The pain from your words

stabbing through the skin

like a tattoo gun’s solid steel needle

Thousands of tiny pricks

making a permanent imprint of the hurt

on my brain…in my memories


I struggled to forgive, now I did

but it still won’t be forgotten


©Sentimental Contemplation




I am truly disappointed in the lack of empathy and sympathy that people show each other. The level of hatred that I often see towards others with backgrounds, ethnicity, races, genders etc. that are different than our own or what we are used to, is saddening. I am in no way perfect, any maybe a bit too sensitive, but I read the news sometimes, or stories of grief and pain and cry and hurt for/with them. I then read some of the comments underneath, and see people happy in the demise or pain of others, and I am sickened. To this I will never understand.

Growing up we prayed every time we heard sirens for the people they were headed to assist, because my mom explained that we would want someone to do the same for us. To this day, I find myself whispering a short prayer when I hear the blare of sirens heading past in an effort to hopefully assist.

I am scared because of the way the world is heading, and pray to God that I can hopefully encourage my daughters and others to be compassionate.

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Through a Child’s Eyes

Happiness, a child’s eyes filled with wonder and delight

experiencing the world anew, excitement takes flight

Capering about the world, to the troubles not a care

living, enjoying the moment, taking in the air


This past weekend my husband and I celebrated our birthdays by taking our kids on a small family trip. I find such joy in watching them experience things for the first time; seeing the pure wonder and joy in their eyes as they experience the world.

Girls at zoo

I remember being in a rush to grow up, wanting to be an adult so bad. Looking back, I wish I had taken the time to just enjoy being a kid. “Adulting” as I have heard it referred to a lot recently, is nonstop work. So I vow to caper about every so often with my daughters and enjoy each day I am gifted.


via Daily Prompt: Caper


It was just brought to my attention that my comments closed after a certain amount of days. I have fixed it and would definitely appreciate the comments both good and bad, they definitely help me grow as a blogger!

Real Neat Blog Award

Yesterday I looked at my notifications and was surprised to see that I had been nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by Adventures of a Busy Mom . It’s so cool because she has definitely been a source of inspiration to me, so for her to feel the same way, truly made my day. Please follow her asap!

I started this blog honestly because my mind is constantly going, and I needed a place to write some of those thoughts down. I didn’t expect anyone to read let alone enjoy anything written, but I am so happy to see that this blog is surpassing my expectations by at least touching one person. I wholeheartedly appreciate the nomination and it is definitely encouragement to continue.

Here are the rules for the ‘Real Neat Blog Award’:

1. Put the award logo on your blog

2. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs

3. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc)

6. Ask your nominees 7 questions

My Questions:

  1. What is the main reason as to why you started blogging?

I answered this question above, it was really for me; I honestly needed a place to vent.

  1. Explain one personality trait that gets you into trouble sometimes.

I am a bit of an introvert and people often take that to mean that I’m stuck up, unfriendly, and/or antisocial. I am none of the above, in fact, I am a very loyal, friendly person.

  1. What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment would have to be being a mom. It is definitely hard work, but it is totally worth it.

  1. Who inspires you?

My entire family, we strive to do the best that we can in all situations. We may not be the best at everything, but we were taught to at least try.

  1. If you could have chosen a profession other than your own, what would it be?

If I could, I would  be a music therapist. I love music with all my heart, and truly believe it can be used as a source of therapeutic healing.

  1. What item is at the top of your “bucket list”?

I don’t actually have a bucket list. I just want to be sure to honor God in all that I do and all that I am. I am blessed that God has allowed me to see and experience everything that I have thus far!

  1. Share with us your favorite quote?

I guess it can be considered a quote, my favorite scripture is: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phillipians 4:13.

I would like to nominate these amazing blogs:

The Shower of Blessings

Destined for Greater

Invest N Yourself

7 Questions for my nominees:

  1. What are you passionate about?
  2. What is your favorite thing about your blog?
  3. What is your proudest accomplishment?
  4. What inspired you to blog?
  5. If you could have chosen a profession other than your own, what would it be?
  6. If money and time were not an issue, what is one thing you would go and do immediately.
  7. What is something you often find yourself saying as motivation for yourself or others?

Please know you are not obligated to participate.

I would love for others to comment their responses!

Thank you,

Brytani O.

A Mother’s Love- June Bug battle

So there I was climbing back into the cool air of my car (I left it running with my mom and daughters inside), after realizing that Party City had not yet opened, when I was attacked.

Side note: I guess Party City didn’t get the memo that I needed my balloons filled with helium early in the morning.

Anywho, yes attacked, I was attacked by a June bug. It flew in just as I was closing the door, and I heard the familiar buzz of the Scarab beetle right next to my ear just when I thought I was safe. I am deathly afraid of almost any and every bug and small critter, so I went crazy! Somehow I managed to knock it down but I could see the iridescent green beetle crawling and knew I couldn’t drive with that thing still there.

My mom being the hero that she has always been, although deathly afraid of everything previously mentioned, grabbed a paper towel and managed to get it out of the car as I stood watching 5-10 feet away.

As I climbed back into my car, embarrassed by my lack of bravery, I realized that despite  my age and the fact that I now have my own children, my mommy never stops being just that- a mom. I have been so blessed to have her, and hope that I can be to my daughters what she has been to me.

For those beetle/bug lovers who were concerned for the June bug throughout the story, do not worry the beetle was not harmed in the process. I watched as she swatted it through the air; it hit the ground and starting flying again to bother someone else.


P.s. I did not take this picture, there’s no way in the world I would ever get close enough to one to do so. :).