Saturday, June 9, 2012

My Saturday Night


Rainy Saturday night here...
 

  Mint tea in my cup <3
Chocolate cookies on my plate! 


And a little painting too!

Happy Saturday Night! 
love,
~jess

Friday, June 8, 2012

Boundaries

Screaming Crow
I really thought the post on  'Screaming Crow' would be a lengthy explanation of all the ins and outs of  my journey to a complete painting, much like 'Limitless'
Not the case. 
It was a beautiful adventure to a simple realization. 
All about boundaries.
Elegant ones. 
Not the harsh, desperate ones that come from a place of suffocation and self defense. 
But the ones that prevent that level of depletion and panic.
"No." 
I am accepting sometimes it is necessary to decline perfectly reasonable requests.
Because for whatever reason it will deplete me.
 Politely, with grace and love in my heart
I am saying "no" to those things that make me less capable of functioning in my world and that keep me from being fully present with my two little ones. Saying "no" to the things that overextend and thin my patience, patience that prevents the snapping and irritated responses that my husband does not deserve. 
Simply. 
I am putting my life first.
Preserving the best of me for mine.
Who deserve the best I have to offer. 
And in doing so, I find I have more to give.
More compassion. Patience. For everyone

 Much love,
jess

Monday, June 4, 2012

Seven

June 4,2005 (photo by Edie Kynard)

Seven years ago, 
June 4, 2005 
I married the love of my life after dating 
Seven months. 

We decided to have a week without television ... not thinking about the anniversary that was around the corner... 
By coincidence (which I do not believe in) 
We started our TV-Free week, 7 days ago. :)
We have had dinner together at the dining room table most nights. 
Had meaningful conversations.. not just work/kids/money/schedule updates and quick chit-chat.
We have had successful arguments... you know the ones where you both go into it with emotionally charged opinions... hash it out and come out on the other side with an honest appreciation for where the other is coming from and a deeper love for one another.  
We have read more.
We have talked and focused on our Spiritual life.
We have gone to bed before midnight. 
We have made changes to our television viewing schedule for the future... not that we gave every moment of every evening to television viewing... it had been a go-to for 'getting home from work' or 'relaxing' after a stress-filled day with the boys. 
We have become that for one another.
We have rounded a corner... more comfortable in our own skins...
The boys are older. 
I am having more time to paint.
David has been in his management position for a year now and is more relaxed with the responsibility. 

April 28, 2012 David's 30th Birthday Party  (Photo by Edie Kynard)


Basically. 
Life is good. 

In Love, 
jess