A postcard from Albania

A postcard arrived in the mail the other day.  All the way from Albania from two of my dearest friends–with a simple, honest, and purely loving message. 

  
This was the front of the postcard.  Though, the heart of the message was on the backside.  Dear Georgia and Jordan, and then a big circle with another circle inside, and the words true love written in the center. In the outter circle the word illusion was repeated alongside the curve. And then focus.  At the very bottom.

I’ve been thinking about this message for some days now.  And I’ve come to it’s meaning.  For me, we live in a world–this circle– that is full of false realities keeping us from finding the truth.  And the truth is: all we need is love. And to focus on a constant pursuit of finding the truth, and spreading love wherever We can. 

This is precisely why I am sharing this with you now. It was a simple postcard, but carried a profound message–which was the point.  I’m grateful for their endless teachings and warmth. For its not everyday you find enlightenment in your friends.  But I find it time and time again within them. 

My sincerest love to all, 

~g

Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday

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Do you have a crazy family?

One word comes to mind during the holiday season.Family.

That’s what it’s all about right? Spending quality time catching up at get-togethers, eating delicious feasts, possibly playing games, and of course (if you’re like my mothers side of the family) drinking alcohol. Beer, wine, and liquor.

20131210-231941.jpgMy family is crazy. A good crazy, but still crazy. We’re all loud, stubborn, controlling know-it-alls. So, mostly Irish. In addition, we’re hysterical, fun, and phenomenal dancers. Crowd pleasers! Oh, and we occasionally make a scene (or two) by:

•Breaking glasses
•Belligerently saying inappropriate things
•Arguing a point to the point where we don’t even know what we’re arguing.
•Rolling our eyes, using classy sarcasm, and different voices to poke fun, or impersonate.
•Being extremely silly and acting like we’re still 13. Occasionally acting 7 at the age of 33.20131210-224019.jpg

Case and point. Don’t overlook Alison’s classic stain either.

•Talking loud and over other people.
•Being the “Life of the party.”
•Dramatic exists.
•Making our opinions and thoughts publicly known and “right.”
•And over exaggerating everything.

That’s just naming a few.
Totally fun.
Absolutely crazy.
Love every single one of them.

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This post is dedicated to my mothers side of the family and my cousin Allison. Oh, and before she gets the chance to tell you, or me (for the millionth time)—

I have a freckle on my lip.

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Wordless Wednesday…kinda not really

My slacking on posting is due to holiday preparation. This year is a year of “Firsts” without dad, and a year of “Firsts” with McKinley.

1. McKinley and I made Santa letters!

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2. We did get around to putting up and decorating the trees. McKinley was very helpful. She likes the lights 🙂

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3. And we put our stockings up.

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4. Thanksgiving was hard, but we were blessed to have two wonderful meals spent with our loving family.

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5. I had my first Black friday
shopping experience. Damage was done.

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6. AND…drum roll please…History was made. The Detroit Lions kicked some major ass. “Go Lions!!!”

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