Saturday, December 28, 2013

Wonderment ~ My 2014 Word of the Year by Karrlin Bain

The "Flying Sisters" are the wonderful group of artists and creatives that took the awesome class by Kelly Rae Roberts (called Flying Lessons) with me this during the summer/fall of 2012.  We enjoy sharing our dreams, hopes, and details regarding living creative lives.  This will be the second year that a bunch of us choose and share our Word of the Year for the upcoming year.

Last year for 2013 my WOTY (Word of the Year) was "IN" ~ click here to see the post ~ This was FUN and EXCITING!

I was definitely "IN" throughout the year... but it was mostly "IN" doing FAMILY living at its best, doing the chores of life, and also substitute teaching. I have learned how to also be "IN" a creative life by collecting and organizing ideas for the future when I have MORE time in my life for purposeful creativity. There will be time in the future as my kids grow up. Right now I am pretty much "IN" to what they are doing and also "IN" to keeping our house a HOME and working for a living. :D 

This year my Word of the Year is (drum roll please....)

Oh my, it is surrounded by many words... keep reading to see why...

This year I just want to be able to view the world with a sense of wonder... kind of like Lee Ann Womack says in the song "I Hope you Dance"

"I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
GOD forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance....I hope you dance.

1won·der defined:

: something or someone that is very surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc.
: a feeling caused by seeing something that is very surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc.

Wonderment says:
Wonderment is a feeling of surprise, awe, and joy. People felt wonderment when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.
Wonder is a feeling of surprised amazement, and so is wonderment. If you feel wonderment, you can't quite believe what you're seeing, but you definitely like it. Parents feel wonderment at the birth of their children, and when their children start walking and talking. Looking at the infinite stars in the sky can create a feeling of wonderment. Being in nature stirs wonderment in many people. Anything that creates wonderment is likely to make you say "Wow!"


     I certainly know HOW to look at the world with a sense of wonderment!  Anyone that knows me knows that I TRY to do this.... actually that is kind of what this blog is all about!
     I also know that I cannot JUST do this.  I cannot just look at the world with a sense of Wonder right off the bat because there are a lot of GIANT ROADBLOCKS in my way to my lifetime of "wonder". 
     There are things that I need to overcome before my life will be "light" enough or "simplified" enough for me to enjoy life for all of its wonder.  If I were to choose all of the words EACH year that I would need to choose to finally get to "wonderment", I would be able to have the wonderful "wonderment" as my word in THIRTEEN YEARS!!!
     Well I am just not willing to wait that long... so I have utilized the other TWELVE words in a WORD picture and also in a WORD poem.  I have used up my twelve words in the way that is necessary for me to overcome some hurdles and then just GET RIGHT TO my "WONDERMENT".
Path to Wonderment
                            by Karrlin Bain
Wait before responding
Best practice count to ten
Respect yourself and others
Don’t be reactive, then
Journal what you think and feel
Just Breathe, cherish, and strive
To Simplify your home and life then
Peace will conquer over strife
Minimalize with Discipline
Great Change will come alive
Choose Gratitude as action and
Know Love is Heaven sent
Be Intentional each moment to
Bask in the world’s

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Marriage Insurance at Christmastime ~ by Karrlin Bain

I was asked to consider the question
"What have I achieved this year?"

  Well I have achieved a lot this year that is similar to each year. Lots of raising my kiddos, substitute teaching, laundry, cleaning and so much more. Basically I do all the chores of life with large amounts of fabulous family, friendship and fun laughter sprinkled on top. There is ONE accomplishment though that I am inspired to feature in my achievements for the year. 
My husband and I celebrated our 
  SEVENTEENTH Wedding Anniversary!!!
This is a HUGE achievement!
  Click these links for different sites
 that I like about marriage that could help 
support my family or anyone with marriage:

    God has a plan for your Marriage

Pray for your Marriage

Marriage is commitment 

My husband and I have many reasons why 
we have made it to and celebrated our 
SEVENTEENTH Wedding Anniversary!!!

We have been blessed to share faith in God
We love each other
We love our kids
We love our pets : )
We cherish our family

 themselves (and still do) in strengthening and
 even saving our marriage!!! 
(Thank you more than I can ever say!!!!)

We have been blessed in general
We are so very lucky!
We are not outstandingly perfect though
(far (far far...) from it)
We are very stubborn and use that in many ways...
Sometimes against each other...
That is all I will say on that except...

That same extreme stubborn quality we each possess 
also shows itself in our bold determination
 to make this marriage last....

Best advice from our past and possibly future counselor (we might be fired-we were VERY difficult! : ) was "Fake it til you make it!" and that totally works in the worst of times!

We are a work in progress
And we have the BEST intentions!

That works for us.
  I also have another little trick up my sleeve...

"Marriage Insurance"

Now you may ask:
 "What on Earth is that?"

I love Christmas
I love decorating the Christmas tree
I love shopping on ebay
I love Christmas ornaments
I love being sentimental
I love attaching feelings and (in this case) rules to objects
I love getting packages in the mail
I love having family traditions
I love "LOVE"  (see evidence here and here)
I love being light hearted, imaginative,
and somewhat silly......

My "MarriageInsuranceIs....

An "Our First Christmas" 1996 
Christmas Ornament Collection!!!
(we were married in November 1996 by the way)

and... NOT just one of each... but 
THREE of each  kind so that
 the kids can each have one for their 
family tree when they are all grown up... (sniffle!)

And Rick and I will also have one of the SAME 

for our tree until we are the CUTEST old,
grey, still-married-to-each-other, HAPPY 
(and I am determined we 
WILL BE HAPPY !!) couple.

Now the kids have agreed to hang these on their tree 
 : ) (te he)
Yes, they told me they would do this 
today when I explained how important
 the ornaments were and why there were
 important.  I explained how very inconvenient it
would be if our marriage were not to last because
then we would all  have these expensive cute
 adorable special wonderful ornaments
and not be able to hang them and they would 
totally bum us out!!  What a terrible waste and an extreme shame THAT would be!!!

The kids like the ornaments and feel that
 hanging the ornaments forever
is a small price to pay for making
our marriage last forever!
They are QUITE wonderful!
(The kids I mean)

Yes I know that some would say:

 "But marriages don't last because of ornaments!"  
You are right... it takes enormous amounts of thoughtful investment and action to keep a marriage strong.  It needs a lot more than even that.  It's complicated.

That being said... some of us could use a tiny little bit of 

Marriage Insurance...

You might have to think up what YOUR Marriage Insurance could be... OR you can copy me!
  My Marriage Insurance just happens to be this:

"Our First Christmas" 1996 
Christmas Ornament Collection!!!

and just look at how CUTE it is:

This "Mice on the Moon" is my 

Our First Christmas Together 1996

OOPS I love it SO MUCH I got FOUR!!

One for the dogs????

I will probably end of with 100 of this one...
now THAT is some insurance!!


Cute Mice...

Our First Christmas Together 1996
Love the veil!! !!!

We ONLY have two... I'll be shopping
for one more.


Cute Bunnies... We have all three.

Our First Christmas Together 1996


This next one is perfectly AMAZING!!!! 

Another MOST FAVE!!!

Our First Christmas Together 1996

I only have two so far... 

this one costs a bit more...

Look, there we are!!!!

So romantic... 
sitting on a swing

Yes we always 
dress like that...

and sit close by one another...

sweet nothings...
 Look, at our cute feet in this next picture.
And the step says 1996
and needs to be swept I guess too (a bit dusty).
But we don't clean.... ever.
We are too busy sitting on the swing...
Too much in love to sweep the gazebo...


Classy Crystal Hearts Catch the light...

Our First Christmas Together 1996

With Love Birds of course. 

We have all three. 


 I JUST found this one!!!

Another MOST FAVE!!!

Our First Christmas Together 1996

I only have ONE...
because I just found it last week on ebay 

and ordered it right up!

And They Lived
Happily Ever After!

No ornaments were hurt or injured in the making of this blog post.
All marriages are different and any similarities to your marriage are purely coincidental.
Take this with a grain of Christmas Snow!
Some marriages CAN'T make it so please realize I know that and don't see this as any judgment of marriages that have to end because of any/many reasons.
Ornaments were legally purchased on ebay or one was given by actual lovely sister-in-law at Christmas after marriage in 1996 can she guess which one? 
(Which sister-in-law AND which ornament!)
Side effects of reading this blog may include but are not limited to:
joy, laughter, tiredness, immediate shopping on ebay for the year of your marriage, sharing post on facebook, following blog in blogger, recommending author to a famous publishing company because you work there, getting cup of coffee and some more Christmas chocolates, reading all other posts on this blog, and feeling happy that yours isn't the only marriage that is not perfect.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Gratitude for LOVE by Karrlin Bain

I am so happy that I get to take part in the Flying Sisters Blog Hop every month! At the end of this post you will be given the link to another wonderful blog post by another creative friend of mine, then at the end of hers will be another link, then at the end of hers.... and so on... until you get all the way back to my blog! We all blog on the same topic... It is a Blog Circle. 

This months topic is: "Gratitude" 

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
Here is my original POEM that provides a SNAPSHOT
of  our Thanksgiving (clicky link)
Did you notice the last word of my Thankfulness poem?  It is LOVE!!!!

Now... about GRATITUDE: I am grateful for the family, friends, and pets that I love. I am grateful for LOVE!!!
(I am also thankful for wonderment, imagination,
and everyday magical moments.)

Recently a WONDERFUL person blessed me with an amazing compliment. She said the only way she could think of to describe it was that I actually create:


What an excellent thought... A Love Cloud!  I am so grateful for this beautiful sweet compliment!  The compliment itself and the way it made me feel (happy) is an important gift I have been given that no one can ever take away from me.  It is like Maya says....

— 'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.'
Maya Angelou 

My friend is the one that brings the "love cloud"  actually! That is probably why she can spot them!!!  : )  What I can learn from this, and what this inspires me to do, is to go forward and make sure that I treat all the people that I meet with 
Gratitude and LOVE.

Speaking of LOVE... 

A BEAUTIFUL family member that I LOVE reminded me TODAY how important it is to LIVE IN THE MOMENT!!!  I am grateful for that advice and plan to follow it!!  I believe living in the moment is ESSENTIAL for 
keeping the LOVE CLOUD afloat!!!

Here is a awesome song I heard today about LOVE.  Are you surprised to hear that I am crazy about it?  
CLICK ON IT  & listen ~ it is lovely!!!!

 Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
May YOUR day be filled with LOVE and GRATITUDE!!

p.s. I appreciate the two fabulous ladies that inspired this post.  Thank You for filling up my LOVE tank with positives to keep me floating forward on a LOVE CLOUD!!

This is a Flying Sisters Blog Hop
about GRATITUDE!!!!
Please check out my friend 
Kathie Gadd's
wonderful blog at
Lavender Chalet

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Possibilitarianism and the Power of Possible Thinking by Karrlin Bain

I am so happy that I get to take part in the Flying Sisters Blog Hop on the third Thursday of every month!  At the end of this post you will be given the link to another wonderful blog post by another creative friend of mine, then at the end of hers will be another link, then at the end of hers.... and so on... until you get all the way back to my blog!  We all blog on the same topic...  It is a Blog Circle.  

This month's topic is:  How I'm becoming a Possibilitarian (celebrating our one year of flying!) My approach to this topic is to investigate and define "Possibilitarian" and decide how many ways I am one. Here is what I found....

"Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities - always see them, for they're always there."
     ~Norman Vincent Peale

What a great guy!  Among many other things, he wrote the famous book The Power of Positive Thinking.  He is also the owner of many WONDERFUL quotes found here (on this clicky link - my fave is the one about Christmas!!!). 

Here is audio that shares a lot of his book ~ and he reads it himself!

I love this video because Norman Vincent Peale is in it, and the content is great!  I love that he is a Christian!

Artist Kelly Rae Robert's also celebrates the idea of being a possibilitarian here on this clicky link.  On her Possibilitarian page she states: "Because when you step forward as a Possibilitarian — and share the truth about how you created your beautifully messy, magnificently complicated & exquisitely joyful life and career — you give everyone else permission to dream bigger, be braver, and create what they want. And just like that, the impossible simply . . . isn’t."

I am a possibilitarian because...

* I see amazing possibilities in my kids (clicky link) and realize the value of setting some of my own interests aside for now to invest in them. 

* I believe anything is possible if only you believe..... and I can't for the life of me figure out where that quote comes from... some Disney movie, right?  I was looking and found Cinderella singing "A dream is a wish your heart makes."  I love that song.... I think it lines up perfectly with being a possibilitarian.

* I LOVE watching my friends from Flying Lessons (and from life) achieve general awesomeness and even super specific crazy awesome success based on THEIR belief in the possibilities!!!!

* I am storing ideas, art classes, and art supplies away for whenever I get a moment of time.  I believe this "moment of time" may just coincide with my future "empty nest syndrome" that is way in the future (6-8 years)... so then I will cry on my art projects while having a blast instead of just crying in a state of general sadness.

* I write poems that ooze an optimistic rose colored glasses worthy positive attitude.

* I believe in a glittericious colorful creative life.

* My imagination is super vivid.

And last but not least I am a Possibilitarian...        
because I said so!

Now please visit my 
friend Becky Cavender's 
wonderful blog.
She is also a Possibilitarian
Click on her name right here....

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Mid September's View by Karrlin Bain

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Mid September’s View
by Karrlin Bain 9/15/13

Winter’s cold gifts tiptoe near
Slowly moving round the bend
I love each approaching holiday
But when January ascends

I will not wish away long days
That drag til springtime sun is shown
As lengthy time blesses my life
I’ll relish time in our sweet home
As mother and as wife
Come winter spring summer or fall
This is the greatest time of all

And while I know this season
Will move forward on its way
Long winter’s cold unending days
Won’t make me wish the time away
Photo by Karrlin Bain 9/14/13

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