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LTML29: Life With A Little Girl

I’m going to cheat just a bit this week for Life Through My Lens. You see, I had these pictures that I was going to share with you earlier (like a previous Life Through My Lens post) but I never got around to doing it. I’m going to say that these still count. 🙂 I’ll be honest here, I was never a girly girl growing up. I wasn’t into jewelry, dolls and all those things girls played with. As I became older, I’ve grown interested in these things, but I don’t throw a fit if I walk to the store without makeup on. So looking at Zee and I can see that she is truly a girl’s girl. A Mama’s girl. But I don’t let these things fool me, she’ll rough house with the best of them. She would just make sure her jewelry matches before she wrestles. Between these two kids, my hands are full. Are your kids rough when they play with their siblings / friends? If you have girls, do they like to wrestle as...

LTML 28: All Aboard!

I did mention that I was a sucker for museums right? Okay, glad that you remember that.  Well, another spot that we always walk by, but never seem to go into is the New York Transit Museum.  This week of: Life Through My Lens, I take my family on a subway adventure ride! I think I have tried to take the kids here at least a few times this year, and then finally I said to myself I’ll just get them packed up and ready to go and tell them when we get there.  That worked! Everyone was excited and I love seeing their faces when we headed to this subway station!     New York Transit Museum is the largest museum in the country that is dedicated to urban transportation history!  I love living in a city with so much history and culture!  This museum focuses on the development of the greater New York Metropolitan area.       Housed underground in a 1936 IND subway line under Court Street (downtown Brooklyn), it’s amazing how so much history is stored underground!  This museum is the perfect spot to take children!  They are able to see NYC transit history and turnstiles that many New Yorker’s remember using before they were retired.     The best part of the museum is to walk through old subway cars from the past!  I think they had the right idea a long time ago when they had padded seats!  That’s Zee playing around in the car.  I think this car was from the 1930s-40s.     Here we can see a list of stops on the...

LTML 27: A Tree In Brooklyn

I love how I meant to post these up last week, but I just never got a chance to do it. Anyway, last week was week 27 of: Life Through My Lens This summer, we’re having a stay-cation for our summer. Since I’ve been in New York City all my life, I figured now it’s the time to check out all the favorite places that I love, and even venture to some places that I have never been before! I would love to travel to other places, but sometimes we just have to make due with what we have! 🙂  While entertaining ourselves and our kids, I always remind myself that it doesn’t have to be expensive, or far away, just the experience with the family is what they will remember.     This time, we went to the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn! I have to admit, I’m a sucker for museums! I just love the history, and I love looking back at how Brooklyn used to look through the paintings! One of my favorite sights is to come upon the building and just let it unfold before our eyes.     Now, you may not have known this, but the Brooklyn museum holds one of the oldest and finest public collections of art in the world. At this museum you can also find an extensive collection of Egyptian art, as well as the Egyptian Book of the dead!   Of course they have their share of mummies as well 🙂     Not too long ago, they began a renovation of the entrance of the museum, and I must add that...

First Signs of Grey….

It happened. I looked into the mirror and saw a wiry strand sticking up. When did it get here? How long has it been here for? WHY haven’t I noticed before? We all get older right? Grey hair is just part of it. But with dreadlocks, I’m supposed to have more time!! (In my very whiny voice). Breathe in. Breathe out. *I take that grey hair, and wrap it in the nearest dreadlock.* Whew. Crisis averted. No need to call in the national guards. I can go on pretending that I didn’t see it.   I’m guessing that the stray strand wouldn’t be the first one I will be ignoring over next few months and years.  It just took me by surprise because….well, I don’t see myself as old. Grey hair is associated with older folks right?!  But I’m in my 30s, I’m not old, right?  I feel like I did when I was 15 (although a lot has changed…thank you gravity).  I guess by the grey, I am *older.* Hmm…. As much as I joke and kid about my grey mane (yes, that’s me trying to make it sound cool), I’m relieved actually.  I don’t mind the idea of getting older.  I’m actually fine with it.  One would think that I would head straight towards my locticition and get my hair colored, but I don’t want to do that.  Besides, have you seen black, white, grey locks on women )?  They look positively beautiful! (Check Pinterest here!) When looking at my grey hair (only a single strand because I’m ignoring the rest), I’m coming to terms with the life that...

LTML26: A Diversion

First, I can’t believe that we are now in week 26 of the year, and I’m in week 26 of my project 52.  Things didn’t turn out the way that I expected, but that’s okay.  Since Linus is out of commission, I don’t mind sharing places that I have gone to with the family. Since it is July, that means home school has started for us.  If you haven’t noticed, I’ve not been that active on the web lately (I’m sure you noticed, because you DO care about me *stares at the screen*).  I’ve readied myself with lesson plans, and letters to the Board of Education, and praying to get myself into the homeschooling mood. Since I’ve felt more nervous this time (cause things just got real) I decided to take a break from what I was doing and take the kids to the Amusement Park.  It’s fun for them and a diversion for me.   Deno’s Wonder Wheel park has been around since I was a little girl, and I’ve been so happy to share it with my children as well.  The story goes, that Deno loved his wife so much, he bought the wonder wheel as a wedding present for her!  Now that’s love.  There had been rumors that it was going close with all the changes that has gone on, but I’m glad that it stayed open. By looking at the signs, you see we don’t have to wait until the 4th of July to watch fireworks, we can see it every Friday!  It’s a huge treat for the little ones!   Since we are talking about...

LTML25: Seriously Serious

So…Mr. C and I have been talking about getting something new for LittleZ. You see, when your in the home of an older sister, you sometimes are surrounded by girl toys…a a lot. So we wanted to get something special for him. This special gift had special requirements. we didn’t want batteries for it, and we wanted to make sure that he couldn’t choke on it if it broke. We wanted an action figure in all of it’s action-ness (yes, I just made that word up) and we wanted something that he could love. Of course it had to be Red. Of course I don’t know what this is other than a Power Ranger (as I do not watch the shows, but I suspect that will change down the line). But it fit all of our requirements, and then some. But maybe I took myself too serious…. …As this action figure is taller than Little Z and almost half the height of Zee. Yeah..maybe I took myself seriously serious. *shrugs* Live and learn....

Difficulties With Focussing on Prayer

“For your heart will always be where your riches are.” – Mathew 6:21 I’ve done this, day after day. I’ve sat myself down, and began to pray, but something always popped in my head. There was always something to do, always something to take care of instead of just praying. So, in my dedicated time to pray, I found myself fighting off the temptation to focus on anything else but my prayers.   Praying seems to be the easiest and yet hardest thing for us to do these days. In an age where we want everything now, some of us convince ourselves that we just don’t have time for it, or that it just doesn’t do anything (that needs it’s own post!). But how hard is it to set aside a moment and say a prayer? Not hard at all. However, it is in that moment during prayer that we find out what is truly important to us. When we dedicate time to pray, and we cannot let go of the world, we have to come to terms with ourselves of what is the greatest pull at that moment in time. Prayer forces us to self examine our hearts. Click To Tweet When our mind is constantly drifting to something, or someone during our prayers, we are distracted. We know by our heart (what our mind if choosing to focus on) is the object of our true desires. It’s hard to say that God comes first in our lives, if He is the last thing that is on our minds when we pray. Staying focused then becomes the challenge....

Slow To Anger

He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly. (Proverbs 14:29 NASB) How often have I done this? How often had I been quick to get angry over something without understanding. Probably more than I would like to admit. But I have done it, as have you. We only need one time to remind us. Maybe it was something we assumed, or thought we knew the whole picture, but there are times that we allowed our emotions to take control and paid the price for it later. Either by apologizing, or by other means, we have had to make up our mistake that we have made through anger. Being home with my family has taught me that nothing is what it seems. It’s better to find out the whole story before I jump to conclusions and there were times where no reprimand was needed. I have learned that it is wiser to be slow to anger and not always let my emotions take control. That doesn’t mean that I don’t get angry. We all get angry. Instead of taking it out on anyone that I felt “deserved” it, I go through the motions to calm down. I slow my roll. I breathe. When I have better control of myself (and my mouth) I find out what exactly went wrong and usually learn that it doesn’t require any finger pointing. The situation always calls for something to be solved. Something to understand. As we go about our Sunday, let us be reminded that we should be slow to anger. Find out what the...

LTML21: From The Garden

This week for Life Through My Lens, we stayed close to home. Everyone has been sick (except for me but I’m sure I’m next) so there was no great adventure.  But that’s okay.  I find that I don’t usually have to look far to find something to take a picture of. Since everyone has been under the weather, it was good time to check out some of the flowers that we planted a few weeks ago.  Of course, they looked better when we first got them, but it was my laziness that decided not to capture them sooner. I guess I always figured that they will still (still as in always) be blooming.  But life doesn’t happen that way, does it?   Any who, on to the pictures!   It took me some time to find this flower but I am in love with the fiery colors of the red, orange and yellow.  I have no idea what the name of this flower is, but it sure does look pretty!  This one reminds of a child that is looking for attention in front of the camera. To think this was in a pot hiding in the back of the garden!     This is one of my favorite flower shots so far. It promises so much “perfection” yet it’s missing symmetry with the loss of a few petals. Regardless, it will not bow down to a few broken petals. It’s still bright and vibrant and very much alive! ***   About these pictures: Again, these are iPhone pictures. I’ve got a bit lazy and I need to take the big girl out...

Discovering Our Purpose

Each one of us has a unique gift that He gave us.  Our gifts are not the same, and they are not packaged the same.  Just like us, they are unique and made  just to us. The thing is, there are may times when we don’t realize that we either: 1) don’t know what our purpose is or 2) know what our purpose is, but forget. In our world that is forever changing, it is important that we understand what our true purpose is in this life, and move towards that.     Listen to your heart.   Do you find that you are constantly dissatisfied?  Always looking for a change but end up going back to the same thing?  The thing is, sometimes, our purpose is right in front of our faces, but we’re just to blind to see them. I say, listen to your heart.  Listen to what moves you, what stirs you.  Know that what you choose to spend your time on, you are making a difference.   Your role could be pushing from the back, instead of pulling from the front. Click To Tweet I’ve noticed that I’ve always been the “behind the scenes” sort of person, and up until a few years ago, it used to bother me so much. I would constantly ask myself: why can’t I be leading from the front?  But in my heart, I know what I want.  I understand the dreams of others, and realize my role is not always in the front pulling, it’s in the back pushing. For me, knowing my purpose didn’t happen until I learned acceptance.  And believe me that...
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