You know when you're just living your life doing your thing and the beat of that song keeps playing over and over in your head? The music bounces off and around in your head about to shoot out of your ears and you can't stop it.

So for the past week I have not been able to get this song stuck out of my head. I'm glad it is an amazing song. I don't know what it is, about it. The beat. The drums. Maybe the fact that it shouts for freedom to all the nations around the world. It could be that it reminds me of the glorious game of soccer. Maybe because it reminds me of soccer, it reminds me of my sisters because we all played. Regardless of what it does, take a minute to just sit back and enjoy this amazing song. Close your eyes and connect with the beat and rhythm that plays from this to us. Let it inspire you to be better tomorrow. Run that extra mile you've been meaning to run, watch one of your favorite movies you haven't seen in forever, talk to that neighbor you've been meaning to catch up with. Have the courage to stand up for something and stick to it. If you want something you've never had, go for it. Discover your best self and stay to it. Dance. Sing. Shout. Love more. Every day get happier.

It's up to you.



I just took an Infant Development class and on our last day our professor talked about Robert R. McCormick Foundation's  List of the top ten things every child needs. I love it and think it is so true. I hope every parent out there makes all of these things a priority in their child's life.
Every child needs...
10.  To Read
9.     To Hear/Experience Music
8.     To Play
7.    Someone to Talk With (communication)  
6.    Quality Care/Nurturing (education)
5.    Positive Self-Esteem
4.    A Safe/Healthy Environment
3.    A Stable Relationship
2.    Appropriate/Nurturing Touch
1.    Human Interaction
I also love this message. 

Be crazy about your child.




My friend rented this movie from netflix and let me borrow it.  I just watched it today and I loved it.  Nora (my two-year-old) watched it with me and also loved it.  It is based off of the true story of Bethany Hamilton, a girl from Hawaii that got her arm bitten off by a shark.  The movie tells Bethany's story of struggle, faith and perseverance.  Bethany is a good example of taking something that could be quite difficult and handicapping and making the best of it.  I think that people can get caught up in a disability, whether it be physical, mental , spiritual and use it as an excuse to give up on life. I think that Bethany's story can give hope to everyone, no matter what we are going through, that if we have faith and keep working, we can accomplish our goals and live a happy, successful life and even do amazing things if we want to.