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Loving & Living in the Moment

Updated on April 7, 2011
Skating on MLK weekend. My son Jacob, my daughters friend Elise, My daughter Ellie, and our neighbor Kale
Skating on MLK weekend. My son Jacob, my daughters friend Elise, My daughter Ellie, and our neighbor Kale
Going to killer hill sliding. From left to right: Elise, my daughters friend, Me in the back, Ellie my daughter in front of me, My son Jacob in front, and his buddy Tom in back
Going to killer hill sliding. From left to right: Elise, my daughters friend, Me in the back, Ellie my daughter in front of me, My son Jacob in front, and his buddy Tom in back
Kids congregating in my kitchen. It tends to be the most popular spot in the house. Tom, Devon, Ellie and Elise
Kids congregating in my kitchen. It tends to be the most popular spot in the house. Tom, Devon, Ellie and Elise
Silly kiddies
Silly kiddies
Breakfast home style
Breakfast home style
Killer Hill with the gang
Killer Hill with the gang
The gals
The gals
Me, Mom, the taxi driver
Me, Mom, the taxi driver
Playing catch phrase at the slumber party
Playing catch phrase at the slumber party


"Life's most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others"?

Martin Luther King

My kids and I both had the day off for Martin Luther King day. I think we spent the whole weekend making positive connections and living in the moment. Well, as a mom, I know I did. I love watching my children with their friends and observing the innocence and joy they have while playing. The entire weekend was surreal. My kids are so important to me and to see them happy fills my heart to full. "If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children." Gandhi

Friday night We all just lounged in our favorite chairs in my upper living room and played couch potato. We are quite talented at this game .Let me give you tutelage on how to play this game. You sit on your favorite couch with your favorite blanky and sit quiet like a potato. You also eat your favorite snack and it is usually not fat free. To play couch potato correctly though, you must fall asleep on your couch or you really have not played the game well. You must be watching the boob tube.

Saturday- My daughter had three basketball games and took second place in the tournament. I do so love to watch her, she is so awesome on defense. Lots of driving around the city, but also lots of chatting and connection with my girl. My twin sister, son and I watched Ellie play her last game all together. When we got home, I took my children skating with the neighbor kids. It was frightfully cold, but the kids lasted about forty five minutes on the skating rink. I watched them skate, took pictures and then we went home to some home-made pizza and oreo cookie malts. My daughter Ellie had her friend Elise over and my son Jacob had his buddy Kale over.

The next day I let my daughter invite one more friend over for the night and my son had two friends over. I figured why not, these are the days and they do not last forever. We had an old fashioned slumber party. I took the children to the big sliding hill. While they were sliding, I ran my errands for the day. I came back after one hour. The kids were chilled to the bone so off we went to the local Caribou coffee. I do not do this often, but it was the right time to take them for something hot. The kids had so much fun and again, they did not notice, but I sat in awe watching them laugh and converse. We went to Jimmy Johns later for subs.

Monday morning and on MLK day- We woke up after a very late late late night. I had a big family style breakfast awaiting them as they woke. My menu included: Mango juice, Orange Juice, cinnamon raisin bread, English muffin bread with raspberry rhubarb jelly, hash-browns, peppered bacon, scrambled and fried eggs. We all prayed together and then dug in. I was in heaven watching all these tweens chowing down and laughing and sharing cute stories. After cleaning up the kitchen with the help of my sister, I again took the kids to the Killer Hill. This time they stayed two hours and had a great time. We drove home and by this time it was mid afternoon. I told the kids they need some quiet time, so some of the kids read and some just fell into the couches.

At dinner time, I called all of them into the kitchen for a home-made ham dinner. We had to eat and leave to take my daughter to her basketball practice, so I told them tonight would not be a lengthy dinner. We finished up our dinner and left the dishes as my lovely twin sister said she would do the cleaning while I ran kids home. I dropped of the children one by one and then my daughter at her game.

I know that kids grow up so fast. I am so thankful I will always have my writing to look back on when my tweenagers grow up and move on with their own lives. I will always have the stories to ponder over when I am lonely. I am a very happy single mom, proud and content with life. I love my life so much. I had so much fun on this long Martin Luther King Weekend.

© Laura Rogers Arne


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      Jenn 6 years ago

      Sounds like you had a great weekend and you have moments to treasure! Cheers, Jenn

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      WOW... What a great way to spend the weekend.

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      ed77burns

      I am glad you enjoyed my hub. Have a lovely day. Will you be watching the super bowl game?

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      Rastamermaid 6 years ago from Universe

      Awesome hub!

      These are precious moment that are pricless! I seize all of these I can!

      Thanks for sharing!

      Nice to find you on HP!!!

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      ed77burns 6 years ago

      Great hub! I loved it.

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      Healing touch 6 years ago

      Nellieanna

      What a lovely compliment from a lovely warm person. I do love when you come over. HUGS

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      Healing touch 6 years ago

      Epigramman,

      Your much too kind. I love when you stop by.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      HEALING TOUCH - the nickname suits you perfectly. It's obvious that your influence is keeping your family bright and productive. Sounds like a wonderful long weekend with them. Thank you for reaching out and sharing it with all of us! Hugs.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...yes this is one of my favorite questions - do you live IN the moment - or do you live FOR the moment? Either way we choose - I made the right choice here because your writing always make us think the quality moments in life happen and are preserved because of people like you who make it so!!!!!

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      MickyDee,

      Thanks so much love

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Beautiful Healing Touch! You are a delight with such a beautiful family. God bless you dear!

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      QudsiaP1

      Thanks for the sweet comments. I am so blessed.

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      QudsiaP1 6 years ago

      This was just about the best way a mom and her kids can spend together.

      I am rather glad that you had such a wonderful time and so much fun. Absolutely loved the pictures, you have a beautiful family.

      Beautiful memories.

      P.S: I pressed all the buttons too. :P

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      amybradley77

      Thanks for the lovely comments.

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      amybradley77 6 years ago

      Love this page, great pictures you have a very blessed family life. Thanks for sharing it here with us, it's so good to see, takes me back to when I was just a kid a bit. A.B.

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Violetsun,

      I so agree that life love and family make life. I am so very sorry about your sisters son. Kids do bring such an energy and life into a home. thanks for stopping by

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Happyboomernurse

      Thanks so much for the positive comments. Have a great weekend.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      It is easy to tell from this hub why the kids love to congregate at your house, and I enjoyed your vivid descriptions and photos about the wonderful holiday weekend you shared with your kids and their friends. Through positive example, you showed some healthy, inexpensive family activities mixed in between relaxing down time, that other parents can emulate.

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      LaurieDawn 6 years ago

      What a touching story and great memories. Thanks for the sharing and the pictures. It is wonderful to see that people still practice that family time. :)

      Voted up because I happen to love that time together, that will always leave impressions, wherever life leads us.

      Blessings and hugs,

      Laurie

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Healing Touch: I feel that everyone in the Christian Hub Community is leading by example with every Hub they write. Collectively I'm certain we are winning souls for Christ through our praise and teachings.

      May God Bless us all with his bountiful grace!

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      MC

      You have such a lovely spirit. Thanks for blessing my hub with your love.

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Hi Dave,

      I just took the quote from MLK's many quotes. I agree that our mission is to bring people to God. I hope through my example in my life and on hub pages I can role model this through the deeds I do in my life. Thanks so much

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Beautifully written, I really enjoyed it. I'm not sure if "What are you doing for others?" is the question though. More importantly is: "How are you leading others back to their Heavenly Father Almighty God and to Christ Jesus?" I say this because this is my commission from God, and I believe every Christian is commissioned to do this as best they can.

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for sharing your lovely weekend with us, Healing Touch. You are all beautiful. Hugs to all of you.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you for sharing this beautiful hub i have enjoyed reading it this morning!

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      carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      This is a wonderful hub about family time together Healing Touch. Your children will always remember this. I like the photos too. Looks like you all had a wonderful day.

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      VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      This was a heart warming hub to read; enjoyed the pictures. This is what makes life, family,friends and love. When my sister's 18 year old son passed away 5 years ago, the music literally stopped in her home. No more mob of friends coming over to stay in his room, or the fun,and messy room, that only youth can bring, but the memories are there as well as the photos, and its comforting.

      Thanks for the sharing, made me smile.

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      BJbenson

      Sorry your little one had a cold. I hope she is better. Your so right that our kids make our memories.

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      MT- It was a great weekend. I guess you feel blessed to have your private living area. I admit, it was very loud

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      justom,

      I know I will miss it too. I am so glad you stopped by. Thanks for the feedback on the pictures.

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      BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

      Yes, I am glad it was a good time. My poor little one had a cold. But she is better now. Our children make our memories.

      Bless them all!

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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      You know what sissy poo-This is so great to read about our beautiful weekend. What a time we had:) Glad you didn't write about me constantly telling the kids to shut the doors in the livingroom so I didn't have to hear all the screaming, giggling and drama. Hee Hee-Can't help it-You know I love the kids but I use to live alone.

      Seriously though, this is a beautiful summary of the long weekend. P.S.-God bless Martin Luther King

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Great hub, my house used to be that house too. Truthfully I miss it. Happy to see you all having fun and thanks for the photos, they always make the hub better. Peace!! Tom

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      willstarr

      Thanks for the great feedback. Your right, they will come back as adults.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Enjoy them as children while you can. It doesn't last.

      (Of course, they're also enjoyable as adults.)

      Good Hub.