Sunday, March 08, 2009

Creative Blogger Award

Christine at Abbey of the Arts was kind enough to present me with this blogging award. I was humbled and honored to not only receive the award, but to read her gracious comments about moi. So, it is with great pleasure that I participate in this fun little meme.

My instructions are to list 7 things that I love and then pass the award on to 7 people…tagging them and letting them know they won! You can copy the picture of the award and put it on your sidebar.

7 Things I love:

1. The smell of fresh rosemary on my hands. I am totally incapable of passing a rosemary bush without running my fingers along the leaves. The thought of that luxurious scent lingering on my hands throughout the day is impossible to resist! Can one be addicted to such a thing?

2. Watching my children sleep is one of my great joys in the world. When they were young, I adored holding them in my arms and feeling the weight of their sleepy surrender. Since they have now either met or surpassed me in size, I must settle for sitting by their bedside and watching the rise and fall of their breath.

3. Laughter – gut-wrenching, belly-shaking laughter. The kind of laughter that is contagious – like a wave gathering power from the bottom of the ocean floor, it tickles and teases and laps at the shore until finally the giggles swell and build until they peak like a 200-foot Tsunami and wash over everything & everyone in sight.

4. Being in the presence of another person when they have a light bulb moment - especially one that brings them a little closer to their own authentic self and thus closer to God. It is like the ringing of a bell in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” an angel has received their wings - or learned to fly a little more freely.

5. Paris. Need I say more? It was one year ago this week I said farewell to the City of Lights. So, here is a “subset” of 7 things I love about Paris. 1) Coming out of the Metro to the site of Notre Dame 2) café au lait and fresh croissant at Jean Millet 3) The Eiffel tower dancing in the dark next to lit up carrousels 4) L’aubergine et fromage patisserie eaten by the Seine 5) lyrical language 6) walking, walking, walking 7) the presence of God in the cathedrals and galleries.

6. My life. I actually sit around sometimes and giggle at the delight of my life. The friends that surround me. Family who puts up with my eccentricities, experiments and tempestuous times ☺. My continued awakening to God, art, myself and the world. (Methinks those things are not mutually exclusive.) The gift of awakening each day to wonders that I cannot begin to create before they happen.

7. Blog Comments. I know this may sound cliché or like a commercial, but I seriously and honestly love when people share their presence with me here. It is like smelling fresh rosemary, breathing together, sharing a giggle, witnessing a light bulb moment and strolling through the streets of Paris hand in hand.

Your presence truly adds to my life! That said, I am opting to not tag seven players but hope at least seven of you will choose to leave me a little comment here or let me know that you have chosen to play along with the meme. Also, if you feel so inclined, please give yourself the Kreativ Blogger award...you know you deserve it!!

Bon jour!

7 comments:

Hope said...

This is full of gratitude.
Gratitude is good for the soul
Have a great day!

Abbey of the Arts said...

a great list lucy, I am also addicted to rosemary, lavender too, I love the way it lingers on the fingertips. Can't wait to experience some of Paris with you . . .

SUNRISE SISTER said...

Lucy - we just had some sauteed brussels sprouts, interlaced with rosemary so I can taste it and smell it right now.
Your list(s) make me smile. We are so lucky to have so many wonderful days in our lives and to be able to share the news of those days with each other, our family, and our great blogger friends!!

xoxox

lucy said...

hope--i love that you noticed gratitude here. it is indeed good for the soul! thank you.

c--moi aussi :-)

ss--i could do without the brussel sprouts...never acquired that taste.
it is a joy and delight to share these wonderful days!! xoxo

Tess said...

This is so weird - I dreamed about brussels sprouts last night. Which was in itself weird, I mean who dreams about vegetables? In the dream I discovered I liked them after all, having disliked them all my life. They just had to be cooked right.

I have lavendar and rosemary within a few feet of my back door and love them both. Actually, re-reading this I have everything within a few feet of my back door - it's a very small garden!

And yes to Paris. Of course.

lucy said...

tess-that really is kind of weird...dreaming of brussel sprouts? maybe there is some new symbolism of which we are neither aware.

also, right after i read this i went to run my bath and noticed that my favorite bubble bath is, of course, lavender :-)

if you look at the bottom picture on the post, i imagine that to be us in about 40 years on our semi-annual 25th or so visit to paris together!

SUNRISE SISTER said...

Lucy - Glad to get the inside track of your Tess & Lucy retrospective visit - I missed the visual similarities of you two traveling together again:)