Saturday, September 26, 2015
Well, another whirlwind week has passed.
We ended last week and began this one, with a weekend filled to the brim with family, friends, a lot of laughs, and a few "pinch me" moments.
Saturday was our niece's wedding. It was a gorgeous day, she, of course, looked like an angel, and both she and her new hubby were simply beaming with joy all day long. It was a great time to catch up with some family and friends, and a great opportunity to meet the family that has now joined ours. I'm very happy to say that they seem like fantastic people and love our girl like their own. Couldn't ask for more.
Then, it was up bright and early on Sunday to make the 2 hour drive to Saskatoon to the "Word On The Street Festival."
If a person could have sent an order in to Mother Nature for a perfect day, you couldn't have done better than the one we received.
Warm, but not hot, a bit of a breeze, but not crazy, sunny, but, not blindingly so. It was awesome. This, is where the pinch me moments tend to happen.
There I am...... me. Just me, Margy, that grew up on the farm, got married, raised babies, very...... ordinary....... me.
People come by, some to buy books, some to chat, some to blow my mind with such warm feedback about my books that it's difficult for me to hold it together.
"Pinch me" moments............. they still hit in a big way. This is what I get to do. This is real. These people actually read books that I have written to their babies at bedtime. They are pulling things from "Everyday Wishes" that have actually helped them in a real way. It humbly fills me with such gratitude, and helps me to know that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing, heading in the right direction.
Who knows where this journey will lead? The possibilities are endless. I can't help but wonder sometimes...........what if I hadn't taken that first step. What if I had successfully talked myself out of doing this. What if I hadn't listened to my hubby's encouragement.
I'm so grateful to be looking at the "what ifs" from this side of the looking glass. The "what ifs" from the other side would have been a lot harder to live with.
The rest of the week has completely flown by. We continue to be, and gratefully so, very busy at the shop. We are starting to see, first hand, some of the damage dealt out by the storms that took place over the last few months.
Crazy winds, hail and rain. Mother Nature was definitely in a bad mood a few times, this Summer.
As for the next little while..........
It will be busy at the shop, for sure..............
Make time for some writing..............
Work on getting our song books updated for upcoming shows..........
Squeeze some munchkins................
Well, my friends, that about does it for another week.....until next time, I'll leave you with this wish......
May your life include some "pinch me" moments, moments saturated in surreal bliss.
May you, in those moments, really let it in, for you, my friend, more than deserve this.
May new adventures fall at your feet, be brave, be confident, choose what is most appealing.
May a fantastic time be had along the journey, leaving you joyfully breathless, blissfully reeling.
May you, as you travel, keep in mind, the destination is never the real goal.
May you see that it's how you get there that builds and fills your life, brings you joy, makes you whole.
Until next time, check out www.margyreidbooks.com
Friday, September 18, 2015
I guess I just don't know where to begin..................................
In the past week there was a little girl in the news. She, 2 years old, with bright, mischievous eyes, and a smile....oh, what a smile.... she was missing.
The reason she was on the news was because she had been taken from her home in the middle of the night. Her daddy was found later, in the home, murdered.
An amber alert hit the airwaves, It seemed like the whole world was searching for her.....there was hope......
As I was laying in bed that night, the news of the discovery of her tiny lifeless body hit.
I didn't personally know this child, nor her surviving family, but for some reason the news of her death, the sudden absence of the hope she might be ok, hit me like a ton of bricks.
I wept. I sobbed for the terror her last moments must have been. A tiny defenseless angel in the hands of a monster. Every nightmare coming to life.
What kind of an animal does that? How broken does a human have to be to justify such actions in his own mind?
I will grieve for this little angel, her Daddy, and her family. My heart breaks for them. I can't even pretend to understand the level of their pain. All I can do is cry with them, and hope for anything even remotely resembling justice, for none really exists.
Hug your babies, no matter how big or how old. Make the very most of your time between the sunsets. The way you experience that time can change so quickly.
Speaking of hugs, they will be plentiful this weekend, as life and time marches and we try to focus on happier things.
First, tomorrow, our niece gets married. It's going to be an incredible celebration of love and family. There will be a lot of dancing, a ton of laughs, and many, many hugs, guaranteed.
Then, on Sunday is Saskatoon's "Word On The Street" Festival! There will be bunch of people out, a great variety of vendors and guests, and it's looking like Mother Nature is going to cooperate very nicely, We will be hanging out downtown from 10:30 - 5, in front of the library, come on down and say hi!
Well folks, I hate to write and run, but I kind of have to..........
Until next time I'll leave you with this wish.................
May your soul take flight, leaving behind all pain, any fear.
May you be forever in your Daddy's arms, held close, so dear.
May we take the steps to fix our world, catching evil before it strikes.
May we do a better job of protecting our innocents, they look to us, these wee tykes.
May we hold our babies close, yet find the balance to let them grow.
May we create a better place for them, one of peace, kindness, one we can proudly bestow.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Well, another full and busy week has come and gone.
It looks like summer is officially over. Leaves are turning, combines are humming, kids are in full swing, back at school.
Although it is always sad to see the days get shorter, it's equally as exciting to see what the the next season will bring.
Many people close to me are beginning new seasons. Changes in career, moving, heading back school to further their secondary educations, having more babies....................
It's going to be an incredible time.
Sometimes, it's pretty easy to get caught up in the tragedies of the world. There never seems to be a shortage of reports depicting just how awful we, as human beings, can be to each other.
I firmly believe we need to stay informed about the society we are building, but I guess I just wish the good that I see first hand, on a daily basis, received a little more camera time. I realize these types of stories likely won't bring the ratings to news shows that horror driven ones do, but they would be nice to hear.
We aren't all terrorists, or war mongers who love to prey on the vulnerability of others. We aren't all politicians, vying for attention, desperate for votes. We aren't all drug lords or gang bangers, or corrupt business moguls.
Mostly, we are just people, People walking all corners of this earth, trying to live our lives, pay our bills, keep a roof over our heads, creating memories and moments that count with those that matter most to us. We are people. Changing jobs, moving, furthering education, having babies.........
If you are shown only shadows, it becomes easier to believe the light is disappearing.
It's not..... I see it every day in the eyes of my grandbabies. I see it in kind actions of total strangers. I see it in the smile of the bus driver and the gentle hand of a parent. I see it in the kind, encouraging words of a teacher. I see it......everywhere.
Yes, the shadows are there and we need to remain aware, but they are only shadows. Taking up negative space. Shadows only grow if we dim the light. Don't dim your light. The world needs all it can get.
As for the past few days?
Well, it was, thankfully, another busy one at the shop.........
Received the final information about the "Word On The Street" Festival which takes place next Sunday..............
Taught some new and completely useless, silly things to some grandbabies..................
Assaulted the laundry monster......he's not quite gone.....but he's on the ropes............
Aggravated a couple of dust bunnies.........................
Spent a day hanging out with my sister and brother-in-law, and had a great time...........
As for the upcoming week?..........
You guessed it, another busy one at the shop...........
Work,.....work......and work some more............
So we can try and take off a bit early on Friday to attend our niece's wedding! Yay!
Sunday will be spent at the Word On The Street Festival in Saskatoon!
Blog will likely have to be posted a bit early, next time around, I'll keep you posted.........
For now, it's time to say good night.........................
Until next time I'll leave you with this wish.................
May you follow your heart to it's fullest desire, ever reaching for the stars.
May your dreams come to fruition, without robbing joy or leaving scars.
May your dreams and your heart's desire be deeply known to you as one in the same.
May you see that they can differ, one feeding the soul, the other, the ego, which lays claim?
May you, as you enter this new season, leave behind no regrets, as do-overs don't exist.
May it bring nothing but good things, happiness and peace, leaving no "I should haves" on your bucket list.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
In these photos you will notice a few things. Two different kids. One is a bit older. One has chosen feet first, the other head first. One, eyes tightly shut, the other eyes wide open, even if a bit apprehensive.
They are both adorable, brave little humans, trying something out for the first time, each, with their own approach. Making choices from their own perspective.
Sometimes, you have to close your eyes and hope for the best. Sometimes, it's better to dive in head first, eyes open, even if you aren't completely confident as to what the outcome will be.
Sometimes, a person can get stuck. Overwhelmed. Not knowing what to do, consequently doing nothing. I have found that in these situations, life has a tendency to nudge you in the direction in which you are meant to proceed.
It will nudge, and if you don't catch on, it will nudge harder. If the hint isn't taken, you then get a poke in the ribs. Eventually, if you ignore, or remain oblivious to nudges and hints, and pokes, most times, something bigger will slap you upside the head that you can't possibly miss.
It may take the form of illness or injury. Physically forcing you in a different direction, forcing a different perspective. It may come as a career opportunity seemingly out of nowhere. It may simply show up as repeated struggle and/or perpetual unhappiness, then once the hint has been taken and direction corrected, everything just gets easier.
Personally, I have experienced a few of these proverbial slaps upside the head. I've learned to pay better attention to the nudges. Less pain, less stress.
So, this week has been another great and busy one!
Work is hopping at the shop...............
Got booked for a Halloween karaoke show............
Had a play date with my bestie...............
Participated in a last minute Farmer's Market..........
AAaaaannnnd had a great visit with family we don't see nearly enough!
As for the upcoming days...............
Work at the shop...............
Squeeze some grandbabies.........................
Well, that about does it for another week....until next time, I'll leave you with this wish.............
May life's struggles be made ever sweet through choices dictated by your heart's most authentic desire.
May dilemmas become delight, your sadness, joy; indifference, great passion; may your fears turn into fire.
May the shadows of the unknown be dashed by the belief that all will turn out as it should.
May it be accepted that "as it should" is not always synonymous with "as we wanted" or "as we would,"
May you find peace in the knowledge that it's simply not our job to have everything figured out.
May you find happiness in building your best life with the materials at hand, for that's what it's really all about.
Until next time..................