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"A good snapshot stops a moment from running away."

- Eudora Welty

Daddy’s Girl

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Reflections |

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The other night I needed to scout out a beach location for an upcoming photo shoot. It was pouring down rain but I dragged my family out there anyway in the hopes that it would pass, which thank goodness it briefly did. During that twenty-five minute respite from the downpour, my oldest walked along the sand, my younger two splashed in the waves, and I captured these very precious to me photos of my husband and thirteen-year-old daughter. It was time well spent – well lived.

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a sweet responsibility

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Reflections |

girls gone great friend

“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.”
– Khalil Gibran

Within my beloved friendships, may I listen more than I speak, uplift instead of drag down, refrain from envy, eschew gossip, be quick to give the benefit of the doubt. May I genuinely weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. May I always treat my friends as I myself long to be treated – with compassion, with gentleness, with loyalty

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a lifeline to peace

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Reflections |

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 Consistently pray in all things, so that you might not do anything without the help of God … Whoever does or busies himself with anything without prayer does not succeed in the end. Concerning this, the Lord said: “Without Me you can’t do anything”. (John 15:5)
(St. Mark the Ascetic, Homilies, 2.94,166)

 

“I’m so annoyed by everything and everyone today!” my daughter lamented. “And I can’t help it!”
 
“Oh babe, it happens to the best of us. Here, take this,” I said, “removing the beaded prayer bracelet from my wrist and placing it on hers.
 
“What do I do with it?” she asked.
 
“You cling to it. It’s a lifeline to peace.”
 
I then showed my oldest daughter how to grasp each bead, one at a time, while praying, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner,” over and over again, allowing the Christ-directed repetition of, “Help! I can’t get over this!” to douse, with a merciful dose of inner-calm, the fiery arrows of anger, judgement, fear, resentment, etc. taking aim at her vulnerable soul.
 
“It’s best to not try and battle those negative thoughts on your own,” I said. “It only makes things worse, adding guilt to the mix when you inevitably fall short of succesfully rising above them all by yourself. Let your default response, when overwhelmed by distress or frustration, be prayer.”
 
The next day we were driving back from Target when bickering erupted from the back seat, stripping my every last nerve with its persistance and inaneness. And I must have been wearing a “Mom’s going to blow” look on my face because my daughter reached over and placed on my wrist the very bracelet I’d given her yesterday.
 
And all the way home, I leaned with all my weight into the tireless grace of God…
 
Help! I need patience! I need wisdom!
 
 Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy…
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Jump In!

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Reflections |

girls gone great leap

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain 

Or jump in a lake fully clothed! 

Season your Wednesday with a bit of spontaneity!

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Living in the Question

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Reflections |

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“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart.
…live in the question.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

During the Orthodox Divine Liturgy we pray, “For all things good and profitable for our souls and peace for the world, let us ask of the Lord.” And I offer up these words with fear and trembling. See, faith requires surrendering your own ideas about what is “Best” for you in exchange for absolute dependence on the mysterious wisdom and mercy of God. There’s no half-way when it comes to Christ-following;  peace comes only to those with open hands and open hearts. Embracing the unknown frees me up to find fulfillment in being compassionate and kind to others, regardless of my circumstances. It changes my perspective from one of “poor me” to gratitude for every up and down in my life that chisels away at my self-centeredness.

 

Self-centeredness does nothing but leave me always unsatisfied, jealous, always fearful of being slighted or hurt. Where is the freedom in that? Thus I choose all over again, every new morning, to live, even thrive, in the question, trusting that I am not free-falling into nothingness but being lovingly guided toward salvation. Oh to rest in the confidence that God is good, and in control. There is nothing sweeter. 

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Tried and True

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Reflections |

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“Being in a long marriage is a little bit like that nice cup of coffee every morning – I might have it every day, but I still enjoy it.”

-Stephen Gaines

Early mornings are my favorite, right after the snooze button has been hit and I snuggle up close to my husband of seventeen years, breathing in all that is so familiar about him – his skin, his lanky limbs, even his heart beat. Time, forgiveness, and shared experience have fused us together, as have parenting and faith. In those few quiet moments, I pray for us both before we each go our seperate ways, into a brand new day with new opportunities to become a little more selfless, a little more patient. Our marriage may not be shiny and sparkly and new, but it gets deeper and stronger with age.

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