Gratitude, Joy

True Joy!

joy cardThis year, my spouse Don and I, and our daughter Sivanna, got together with Don’s kids, grandkids and their spouses, great grandkids, and Joyce, the beautiful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother of all of these beautiful people, for an early Christmas celebration.

I feel very grateful to be a part of this extended family and thought I would take a minute to write about my JOY. This card from Don’s two sons and their families sums it up quite well. “Christmas is about believing in miracles and being a blessing, reviving our spirits and celebrating our JOY… Christmas is about remembering all the wonderful things in life, like the people who mean so much to us, people like you.”

 

I thought this was a beautiful card with a beautiful message and it will be treasured. I must mention that they also got us a great present that made me jump for JOY!

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A kajak for our new place on the lake. I was so excited about this. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can see so much JOY to be had by all as we use this and enjoy the beauty of nature and our beautiful surroundings.

I encourageย  all of us to read the words from this greeting card and to believe in Miracles, to be a Blessing and revive our spirits now and always. How do we do this? We do this by celebrating our JOY and by counting our blessings and that includes the people in our lives that Love us and that we Love back. Thank you to our beautiful family for the blessing of being together and celebrating our JOY together this holiday season.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach who is grateful for the many blessings in life like Love, Family and Kayaks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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First Time Seeing Snow!

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It seems as though winter is upon us early this year and lots of people are grumbling about that, but not my great niece Lindsay. This is the first time Lindsay has seen the snow and look at the JOY!

Lindsay’s Mom, Nathalia, married my nephew John Paul and they moved to the United States from Costa Rica so there are so many new and wonder-filled experiences happening like this one.
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It brings tears to my eyes to see the Joy in these pictures and the Joy in this new family. I am so proud of my nephew and of his new wife. I had the pleasure of meeting Nathalia recently in person, after getting to know her through the gift of Facebook and it was confirmed how amazing this woman is. She is kind, strong, courageous and will soon be a mother again as she and John Paul are expecting. How joyous to watch the gift of family expanding in so many wonderful ways.

I feel blessed that I get to watch this love unfold and to see the joy in my nephew’s world. Here is his exact words about the joy of Lindsay in the snow:
“To be young again… She’s making me remember :-)”….. Ah and the circle of life continues….

And a family wouldn’t be complete without a pet right? Here is little Donny the Dog experiencing winter for the first time and the caption with this picture was “What is Winter?” How cute is that right?
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I wish for all to see the gift of life itself in each and every day.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach and Board Certified Nutritionist who is a lover of life and family. She is fondly known to many as “Aunty Maggie”.

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A Thanksgiving Prayer & A Sprinkle of Love from Above

Yesterday we celebrated our Canadian Thanksgiving with my side of the family. I am grateful for so many things in life but one that comes to mind as we celebrate Thanksgiving, is that although our parents are no longer with us, all of my siblings are. Sister Stephanie and Brother Wally did not make it yesterday but brother John surprised us with his presence as well as nephew Colton and wife Nicole here from the Vancouver area. It was really nice to have them come and made this Thanksgiving extra special.

Every holiday I sprinkle into my stuffing some of this poultry seasoning that I still have from my mother who passed in 1993!! I know you are probably thinking it’s no good anymore or it has lost its flavor but that is not the point. A little sprinkle of that stuff is like a big sprinkle of Love from our mother blessing our dinner. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been doing it for years but only made the big reveal to the fam yesterday lolpoultry seasoning

Speaking of blessings, I am so blessed to be partnered with the most amazing human being, Don, who wrote this beautiful Thanksgiving prayer that I had the pleasure of reading just before our feast.

Here is his prayer that we shared:

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We give thanks to the Universe for the abundances of riches that the
earth has bestowed upon us. May we be forever grateful for the Love of family and the fellowship that we enjoy as we partake of this feast that was prepared with Love and Laughter.

May this food nourish our bodies and our fellowship together, bless our souls.

Don Perry, October 7, 2018

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Our meal was amazing and being with everyone even more amazing. Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian family and friends.

“In the end, nothing we do or say in this lifetime will matter as much as the way we have loved one another”.
Daphne Rose Kingma

Maggie Holbik.com is a lover of life and loves to celebrate life. She send Blessings to all and encourages you to keep close to your heart those that you hold dear and to take time for gratitude today and always.

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Windows of the Soul

The passing on of wisdom.
The passing on of wisdom.

Sivanna and Great Auntie Esther. What a beautiful site to see. To me, this picture is a good representation of the cycle of life and family wisdom. As families we grow together, we share, we teach, and most of all we love. This picture was taken in a hotel on the eve of my niece’s wedding. Auntie Esther made the trip from Wisconsin to Thunder Bay. She is no longer with us, but her memory lives on. When we see two souls connecting through the windows of the soul, the eyes, it is a marvelous display of divine love and connection. You were a beautiful lady Auntie Esther!

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Cutter Cookies

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When I was little I was allergic to eggs, chocolate, tomatoes and oranges. My sister, Stephanie, used to make “special” cookies with me and we called them “Cutter Cookies”. The cookies had no eggs so I could have them! We had little tiny cookie cutters in the shape of animals. I can still see those little cookie cutters in my mind’s eye and the cookies of course! ๐Ÿ™‚ Both the time with my sister and the making of the cookies are such an important memory for me. With having the allergies and it not being in the day of many allergy free resources these cookies were extra special. In my Life Coaching practice I often ask clients about a favorite memory in time; one where they felt complete and at one with everything.  Many times their memory will be connected to nature, gatherings with family around food and in the preparing of food with loved ones. It is good to be reminded of these simple truths. At the end of our lives these moments can have had the greatest impact and yet they are the simplest to do. At the end of the day life is pretty simple… we eat, we gather and we love. Why not take time today to create one of these moments with someone you love? And Stephanie, thank you for being my sister and thank you for saving this picture and recipe. I am forever grateful for all of my amazing and wonderful siblings and their offspring. I enjoy so much the time I now spend preparing food, gathering and loving all of you!