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Five Minute Fridays # Hero

Hero

"She was a hero, girls"….I say and they all nod solemnly around waffles, milk, and sticky lips…
We read about Joan of Arc and all her sacrifice, her vision, and her faith…we talk about her battles and her martyrdom and all so young and the girsl just can't get over the way Joan died aflame….She was really hero…are there any left? here and now...

There are heroes that I know in my life, but the funny thing is…the older I get and the more I know others and myself…the more I see the tattered edges around most anyone I esteem…They are there…sometimes frayed, unravelled, potholes in their road, kinks that haven't yet been worked out…

I ask Meredith what she hopes for her life…what her dreams are…She used to smile and say a doctor or then it was a "gymnastics girl" but this Autumn she blessed me with the surprise of saying at least twice on different occasions…"A mom who stays at home with her kids."  My soul smiled deep…would she really want to?  E…

You're Not Alone

Kristen and I meet at parks and park hop spring, summer, and autumn days away…. We corn maze escape, apple orchards hunt, and pool trip splash, we dress up clothes assist, and birthday celebrate, we kid fight mediate …we deck hop too...with sweating glasses of tea and kids sloshing all the water out of the kiddie pool, garden hose fight and sprinkler run..
We sit on park benches and confess our deep dreams, our hopes, the latest mama drama :), our kids new accomplishments, our struggles, funny moments, sweet moments, heart moments..…
We share cups of Starbucks and styrofoam sweet tea goodness over the latest mom escapades we experienced and shared nods over hurts and heart aches, tantrums and questions...
We watch our 3 littles run all around jungle gyms, open fields,  play tag down park trails, up and down steps with iron man figures and super mario in hands lost in their imaginations….
Its been a cold winter and our weekly meetings have been shut inside…today we opened up hearts and…

Visit # Five Minute Fridays

Todays word prompt is Visit with Liso Jo Baker's Five Minute Fridays….

Visit is what we did to my grandparents…actually my great grandparents and their daughter, my grandma as a child…

My parents used to cross the two and a half hour lines between Virginia and North Carolina more often to see them…every other week…but i was so young i barely remember that….
By the time I was in school it was just every few months…maybe 3 or 4 times a year…

I never knew any of my grandpas…but my great grandpa and great grandma lived to a "ripe old age"…
And when I think of my grandparents they are who I think of….

Its hard to remember certain memories with them so here's a few catch phrases or blurbs that are still there imprints left…




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Drive down deep in the mountains of Western North Carolina and hear the gravel pop as you drive up to their small farm house…a house they had literally moved from one location to another…long ago…
Two porch swings graced the porch…and thats where much…

Birthday Feast

Two cold mornings ago in the early quiet... I read a timely quote, " All feasts begin as seeds" penned by Ann Voskamp...describing how the little starts, the microscopic beginnings can birth the feasts, the most abundant harvests....

I read over that thought and instantly related it to the day...Meredith's birthday...

She began as a dream in our hearts...a long time ago...of course never really in our hearts because we could have never dreamed up or formed within limited imaginations who she would be...but the idea...

And then May... six years ago...she... an embryonic seed alive and multiplying ...growing hands, feet, curving lips, heart coursing blood...all going on before anyone would know or notice...

No one can know..really know the magnitude of that tiny seed rapidly growing within...

How when embryonic life cells split and divide into hundreds...unknown to even her mother...how this little life would multiply all our blessings, fill our lives....

I remember that c…

FiveMinute Fridays # Encourage

Today I'm linking up with Holley Gerth's Coffee for Your Heart...
http://holleygerth.com/coffee-for-your-heart-love/

Encouragement….the idea of inspiring courage to keep pressing on, to keep slogging through, to keep pushing back the darkness, to keep shining bright, to help someone believe that there is still hope for them, that their is a reason and that there is a finish line….that there is more than here & now… 

Another way that the Bible often paints the picture of encouragement is this phrase, "The Lifter of My Head"…..

Gospel.com defines this phrase as "God is described as the "lifter of my head"--the one who notices when we are sad and despairing, and gives us strength and hope so that we can hold our heads up high again."


sometime last year this phrase caught my attention and stuck with me…deep inside as I was reading over the Psalms…the word picture of God lifting up David's head...

The Psalmist uses this phrase as He names God in H…

Behind the Scenes - "This has been great" she said.

I am Indian style sitting folding clothes…its that day when six loads are undone and emptied into the belly of my room to encourage me to get to work…


My soon to be six, oldest never tired girl is there too..yes she's my daughter…because once again "Rest time" didn't rest her, but brought her to me…
"Let's have mommy and Meredith time" she suggests while two others sleep.
I smile and its a date…
Heating grate whirring, baby chest falling up and down asleep…finally...
She side steps baby clothes and freshly washed sheets to get one of her favorite items… a well worn photo book…
I smile…my daughter again…always wanting the back story to photos of people she doesn't know..always hungry to know who and what and why…
She takes the book and spreads school pictures of decades ago like confetti all over the spare mattress by my bed...

"Who is this?" she asks holding up tattered photos from my middle school days…
She separates all my pictures out…

"How was this Christmas?"…wrapped in Grace upon Grace

Its the end of Holiday season…blurring busy holiday season…and now my friends and I are calling and recapping how our season was….The question comes, "So how was this Christmas?"
Its rather of a daunting question to ask…my heart feels full and my mind doesn't know where to begin…
So like a feeble attempt at a List of Gifts from this Season I will list them….

December 1st found us at church with our middle girl singing, "The God of Angel Armies is always by my side" perched on a stool beside her daddy strumming the guitar…She ends the song firmly holding the microphone asking the question, "Whom Shall I fear?  I know Who goes before me, who stands behind." That beautiful moment was slightly colored by the fact that we were announcing to our church family that we would be leaving at the close of December.  Tears and hugs and well wishes flowed this month.


December 2nd we received a box all the way from Afghanistan…our first package to open…from Chica&…