JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 166 :: 4-letter word friday

7 Jul

Life.

Today’s 4-letter word is LIFE… as in life is better in the mountains.

It’s been a challenge returning to “real life” after vacation – especially after a vacation filled with a family reunion and a wedding! We were indeed at the top of a mountain – both physically, geographically (8,000 feet high!) and emotionally.

It’s hard to come down to Earth when life is so high. But, there’s something else I know about mountains – sometimes the mountains we climb (or slog up) in LIFE just prepare us for the best part: the view from the top.

Enjoy the view!

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{the view}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 165 :: gifts of kindness

6 Jul

Surprise.

I have been thinking a lot about gifts this year. Kindness as a gift, a silent one in so many ways – and the loudest gift of all.

But today, a box showed up on our doorstep. It’s a wedding gift!

And, I have to say… boxes are FUN to open! Thank you, Dick and Judy. Not only for a box filled with gifts but for all of your love and support and the ultimate gift of kindness you have always shown us.

Afterall…
Kindness is a gift.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

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 JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 164 :: the kindness of henna

5 Jul

Blessings.

I was asked to explain the henna on my foot and why and what and how it came to be (so I will!). It’s a kind story, really. It’s also a traditional wedding blessing, which we found out on the afternoon of my wedding.


Here’s a little bit taken from Wikipedia:

Henna is a dye prepared from the plant Lawsonia inermis, also known as hina, the henna tree, the mignonette tree, and the Egyptian privet,[1] the sole species of the Lawsonia genus.

Henna was regarded as having Barakah (“blessings”), and was applied for luck as well as joy and beauty.[15]Brides typically had the most henna, and the most complex patterns, to support their greatest joy, and wishes for luck.

On the day of our wedding, just as ominous black clouds circled the sky and raindrops began to pour, Jill took me into Estes Park to pick up the cupcakes for the dessert table and to cool my nerves. Our surprise wedding was spinning out of control, while we were trying to plan the surprise day with an outdoor wedding, without anyone knowing…. and it began to rain.

I was a nervous wreck. So Jill took me to the little shop that advertised henna in the window. On the way, I promised her I would not fall apart despite the rain clouds, despite the night we had spent in the ER just hours before.

When we arrived, the beautiful woman at the counter told us that henna was her culture’s traditional wedding day activity. It was a blessing.

I looked nervously at the rain outside the window and she smiled back at me. “Don’t worry dear, the rain will pass, you are here for your blessing.”

I smiled, sort of. The inside of my stomach turned as the rain fell.

She painted the beautiful lines on my foot and I watched the little henna jar form a delicate pattern. She looked up at me and smiled. “We also do this on the wedding day to calm the nerves.”

Then she asked for Justin’s first name so that she could hide his initial in the pattern on my foot. “If the groom finds his initial on the wedding night, he is your true love.” She informed me. I smiled, thinking Justin would love the challenge ahead of him.

As we checked out, Jill explained our surprise wedding and the woman behind the counter asked us to wait. She walked out to the store, picked up a delicate pearl bracelet and placed it on my wrist.

“In my culture, the blessing is the gift.” She smiled, as she looked right into my heart. I looked into her eyes and the tears ran from mine. Then I cried. Heavy, hard tears.

The white pearls matched the bracelets I had laid out to wear later that day. She couldn’t have known that I had bracelets made from the broken necklace of my mother’s to wear that day. But there she was, placing a beautiful white pearl bracelet on my wrist that matched the ones that would be placed there within a few hours.

As we left the store, I cried. The sun shone. The rain dried.

And the henna on my foot hid the initial that Justin would find later that night. In so many ways, everything went right. And what we learned most was this: to trust. To let go and give in to the current of life.

We also learned this: sometimes plans are bigger than the ones we make for ourselves. And more kind than we can imagine.

And that… is the story of henna.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{blessings}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 163 :: birds

4 Jul

The sound of kindness.

Something interesting has happened this year – I am hearing the music of the birds. In the morning (very early in the morning!) outside our window, I wake up to the birds chirping.

The sound is beautiful, as much as it is annoyingly early before the sun rises. I keep seeing birds everywhere, little, delicate creatures landing on the branches of the trees or darting off in the grass.

Today, while I was at the pool enjoying one last vacation moment, I sat next to a woman. Both of us were shielded by wide-brimmed hats, sunscreen and pool wraps. I still have the henna on my foot from my wedding day blessing.


We began chatting, she told me about her son who lives in Colorado, I told her about our recent surprise wedding in Colorado.

Just then, she pointed to the basket of flowers sitting poolside behind me. “Look, there’s a hummingbird!”

I turned and saw the little bird buzzing above the flowers.

“That’s a blessing for your wedding!” she smiled as if she knew something I didn’t. I smiled back, recognizing another delicate little bird floating into my life.

Is it kindness?
Delicate kindness.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{birds}
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 JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 162 :: the best kind

3 Jul

Tuesday.

The best kind of Tuesdays are those that feel like Saturdays. I’m not sure that’s anywhere near the point or the meaning of Independence Day, but a free Tuesday in the middle of summer does feel like freedom.

And isn’t that what we are all after anyway?

Freedom of speech, opinion, time, resources, hassles. To live without limits, whether placed upon us or self-imposed. The best kind of freedom is the one that we appreciate.

How kind.

Happy Tuesday.
Happy Fourth.
Happy Freedom.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{free}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 161 :: the re-entry

2 Jul

Kind Thoughts.

It’s hard to re-enter the real world after being on top of the world.

The Sunday-night blues are real, but when it comes to kindness, my understanding is that we have to be kind to ourselves. Unconditionally kind and good and nurturing and so super sweet to ourselves.

Especially on the re-entry.
So here’s to a kind week ahead.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{kindness}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 160 :: forever and always

1 Jul

Kindness.

We are home, after a week of family, food, and so much fun. Horseback riding, white water rafting, Rocky Mountain hiking. It’s been a strong reminder that love is kind and family is rooted in deep connection.

It’s also a relief.

It’s been so hard for me this year to blog and report on my deep feelings and realizations of kindness, with our secret wedding plans in the background. Yet, it has been SO worth it. To marry the man that has stood by my side through thick and thin, and good and bad, sickness and health, has been an entirely eye-opening lesson in kindness.

And now here we are, husband and wife.
How kind.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{acts of kindness}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 159 :: sisterhood

30 Jun

Kindness.

Tomorrow we leave this beautiful place near the top of the Rocky Mountains. It has been a week to remember, full of surprises, laughter, and tears.

The air is thin at 8,000 feet in the air but our hearts have been filled with family stories, memories, and moments never to forget. Including our surprise wedding.

One of the best parts of a wedding (surprise or no surprise) is the joining of families. And, I couldn’t be happier to be welcomed into this one.

This pretty much sums up the kindness that I have been shown by this Davis clan: it’s official… Sisters.

Tomorrow we leave, but it is not the end.
It feels like the beginning of a new adventure.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 158 :: keeping secrets

29 Jun

Relief.

Here’s the first of many photos that I’m sure I will share about our surprise, pop up wedding day. Or, as Justin likes to say, hijacking one night of the family reunion.

What you don’t see in this photo is the months of planning, dodging questions, vague answers, secret Pinterest boards, private shopping trips, dress fittings, internet searches, and coming up with plan A, B, C, D and E, just in case. (And, just for fun, a trip to the emergency room.)

It’s late here in Estes Park. So this blog will be short and I will save all the stories for later. But the lesson in kindness is this – if you want to keep a secret you’ve got to roll with the current. Go with the flow.

Where it takes you will be amazing. I promise!
And there will be more tomorrow.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{flow}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 157 :: the best part

29 Jun

Keeping Secrets.

Tonight we were married. It was a surprise, at Justin’s family reunion in Estes Park. We’ve been planning for a while now and tonight it happened.

Pictures will be shared tomorrow.

For now, we are happy and soaking in the kindness of a family that engulfed us in love while we surprised them with nuptials.

Secrets are hard.
But…Love is kind.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

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