Monday, May 19, 2008

the best kind of love

One of my favorite things is to be alert and capture a moment in time. Notice that something rare and special just passed between you and another. Recognize it for what it is, unrehearsed, spontaneous and a gift. Hold onto it, tuck it away and later on let it roam the halls of your mind. I had some of those this weekend...

Sissy made this face, one that I am so familiar with and it was the most striking image of her Grandma Kay. (God rest her soul) I told her so and she said, "You mean when I do thiiiiisss?" And she contorted her face, to which I responded, "No, the pretty one." I can feel Kay's presence in the room when this happens and get a strong sense of security that we are all still connected and it comforts me. I briefly closed my eyes to give it a moment to sink in.

My daughter stopped me in my tracks with this serious stare she gave me from across the dinner table at the restaurant. "Mom, you are really a beautiful woman." She said it very plain and simple, but I could tell that she had been really paying attention to other woman in her life and had done some mental comparing. I blushed at her tone of intent.

In the kitchen tonight I was observing my husband putting away the loose ends. He looked so handsome standing there, so sweet to be helping us girls clean the kitchen. He looked over at me with an intense look of admiration. "Are you really happy honey?" I asked. "Extremely" he replied and then gave me a gentle hug and kissed my face...I love having him to love.

I phoned my girlfriend Angela at the end of the weekend, checking in to see how her hellish week with Charley's battle with Cancer was going. She sounded happy to hear my voice and I was thrilled to hear hers. "Next week, let's try to carve out some "we" time...just a little." I stated. She then said, "Oh yes, I miss you too!" Even though the subject matter was glum, our voices weren't because our friendship is just as alive and thriving as Charlie is. In our hearts, we know that he will beat this and soon we'll have a party to celebrate it. I love having such a yummy frister in her.

So you see...I had a very relaxing weekend filled with the best kind of love, the unconditional kind.


Blogger Jack K. said...

You certainly deserved it. May those times come more frequently, but not enough to make them mundane.

Your daughter is a very perceptive person. Your husband made a great choice when he asked you to marry him.

You and Angela are lucky to be able to share your lives.

Thanks for sharing.

5:51 AM  
Blogger Dana Jones said...

that is so touching, from your daughters observation of her mom to your adoring husband.

7:20 AM  
Blogger Wanda said...

Happy and beautiful ~~ what devotion and truth from Angela and J. I think I loved you as a daughter the first time we sat at the potluck ~~ You have a special way of pulling people into your life with your unconditional love.

Smiled, in fact giggled at your whispering in my ear. I miss MY pastor too. We visit a church, and I want to see him behind the pulpit...this is hard for both Dad and I to get used to.

Love and Hugs to all your precious family and frister.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca Vavic said...

Beautiful moments for a beautiful woman.

Unconditional love is the only kind, no? Weeeeelllll...

You have mine, always...

(hugs) and mountains, seas and skys of UL always!

5:37 PM  
Blogger Boho Girl said...

hearing the joy in your heart made me want to wrap my limbs around you for a full body hug. ; )

so glad our angela told you how beautiful you are. you really do have a classic beauty that always blows me away. your features are fricken gorgeous, dude!

love your hubby.
love your frister.

love YOU.


6:12 PM  
Blogger tricia said...

What sweet moments. I think it is awesome that you have such and amazing daughter and husband. They in turn also have a rocking mom and wife.



6:50 PM  
Anonymous amy said...

there is a loveliness in the way you capture these moments that is warm and beautiful. thank you.

9:16 PM  
Blogger shinyruby2 said...

ditto to the above : ) gorgeous x

3:40 AM  
Blogger Angela Marie said...

This is what life is made of... beautiful touching moments.

I will be seeing you soon sweetie ~


5:19 AM  
Blogger pink sky said...

love to you too sweet one *hugs*

5:43 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

what an amazing moment! my thought is that you attract this abundance of unconditional love because it's what you put out there. seriously, your kindness and authenticity come through the computer!!!

10:44 AM  
Blogger LEstes65 said...

Wow wow WOW. And I love that you're smart enough to really appreciate these wonderful blessings. You certainly do rock.

7:23 PM  
Blogger sweet expressions said...

I totally agree with Angela Marie
beautiful moments in any form you get them is awesome. I can't wait to hear about your and Angela Marie's special time.


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