a letter from your child…

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the future lies in our children…

“One generation full of deeply loving parents would change the brain of the next generation, and with that, the world.”

— Charles Raison

i carry your heart…

CarryYourHeart

love!

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children, a standard of grace…

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Beautiful image by Kati Dimoff. More of her photography can be found at http://kdimoffphotography.com and http://youaremywild.wordpress.com

Parents, they’re only ours for a moment…

Don’t grow up too fast…
my heart drops as I let go of her bike for the first time without training wheels. How can I feel so excited in this moment for her when my heart is pierced with such a sharp rush of sadness? She’s growing up — and it takes my breath away and leaves me still with such a bittersweet sadness. Does it really have to be this hard? Why does every ounce of me want to hold on to her so tight? Dare she be able to grow! And then it hits me, they’re only ours for a moment. How beautifully cruel and blissfully amazing it is to be a parent. Their childhood flies by in slow motion. It’s that old saying “the days are long but the years are short.” Whoever wrote that definitely has been here before.

We can’t keep them from growing up, so what are we to do?
Live in every moment we can.
Be present in their presence.
Cherish, listen and love unconditionally.
Guide them with love in the right direction.
Be mindful of our words and actions.
Feel deeply every hug they give with open arms.
Build their confidence, guard their hearts, lift them up.
Feed their soul with goodness.
Show them the beauty in life.
Take hold of their heart and inspire their mind.
Watch them grow into every beautiful thing they are meant to be.
And then, with proud hearts and teary eyes…
Watch them fly.
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You are a Wonder!

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Life is Sweet : inspiring a life of mindfulness, meaning, and magic

Life is Sweet: inspiring a life of mindfulness, meaning and magic, is an inspirational book for kids that celebrates the specialness of your child and builds confidence and self-esteem.

Life is sweet is a beautifully illustrated children’s book written to inspire mindfulness and self-confidence in your child while also celebrating just how wonderfully special and unique they are!

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Inspiration is the motivation…

Think about the love you have for your child… what is the feeling that you want to resonate in their hearts? What is the message you want to instill deep down in their soul? What are the most important things that you want them to know about creating a life of happiness and love? What are things that you think would help them most in life — things you wish you were introduced to at an earlier age?

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What makes Life is Sweet so special?

Life is Sweet is an inspirational book for kids that celebrates the specialness of your child. It connects with children through common childhood phrases and teaches them mindfulness through positive affirmations and words of wisdom. It is a message from your heart to theirs that opens up a rich dialogue for sharing a special connection. It teaches them to be mindful of their wisdom and build a strong foundation of confidence and self-esteem. It shows them how deep the meaning of life is and how truly special they are.

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This book will make a difference in your child’s life and in yours, enriching the core of their inner beliefs and transforming the special connection you have with them. It will help your child realize, at an early age, the importance that they are, the gift that they hold — for you and to the world. It will help them connect to their feelings and find strength from within that will help them so much in their years to come. It will open them up to their inner power, their creativity, and a world of possibility. It is sure to enrich their life by empowering them from within and building the foundation for a life rich with love and happiness.

parenting, children's book, inspiring kids, Life is Sweet Book, motherhood, confidence, imaginationLovingly created and beautifully illustrated

Pictures, stories, design and insight, help shape the way a child perceives the world they live in. These are some page spreads from my book showing the illustration style and overall look of the book. I’ve used a combination of illustration (hand + computer), collage, and watercolor to bring a mix of media that I think will be very interesting and fun for kids, and incorporated it in a way that I feel brings out the beauty of the book.

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A little about me

I have a very deep love for children. I want children to grow up realizing how wonderful they are and truly know the special meaning they have in this world. I want them to realize their importance and to celebrate their individuality.

As a mother this is such an important message I want to instill in the hearts of our children. Not just our three wonderful children that we’ve been so blessed with, but every child. I believe that every child deserves to grow up knowing how special they are. Every child should start their life with a foundation of love and wisdom that will help create a beautiful life for them. They should know that they are a miracle and a gift. Their life really should be sweet.

We, as parents, have the power to make a difference in our childrens’ lives. We are given the most important responsibility of influencing them. We are the hands and hearts that guide them into this world, to build a positive foundation for them, for a life filled with love and happiness. We can open their hearts, and we can open their minds to endless possibilities, to inner strength, to kindness and gratitude. We show them how important they are through our love and care. We celebrate their individuality, we cultivate their spirit. We show them how to love and how to appreciate and live life to the fullest. We show them the importance of family, of healthy relationships with friends and healthy relationships with themselves. Life is Sweet guides these principles. All these things we know in our heart and want for out children.

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The first book in a series of inspirational books

I believe that words have the power to transform. Especially at an early age, children are constantly absorbing information and forming a foundation that will influence their entire life. I want to plant seeds of love in children. I want to build confidence in them and empower them by helping them to better know themselves and celebrate all the special qualities that only they uniquely have.

I believe that words have such great power. They can bring happiness, connection, mindfulness, love. They can make a significant difference in your child’s world. They can tap into your child’s heart and mind and make that heart connection they so deeply need.

This is the heart behind Life is Sweet.

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Life is Sweet is the first in a series of inspirational books I am creating for young children. The other books I have in progress are:

I am Beautiful — A very important book that teaches young girls that real beauty shines forth from the inside.

I Dream of Being… — A delightful book designed to inspire kids to dream as big as they possibly can, because there is no limit to who they can be.

You are Wonderfully Made — An inspiring book to teach young children how God is at work in their lives and all around them, and to help them come to have a personal relationship with Him.

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Life is Sweet is to be published in October 2014 

Goodnight, sweet child

Goodnight, sweet child

Affirmation #20

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inspiring greatness in the world

“There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world
than a transformation of the way we raise our children.”
— Marianne Williamson

 

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Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle!

Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle!

to my daughter…

In

Life is Sweet

Life is Sweet!
Inspire the hearts of your children, celebrate their childhood, and create a foundation of love and mindfulness that will last a lifetime…
I’m so blessed and thankful for all of the loving support that people have shown me towards my book and my dream of sharing it with children everywhere. I’m 2/3 of the way to reaching my goal of publishing this very special book. I’m so, so close, but I only have 6 days left in my campaign! That’s not a lot of time but I’m faithful that there are so many more parents who share the same love and inspiration for their children as I do for mine. If you haven’t given my book a look, please do — and if you like it please share! It doesn’t take a lot of people to make a difference, just a lot of LOVE!https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/217270085/life-is-sweet

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Anything can happen, child. Anything can be!

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How great is Shel Silverstein?

Shel Silverstein was one of the first authors that I really remember. My aunt gave me his book “Where the Sidewalk Ends” when I was very young and I remember pouring over and over it. I still have it and almost every page is dog eared and worn! I used to read it and color in the black and white illustrations, all the while dreaming along with him. I saw this quote and it brought back so many memories. Such an wonderful message for our children. Books have so much impact on our children’s lives. They help shape them as they grow. They inspire them to dream.
Does your child have a favorite go-to book? One that you know you will always keep with fond memories? I hope they have so many!

You are my Sunshine

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I am a Child of God

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God’s children

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for love of mother’s everywhere…

This sweet video really puts the life of a mother into perspective. Definitely worth a watch!