BROKEN (Five Minute – Free Write)

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Shine On

A fragile vase sits upon a pedestal, enjoying the warmth of the sunlight through
the window, when all of sudden BAM! The window breaks, as a ball propels it forward
onto the hardwood floor. It is broken. Pieces seem to be strewn all over.

The vase will never be the same.

Is there strong enough glue to keep it together?

Will it retain the water to feed the flowers that are placed inside of the vase?

You can hear the crunch of the glass, as the ball rolls to a stop and the final pieces fall…clink, clink, and crunch. Then there is a mysterious…Silence. The parts are brushed together into a small pile… sharp edges, flawed, and imperfect. Waiting… Wondering…

Suddenly a warm healing light appears that will help restore its splendor. This light of strength sees the magnificent beauty of the pieces. With the strength of a father and heart of a mother, this Shining Light gets to work. The pieces are glued one, by one in a unique and beautiful pattern. No, it will never be the same fragile vase it was before, the initial core is the same, but this vase has even MORE strength and beauty from within.

There is LIFE to it again. It will no longer be placed up high on a pedestal. It will sit at the family table and breathe in the miracles around it. Flowers can again be placed inside to be nurtured and cared for. That “vase” which was once broken and lost has been now been found and RESTORED with eternal love.


This heartwarming video captures the true essence of the bond between a mother and child. If unconditional love could be defined without using words… THIS is the answer. 

Every MOM understands this… no matter what our differences. We are all unique and have gifts to share with our children and the world. 

What is YOUR gift?  YOU are a MOM and your child/children love YOU as YOU (even if they can’t see you).  They are pieces of your soul that share unconditional, pure love with YOU.  Could they find you in a line of moms using only touch and smell? I think so. 

You are a MOM. You are BLESSED. 

Grab your tissues and watch here—>

Super “Hero” Strength… LET IT GO! (Five-Minute Friday Free Write)

©2014 Dancinmoma

©2014 Dancinmoma

Every one has an inner super “Hero” within , but I never realized that going to a sweet Disney movie with my kids would teach me to tap into my own inner “power.”

It was a lesson of forgiveness and self-worth to me.

A lesson in strength.

Inner strength.

Super “Hero” strength.

“Let it go” is a beautiful song (from the Movie “Frozen”) about being “true to you.” Disclaimer: Once you hear it, you won’t be able to stop singing it, especially your kids. 🙂 For me, it is a reminder to LOVE myself again and exemplify that LOVE to my children. A reminder to keep the volume of those negative voices turned down (because they always seem to find a way through the cracks of my soul); a reminder to stop holding things inside.

I equate much of that “stuff” to the reference of a “closet.” We can keep shoving stuff inside, until you can hardly shut the door. Pushing it down; pushing it in to keep it shut. Then finally it won’t shut, the door comes FLYING open! And BAM! There’s an explosion of emotion! A Beam of LIGHT!


As my 3 year old daughter dances around singing the song with her precious little voice, she engages her imagination and smiles as she waves her hand like “Elsa” in the movie. I join in… turning to the right and reaching my hand into the sky, turning to the left as I toss my “magic ice crystals” higher.


As we grasp our hands together, turning to the sounds of the beautiful music. I can FEEL it. Stirring up from within… what is it? JOY! Pure unadulterated JOY!


Warm yourself in the light…

Soothe your spirit…

DANCE… in the beaming light of hope and…

Release your inner power. Be a hero and LET IT GO!

Last… (Five Minute Free Write)

Time is so fleeting, as we watch our children grow and our parents get older…tick tock, tick tock…we are growing with them. We count in months, days, hours then minutes and seconds.

If only we could make each precious, precious moment LAST forever.

The birth of your precious miracles, school days, sunsets, celebrations, dancing, singing, sunrises, laughter, love and faith filled praise.

Baby baths, cleaning sticky fingers, wiping down muddy toes, wiping faces, butterfly kisses, giggles, cuddling, and so many little, yet big snapshots in life.

We CAN make those moments LAST forever.  We carry those precious moments in our hearts and minds daily. In the patchwork of life…we may be tattered and torn sometimes but the threads and stitches hold us together when times get tough. Some of the most creative ideas can happen LAST minute. It’s amazing how a time crunch can quickly bring those thoughts to the forefront. We need to make each second count.

Enjoy the moment… in the moment… and it truly will last forever.

So what does the word “last” really mean?

To me, it’s not about being at the end of line or the one that didn’t win. It’s about holding on and holding tight. It’s about making fleeting moments LAST forever in your heart and mind. It’s about unconditional, never-ending, LASTING LOVE.

Dance with me, Daddy!

It’s a relationship like none other. From the moment that swaddled tiny human being is handed to YOU; your heart overflows with LOVE.  Then a precious, miraculous moment follows… the tiny baby girl opens her eyes and looks into yours. It will take your breath away.

You are a DADDY.

The moments are fleeting but so joyous. She will grow right in front of your eyes, with her unconditional love. She will wear her heart on her sleeve. She will fill your soul with an infectious laughter, and will turn to you with her tears. That precious baby girl, your daughter, is your biggest fan. Daddy's ShoesShe will follow you around in your big shoes, literally, and she’ll watch you. How you work. How you treat her Mommy. How you make funny noises with your mouth. How you take your pencil, circling it around to create beautiful drawings for her.  Your daughter is simply mesmerized with your being.

She puts on her princess dress and twirls in front of you.

“Look, Daddy!”

You pick her up and spin her around, again locking eyes.  You can see that in her smile is PURE JOY!!

“Dance with me, Daddy!”

As she places her tiny feet onto yours, the music starts and together you dance. You will treasure this moment for the rest of your life. In fact you will honor each moment that you are hand in hand swaying to music and twirling on the dance floor in your home.

Soon she gets a little older, she’ll still spin for you with a new outfit or new shoes, but her attention span has widened. She spends time with friends, listens to music, goes to dance class, and writes in her journal. She reads her latest book, watches her favorite television show, and becomes obsessed with the new boy band or singer. That baby girl, who eyes were only for Daddy, seems to be drifting, growing and blooming into a beautiful young woman. Soon she’ll ask you to drop her off a block early, or at the door of the mall, so no one sees you.

But don’t fret; you are still her one and only DADDY. You will always be a huge part of her ever-expanding heart. She will turn to you in times of need, she’ll ask for your advice, share funny stories, and laugh heartily when you play the old songs to which you danced.  She will always be your BABY Girl.


“Daddy, I made the cheerleading squad!”

“Daddy, why are boys so silly?”

“Daddy, sometimes girls can be really mean.”

“Daddy, a boy asked me to dance!”

“Daddy, why do bad things happen to good people?”

“Daddy, what would you do?”

“Daddy, I met someone!”

“Daddy, we’re getting married.”

The wedding march music begins in the church. It is time to walk your Baby Girl, your precious daughter down the aisle to her future spouse.  Memories of her childhood flood your mind as tears roll down your face.  She turns to you with those same eyes that met you for the first time a long time ago and says, “I LOVE YOU, Daddy.”

She always will…. Daddy/Daughter

To my Dad and all of the Dad’s out there…

Happy Father’s Day.

“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a DADDY.” ~ Proverb

Star Light….

YOU can be a STAR.

A star radiates light, beauty and twinkles in the darkness. To some, they hold our deepest wishes and thoughts. They don’t discriminate; they welcome all to see their beauty at any place in the world. That is the one thing that humanity shares… anyone, on any given night, can look up and enjoy the true celestial beauty above us.

“I will love the light for it shows me the way,
Yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.”
Og Mandino quotes (American Essayist and Psychologist, 1923-1996)

Stars create PEACE.

Stars create LOVE.

Stars are all-encompassing and luminous.

Stars SHINE from within.

Stars create HOPE.

Stars can give us FAITH.

Stars have a power that can inspire anyone from any background.

We are all STARS in a sense, in this universe of amazing things. We radiate our emotions to others and we sit side by side in hope & faith. We can share love to our friends & family, and we can create a sense of peace among us.

Do you feel like a STAR? What can you do to radiate and sparkle in your life?

As dusk settles in, and the warmth of sunlight transforms into darkness, sit in silence and look up.

Star Light will always be present in any dark moments.

Be aware.

Be present.

Be that luminous STAR.



“To be a star, you must shine your own light,
Follow your own path, and don’t worry about the darkness,
For that is when the stars shine brightest”
– Anonymous

 “To be a star, you must shine your own light...."

A star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud.NASA/ESA image

“Hitch your wagon to a star.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson (American essayist, lecturer, and poet, 1803 – 1882

“Star light, Star bright,
first star I see tonight…
I wish I may, I wish I might, see that star I wish tonight.”
– English Nursery Rhyme (trad.)

When you wish upon a star,
makes no difference who you are, Anything your heart desires can come to you”
– Jiminy Cricket (Animated philosopher and conscience of Pinocchio) ®Walt Disney Company