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The warmth of the fire from within

I had an idea on what to do or what to write, but since being a mom comes first, I didn’t get a chance to truly work on it. (So here are some quick scribbles of my mind and heart...)

A Fighting Tree – the warmth of the fire within a woman’s soul

We love this tree. It was planted by the original owner of our home 55 years ago on Mother’s Day. For over ten years now, our lawn guys have been telling us that the tree is dying. Earlier this spring, we’ve trimmed and cut-down a few branches that have no more life.

This morning, my 8yo noticed this tree and exclaimed,
“Mom, how can a tree bloom with so much flowers when it’s already dying?

I think my life as a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend is like this fighting tree. I am very passionate about keeping the family together. I can’t just give up and just like what I want my children to learn and remember:
“Dream Big”
“Keep on Fighting for What You Believe In”
“You can accomplish anything that you put your heart and mind to.”

The fire and passion that’s driving me to live and pursue is all because of my family and the warmth of their love knowing that in order to achieve the highest goal, one has to be determined to fight till the end!

So just like our tree, which was appropriately planted on Mother’s Day, I will go on fighting to Dream Big!

(Here’s something I wrote a few weeks ago, “Proceed”…)There are things in life that just takes time and effort.
Some things seem to be so far away from your reach.
If a project is easy and takes a little time, wouldn’t you have already finished the task?

If a mission takes so much energy and preparation, maybe it’s worth fulfilling it.
Maybe it’s something grand that changes not just your life but the lives of other people.

Most achievements are developed in multiple stages.
You just have to keep pushing yourself to stay focused and do the task.
Don’t postpone it.
It may be easier to procrastinate.
It may be easier to be anxious.
It may be easier to put it on hold.

But it will definitely be rewarding to proceed,
Knowing that every step brings you closer to your goal.

Flame of Love – the warmth of a woman’s love
My computer desk overlooks our backyard and I’m just so blessed to see all the colors of spring. Pink, yellow and green – all vibrant and striking that they all scream “LOVE”.
I took this picture in the beginning of spring.

It started out as small flower buds, and a little spark of sunshine and with lots of rain, the buds bloomed into vibrant flowers.

And as days pass, the more vibrant the flowers get – Just like my love for my husband.
When we first planted this tree 5 years ago, the first one did not survive so we had to re-plant a new tree.

And just like these flowers, I didn’t find the VIBRANT love the first time around, but for almost 17 years now, I’m lucky to have found my husband, my honey!

Passion to Make A Difference

I’ve always been passionate to make a difference. I guess my parents instilled in us through our faith and values, that we are not here on earth just for our own prosperity and happiness. We are here to branch-out and reach out to those who need our help. It does not have to be grand, a little gesture can make a difference.

This tree reminds me of what my parents have taught me and in turn, I’ve instilled to my children. Share love, fun and happiness – you’ll get more if it in return!” Branch out and don’t be scared or timid to help someone. Just a wave hello or a sweet smile can light up someone’s day so keep smiling!
(As I wrote last month, "your power to make a difference")
The challenges that we face sometimes tend to be magnified.
We easily get disillusioned – that’s easy!
But the state of being discouraged is only overwhelming if you let it overpower you.

You have to power to say “NO” to the magnetic pull of being discouraged;
You have the will to be happy, enlightened and be “gung-ho”;
You have the blessings!

There are so many depressing situations in the world;
There are so many injustices;
There are millions of ways to make a difference;
There are millions of means to inspire someone.

You have to choose that path that you want to take;
The road that will make you smile,
The footsteps that move you forward,
The realization that you are here to make a difference.

So get off your slump and be out there!
Laugh out loud, sing a song, and dance to the rhythm.
Reach out to someone and invite them to make a difference, too.
There are plenty of opportunities – just live, love, laugh and move-on!

Please visit Thursday Sweet Treat and check out the SENSATIONAL artists who poured out all the warmth of the fire from within. Every week, the entries just keep getting better and better! No need to go to the museum!

PS: Two fellow-bloggers passed along 4 awards this week (see side-bar), I started posting it last night but didn't get to publish it because I have to add more to the list. Been busy with my crumbcatchers' hectic schedules. I hope to publish the list sometime this week (hopefully tomorrow!)
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  1. Those pictures are beautiful! I love how that first tree is blooming like crazy in spite of the odds... :) And I love the correlation you make between the trees and flowers and fire, love and passion - very thought provoking! :)

  2. You are a poet and a photographer! I love the picture of the 35 year old tree. Big pink blossoms just scream love and hope!

  3. Beautiful pictures! I would love that tree in my yard - and I would love and nurture it just like you and your family do.

    I left you a meme at my place if you are interested in participating.

  4. "Just a wave hello or a sweet smile can light up someone’s day so keep smiling!"

    So true. I was having a bad day last week and went walking and someone out of the blue smiled at me. It made my day! Thanks for the inspiring post! Your pictures are beautiful!

  5. So pretty! We have a tree just like that in our front yard as well. We love it dearly. I just wish it would keep it's blooms for longer =(

  6. Oh my gosh, what I wouldn't give to see that pink tree every day. I know you love to write...and I hope you pursue this seriously. You are so gifted!
    Thank you so much for the blogger buddy award, my friend:-)

  7. Beautiful writing and beautiful trees! I love all the green in Alaska but I wouldn't complain if we had some of that pretty pink here, too. :)

  8. Oh I love the photos! They are beautiful!
    I tagged you on my blog!

  9. That was a wonderful and inspiring post! Your photos are gorgeous and I want that tree!!!!!

  10. First of all...those pictures are just amazing!!! (And to have that view from your window, no wonder you love to work on the computer! LOL)
    You are just a wonderful person....
    Thanks for the inspiration you give us in each and every post you write!!!
    Have a fantastic weekend!

  11. You guys are so wonderful!
    I love your sweet thoughts - really!
    Keep them coming =D

    Enjoy your weekend!

  12. I love the "Dying tree". That IS like us. OR at least we SHOULD DESIRE to be like the dying tree. WHen the world tells us we are dying, and we have no real worth, we need to look deep, cut out all of the really dead parts and continue to bloom!

    Thanks for the encouragement today!

  13. I am so envious of that tree. Growing up I had a dogwood outside my window that I just loved. All our trees are old and overgrown- I would love to plant something that beautiful!


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