A moment I will love forever.
April 26, 2010

My weekend was lovely…

...for plenty of reasons, but mostly because Charlotte started giggling with excitement when I sang “What a Wonderful World” to her.  I listened to my father play that song on a turn table when I was little.  I scrambled eggs and danced to that song in the kitchen when I was a teenager.  I walked down the aisle to that song when I married Donald.

Now I sing it to my daughter and she loves it.  What a wonderful world, indeed!

What is one of your most cherished memories?


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  1. By Alicia on April 26, 2010

    My dad used to play that song on Sunday mornings ALL the time when we were growing up. I danced to it with him at my wedding.

    A moment I will cherish forever? I remember the first time we saw Jude smile. Like the REAL smile. Not the I’m-half-asleep-and-have-gas-in-my-belly kind of smile. It was something like 5:30 in the morning while Ryan was getting ready for work. Jude used to wake up around that time for a feeding and I used to grumble at the thought of opening my eyes any second before the sun comes up. But he started to stir in bed next to me, so I leaned over to get him and he opened his little peepers and saw me and started smiling. SWOON!

  2. By Megan R. on April 26, 2010

    I cherished hearing my daughter spontaneously laugh for the first time.  Without having to be tickled.  Without us having to make funny faces and noises.  She just saw something in her world that struck her fancy and she chose to laugh.  That thing?  Our dog, Batman, pacing in the back of the car.  She had fits of giggles for 3 minutes that day.  Nothing better than the hearty belly laugh of a babe.

  3. By gretchen from lifenut on April 26, 2010

    The first memory that leaped into mind was when our 5 oldest kids surprised us with a choreographed dance. It was hysterical.  Or when they put on a play set in the old west and my 3rd son’s character ordered graham crackers and beer from the bartender.

    Anytime laughter is involved, memories hurry to be made.

  4. By Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) on April 26, 2010

    Lovely montage - especially the top-left pic.

    Holding my son for the first time is my memory pick. What a mind-blowing switch from being a woman to a mother. It really was surreal and overwhelming.

  5. By Lyndsay on April 27, 2010

    Will you please show us how you make the cute collage-style images for your posts. I want to learn and have a few templates, but darn if I can’t get the photos in them. When you have a few minutes to spare (no rush!) will you please show us how you do it? I have Photoshop Elements, is that what you use? Thanks!

  6. By Alicia S. on April 28, 2010

    This goes along with the subject of songs too..

    Our song was You Are My Sunshine. My mom always told stories to us of how her dad used to sing it to her, then of course she sung it to me and my brothers too. So as soon as I had a belly-full-of-baby to sing to, I kept it going with my son before he was even born.
    Soon I was singing it to him as we nursed, and not long after that it became a once-in-a-while part of our bedtime routine right on into toddlerhood.

    Then a few weeks after he turned two, he surprised me one night before bed. I asked him what song he wanted to sing with me, and I went through the short list of songs he’d begun to start learning the words to himself: Wheels on the bus? No. ABC? No. If You’re Happy and You Know It? No… Then, just for kicks I asked about the sunshine song even though it was one that we’d never “practiced” before together, and he lit up! YEAH!!

    He sung me almost every word. Entirely on his own.
    And while he smiled off proudly bobbing his head to (his choppier version of) the last line, I started to cry. I was able to remember back to each stage of his life, even before his birth that we shared that song, and how much of an impact it must have had on him for him to remember each line of the song so well that without ever having to be “coached” through it, like with other songs, he knew most of the words.

  7. By Dandy on April 28, 2010

    I’ve been thinking about Christmas lately… I’m not sure why… but mostly its because this year I’ll be holding a little 2 month old and I could just cry with excitement.

    I have a very vivid memory of dancing in the living room next to the Christmas tree.  In my mind I can see the twinkle of the lights in the background as I watch my dress spin around me.  I know my mom is baking in the kitchen.  I can smell the cookies and I can hear her singing.  Pure bliss and Christmas magic.

    I could cry just thinking about it.

  8. By Cynthia Krajcarski on April 29, 2010

    I love that song too… It reminds me of my grandparents.

    Some of my most cherished memories are just happening now. Isla is showing so much affection lately, everytime I say “Awwwww….“ she puts her head on the nearest cuddly object and proceeds to hug it. The cat that doesn’t run away, her lovie that she carries around, and me… It warms my heart.

  9. By Cynthia Krajcarski on April 29, 2010

    Dandy, I love your memory. It could make me cry just thinking about it!


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