Monday, March 21, 2011

Today is a good day.......



I love how Winter and Spring blend - each believing they are in full force.  It is snowing here today - and has picked up in intensity since I took these pictures.  The daffodil stems are covered in white and the green buds are hiding.  Spring is like a 'lady-in-waiting'.  :-) Winter, a gallant prince.  
And today is a day of wonderful celebration.  My son Dolan was born today at 8:38 this morning - weighing in at 9 pounds 9 ounces.  Ouch!   He was so beautiful when he was born.  They laid him on me right after he was born and we rested snuggled and I told him things that only a new Mother knows right after they see their child for the first time.  It was glorious.  And his life has been purposeful and well-intended.  He is a published writer and an English teacher at an International High School.  He teaches English as a second language.  He directed and performed in a comedy troupe for several years called 'Group Of Names' and they performed in such places as Carolines in Manhattan and many other venues.  He lived in Prague for a year and traveled throughout Europe and he also traveled across the United States one summer with two good friends.  He is a good man - and cares about all life - he is sensitive, wise beyond his years and very, very funny.  His intelligence is mind boggling - and his gentle approach to challenges and obstacles, inspiring.  He is a very old and beautiful soul.  And one of my greatest gifts and blessings.

Meanwhile, Skipp and I are still like two school kids on vacation - that summer right before High School where the future is unknown and a bit scary - but together, we know we will meet the challenge.  Every meal, every wake up, every walk, every laugh, every tear, every humble moment of gratitude - we are thrilled to just be together.  Hallelujah!!

Since it is snowing today we are going to tape and get ready to do some more painting.  Have tomato soup and grilled cheese for lunch and frolic a bit with our Gracey-Blue.  She loves the snow. Did I  mention that TODAY IS A GOOD DAY.  Well, now I have.  :-)

32 comments:

Bonnie said...

Good day, good home, good relationship, good son, good climate, good food, good doggie companion, good memories - what more can a good soul ask for?

Diana said...

Happy Birthday to Dolan Gail. I do remember how special those first moments were with my Frank. Sweet memories!
I think we are done with the snow here but who knows. Spring has sprung with plants blooming everywhere. It is 70 degrees today but they are saying it will be in the 40's this weekend. Winter not wanting to give up yet!
I'm glad that you and Skipp are hanging in there and that you have time to spend together. Oh how I miss that!!! Glad to hear from you again. I've been thinking about you.
Love Di ♥

Andy said...

Hi Gail,

Happy birthday to Dolan for yesterday. From your writing, I guess you like him quite a lot ;-)

I'm glad it's a good day (although, for me, the snow would not make it such a good day - but we're all different, thank goodness). I hope you enjoyed it.

Tramp said...

Here we are also teetering on the edge of Winter and Spring. The mornings are still icy cold but the temperature rises to make sitting outside a great pleasure.
Sometimes we let that looming future spoil our now. I like your approach of using the power of now to face the future rather than getting lost in the fear of what is to come.

Choices said...

Hi Gail,
You sound so happy! Yes, and you have so much to celebrate! I am happy for you,too.
Sending you smiles.

Eileen said...

So glad to read to read this post from you! And Happy Birthday to your beautiful son! He really does sound wonderful and I can read the joy he brings to you. God Bless!

I agree about the tug-and-war of Seasons! I'm rooting for an early win from Spring!

What are you painting? Did I miss something? I don't remember reading about that, but my mind is like a sieve lately, no retention.

'So happy to read of you and Skipp enjoying each other and life!
I've been feeling a little sick and very weary these past few days, so this post was a nice pick-me-up!
Love to you,
Eileen

Gail said...

HI BONNIE-
There is nothing more to ask for - all is as it should be :-) So good to have you come by.
Love to you
Gail
peace.....

Gail said...

HI DI-

we relly are enjoying this time together, and I know how much you love when Jake is home and how special your time is together. We have many parallels in our lives my friend. :-) We are bracing for m ore snow tomorrow - painting the living room today and tomorrow.
Love to you
Gail
peace.....

Gail said...

HI ANDY-

I love when you visit me. :-) And ya, I kinda like Dolan :-)
Love to you
Gail
peace.....

Gail said...

HI TRAMP-
I like ow you wrote that - 'using the power of now.......", I like that observation a lot - thanks Tramp! :-)
Hope all is well the other side of the world with you and yours. Smooches to Lady.
Love Gail
peace.....

Gail said...

HI CHOICES-ANNE
So nice to have you come by and share in our world. Love to you
Gail
peace.....

Gail said...

HI EILEEEN-

Sorry you are feeling a bit weary these days. The change of the seasons can impact our mood. Ride them out, k?
We are painting the whole downstairs first, even the ceilings. The ceilings are done and the dining room is done and is a gingerbread color - it loks so nice. now we are doing the living room in dried parsley and ivy lane and the stairway and the back drop to the stairs. the taping is the most time consuming but it is all worth it.
So good to see you - feel better
Love to you my friend
Gail
peace......

Bernie said...

Happy belated Birthday Dolan, hope you had a wonderful day. Congratulations birth day to my friend Gail, you are a very special lady to me and many others.
It is snowing here today and I am so totally done with winter....sometimes I feel as Spring is not planning on visiting us this year at all.
Have a wonderful week my friend, sending many hugs and much love...:-)

Gail said...

HI BERNIE-

I love to see you - :-) and Winter is surely hanging on. We are getting another blast of snow Wednesday into Thursday with up to six inches predicted. We will stay snug inside and continue with our painting projects - it is all looking very nice. Stay warm and hang on - Spring is almost here.
Love to you my friend
Gail
peace.....

Cinner said...

Hi Gail, so glad you are having a good day, such wonderful memories of your son, happy birthday to Dolan. You sound like your are enjoying your time together. this is great. and painting too...oh how I need to. love to you, think of you often hey.

Gail said...

HI CINNER - so nice to visit one another today, hey? :-)
It is snowing here - we are getting ready to paint some more - the taping is the worst part. eesh.
I am hooding you close my friend -
Love Gail
peace......

Margie said...

Dear Gail
It's so nice to be here again at your blog and I loved the happiness of this post!
It made me happy for you!
You are blessed!

I hope your son had a wonderful birthday!

May you always be happy!
I wish you so much joy, always!

Margie :)

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to Dolan!
:)
Now that I know that he teaches English as a second language I like him even more!
Warm hugs
Lola

Gail said...

H MARGIE-

I am SO happy to "see" you :-) And I am glad you enjoyed my post. I have missed you.
Love Gail
peace.....

Gail said...

HI LOLA-
So good to have you come by and share in my celebration of my son. He has a website with his published writings if you are interested. dolanmorgan.com
Love to you always
Ciao
Gail
peace,,,,,

Comrade Kevin said...

Gail,

I appreciate your friendship and your concern. I will respond to your comments more frequently now. You have not been forgotten. I'm just preoccupied with a lot of things.

But know that you are not unimportant and never will be.

Gail said...

HI KEVIN :-)

thank you SO much for your quick reply :-) I am quite relieved. phew. Keep feeling better.

Love to you always
Gail
peace.....

Lisa said...

Happy, Happy birthday to Dolan!!!! I know I missed it but I believe in Birthday weeks or two :)

I hope your days are still good. Sorry to have been a stranger...life got in the way of my social time on blogs...ALL GOOD though...just got busy! I know you know exactly what I mean! :)

xoxo,Lisa

Gail said...

HI LISA-
Oh yes, I do know exactly about the mystery of time. :-) And I so appreciate you coming by to celebrate my son with me. "YAY"!!
Love Gail
peace.....

Theanne and Baron said...

Happy Birthday to your Dolan! Thanks for sharing!

Just Be Real said...

Gail glad to read you are doing much better. Blessings to you dear one.

Gail said...

HI THEANNE-
So nice to see you. And I appreciate your sharing in the celebration of Dolan's birth :-)


HI JBR-
So glad you came by - and yes - things are good, better - Amen.

Love to you both
Gail
peace.....

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

Such joy, resolve and love is known by what you have expressed in this post. A SMILE lingers and a heart is ever touched. YES, indeed your Son and Life does make for a GOOD DAY!

Love on to you and yours dear friend,
Rose Marie

Gail said...

ROSEMARIE-

So nice to have you come by and share in the celebration and blessings in my life. Your presence and expressions enhance the magic. :-)

Love to you always
Gail
peace.....

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

Yes, Gail...LOVED YOU ARE!!

Pranavam Ravikumar a.k.a. Kochuravi said...

Belated wishes. Went through your lovely posts. Nice work did. My wishes. Have a nice day!

Gail said...

PRANAVAN-

so nice to "meet" you. And thank you for your shared, kind words.
Love Gail
peace.....