Friday, September 30, 2011

Adele - Someone Like You

I am a busy blogger today!
Love this.
Love Adele.
Love Paris.
This video?
This morning?
You're welcome.

Swedish House Mafia -apparently, I am the last to know...

That techno/electro is here to stay.
That this is what college kids and twenty-somethings are listening to, dancing to, and partying to.
Now you know too, although you probably already did.

This Kid...

...went on a Confirmation retreat this past weekend.
He didn't go kicking and screaming like a couple of my older kids. But I could tell he was nervous and didn't know what to expect.

Although we go to church every week and he has gone to CCD every year, we wouldn't be considered holy rollers. We have a quiet, private faith. So, I wasn't sure how he would react to being imersed in a more intense, religious environment. I know how my other kids did, but each child is different.

One of the components of the retreat is that loved ones write letters to the confirmation candidates telling them how much they love them, why they love them and what they hope the retreat should accomplish.
This is usually everyone's favorite part of the retreat.

Let's face it, even though we know that our children know we love them- We probably don't say it as much as we should AND there is something wonderful about seeing it in writing. The letters are affirmations and confirmations of our love and hopes for them.

And what teenager doesn't need to hear that?

The impact of letters are incredible. Amongst the kids at the retreat there is usually a lot of tears (happiness) and hugs during the letter session. Some kids get a couple of letters, some get a lot.
A few of my kids have kept their letters from way back when...

My son, coming from a large family, had MANY letters. I loved what his siblings wrote to him! It gave me insight into their faith and their love for their brother and I know it meant so much to him.
I asked some of his aunts and a cousin to write to him and he loved their letters too.

My advice?

You don't have to have a kid making his or her confirmation to write letters of faith and love. I think that most people would appreciate it, but I think teenagers NEED it.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Let's tie one on!

I am loving these hair ties! Selling a lot of them too.
Because they don't dent your hair.
Unlike a ratty, old hair tie, they look cute on your wrist, like a bracelet.
They look sleek and sophisticated on a pony tail.
They are something new AND different!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

better late than never?

Never put up shots from our Summer diy photo shoot...
The photo shoot at our Jersey shore family reunion where we decided not to hire a professional photographer like we have in years past?
Well here are some of my favorite pics :)