Friday, June 30, 2006


Oliver in all his manly glory

Our new kitty Frankie

My loving husband

Happy Anniversary to me!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

cinema therapy II

Movie # 2 for cinema therapy is shopgirl with Claire Danes & Steve Martin. It's a movie based on a novella written by Steve Martin. There were two lines in this movie that really struck a cord for me... Ray Porter (played by Steve Martin) says to Mirabelle Buttersfield (played by Claire Danes),

"I am sorry for how I treated you. I did love you."

Tears came to my eyes when I heard those words and I realized how much I have longed to hear those words from the "Ray Porters" in my life. It amazes me the power we have in something as simple as the words we can offer one another. And how healing they can be if we would just risk to say them.

Friday, June 23, 2006


So I've been finished with Barnes & Noble for 3 weeks now and I've already gained 3 new clients. Is that awesome confirmation or what? I'm so grateful for how God is blessing our counseling practice. It's taken us 2 years but now it's really taking off. There's always more networking and marketing to do but it's good to see that what we've been doing for the last 2 years is now starting to pay off.

My three-year wedding anniversary is coming up next week. 3 years! It has flown by. Our anniversaries are all about celebrating and reminiscing and dreaming about the future so I'm excited about having that time with my husband. We're also joining my inlaws in Maine the first week of July for a much anticipated vacation (and lots of lobster)! I've never been to Maine so I'm definitely looking forward to it.

So things are good. I'm letting that sink in.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

cinema therapy

Have you seen the movie Broken Flowers with Bill Murrey? It has stayed with me even though I saw it months ago. Bill's living the life of a bachelor in his 50's, living alone in a mansion, living off investments, living with one woman after another until the day his past catches up with him. He receives a letter in the mail,
with no return address, from an unnamed ex-girlfriend. She writes to tell him that after their relationship was over, she discovered she was pregnant. She had a son - his son. He is a teenager now, starting to ask questions and on a quest to find his father. There are four ex's from that time period in his past who could have sent the letter. So Bill goes on a road trip, tracking down the four women, searching for clues as to which woman sent the letter and who his son is.
I feel drawn to this movie because there was such potential for redemption of the past. He had the chance to go back, an older man now, and set things right. Not that he was a changed man but it was the process of revisiting his past that changed him. There's something about the opportunity to revisit the past that stirs me deeply.
We love whom we love not so much because of the future we hope to build but because of the past we hope to reclaim” - Lauren Slater Feb. '06 National Geographic This Thing Called Love
The most beautiful thing about love – and the most difficult – is that it makes us go back to our unfinished places and relationships, and maybe, finish them.” Stephen Levine