"Make each day your masterpiece" - John Wooden

Things have been a bit, um....crazy in these parts recently.  Luckily, hopefully (?!!!), things will soon be settled down and will soon be back to "normal".  But as hard as these "hard times" have been, they really do make you appreciate life so much more. I know.  I know. I know.  That is SUCH a cliche.  But it is a cliche because it is so true!

When my second daughter, who is severely handicapped, was born, we faced a few years of off and on hospital stays and many many scares.  But each time we weathered through a scare, or were finally released home from the hospital, we would feel such incredible ELATION.  We were on a huge high.  We were so much happier after the scare than we were before the scare, when we had nothing to worry about.

We were thrilled to just enjoy an evening home with everyone.  We were over the top excited to finally sit down again, as a family, for a nice dinner.  We appreciated every single otherwise mundane aspect of our life.

And we felt a bit (a LOT) of irritation when we would hear someone complain about things like the weather, or being bored, or just other "woe is me" stuff.

My lengthy to-do lists of the last month are starting to get dusty as I have barely even looked at them.  All I have been able to do is make sure laundry is done, food is in the pantry and bills are paid on time.

These last few weeks, I have barely even touched my camera.  But there were just a couple evenings that I forced myself to grab it.  My photos from those days may not be well planned, stylized, or necessarily portfolio-worthy.  But they are glimpses into some of the "mundane' beauty found in our every day.  The beauty in the things we already have right inside our homes and right outside our door.  The beauty we too often ignore when things are going great, because we are too busy complaining and focusing on what we think we should have or should be doing.

And we all know, that focusing on what you don't have is pretty much the key to unhappiness.

So here's to some crazy kids and some signs of spring!  And a few quotes to inspire us all.

"Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine."

Mario Fernandez

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

Albert Einstein

"Dance as though no one is watching you, Love as though you have never been hurt before, Sing as though no one can hear you, Live as though heaven is on earth."

Souza

"Realize that true happiness lies within you."

Lucian

"Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion.  Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God."

Mary Manin Morrissey

Until next time!!! XOXO!