Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Man alive!

Week 13 of the Wednesday lists.
Amid the hustle and bustle, the to do lists, the dailiness of living, life sometimes gives us the sweetest gifts. I'm talking about those times when you are more than just alive. More than simply awake and aware. I mean those times when you are MAN ALIVE! When you are in the middle of an unforgettable moment. And you know it. You know it right then, as you live it. Not later in memory. Right then. Man alive!



MAN ALIVE! Moments

* my first ferry ride with Jeffrey *
* skydiving with 360 barrel rolls *
* riding a felluca down the Nile at sunset *
* swimming, cavorting really, with 5 sea lions *
* the first time I heard Ode to Joy performed live *
* the first time I heard Sloane sing along in church *
* watching a meteor shower in Cave Junction, Oregon *
* Jeffrey's face when I stepped into the chapel on our wedding day *
* my first day teaching, when I led my class in The Pledge of Allegiance *
* piled on the floor of my best friend's room; laughing till I snorted and she peed *
* The moment the doctor put Sloane in my arms. She looked right at me and I whispered, "I know you. I've loved you my whole life." *
* When we walked down the aisle after Dad pronounced us man and wife, Jeffrey scooped me up and spun me around and around. *
* singing praises with my new friends; they sang in Egyptian; I sang in English. *
* the look on my Dad's face when I came down the stairs on prom night *
* watching Sloane's face her first time riding Pirates of the Caribbean *
* my first glimpse of the Giza pyramids, from the back of a stallion *
* star gazing in the middle of the forest at Picket State Park *
* holding a lion cub while he gnawed my finger *
* the time I was attacked by a hungry yak *
* my first glimpse of Crater Lake *
* watching Sloane be baptized *
* our first kiss *


I'm guest posting today over at JoLyn's house. Won't you come and visit?

34 comments:

beth said...

okay....."our first kiss" just melted my heart !

One Womans Thoughts said...

Absolutely lovely. You had me smiling while I was reading your blog today.

Char said...

wow - wow

those are some wonderful moments

lakeviewer said...

Man Alive indeed! Terrific moments to pen again and again.

suzyQ said...

Wow. this is so amazingly beautiful! I want to immediately make myself a list so I won't forget! You are such a talented writer.

suzyQ said...

Wow. this is so amazingly beautiful! I want to immediately make myself a list so I won't forget! You are such a talented writer.

Oliag said...

Wow... you really have had quite some Man Alive moments! The hungry yak had me laughing:)

Tracy said...

Such magic moments...*sigh*...So happy you share them with us Relyn. I just saw your post at JoLyn's--love it! :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

Derrick said...

Hi Relyn,

Attacked by a hungry yak??!! Almost NOT a man alive moment!

Jeanne said...

I call mine Glimpses of Heaven
Every moment shared with those I love
Spring
The birth of my son
His upcoming marriage soon to his Princess Bride
Celebrations
Love and Laughter
and Faith and Friends and Family
Just to name a few

Suz said...

ah that moment when you saw Sloane for the first time....
forever in your heart

Marilyn said...

Your Man Alive list makes me want to go out and make more Man Alive moments. I can't even imagine glimpsing the Giza pyramids from the back of a stallion. Delightful!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Wow-what a list. You've done some very interesting things. Bravo!

Lara said...

Oh, the one about your daughter being in your arms for the first time just made me cry.

Amazing list!

Wildflower Studio (Michelle Dransart) said...

Relyn! So fun to hear from you on my blog! What a lovely post! And how creative and beautiful your words are designed :)

Jessica said...

This entire list made me weepy but those words to Sloane brought me tears. Have a wonderful Friday, friend.

Amy said...

*sigh*

Mrs. E said...

I'm with Amy! And I'm jealous about quite a few of those moments!

vchelle said...

Hi Relyn! Beautiful list of things that touched the essence of who you are!!

It's been awhile and I just wanted to say hi!

The music enhances the reads. I love it!

Jeanie said...

Very cool list!

Maithri said...

You make my day! Like sparkling joy that bursts through staid brown paper...

Love you, M

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

How I do enjoy your lists! And this one is too too beautiful! Of course the one that got me was your first words to your daughter!
Wishing you a spectacular weekend!
Big hugs to you,
Kirsten

Terresa said...

What a delicious post.

Every one of these moments sounds nearly like a passage from a book. Your book of life.

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

I sighed. Experiences are so much better shared. Thanks for sharing yours with us! And Crater Lake is awesome, isn't it. And I saw my one and only Aurora Borealis in the mountains outside Grants Pass...thanks for reminding me of that!

Dawn said...

What a lovely list!

elizabeth said...

Man Alive moments for sure! Now I want to hear the stories behind some of these.

Rita said...

I love the things that "wow!" you! You always have a great list and such a passion for life!

Patti said...

What an amazing list~ you are really making me think! Have a wonderful day~~~

Bee said...

What a good way to describe those moments when we are SO in the moment . . . and the moment is vivid and huge.

ELK said...

relyn
...
your list made my heart full today ..
and those leaves..wow!

spread your wings said...

you've had alot of amazing experiences -"riding a felluca down the Nile at sunset", but it's those seemingly ordinary ones that are sometimes the most special - "leading your class in The Pledge of Allegiance".

Amanda said...

What a brilliant list. I think we should all compile something like this. xx

gkgirl said...

oh.

this was fantastic!

Jaime said...

What a life you are living!!!!!
Wow..you have done some amazing things. You are the real deal Relyn..you don't just talk about living an authentic life..you live and breathe authenticity.

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