Thursday, February 23, 2012

Much Thanks and A Few Photos

I've been thinking so much the power of words and actions go hand in hand.
Maya is right...when it's all said and done,
it is truly the way you feel.

And, you've made me feel so blessed...
Steve and I thank you so much - For all the love after my last post.
Thank you for being genuine.
And kind.

(there will be more thanks where that came from.)


Today, I have more pictures than words.
Yay for me keeping my big mouth shut!

I'll be back later this weekend.

For now...
Some memories from the past week.
Sweet treats from Jessica, (addressed to her "mon cherie minion") left on our doorstep.

More Valentine's love, from my mom - kitty coloring book included.

A double date with Vanessa and Doug
(and  possibly a Moose)

Girls' night with Kelly
Girls' day with Jessica

It took me a few to realize that this was not a picture of crinkle-cut fries and a smiley-faced chicken patty.
Seriously, it did.
It was awaiting me on Jessica's menu board,
reminding me that all is well.

I'd like you to meet my new friend, Cammy, the Canny.
I've been pretty attached to her lately.
The awesome Mr decided to put all his faith in me and surprise me.
I'm in love.
And learning slowly.
And luckily, he sprung for a 3 year warranty.
Me and electronics don't have the best history.
I've been known to drop cell phones in bathtubs, rain puddles, and yes,
even toilets.

There's so much to learn,
and I'm excited.

A few shots from the past couple days.
(mostly of the fluffies, of course!)

(NOT a fluffy)

also not fluffies

Alright, my friends.
That is all for today.
It's a pretty one out there...warm and bright.
Have a wonderful one

Many Thanks and Much Lovin',


Tina said...

as always, i love reading your posts because you are so evidently loved by so many awesome people. yay for your new camera!!! :D sorry i don't comment as often as i should, but know you are in my prayers!!!!

Kelly @ Stay at Home Trader said...

Um OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, you can tell you got a new fancy camera! Does your warranty cover "theft by crazy bloggy friends"? hahahahaha! I LOVE IT! The pictures are sooooo crystal clear!!! You're making me want to actually use mine now! LOL! Darnit, I should have sprung for the DSLR!!! hahahaha! You are doing great, and I love the pic you took of Steve in P-ville. What a nice picture! You should frame it. I'm so happy for you! I know how much you LOVE to take photos, and they really are the way you capture your life (and all of the rest of us that forget our cameras! hahahaha). I love you to death, and I want nothing but the absolute best for you.

I love the presents you got from Jessica and your mom <3 awww! And Jessica's chalkboard made me LOL! It's so great that you really do have SO MANY FRIENDS! REAL FRIENDS, who take time for you, and whom you take time for. Blog friends, real friends, they are all the same to you. You are one of the kindest most thoughtful people I know. And I am always amazed at how many people you make efforts to make feel special, talk to, visit, genuinely love and care for. You're a blessing to all that have the privilege of being by your side....near or far.

People should be so lucky to know you, and to see into your life and heart like this. And people should really be accountable for what they say and do. All it takes is an apology, a letter to say "what I did was wrong", and a big sincere heart softened and pride put aside to make the future the best it can be for everyone. Lifetimes may go by....but, it's never too late for people to make things right, and to put things where they should be. You will never forget, but maybe you will find forgiveness, maybe you will find love, and in the end maybe you will embrace it. Pride is an ugly thing, and many times it hurts those who are unable to overcome it in the end. (YOU KNOW I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT YOU, HERE - You know I've been through the storm and then some.)

You know I am a big sucker for the "I'm sorry", but you've taught me that actions need to back that up. And, that has really helped me in the last few months and years. I can forgive, I will never forget....and I will not let people mow me over and tear me down.

My prayers are with you always. I love you & Steve, and you both deserve ultimate happiness. I see a beautiful road ahead for both of you. It makes me cry to think of the happiness you will share together. I can't think of two people who deserve this more.




Cami said...

Your camera is AWESOME!! I love the depth of field in your photos - so amazing!!! :) It's beautiful - like you!!

Your kitty is so dang cute :)

I'm so happy that you are having such a fun, amazing life. HUGS.

All is well because of your beautiful heart and all of your lovely friends & family who loves you <3

Aleisha McD said...

Oh my word!! The pictures taken with your new cam are gorgeous! That camera of yours has me drooling with envy. Be sure to bring it to Utah when you come next week! (Har har!) This morning, I was dropping Lilly off at preschool. As I was coming home, I noticed a plane in the sky. It was flying low, making it's way to the airport. It made me think of you, and it made me think of you ON IT! Here's to hoping you found an affordable ticket! This was a great post, my friend. And you look amazing as usual in the pictures. Love you! XOXO

Ashley said...

Yeah for new cameras!! I want one so badly so for now I am going to have to live vicariously through you and your photos. :)

That picture cracked me up of the menu board. Too funny!

How lucky you got so many wonderful Valentine's gifts from so many loved ones. :)

lovejoy_31 said...

Yay! For both you and Steve (who finally got the never-ending hints, Like, "get me a dern camera") Love it and you will too.

KERRY said...

Great pics Maria! Your cats are so darn cute :)
Thank you always for visiting my blog and leaving the sweetest comments ever!! You're such a special person. Have the happiest of days my friend (you too Steve!) xo

Maria said...

Awesome pictures!!! Love them! You have a wonderful eye for photography! Also, beware, now that you have a super cool camera you are going to wonder how on earth you were ever able to look at pictures from your old one.

Cheering like crazy for you!
<3 Maria

Brittany said...

LOVE this post Maria! Thank YOU for being so positive and inspirational. and YAY for new cameras!! I got a Cannon a few months back and have had so much fun playing around with it. Your pictures are already great! You are so beautiful!

Jessica @ TheCrazyChaoticHouse said...

Yay for the new camera. I just got a fancy new one last summer and love it. I love the message/picture on the menu board so sticking cute. Hope you have a great weekend.

Rachel said...

Woohooo for hubby getting you a new camera. With as much as you love pictures you are going to have so much fun with it! There is a lot to learn about them that is for sure but you will figure it out in no time. Happy Anniversary and may you both have many, many, many.... more to come!!

Danielle said...

Your pics are soooo much cooler and better than mine! It appears steve springing for the good stuff really does wonders...much better than my 3D camera. you should come over and have a photo shoot with Aubrey!!! I'll PAY good money!!!

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

Yah, a new fancy camera. You deserve it!! You are the best with the sweetest heart. I love your kitty pictures- so stinkin cute! makes me think about getting a kitten. I had one growing up. Anyway, you have the best friends and family because you are such a great person:) xoxo

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Gumdrop Pass said...

Oh, your CAMERA! I'm so happy for you! I'm sure you'll get some GREAT use out of it. I have been staring at them, looking them up online, and even visiting them at stores for the past year... I hope to get one some day! ;)

It looks like you've had some great days in the past week -- I hope that all continues into MARCH -- can you believe it's almost March?!

Anyway, much love to you and yours! I've been thinkin' about ya! :)


Virginia said...

Yay! Such great photos!! I am so excited for you and your new camera. You're going to love it. I can't wait for you to share so many more exciting photos!!

Mrs. E said...

LOVE the new camera!! I also love the fact that apparently, I think sperm looks like KFC drumsticks...though I can see crinkle cut fries too!! Haaaaga =) I hope you are having a great time tonight--thanks to you, I have spent a good portion of mine watching the airplane video and snickering to myself while f! It's just the humor I needed! I can only imagine what your airplane stories are going to be like--remember to bring your fancy new camera to document everything for us :) love you!!! Sososososo~~~

JBlanton said...

stopping by from tuesday blog hop- following you on google friend-jenniferb. Please stop by if you have a chance.

M said...

What an awesome new camera...what kind? My Fujifilm digital is about to croak. Yours takes gorgeous photos!

I'm excited to read about your upcoming journey!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hello there Maria,
It is great to be able to greet you again! Wonderful post! The pictures are beautiful and oh I just love that new camera!:) I am always happy to see that Maya Angelou quotation! It is so true. Take very good care of yourself and I send Lots of Love & Best Wishes to you and Steve.

Anonymous said...

Love the kitty photos. AWESOME in fact. It's 64 here today and I can't go out... thumping foot on floor like two year old. I have to avoid the sun til my rash goes away for good. Oy... You enjoy it for me okay. You'll have to use this post to get to my new blog okay. Huggers. Tammy

Kathy Radigan said...

How cool that you have a new camera, I love the pics of the kitty's! I look forward to more pics to come! Much love my friend!

Heather Nelsen said...

What great pics!! What kind of Canon is it? EOS by chance? We're looking at getting one and that is our top choice right now! The pictures look fantastic!

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