Things I Want My a Granddaughter To Know

Sweet girl, There are a few things I want you to always remember:  1.  You are absolutely and undeniably unique.  You are one of a kind, and there is no one like you in the world.  BE YOURSELF.  It will draw people to you for the rest of your life.

2.  Nothing you do can make me stop loving you.

3.  Beauty truly comes from the inside.  Believe that.  The media lies.  Don’t compare yourself or your looks.  Comparison is the thief of joy.  You were made in God’s image.  He doesn’t make mistakes.  You ARE  4.  When you start feeling sorry for yourself, find someone to serve.  Do something nice for someone.  Making cookies is a good start.

5.  Keep a journal.  Write your story.  It’s therapy.

6.  Don’t be afraid to do things yourself.

7.  Part of doing things yourself is making mistakes.  Mistakes can always be fixed.deeclarknz.com8.  Be kind to everyone.  Even strangers.  You don’t know what they are going through.  Treat everyone you meet like it’s their birthday.

9.  Learn to see the beauty in the world.  It’s all around.  You just have to open your eyes.

10. No excuses.  Just woman-up and get things done!

11. Womanhood is a gift. 

12.  Your life has a reason, and you have something special to share with the world.  

13.  Look for opportunities around you to make a difference.

14.  If someone tells you things are impossible because you are a woman, they are wrong.

15.  Everything is always okay in the end.  If it’s not okay, then it’s not the end.

Love, Grandmommie (Deedee)

One Word Photo Challenge: Teal

Mistakes Do Not Measure A Man

deeclarknz.comA man must be big enough to admit his mistakes,

deeclarknz.comSmart enough to profit from them,deeclarknz.comAnd strong enough to correct them.” ~John Maxwell


I’ve made a few. 

There’s a gut wrenching moment when your attention is turned to the reality of a mistake. The “I wish I could crawl into a hole right now” feeling that seduces a desire to deny its existence. Denying, though tempting, is enslaving. Disappointing. Haunting.

Truth is where freedom from the mistake begins.

Freeing the embarrassment from lingering.

Freeing the opportunity to learn, grow, mature, correct.

The difficulty is believing my mistakes represent who I am.

But they don’t. 

They only represent what I did, at a given moment, with the knowledge, skill, and ability I had at the time. 

Knowledge can be increased.

Skill can be learned or gained.

Ability can be improved.

And I can use all those to do better.

Owning my mistakes, learning from them and correcting them…are the true measures of a man (or woman, in my case).

Things Found In My Kitchen

There are things found in my kitchen, unfamiliar, bizzarre, and abberant.

They kind of freaked me out at first.

I had never seen most of them before much less prepare or eat them; Blackfoot Paua, Crayfish, Home-Kill Lamb, and Whitebait (who eats bait?).

And some things…just do not belong in my kitchen.

Over all, I’ve managed to adapt to these extraordinary things.

But my favorite of things found in the kitchen…

are not things at all but my adorable, little people…my grand kids.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things Found In A Kitchen


This Is Your Journey To Walk Your Way

My son is in college and beginning the process of making huge life decisions. He has dreams in his heart for how he wants to travel his journey. His journey looks completely different than mine. And I’m fine with that. He worried that his family would be ashamed of him or disappointed in him. I want him to know that there is wisdom to follow along the way but he must be free to walk this journey in a way that will bring him happiness and fulfilment.

No one can walk our journey for us.

We must walk the path of our purpose without fear that it won’t meet the desire others have for us.

My hope for my children is that they walk in a safe and healthy way.

My hope is that they reach for wise counsel and guidance.

My hope is that they find what makes them happy.

My hope is that their journey is traveled in a meaningful way.

And my hope is that they walk confidently, unafraid and boldly.

A friend of mine recently preformed his daughter’s wedding. He told her that as her parents, he and her mother wanted to give her two things in life: roots and wings; a place to belong and wings to fly.

Allowing my children to spread their wings and fly is not always easy but it is one of the most rewarding parts of my journey.

And for you, it’s the same: This is your journey to walk your way.

Journey on, dear readers.

I would like to welcome a new contributing photographer. My cousin’s son, Jarek Bagley, took the photo featured in this blog today. I just l love the brilliant colors. Well done. Welcome, Jarek! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photo with me and my readers! You rock!

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge

IMG_2553.JPGBy graceful motions lives converge






IMG_2560-0.JPGAllowing meaningful existence to emerge.

IMG_2562.JPGWordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge