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April 2014 Newsletter from Kim Friesen - Mogillow Arts.

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Welcome to the inaugural edition of my newsletter!

Please accept my sincere thanks for your support on this journey. I'm very proud of myself for all that I have accomplished this year, including bringing my website, Kim Friesen - Mogillow Arts, into fruition. 

If you are new to my website, greetings!

 
Each month, I plan on sharing a poem, a quote and tips/thoughts/stories/ideas that make you think, warm your heart; give you hope and inspiration. I might share a book title I feel is worth checking out, a link to a song on YouTube that inspires - stay tuned (no pun intended) because you might even get a video of one of my songs - or to a website or blog I feel might be worth taking a look at. Regardless, this will always be a work in progress! So bear with me, jump in with both feet an engaged and open heart and enjoy the ride!  

Please know that I am deeply indebted to all of you. I hope you are all having nothing short of an awesome day!

In Gratitude,

Kim 
MY POEM OF THE MONTH

I HEARD YOU
 
I heard you call my name last night
Felt your hands
Run down
My body
        Gentle caresses
 
I heard you call my name last night
Felt your kisses
        Enshrine
A succulent reminder
That I was safe
        Content
For you would never
Attempt
To destroy
        Me
 
I heard you call my name last night
Allowed each word 
        You spoke
To cling to my ears
Embellish me
        Delicious
 
I heard you call my name last night
And I drank you in
        And I languished
        For as long
        As you permitted me to
Before your
Hands’
Gentle pressure
Let me go
 
I heard you call my name
Last night
And today
       I am
       Forever
       Thankful
 
© Kim Friesen

QUOTE OF THE MONTH



“Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” 


~ Edward Stanley



 
Are you looking for a bootcamp to "be the best version of yourself" and live in Victoria, BC? If so, check out Wholly Fit's website at http://whollyfitvictoria.com/ and sign up! 

WHAT'S BEEN ON MY MIND


RIP Harlow Friesen
May 2001 - January 2014


These last few months have been hard for me as I said goodbye to one of my best friends, Harlow. Harlow plays an integral role in my eBook, Angelina Beaglina Saves Summer, but more than that, she was such a light in my life that when extinguished, it broke my heart. She was such a quiet and peaceful soul that even months later I think she is still with me. Rest in peace my sweet angel, Harlow. Know that despite being forever imprinted in Angelina Beaglina Saves Summer, as well as the article I wrote for you on my website, Kim Friesen - Mogillow Arts, you are forever imprinted on my heart. I am so grateful that I was given the second, that led to the moment, the day that led to the month, that became 12 and a half years I had the privilege to be your human momma! Soar high Harlow - to the heavens and beyond. I love you always!

To read my dedication to Harlow at Pacific Animal Therapy Society (PATS) where she and I did therapy work at Glengarry Hospital (for over 3 years), as well as Victoria General Hospital visit PATS' Remembrance page at:

http://patspets.ca/wordpress/pet-loss-and-ereavement/remembrance.

Have you ever lost a beloved animal?  If so, feel free to share your thoughts with me. Drop me a comment on my website, Kim Friesen - Mogillow Arts, send me an email at kim@mogillow.com, or write a comment on my Kim Friesen - Mogillow Arts Facebook page. I'd love to hear from you!

WORDS OF WISDOM
Since the birth of my son in 2007, I've dedicated a lot of my head space to him. I know how important it has been during these formative years to make him my focus, and it's been my priority. Books I used to ravenously devour have become few and far between for me. Time I used to relax in the bath tub, write poetry, play the guitar, write songs, take guitar and vocal lessons - just for fun - became something I set aside. Don't get me wrong, this wasn't at any great cost to me.  I’ve been quite content and delighted just to sit in the moment and experience my son grow up. Being a mother has and always will be a rich and rewarding experience. But, lately there’s been a little glitch. That parenting dichotomy; it's time, but now, I'm not ready,  This is where I admittedly begin to feel lost and apprehensive.  The story has changed for me, despite me not necessarily wanting it to.  You see, in the last 6 months or so, I've begun to realize that my little boy doesn't quite need my time or me as much as he did before. I frankly thought I'd be dealing with this when he was about 12 or 13 and not approaching his 7th birthday. Yet, I've noticed now that he's spending more and more buddy time with Daddy, as well as playing with his friends outside, and at their houses more often.  There seems to be less time spent with me -  momma cuddle time that is. And although I love that he feels confident enough to step out into the world as his own person, I miss my little bundle of love that once only had eyes for his momma.  I'm nervous too; concerned something might happen.  Which, of course, I know is normal, but can’t help feeling anyhow (he just seems so "little"). I'm cognizant that he still needs me, don't get me wrong.  It's just that now he has a grasp on who he is, what his wants and desires are and he can communicate that to pretty much anyone in his almost 7-year old fashion. And still, when he's sick, he still cries for his momma.  But most of the time, he's running his own show and I'm no longer the star in it. So, I'm feeling a little displaced, even though he's not even yet a teenager. I know I could pick up all the stuff I used to do before he was born and occupy my mind with it, but right now I remain a little stagnant; confused. I, as his mother, know it's time to begin to take the baby steps backward and let him fly, but there’s a part of me that is finding it hard to let go - god what will I be like when he moves out of the house and makes his own nest! I've seen many of my other friends go through this stage with their kids, but when it's your own you definitely relate to those friends in a different way then you did before. Now I get it, I completely understand. All I can do now is hug my little boy tighter, when he lets me, and treasure each and every minute that he runs back to me and kisses me and hugs me and tells me I am the prettiest, smartest and best person and momma in the whole world. I bathe in those words along with my favorites, “I love you momma.” If he ever stops saying those words, I think my heart beat will stop too!

How about you, has this ever happened? Do you put enough time aside to just "be" with your children. I don't mean play games, watch TV, ride bikes, I mean to hold them in your arms squeeze them real tight and tell them that they are the most beautiful, brightest and best person in the world to you! I always love this beautiful poem that was emailed to me before he was born:

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

Ruth Hulburt Hamilton  


Remember our children (even furry ones) grow up so fast. Treasure each and every moment and don't put off to tomorrow what you can do with them today!
 
My favorite book is "Love You Forever", by Robert Munsch.  I picked it up before we even decided to try for a child. If you have never read it, check it out at:

http://robertmunsch.com/book/love-you-forever

Purchase a copy, or get it from the library. Let's see if you don’t end up crying at the end, just like I do - every single time I read it.
 

COMING SOON!
 
I am excited to be able to focus on the upcoming release of my eBook, The Elephant Journals - My Stroke of Luck: A Survivor's Story. I hope to have it available son on my website, Kim Friesen - Mogillow Arts. These writings, about the stroke I suffered in 2003, are close to my heart.  It contains pictures that sometimes are hard for me to look at, but I am including them - to show you that my my pain is real.  Maybe if you have scars you too will see that despite our trials in life, we all can overcome. It is my sincere hope that you look past these pictures and embrace the words and maybe learn something about yourself.

Until next month,

Kim 
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