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My name is Karen MacDuff Squires.

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Baby Coo

July 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The little girl is walking her baby "coo" -British slang for cow- down toward the church. She loves her baby coo and feels he should go with her to service. He's fine with the idea, of course, because he wants to be wherever his girl is.

Two kids, innocent, sweet, playful, staying by each other's sides.

The way it should be.

 

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Karen MacDuff Squires

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The Wait

July 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The Wait can mean nine months of pregnancy.

For me, the first Wait was 16 years.

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I was late for my cycle and was hoping again that I might have conceived, but I knew that I hadn't. I'd hoped for 16 years!

I was feeling nauseated and it was increasing by the day. Sore chest. Tired. But I figured I had the flu.

For about a week I got sicker and sicker. Then one day at work I started needing the loo every 30 minutes. Oh great! I've also got a bladder infection! But then I remembered my mother had an over-active bladder early in her pregnancies. In fact it was her first sign that she was pregnant.

That day at work I decided it was time to get tested. I went to the local hospital where they ran free pregnancy tests. I was taken back and given a cup to urinate in. I handed the sample to the nurse and was lead back to the waiting room. I sat and waited for my news.

My thoughts were all over the place! I bet I'm really pregnant this time! I'm nauseated and getting worse by the day! Running to pee! No cycle! It MUST BE!

Then reality set it. No WAY is this happening to ME! It's been too long to turn up pregnant now! Sixteen years....!

I saw the nurse walking toward me with a smile on her face. She simply handed me the paper with a box check POSITIVE on it! I very calmly said thank you, took the paper and headed toward the door to the hall. Two steps out the door and I had tears in my eyes. Another few steps and I was waiting at the elevator with more tears.  Two floors lower and I had tears running down my cheeks and was beginning to gasp like a child who'd lost their cookie. The elevator doors opened and I stepped out and was walking down the hall toward the door to the parking lot. People who were walking toward me stopped and looked at me as I was now crying buckets, gasping, and trying unsuccessfully to get control of myself.

I made it to my car and climbed in. As I sat there continuing to cry, I all of a sudden realized that I actually had a baby growing inside me at that exact moment! I put my hand gently on my abdomen and said ."Hi baby! Hi"

Then my next "The Wait" began. It was a glorious time! Perfect! I loved my belly as it grew. The kicks. Hearing the heartbeat.

Our son was born right on time. He's 21 years old now and still bringing us complete joy!

The drawing isn't a representation of me. It's every women.

Children are the purpose of my life. I'm sure many other women agree, and men too of course.

I adopted a son as well and his story is beautiful as well. I'll draw that one day.

Drop me a comment if you'd like to!

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen MacDuff Squires
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"Bonded"

June 29, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

A loving couple stands by the shore.

Are they watching a grown child leave to seek their adventure?

Are they waiting for a loved one to return?

Are they simply enjoying a moment together by the water’s edge?

No matter what they are doing, they love each other and are doing it together.

They are bonded.

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I drew this because they are watching their youngest child move away. My youngest is 13 years old and I am certainly feeling a sense of urgency to fit as much into the next few years as possible with her.  My job has been a mother for the last 35 years and I'm feeling I may be completely lost when they are all grown up.

Anyone else feeling that too?

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen MacDuff Squires
xoxoxoxox


Summer Evening

June 28, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Why can't I make drawings play music? I love listening to Celtic music, and I love looking at this drawing while a soft, slow, almost haunting Celtic piece is playing. Hm. I bet I can make a gallery here on the website play Celtic music while doing a slideshow. I'll have to make more drawings and set that up.

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I love the black because it reminds me of heating our home with coal. It seems that everything was dusty and black, even the sky. It kept us warm though and I'll take dirty and black over being cold any day. I love yellow because it reminds me of warmth and I feel it brings life and happiness into the drawing and it's no longer dreary. What do you think?

Got to add some cool celtic text.

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Karen MacDuff Squires
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Willard Bay, Utah

June 26, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The kids and I headed to Willard Bay, Utah last Sunday. We hadn't been there before. We figured we'd check it out this time and then head back with suits and water toys the next time.

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It sure is a beautiful place. It's as close to a beach as we're going to get in the middle of the desert, although the Great Salt Lake is pretty amazing and we love to head there too. (I blurred all the faces for privacy)

Here are some photos I made of my kiddos while were there. It's hard to believe my oldest is 34!

This is Alex Joay.

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This is Keaton. He's 21.

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And this is Izobel. She's 13.

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This is a path that leads from the beach to the camping grounds. It's very pretty!

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We left a couple of hours later. It was pretty hot there and we were not in the water cooling off. We'll be heading back there soon though:)

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Thanks for stopping by!

Karen MacDuff Squires

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