Saturday, July 31, 2010

Monday's Child #5 - Home

Illustration by: Jessie Wilcox Smith 1863-1935
Monday’s Child #5


I marveled at the wonder of this child I had so prayed for. The little girl to call my own that I was finally taking home. As I gazed upon her standing there fearless before the oceans waves I went over the days events in my mind. She had insisted on wearing her favorite pink dress. I had added the big floppy bow to her golden hair, the color of Kansas wheat, to pull it back off her sun kissed face. I watched her standing there holding her pretty dress up so as not to get it wet and lifting handfuls of sand allowing it to sift through her fingers. I thought of how she had said goodbye back at the orphanage. She had bid farewell to each and every one of her friends, her teachers and the counselors. There were many tear filled eyes. She had hugged each tightly and smiled brightly as if to console them. Outside she said goodbye to the big heavy door. She ran into the yard and greeted each palm tree and twirled around while looking up and bid farewell to the birds and the blue sky. Inside the car as I buckled her into her seat she asked, “Are we going home?” “Yes my sweet”, I replied, “We are going home now.”

As we pulled out of the drive I looked in the rear mirror at the orphanage and then down to the seat and my heart leaped with the realization that this was it, she was finally mine. At first she was quiet as we drove along until suddenly she became animated. “Wait, stop, stop”, she cried out. “I must say good bye to the beach”. We were passing her favorite play spot; the place where I had first laid eyes on this precious child playing in the waves. I remembered her fist words to me; “I’m a mermaid. Are you a mermaid too?” As I began to pull over little April was out of her seat belt and had her shoes and socks off even before I came to a complete stop. Before I could get to her she had bolted out the door and was running toward the waves. “April, April” I shouted, “wait for mommy”. Mommy! The word I had longed to hear I was shouting out to this beautiful child God had lead me to find just a year earlier. Tears filled my eyes as joy filled my heart. I continued to watch as little April held her dress up and grabbed handfuls of sand allowing it to sift gently through her fingers. I collected myself and walked closer to her. “What are you doing my sweet?” I asked. “What game are you playing now?” “Oh no mommy”, she replied. “I’m not playing a game. I’m saying good bye to every grain of sand.”

As we left the beach and headed towards Kansas I knew our trip would only be for a visit. I knew this because I knew we were already home.
This story was written using the picture above as a prompt. If you wish to join in please visit Monday's Child. Each Monday a new picture is posted and participants write a piece of children's poetry, verse, or post their interpertation of the prompt. I hope you all will enjoy my story. Please forgive grammar errors as I've been fighting writers block and just wanted to get something out before my braid shut down again.

Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You,

Friday, July 30, 2010


Winter Song - Almost Finished
This is for a 5X5 mixed media swap.
We are to make 5 - 5X5's with a Christmas or Winter theme.
I will get 5 in return. I started this and then hit a "block". It was as if what I wanted to do with it just left me. Last night I picked up this one and another that I'm working on just like it and Bam! I got a lot done on both and am still not finished. Soon though as I wrote down what else I want to do. Then I will be on the lookout for more winter birds. I used a song page from an old hymnal I found at the Goodwill. I love how the song title fits in with the theme of my 5X5. Question: Should I leave the tail feathers as is or cut them off? I like as is but wonder. The 5 swap items are meant to be strung together and hung on the wall. So what do you all think?
Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You,

Friday, July 16, 2010

Man decorates basement with $10 worth of Sharpie - Health -

Dear Friends,

I may never be able to tell another child to stop drawing on the walls again.
This basement is amazing.

Man decorates basement with $10 worth of Sharpie - Health -

Happy Friday!

Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You,

Monday, July 12, 2010

Hi All,
I just had to stop by and tell you all about the fun give-away over at That's So Cuegly. The bracelets are so pretty and I love that they have a hidden message. Go check them out and enter her give-away. I sure did!
I'm sorry I've been so absent here. I'm ok, I've just been busy going through digital images and videos of the July 4th activities. Did I tell you I met Eddie Money? Here are links to a few of the AC slideshows I've published so far.
The big Sundown Salute Parade was on Saturday July 3rd. A new rule this year was no throwing candy from parade floats. It really caused some upset people and organizations. The parade here is usually very long. I'm talking hours but this year there were fewer floats and a few more walkers. The walkers could hand out candy. I felt bad for the seniors who so enjoyed throwing candy to the curb and just cannot walk the route. Still it was loads of fun watching my granddaughter and niece and visiting with hubby and my sister-in-law. I also got a few really good pics of some of the floats, clowns and mini-cars. I love the mini-cars.
We've all seen carved pumpkins but have you ever seen a
We also were entertained by Paradise City. They are a Guns 'N Roses Tribute Band. I've never been a big Guns N' Roses fan but Bobbie sure was/is. I have to admit they were pretty good.
After Paradise City we were entertained by an AC/DC tribute band called Hells Bells. I love AC/DC so was very excited. AC/DC was my first rock band to see live in concert. It was sooo loud and so much fun. The Hells Bells Band did a great job and the band member portraying Angus did a wonderful job, he even wore the short pants school boy outfit. I was so disappointed though because I got three lousy pictures and my camera batteries died. I had my Flip with me that I got this past Christmas so I got some video and have been torturing myself determined to get it loaded to Associated Content. Hubby had to give me a few lessons in changing format. Well I finally did get it submitted and geez do I ever need more practice. But hey it's my first video published on Associated Content and I know I will only get better with practice. (Positive thinking!)
I still have more content planned to publish:
Seven Bridges Rd. - A Tribute to the Eagles
(they were awesome)
Eddie Money.
I'll let you know when I've published.
That's really all the creative stuff I've been doing. I feel the need to get paint on my hands and I need to go over and check out Monday's Child and think on a story or poem for this week. I folded some watercolor paper for another journal and put it down someplace. Must find it...
I also joined a swap and must get busy creating five 5X5 creations with a Christmas or Winter theme due in August I think. Now I must go check that date.
So what have you been up to lately?
Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You,
P.S. Don't forget to check out the
That's So Cuegly bracelet giveaway.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Twinkle Twinkle – the Altered Rhyme

twinkle twinkle little star
are you near or are you far?
do you shine upon the night,
to guide me till dawn's first light?
and when the day is shining bright,
twinkle twinkle little star ~
how i wonder where you are.

~copyrighted Teresa Mahieu
Sept.19th, 2008

I was invited to join a children's story and poetry weekly prompt challenge over at Monday's Child. The premise is to write a story or poem to go along with a photo prompt. While viewing the photo I remembered this one I had written a few years back and it seemed to fit. Do go and visit Monday's Child, you may be inspired to pen a verse or two.

I had a great 4th of July weekend that ended with rain and terrible leg pains. Rain y weather and the arthritis kicks in. I got to be a VIP and be part of the meet and greet and the merchandise crew. Hubby and I got to be in on the meet and greet of Eddie Money. We also met the band Seven Bridges Rd. They are a really great tribute to the Eagles band. I'll have pics to show soon. I have so many to go through and fix but am so pleased with my new camera.

Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You, Tess