH

Simple words can convey a lot. I decided that this week I will list thirteen simple words that speak volumes.
As you read each word ponder what that word means to you.

1…. BELIEVE

2… BECOME

3… CARE

4… DREAM

5… FORGIVE

6… HOPE

7… IMAGINE

8… INSPIRE

9… LISTEN

10… LOVE

11… REMEMBER

12… STRIVE

13… TRUST

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MY MID YEAR RESOLUTION IS TO BECOME A DOER INSTEAD OF A DREAMER. DREAMING IS THE FUN PART BUT WITHOUT A LITTLE ELBOW GREASE THEY WILL REMAIN FIGMENTS OF IMAGINATION.

FORGET NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS, THEY ARE SO YESTERDAY. TODAY IS ALL ABOUT THE MID YEAR.

A MID-YEAR RESOLUTION IS LESS INTIMIDATING AND YOU WON’T HAVE A TON OF PEOPLE ASKING IF YOU BROKE YOUR RESOLUTION.

IF YOU START YOUR RESOLUTION NOW BY JANUARY YOU WILL ALREADY BE ONE UP ON EVERYONE ELSE.

I love Coldplay and really like their newest song Violet Hill. After reading through the lyrics, I think the song is about a soldier going off to war and questioning why his loved one let him go if they really loved him. Almost like the soldier was testing the loved one and was hoping they would have stopped him from going or at least begged him to stay. I may be way off but that’s what I think, what do you?

Violet Hill Lyrics

Was a long and dark December
From the rooftops I remember
There was snow, white snow

Clearly I remember
From the windows they were watching
While we froze down below

When the future’s architectured
By a carnival of idiots on show
You’d better lie low

If you love me
Won’t you let me know?

Was a long and dark December
When the banks became cathedrals
And the fog
Became God

Priests clutched onto bibles
Hollowed out to fit their rifles
And the cross was held aloft

Bury me in honor
When I’m dead and hit the ground
My Love is opposed when unfold

If you love me
Won’t you let me know?

I don’t want to be a soldier
With the captain of some sinking ship
With snow, far below

If you love me
Why’d you let me go?

I took my love down to Violet Hill
There we sat in snow
All that time she was silent still

So if you love me
Won’t you let me know?

If you love me,
Won’t you let me know?

Let me pick your brains. I am researching something and need to see what percentage of women like to keepsake. Any ladies out there who enjoy scrapbooking or other means of keepsaking please respond and answer the following questions.

What do you like about scrapbooking?

What is your favorite way to keepsake?

Is Scrapbooking costly?

Do you keep Babybooks?

How do you keep your photo’s organized?

What age are you?
Okay, I hope I get a few responses on this one.

I’d love to hear how you got started.

Thirteen Things about MaribethI collect something for all of my children. For my oldest daughter I collect Fairies (because I am an angel collector, when she was born I thought it would neat to start a collection for her. Fairies have wings too, so that is how I decided on her collection.)
My son’s collection is snowmen. He was a chubby baby and loved the snow so I decided on Snowmen
My third child/daughter loved a giraffe blanket when she was a baby. She could not fall asleep unless she had her giraffe covering her. Therefore, I decided to collect giraffes for her.
When my fourth daughter was born recently I wondered what I would collect for her. For whatever reason, elephants came to mind. So, I decided to collect elephants for her. Ironically, after scanning through my e-mails I discovered that the last e-mail my father sent me was of an elephant drawing a self-portrait. Elephants are unique animals and even though they are giant creatures, there is something gentle about them.

This week I listed 13 facts about elephants. I also included the you tube segment on the painting elephants.

1…. Elephants typically reach puberty at thirteen or fourteen years of age

2…Elephant trunks can get very heavy. It is not uncommon to see elephants resting them over a tusk!

3…Elephants cry, play, have incredible memories, and laugh

4… The Elephants Trunk has more than 40,000 muscles and no bones

5… There are 3 species of elephants- The African Sevanna, The Asian and the African forest elephant

6…The bottom of an elephants foot has a pattern that is individualistic (much like a human’s fingerprint)

7…They are the largest living land animal

8…Male Elephants are called Bulls and Female Elephants are called Cows

9…Baby elephants are called calves and could weigh 200 pounds at birth and stand 3 feet high

10… Jumbo the Elephant was an African Elephant

11…An elephant may live as long as 70 years

12…Dumbo was ridiculed for his big ears but he showed everyone when he was able to use his ears as wings and fly.

13… Elephants can not jump

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I stumbled upon this band earlier this week and I have to say I love their music. I had a hard time deciding on which one of their songs I was going to post but I decided on Trashcan. I really like the vibe it emits. Their music has an earthy feel and the ability to make you daydream and go off to that far away place in your mind.

The band is called Delta Spirit. I even like the name, very catchy.

Sorry, I looked for the lyrics but could not find them. I know there is one verse that I love and it states- If you hide your questions there’s no answers, I finally found the cure for my own cancer.

Let me know what you think.

Happy Friday

If you want to hear their songs a bit clearer, try visiting their myspace page.

Everyone has seen the person who thought of an idea and then struck it rich. One that pops into my mind is the woman that designed the Jibbitz for Crocs. The story as told on Oprah, went something like-The lady and her daughter were outside waiting for Daddy to get home when they started to stick items into the holes of the crocs. The father came home, saw what they were up to and realized they thought of a moneymaking idea. Shortly after, they hit the jackpot with their idea.
I have tons of ideas circling in my head at all times, some of them I have to say are really good. How does a person go from an idea to something? Especially folks that don’t have millions to start with. Most idea’s take money to make money so how does someone with little or no money bring their idea to fruition.
I would really love to hear success stories.
What separates dreamers from doers? I consider myself a dreamer but I know I have it in me to be a doer but how does this happen? Lets just say I thought of a great product for mothers. What steps must I take in order to make this dream a reality?
Sorry to ramble but I’m hoping I get a bit of insight. The ideas are the easy part. I am willing to do the hard part I just haven’t got a clue.

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Thirteen Things about MARIBETH

I think I have made it well known that I loved my father and still do. He may be gone but the lessons he taught me will forever remain in my heart and soul. This week I have chosen to write thirteen things he taught me.
Enjoy!

1… TRUST IN GOD (AND KNOW WITH HIM ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE)

2… BE A LEADER NOT A FOLLOWER

3… BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER

4… NEVER GO TO BED MAD

5… IF YOU ARE A HARD WORKER MONEY WILL ALWAYS FIND ITS WAY TO YOU

6… CHERISH MY CHILDREN BECAUSE IN A FLASH THEY WILL BE GROWN

7…. DON’T JUST THROW AWAY SOMETHING WHEN IT BREAKS, TRY AND FIX IT

8… NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER

9… ENJOY MUSIC AND LET IT TAKE YOU TO WHERE YOU WANT IT TO (THE FUTURE, THE PAST, ETC)

10… BE A GIVER NOT A TAKER

11… INSTEAD OF PLAYING THE LOTTERY PUT AWAY THE MONEY YOU WOULD HAVE SPENT ON IT. BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, IT WILL SEEM AS IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY.

12… SIMPLICITY IS GOLDEN

13…THAT ALL MEN CAN BE FATHERS BUT NOT ALL MEN COULD BE DADDY’S. HE WAS A MASTER AT BOTH.

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 I know my posts lately have been in relation to my father’s death. I am grieving and for the first time in life I have really been effected by the absence of someone so close to me. Be patient with me, writing about moments with him will get me through this time of grief.

This week’s Friday’s Song is Father and Daughter by Paul Simon. I love Paul Simon’s voice, whatever song it is that he is singing, soars through my soul.

 

 

 

Father and Daughter -Lyrics

 

If you leap awake
In the mirror of a bad dream
And for a fraction of a second
You cant remember where you are
Just open your window
And follow your memory upstream
To the meadow in the mountain
Where we counted every falling star

I believe the light that shines on you
Will shine on you forever
And though I cant guarantee
Theres nothing scary hiding under your bed
Im gonna stand guard
Like a postcard of a Golden Retriever
And never leave till I leave you
With a sweet dream in your head

Im gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So youll always know
As long as one and one is two
There could never be a father
Who loved his daughter more than I love you

Trust your intuition
Its just like going fishing
You cast your line
And hope you get a bite
But you dont need to waste your time
Worrying about the market place
Try to help the human race
Struggling to survive its harshest night

Im gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So youll always know
As long as one and one is two
There could never be a father
Who loved his daughter more than I love you

Im gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So youll always know
As long as one and one is two
There could never be a father
Who loved his daughter more than I love you

 

I watched intently as he held out his large black hand. He looked at the girl and she knew. She knew he offered her love and protection. She would be safe with him no matter what. No one would ever harm her as long as he was around.

In a blink of an eye, the one who gave the girl a sense of security was gone, never to return. Did he know his time was coming? Could he sense her love for him? Was he scared? If he was he did not show it, perhaps it was another form of protection, emotional instead of physical.

Tears flooded my cheeks and my body trembled with sadness as I watched the giant ape fall from the sky. His eyes searched one last time for the one he so adored. His eyes scanned the crowd until they locked with hers. No words were spoken but I knew they said goodbye.

I was five years old; I cried and cried and cried when King Kong died

Twenty seven years later King Kong was making a return to the box office and I told my father we were going to go. I assured myself that this time I was not going to cry. I was not that little girl anymore. As I watched the large beast fall quickly from the sky my heart moved into my throat and I could feel my eyes begin to swell from tears. I lost control of my emotions, I wasn’t crying, I was blubbering. What was it about this beast that tugged at the strings of my heart?

I drifted off to sleep with King Kong on my mind. It saddened me tremendously to think that he was gone. When I awoke he was still in my thoughts and I decided it was time to try and figure out what his hold on me was.

King Kong is a Soul Story, a tale about two beings connecting without words and having an understanding of each other without needing to verbalize it.

What in my life represented that same tale? A soft voice whispered into my mind-“Your father.” It began to make sense, to me King Kong symbolized my daddy. My father was large in stature, but gentle, he was my protector, the one person I knew would never let me down. He said the words many times but I didn’t need to hear them to know he loved me and would die for me or any of his children if it ever came to that. He was a man that could command fear from the ugliest of people, but he never actually did any harm. Knowing this, I felt safe, just like the girl King Kong loved. When he fell from the building her security blanket fell too. No one could ever take his place.

I came to this realization years ago, long before my father died. Though I knew the day would eventually come, there was something about him that made me believe he was invincible and could never be taken down.

I will forever mourn the loss of my father but I’m thankful to have had one as great as him. King Kong fell from the building but his soul rose to a higher more magnificent place. My Kong may have left me in life but will forever remain in my heart.