Posted in Photography

Flower of the Day: November 25, 2018

“The earth laughs in flowers.” 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Daisies remind me of open fields and sunshine. Their simplicity is full of cheerfulness. 

When Elliot was around 3 years old, our daily morning routine involved walking to Starbucks every morning. Our place was conveniently located right across the street from it, so this gave us time to walk, socialize, hang out, and learn to love the cafe culture. lol. Elliot became enamored with the row of daisies on the sidewalk and he picked one every day. To this day, when he sees a daisy and he’s in a happy mood, he’ll pick one for me and his sister to put in our hair.  

Simple and cheerful
Posted in Hospital visits, Personal growth

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!! Wishing everyone a gratitude filled and memorable day with family and friends.

For us it’s been a rough start to this week with Ellis suddenly getting sick with a stomach bug. All of Monday I hoped to manage the sickness at home, but she got stuck with a really wicked one. The vomiting persisted but the stomach spasms gave her too much discomfort. Even after her heart fix I did not see her in this much pain.

Ended up at staying in the hospital for 2 nights. With her stomach bug, we were in isolation in the hospital room: whoever came into the room had to wear scrubs. But one wonderful thing was that the nurses made our stay as comfortable as possible. They are truly amazing people who don’t squint at things that would make someone else queasy.

Also, the pantry had a beautiful Starbucks coffee machine…decked out in high tech: accessible all hours of the day. This coffee machine took the edge off for me and I was relieved that I wouldn’t get stuck with caffeine withdrawal headaches. Also, I was very thankful for our health insurance. The stress of not being insured in this situation would’ve wiped me out.

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The superb Starbucks coffee machine

I’m grateful for all the the nurses we encountered; their patience and care made all the difference. I’m grateful for our pediatrician, Dr. K., who has been an endless source of support, encouragement, and guidance since Ellis’ birth. What an amazing person she is; both my kids receive her care and they ask me to call her when they feel sick. Dr. K. checked up on Ellis the next morning at the hospital, and we lit up at the sight of her.

On this Thanksgiving day, I’m grateful for my family. I’m grateful for my friends. I’m grateful that I can stay in my pajamas all day and still my kids think I’m beautiful. I’m grateful that Chris is home and has been preparing meals for the kids.

Thank you for listening to my gratitude list: there’s more but I won’t bore you with them.

God is so good to give us a day of thankfulness to share!! Thank you readers and fellow bloggers for journeying with me.

Psalm 9:1

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hears and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Posted in photo challenge

Photo Challenge: Flow of ocean water pumped into the aquarium

Thank you Cee for hosting this challenge…

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Flowing Water

Glass enclosure in the aquarium where you can stand underneath and see the rush of ocean water pumped over the glass arch. Nature never gets old. 

“My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Posted in Personal growth

101 followers!! Thank you

Today I reached 101 followers!!

Ok, I’m counted in that number so it’s really 100. 😉 When I first started, I told myself that I’d be happy with 50, but that darn human nature kicked in: kept saying maybe 10 more and a little more. Every time I receive a WP follower notification, I tell my kids and they do a loud hooray for me.    

When I first started in June 2017, I sat in front of my computer for hours pondering if I were really going to do this. I got the final kick in the butt when Pamela, my dear friend from NYC, called me up one morning and asked for the umpteenth time if I started writing, besides in my journal. She challenged me to do what scared me; her encouragement never stopped. It was like that when we were roommates and still the same after I moved to CA. “Sing” in my blog name was part of Pamela’s idea. I love that my admiration for wildflowers incorporates her jazz singing background and colorful spirit with my little space in the blogging world. In true Pamela style she called me thirty minutes later to check if I opened an account on WordPress.  

Writing in this blog gives me a happy space to keep writing, discover new interests,  find new blogging friends from different parts of the world, and reconnect with old friends through this forum. I’ve also met a handful of bloggers who faithfully cheer me on: I am so thankful for them!! Amy constant cheerleaders: my dear friends from church, friends from my school days in NYC, homeschooling moms, my neighbors, and of course, Chris and my little peeps. Love you guys!

Thank you everybody for your encouragement, support, reading, and keeping up with my blog!! Last but not least: God, thank you for your incredible blessings and for this desire to keep writing even when I feel like I have nothing to say. You continue to teach me about my heart’s longings, weaknesses & strengths, my ambitions, and my fears through this craft.  

Posted in photo challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Trio

This photo challenge is from Dutch goes the Photo!

The picture below covered a store window that was in the middle of remodeling. I took the photo hoping to share it on my blog one day; its message is encouraging and picture cheerful. That one day was two days later. Yay!

And of course, my kids and I make a trio. In our homeschooling journey, we spend a lot of time together doing this and that.