Thursday, January 6, 2011

Marshmallows have become a metaphor for my life...

Friends, my heart is completely overwhelmed by your encouraging words yesterday.  Overwhelmed...I tell you!!  I think I read every single comment with tears in my eyes.  Twice!  (Because once wasn't enough!) Your support is such a blessing and I don't know how I would do this without you guys spurring me onward! Well, I wouldn't.  Plain and simple. 

Anyway, I normally keep these two lovely canisters (found last year at TJ Maxx for five dollars each) filled with practical things like "flour" and "sugar."  You know, for when I want to whip up something delicious in my kitchen.  Late last night, as I was reading my book club book,(The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher- Soooo good, by the way.) I had the sudden and totally unrelated urge, to clean out these canisters and change what was in them.  (Don't try to unravel the "whys" of that, because there is no connection, whatsoever.) I filled them with big marshmallows and cocoa, and then turned to Adrain with an immediate epiphany, telling him that this switch was now a metaphor for my life.  To his credit, Adrain smiled and simply said, "Okay."    

 2011 is going to be a cocoa and marshmallows kind of year!  Last year was more a flour and sugar type of year. In other words, basic and rather boring.
 This year, I'm all about bringing on the fun. (I swear this child has even bangs.  They are perfectly straight, but they never stay that way after the initial hair-coming of the day.)
 And the laughter. 
 And the moments. 
Lest you think I'm just going to be sugared up all year long, I'd like to assure you to the contrary, and enter this ginormous bowl of fruit as exhibit A. 

Speaking of fruit-  How are y'all doing on your New Year's Goals? It's only been a week, so if nothing is changing yet, don't let yourself believe the lie, that this year is going to be just. like. last. year. (I've had someone tell me that already.) It's early!  You've still got 359 days to make those good changes!

Let's just hang together, not give up, and eat some sugar. (Sorry, that last part just popped out by accident.) 


Charon Benton said...

I love homemade hot chocolate!! Extra chocolate please. OH--extra mallows too, hee-hee-hee!!! So far "okay" for my new year's goals! I will post about them when I'm done posting about our christmas festivities......

Jules said...

I love the cocoa and marshmallows instead of flour and sugar life idea....sweet! (just like you)

Debbie said...

I am all for a "marshmallow and cocoa" kind of year. And I think your son has a career in Blue Man Group ahead of him if he can fit that many marshmallows in his mouth.

The Frat Pack + Me said...

love love love this!

Sheri said...

Your chocolate and marshmallows are just adorable. I love your blog and all your inspiritional posts - thanks for sharing - Happy New Year and may God send many many blessings to you and your family. :)

Tammy Nichols said...

Just recently found your blog and have to tell you that I am really enjoying it. I have put it on my "surfing with coffee" list. Keep up the good work girl, its inspiring.

Anne said...

I speak your metaphorical language. Me and my butt are in! :)

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

A marshmallow and cocoa year sounds good to me too. I think your kids are on board with your plan :)

Alison said...

I love marshmallow days...and sugar days...

And Pilcher? Just my very favorite authoress of all time. Next you should read Coming Home, then September, then Winter Solstice, then all her other stories. (If you haven't already)



BCraftie said...

Love it! Love these containers. My husband LOVES hot chocolate and marshmallows and I like your thinking. This will be a better year, not filled with just necessities but over indulging FUN!

paige said...

you are definatley a fun mommy...marshmellows & hot cocoa all the way
sorry i missed this the other day.

YAY on the etsy shop!!!you will be awesomely successful

Anna said...

Love the jars. I love hot chocolate...with LOTS of whip cream. I agree, we have all the time in the world to make this year the best yet!

Rural Revival said...

Shell of my very favourites. Once you've finished it, you'll know what I mean.

Jennifer said...

Cute display of hot cocoa and always inspire me. I remember my mom and grandma read The Shell Seekers....and loved it. I am going to check it out at the library!

Tiffany said...

oh how absolutely delightful this is! can you feel my smile in my comment!! Because this made me smile REAL big! I love the metaphor with last year being flour and sugar and this year being marshmallows & hot chocolate - kind of like you spent last year MAKING things work and working at things and this year - you will enjoy your labors from last year! Anyway, can I just say this: THOSE EYES on JJ - killer! Adorable!

I call my kids boomerangs when they act silly/crazy and/or without thinking because I get annoyed and they STILL come back to me and love me :))

Thank you for your encouragment - even though I didn't set any MAJOR goals I do have things I want accomplished and somethings put in motion so far so good!!

Have a great day - xoxo

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

you. go. girl.

I love the commitment to fun!! Perfect start to the year!


Shell in your Pocket said...

OKay...I am loving those canisters with the very very cute!

I may have to copy you!

sandy toe

Sy and Shaunna said...

Love it, love it, love it! Metaphor and all!

Julie said...

love that metaphor! I'm all for a year of fun!

Jensamom23 said...

Love the metaphor!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

I seriously love marshmallows. It's sick, really. haha! The marshmallows look so cute in the canister. I think it's a great way to look at the year...marshmallows and cocoa. :)

The Little Red Shop said...

You had your epiphany...just in time for Epiphany! : ) What a sweet idea! So far...I'm doing well! If I want a gooey treat...I just imagine that I ate it! (Right now...I'm "eating" a sugar cookie)

: )

Julie M.

Courtney Walsh said...

I love this. I love all that it represents and I so wish I knew you in real life. :)

Kara said...

dang it! where do you get the coolest ideas ever? how did you do the chalk label? all these questions.. :) I SO enjoy your photos!

emily said...

i love it. Here's to a marshmallow year! said...

Love the idea of a marshmallow and cocoa year!

Joybird said...

First SSMT verse done (I can even say it today) and I'm well on the way to memorizing my second. Choosing to walk up hill whenever possible and today I bravely opened up to someone I love but have a difficult relationship with. (And it wasn't a conflict driven conversation.)

Dandy said...

Um... I'm a little unsure about what direction to go in this year.

I'm spinnin'.

Farmgirl Paints said...

this is good girl...i love the direction you're movin' in. FUN! the canisters are a perfect little reminder everyday to do just that:) oh and i've lost 1 pound. going in the right direction, but good golly the pace is s.l.o.w. love ya.

MrsJenB said...

YUM! I totally love the idea of a cocoa and marshmallows kind of year. I could use one of those myself.

As for my resolutions, still going strong! I have even managed to stay away from Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and McDonald's on my way to work (I walk through a mall to the train and I have to walk right past all three of them). No coffee of any kind. Today was a toughie but I braved it out! ;-)

Jackie Toye said...

I'm a "change on a whim with no connection" woman myself. Love the metaphor... heading out to Target to tomorrow to look for those canisters. Cute kids. Mine are grown and in late teens. I actually miss those younger days with them. sniff, sniff. Enjoy. ;-)

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