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Hold Onto the Child

Hold Onto the Child
my grand-daughter, Anela

hold onto the child
that’s sleeping in your arms
promise you will be there
when life gets cold and hard

hold onto the child
who wakes to see you smile
it’s a little bit of heaven
for just a little while

now the days grow short
with still so much to do
while time, precious time
puts on its running shoes

and the years roll on
right before your eyes
just like a falling leaf
against the autumn sky

hold onto the child
that lives inside your heart
that longs for love and laughter
and wishing on a star

hold onto the child
your faith from long ao
there’s time for dreams of flying
you’ve got to keep on trying

there’s time for dreams of flying
before you have to go

~Cardon and Stirling

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Sparkling Skirts and Video Editing

I’ve decided I want to learn too much, too fast on my creative journey.  Oh. Well.  Tonight I played with video editing software for the first time and am so excited for the doors that would open by learning that craft!  For now, here is a video of my sweet grand-daughter, Anela, spinning in her new skirt ‘Grandpa Angel’ and I got her for Christmas.  It could use an intro and an outro… but I’ll figure that one out later.  (Okay, isn’t she so cute?  I mean, what else would you do after putting on a new sparkly skirt… spin, of course!)

Did you know Oprah has a new You Tube ‘esque website now for people to post videos to?  It’s called Your Own Channel, and is more a space for people to share their stories and journeys.  She even offers featured assignments for vloggers in case they can’t think of anything else to vlog about, or just want to participate!  Like, ‘How Do You Recharge Your Life?’ or ‘What Meal Brings Your Family to the Table?’  It looks fun!

To me, the best part is after you create your own channel, you can use its very own proprietary video editing software for free.  I’m sure it might be amateur for someone with skills – but for someone who has never done video editing, nor has any of their own software, I think it’s a gem!  I knew nothing and was able to clip the video down to just the part I wanted, take out the sound, add a track, make it grayscale, add some text, and add an old film affect.

Check it out and have fun with it!  If you create anything, please post a link to your video in the comments :-)

Oh, here is my channel.

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The Best Christmas Gift Ever

Anela Pink TreeAnela, Christmas 2009, by her new pink tree

Gift from Anela

This Christmas I was surprised with the BEST Christmas gift ever, from my adorable grand-daughter, Anela.  Anela is four-years-old.  She calls me ‘Grandma Angel’.  She got me an ‘Angel’ stocking, a small bread pan with a candy cane, a Mr. Goodbar, Smarties, and a Starburst inside, and a sweet necklace with an angel charm, which I am wearing now.  The randomness is darling.

Mark went to Utah to visit the kids without me this time.  The night he returned, I came to bed to find this stocking full of goodies on my pillow.  I knew he did stockings for his kids while he was there, and so I assumed it was from him – thinking it was so sweet of him to have a stocking for me, too.  I hugged and thanked him before proceeding to look through it, when he chuckled and said, “it’s not from me.”

When he told me that it was from Anela, my eyes filled with tears.  It is so good to be loved by her.  As much as I love Mark’s kids, being a step-parent has its challenges since there was no bonding when the children were young.  With the grandkids, I’ve gotten to experience them as babes, and they know me and love me as grandma.  Loving them helps with the void in my soul from not having my own children.

Anela CheeringAnela, cheering on Real Salt Lake

This little girl has got so much personality and spirit in her little body.  She brightens my heart, and lights up a room.  She’s fun, playful, and passionate, just like her mama, who I also adore.

Anela Tiana, a real PrincessBeautiful Anela, dressed up for Halloween

Little did Christina know, when she named her daughter, that it would be the Hawaiin version of Angela, her soon to be step-mom.  I love it.  Anela’s middle name is Tiana – Hawaiin for ‘princess’.  How apropos.

I love this girl.

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