Ages and Stages… and a Giveaway (Giveaway is Closed)

Ages & Stages

A magnolia’s gradual unveiling reminds me that

it takes time to birth something beautiful.

Lives, relationships, blogs…

Ages & Stages 1


the beginning is fresh with possibilities.


Ages & stages 2

Ideas unfold one petal at a time,

and when they bloom,

they’re a sight to behold!

Ages & Stages 3

Even so,

time takes its toll and priorities realign.


Ages & Stages 4

A lil’ wear and tear around the edges

is to be expected!

And, I like having something to show for it.

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During the lulls,

ideas still ruminate, germinate,

and offer possibilities of…

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Future growth!

Ages & Stages prime

(Wildly profuse… or teeny tiny.)

No matter what ages and stages I find myself in,

I celebrate growth!

Several months ago, I alluded to a giveaway.  (Sorry it’s taken me so long, but life’s been a lil’ hectic.)  Whether you’ve been with me from the beginning or just jumped in, I’m grateful to you for helping me grow, blog-wise and personally.

In appreciation, I’m giving away a $25.00 (USD) gift certificate, which I can email to anybody anywhere, woohoo!

(One way or another, I’ll get it to you.)

PLEASE NOTE:  The giveaway is officially closed and the winner’s name has been drawn.  (See below)   Thanks to everyone who entered!

To enter, please leave a comment before midnight (CDST) July 7th, 2013 with your thoughts on growth — what it means to you, an example you’re proud of, the stage of life you’re in, etc. — that’s it!  No other hoops to jump through, other than one comment per person.  (Thank you.)

The winner will be randomly drawn by The Man Of Few Words and notified here (and by email) the week of July 8th, 2013.

I appreciate you joining me for a little lunch these past 2+ years!

And the winner is… Christina of “Dessert For Two.”  Congratulations!

Enjoying enduring… and growing,

~ Kimby

P.S.  A few of these photos are from one of my favorite posts.  Feel free to poke around! ;)

13 thoughts on “Ages and Stages… and a Giveaway (Giveaway is Closed)

  1. Thank you ALL for your wonderful perspectives on “growth” — I treasure every one of them! The Man of Few Words will be rolling the dice tonight (my alternative to Rafflecopter, ha!) and I’ll notify the winner a.s.a.p. XO!

  2. mmmmm growth? I must say that today I don’t feel much personal growth. I guess I should save making a comment when it’s a brighter day. I guess at times personal growth happens when you get knocked down and dragged around for a few hundred miles emotionally and then finally with hope of the dust settling maybe just maybe you will see the daylight again and have some growth along the way….maybe

  3. Lovely words and magnolia trees are my favourite. It has been my goal to have a house with a magnolia hedge. Congrats on your two-year anniversary. I used to think that when I was an adult I would be all grown up and know everything but no, no, that’s when you realise you know very little and that life is a continuing experience in growth. xx

  4. I grow the most when someone who really cares about me tells me something I sort of knew all along but didn’t realize everyone else knew it too. When a good friend said, ‘Maureen, you’re not on your blog, not the Maureen I know,” I knew it was time to put my photo and let people know I wasn’t a young sexy thing. :) No regrets at all.

    Congratulations on your growth!

  5. When I was young, I wanted to grow vertically, but as I grow older, I’m always afraid to grow horizontally, Lol! On a serious note, the first thing that struck me about growth is pregnancy. I love how the stages of growth occurred in my tummy, watching a new life growing day by day. It such a joy listening to the heartbeat of the unborn child, Now, I’m just watching my boy growing into a handsome young man!

    Kim, the Magnolia is emitting a soft scented fragance carrying your love along with it……….

    Do hop over to my Giveaway too, Open to All Worldwide! Win Handmade Beaded Accessories By A 84-Yr-Old Granny! 6 Winners!

  6. First, I love magnolias. So Southern :)

    About growth. I can feel it in me lately. And it has to do with deepening my faith. But that doesn’t mean it’s a fast change, because comparison (the thief of joy) can halt the growth and even reverse it.

  7. So neat how you caught magnolias in every stage. They are magnificent. Loved your thoughts on growth and for me right now, growth is a literal thing with a human being growing in my womb. And after s/he’s born, they will continue to grown not only physically, but we will help them grown mentally and spiritually. I can’t wait to sing praises to God with my child and say prayers with him/her before bed. *sigh* The wear and tear with this growth will be my stretch marks (unless a miracle happens and I’m the first in my family to avoid them-lol) and the gray hairs from added stress. And every sign of wear and tear for growing this child will be so worth it!

  8. So here is my thoughts on growth. With every person you meet, there’s something that they know, that you do not. Could be something great or something small. Listen, absorb and learn from them. One of my favorites “from small beginnings come great things”.
    Really, I didn’t comment because I want the gift card. I simply enjoyed reading your philosophy and wanted to tell you.

  9. The unfurling of this flower is so beautiful my friend thanks for sharing :)
    And great giveaway, thanks for hosting! I believe that though growth occurs both physically and mentally, it is the emotional growth which is most important in making a person strong :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. You know just when I think I’ve grown, I get body slammed by life and realize that I’ve still got so much more to learn…growing, for me, is like breathing, the tides, or any other thing in life that never stops! Thank goodness because it makes life the glorious phenomena it is!

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