Oh my gosh, I love them so very much that sometimes I just want to squeeze ‘em all to BITS! 💗💗

📷 cred: @alison.emerick #grouphug #familyhug #presentandgrateful #extraordinaryalx

When you look at your recent phone camera roll and it’s full of pictures of brightly coloured flora, blue skies, volcanic peaks, palm trees, village squares where old men sit playing backgammon, green mangoes growing wild on trees in front gardens, houses brightly painted but slightly crumbling at the edges, scruffy cats sleeping on walls and flowers which look like teeny, tiny bananas - it can only mean one thing - you’re on holiday!!!

♥️ I will hold your hand forever if you’ll let me ♥️ #XMan #XavierElijah #fourleafclover #presentandgrateful #savoringeverymoment

DAY 50 ✔️✔️✔️
Last Day of Phase TWO is officially in the books y’all!✌🏻🤗🙌🏻
This past month has been a whirlwind both personally and physically. Just when I feel like I’m being pushed to my limits, like I want to give up, I push past another barrier within myself and with that brings a wave of relief. A sign to just keep going.
Life is constantly going to ebb and flow with hurdle after hurdle. This program couldn’t have come along at a better time, because I feel like it’s preparing me mentally and physically for this CRAZY year ahead of me - as I become a #linemanwife and begin a new chapter. One that I have been anxiously DREAMING of my entire life.
Yes - it’s important to have dreams and goals, but make sure to ENJOY the journey loves. Be thankful for the hard times, not just the gold, because it’s the hard times that are the ones that you will look back on and realize were the most important. That’s where the growth occurs. The magic is in the PROCESS of change. ✨
Bring it on Phase THREE! 👊🏻😘
#chasethosedreams #presentandgrateful #futurewifestatus #cardioday

What do you do when the temperatures are dropping below freezing and your Valentines Day flowers are starting to fade..... make an ice ornament!!
(Thanks to a clever friend of mine @iambranchingout for the idea!!)
This was such a fun way to extend the life of my @freddiesflowers bouquet by a few days.... it’s all melted today but was so pretty for the few days last week when it was so icy cold. 💙💚💙

I am a person who is wildly privileged in the world. I am a Masters’ educated woman with white skin and a tall frame. I went on my first international trip at 6 months of age, and it seems like I never looked back. Tonight, I watched the moon rise over the southern-most tip of Baja California. At the beach near a popular resort restaurant, a young woman bounced her baby in the shadows while her partner stood selling trinkets to tourists. After tomorrow, I’ll go to a small town where I can rest and be present and grateful for this retreat. Today, I am reminded that with privilege comes great responsibility. #wellness #holismforeveryone #pilgrimage #retreat #gratitude #privilege #travel #presentandgrateful #womenwhorunwiththewolves #adventure #mexico #bajasur #cabosanlucas #seaofcortez

A perfect place for a Sunday walk and to muse on life. Just like the weather, change is in the air. Whatever the challenge life throws your way, stay present and grounded in the moment.
The only way out, is through.
#oxfordcanal #oxfordjericho #mindfulnesswalk #sundayfunday #instamoments #presentandgrateful #picoftheday #photooftheday #photographer #photography #naturephotography #bridges #moodygrams #oxford

HOME with my crazy tribe ❤️ The weather was nasty all day so it called for a family movie night!
My greatest prayers and purpose is sitting right here in front me!
#presentandgrateful #cuegreatestshowmansoundtrack

A touch of Siberia blowing through our English hamlet this morning!
Happy 1st of March and first day of spring (apparently) 😂!
Three cheers for snow days!!!! Yay!

“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.” Mary Oliver
Words that have spoken to me deeply this week.

One of our last pics as a family of 2. #TBT to our baby shower. Such a special day. Crazy to think we’re planning Xavier’s 2nd Birthday party! The days are long but the years are so short! Time frickin’ flies! #TBT #bambinochulo #fastestpregnancyever #presentandgrateful #whatacrazyride #MFJfamily

A ray of light and yesterday’s downpour is forgotten.

Porch Time Peeps....
Reflecting and appreciating!

It surely felt good to “take the waters” following today’s venture in below-freezing temps. Brrrzrs...🛀 @cletejohnson #hikesohard #thegreenbrier #summittrail #fallingwaterstrail #sulphursoak #presentandgrateful

Today's writing inspiration: 😍🌱
And things I've learned in my research:
1) The African blue-eyed Daisy closes itself at night and opens fully in direct sunlight.
2) Africa is one of the biggest flower exporters in the world
3) the Jacobin cuckoo of Africa drinks only rain water
4) the Calla Lily is native to Africa
#luke12:27 #amwriting #amediting #writer #writersofinstagram #lambielove #picturebook #picturebookauthor #scbwi #kidlit #flowerinspiration #presentandgrateful #blueeyeddaisy #africanrose #lilyofthevalley

Reminder to myself and others to be grateful and live in the moment. #instaquotes #mindful #presentandgrateful

"What is the Kundalini? The creative potential of the man."
~ Yogi Bhajan ✨ the Balinese have a daily ritual at least once a day and for some many are made throughout the day. I am often reminded when witnessing an offering, to stop BE present and BE grateful for whatever is happening for me at that moment. Sometimes when my day is challenging I am reminded to take a deep conscious inhale and exhale. 🍃 What sort of offerings or rituals do you make through the day that help you to be more conscious and present especially when having a challenging day? #dailypractice #elevateYOU #vibratehigher #yogibhajan #kubdaliniyogini #kundaliniyoga #kundalinimeditation #presentandgrateful #challengesbringgifts #IAmAquarianWoman

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