Project Alicia : WW: Willing a Smile

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

WW: Willing a Smile

It's been a dark couple months in our nation, filled with loss and unspeakable sadness.

Today as I listened to the low rumbles of a distant storm, I found myself lost in thought. One led to another... until I realized I had let it in.

Dark thoughts are like a cancer. They can fester and grow and before long they have infected every part of your being.

So, for sanity's sake I had to redirect my focus to the happier parts of life and I came across these iphone photos from a couple weeks ago.

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They serve as a reminder of the beautiful blessing of human connections and lasting relationships that go beyond this life.
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I hope that you will squeeze your loved ones a little tighter tonight.

Offer up thoughts, prayer or donations for our fellow Americans and friends suffering, particularly in Oklahoma today...

And remember that, "The most important things in life aren't things."


42 comments:

  1. Alicia,
    When those dark thoughts enter my mind, I fight them off with prayer. While in prayer I thank God for as many blessings as I can thing of until I feel better.
    Your fun family pictures are treasures!

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  2. Amen mama! These are such great pics... so happy. And I'm definitely remembering that and snuggling mine extra ;)

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  3. These are such lovely photos and you are definitely correct..."The most important things in life aren't things."

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  4. Amen! Such beautiful images of your beautiful family - and yes, I'll be holding mine a little tighter while sending up prayers tonight.

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  5. Aren't photos amazing, one moment you can be feeling blue and the next minute if you find some great photos of cherished memories you can feel the joy fill your heart. My prayers continue for all those families that are suffering! God Bless!

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  6. Thanks for the reminder and for sharing such happy family photos!

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  7. You are fortunate that you can catch those thoughts and try to redirect them. I know someone who can't, and it's tough to see how he suffers. We all have so much to be thankful for. Beautiful photos of you all. Dagmar ~ Dagmar's Home

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  8. I understand exactly what you are talking about. I'm glad you are able to redirect your thoughts!

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  9. Judy Adam ThorntonTuesday, 21 May, 2013

    lovely photos!
    http://www.australianinspirationalwomen.com.au

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  10. Well now you did get yourself out of the dark with the fun photos, they would bring anyone back to a happy place. Families are the best!! Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate it!! have a great evening!

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  11. I completely understand. It's easy to focus on the darkness when there's so much of it lurking around, but we can definitely find things joy in the little things and those around us.

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  12. Great raw moments of happiness, great photos!

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  13. Lovely family photos.. great shots!!

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  14. Beautiful family photos! So fun and relaxed!

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  15. Christy @ Hardly a HousewifeWednesday, 22 May, 2013

    I can totally relate, but you have a very wonderful way of getting yourself out of the danger zone, by thinking of your amazing and lovely family!

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  16. jessica @peekababyWednesday, 22 May, 2013

    So important to be able to find the joy in your family. What a blessing it is!

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  17. What a wonderful reminder during these dark days. The love of family will transcend all things.

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  18. Beautiful reminder, and such beautiful photos of family togetherness!

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  19. Beautiful family and words that are so true! Hopefully dark thoughts have stayed away.... <3

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  20. I love that first shot!!! <3

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  21. Life can be rough at times - so can the world at large. Our friends and family and simple beauty like these photos can be solace in those times.

    Our WW is here: http://www.catsynth.com/2013/05/wordless-wednesday-tenderloin-test-pattern/

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  22. Marko @ Travel Photo BloggingWednesday, 22 May, 2013

    Nice and happy photos. I am sure they made the sadness go away.

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  23. love the smilies :)

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  24. Inspiring words

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  25. Such sweet photos and a heartfelt post :)

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  26. So true- so important to cherish these moments as we have them. They can be gone before we know it.

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  27. I agree! Even struggled with the same dark thoughts, and fears. It is so important to relish what we have.

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  28. Talya L. BoernerWednesday, 22 May, 2013

    Great photos and sentiment! Thanks for linking up with Grace Grits and Gardening!

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  29. Love the pictures and the sentiment is so true.

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  30. agreed! and what a sweet family you have.....you are truly blessed ;)

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  31. Very happy family!

    I'd love for you to link up over at Tales of a Pee Dee Mama


    TaMara

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  32. sweetserendiptiyWednesday, 22 May, 2013

    Yes! Such a beautiful message Alicia. I always adore the images you capture of your family. And they are a great reminder that I need to be in more images.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Very true, indeed. Lovely photos.

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  34. Lovely shots. They really do invoke feelings of happiness. I'm glad you found them. ;)

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  35. Debbie DevereauxWednesday, 22 May, 2013

    You are so right! The most important things in life definitely are not things!

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  36. i think everyone is dealing with this in their own way. thanks for showing the smiles of your family :)

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  37. I love looking at your photos, always bringing a smile to an otherwise wacky day and you have inspired my daughter and me to take photos but not our boring standing there photos.

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  38. Simply beautiful Alicia. Such fun family photos. You have a beautiful family.

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  39. Lovely photo of all you guys together.

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