Category Archives: Ingrid

A Six Year Old Impersonates Sarah Palin

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This is six year old, Ingrid.  She worked very hard on her impersonation of Sarah Palin.  I hope you enjoy it, and that you will share it if you do!

 

Thanks for watching!

Day #28 – Looking In

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Day 23 – Good Times

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Ballet and Flowers

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Yesterday, little Ingrid participated in her first real ballet since we put her in the Portland Classical Ballet Academy.  It was a modified presentation of Swan Lake, and was utterly adorable.  It is not uncommon for me to cry during live ballet or opera anyway, but big salty tears *really* slid down my cheeks  during this performance as my heart swelled with pride. All of these precious little children working so hard to do their amazing performances really touched me.  They were all so cute.

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Ingrid had been very nervous and anxious about the performance, but you’d never have known.  She exuded confidence and looked so secure and happy up on that stage.  I honestly believe she had a good time, which, for me, was the most important thing.  She worked toward and achieved an important goal, and I think that made her feel great.  She seemed proud of herself afterward, and I know *we* were very proud of her.

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This is Ingrid after the performance, coming out to take her bows with her classmates.  She is the little one second in line from the teacher.

During final bows, each child was presented with a rose.  Of course, we also bought her a gigantic bouquet of them, but these single stemmed yellow roses were really sweet for them to get on stage.  And the thing that touched my heart most was when her parents drove me back home.  As I was walking up to the house from the car, she rolled down her window and called to me, so I returned to see what she wanted.  She told me I was the sweetest Gams in the world and said that she wanted me to have her yellow rose.  Lump in throat.  More tears….but happy ones.  Ingrid is such an articulate little girl…so sweet.

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I smile every time I think of it.  I am lucky.  I am blessed.

And I know it.

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Life is really, really sweet.  Ya know?

Sending kisses to your heart, little Ingrid.

I love you.

Day #17 – Home

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Day #13-Hands

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Simple Pleasures

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I woke with a smile on my face this morning, feeling a very deep, quiet happiness that comes with being contented,  and with knowing who I am.  Things are right in my life…good….just as I want them to be.  Things are peaceful, brimming with creativity and possibility.  Are they perfect?  Of course not.  Perfection is a myth….but I prefer to think of the positive, rather than the hand that I want to hold that is miles away, or the soft little baby head that I want to kiss right now but can’t….yet.

I meditated this morning, ate steel cut oats with walnuts and bananas and then did some work.  When I’d finished, I went into the living room with my first cup of coffee and sat on the sofa facing the window.  My heart took a little leap when I saw the beautiful orchid plant that my family gave me for Mother’s Day.  It is beyond description in its beauty.  Big, gorgeous blossoms unfolding so gracefully.

Just beyond that, on the other side of the window, my little hummingbird friends kept me company amidst the brilliant green backdrop of the Hawthorne hedge as I sipped the morning beverage.   I watched the tiny little creatures for a long time.  They are such wonderful little animals…so delicate and fast, zipping in and out with their funny little whirring sound.

I called my mother and had a long talk.  We speak almost daily now, and I am so enjoying these long talks.

I have said this before, and I’ll say it again.  I have been unbelievably blessed.  I have so much to be thankful for.  This is what makes me smile.  I had so many sweet phone calls yesterday, and spent quality time with my family.  My husband, my bestie….my friend in Seattle….so many nice messages.

It can be hard to balance emotions with all of the negativity that is going on in the world right now.  I can count my lucky stars and be grateful that I have been as blessed as I have been with this wonderful combination of people that I have in my life right now.  I am completely, head over heels in love, and I am happy.

Yes, folks.  Life IS good.  Believe it or not.