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Five Minute Friday # The Friends in Front of Your Face

Today its Friday time for joining Lisa Jo Baker's 5 minute Friday ...word prompt is Friend...

Girlfriends... sometimes your huddled together over a hot cup of hot chocolate at a quiet cafe or sharing a plate of your favorite dishes quietly...those moments when you get to walk out of your world of sippy cups and juice boxes and instead eat adult food and talk over life adult style...
Those moments are time to leave a world of moment by moment on call mama and enjoy an hour of just sitting, smiling, and laughing ...to linger and to pause...to refresh...
I need those moments...

But here's the deal those moments don't happen a lot...at least for most...they are sweet when they do, but if I'm waiting to meet my friendship quotients in those moments...I'll run dry...

Most of the times when I'm with other friends its loud, lively, and requires some flexibility...
The ability to focus on the words of the other over a din of chaos, loud singing, and frequent interruptions…

Five Minute Fridays # Glue

Its Five Minute Fridays with Lisa Jo Baker, where we link up to her Friday word prompt and spill our thoughts ...


The word is Glue...

Glue is in my season of life vocabulary right now, along side 'googly eyes', pom poms, and construction paper.
My girls love crafts.  Its that quiet or shall we say 'quieter' time of creative concentration and focus
Its a messy time too.
We had the glue out just the other day fixing Easter crafts we had made of little chicks with obstinate eyes that would not stay glued, until the glue was held firmly in place by willing hands who wanted to show off their masterpieces..
Glue is sticky, it has to be.
Glue can repair ripped construction paper, super glue can reconstruct vases, toys...wood glue can hold fast furniture...it can..if applied...
I think of Soul glue...things that can glue the unglued soul back together and hold it fast...and I think of Words...good words, words that uplift, words that inspire courage, words that speak light …

Pray Along the Way

I am my parents' daughter....for good and bad and quirks and tall foreheads and big pores...

Growing up my mom and dad and sister and I circled up in the little doorway before dad walked down the side walk and stepped into his Honda for his salesman's day behind the wheel.  He always prayed over us each...and then pushed back my bangs and kissed me gently on the forehead.  A blessing for the day and he always said "I love you".  Always.  I can picture him now with his gold wristband and brief case and my mama standing, looking at him with her chestnut hair pulled back in barrettes.  Then she would whisk my sister and I off to school. Our days always began with a prayer.
I have started the tradition as I sit in my driveway at the helm of the minivan.  It wasn't really a prayer of sweet love and protection like my daddy's as much as a plea for the help of the Almighty to please make sure that we all survive an outing with three kids  
But for whatever reason …

Five Minute Fridays # Paint

Its Friday, time to link up with Lisa Jo Baker's Five Minute Writing Frenzy and the word prompt is one of my favorite words...Paint 


oh and this wasn't five minutes, keeping it real



Five Minute Friday I miss art class...I miss that dark beige basement with sunlight streaming in and the way that chalky bisque smells waiting for untrained hands to slather it with gobs of glaze that promises to be crackled finish...I miss the projects...the time for just free space for creativity...the adventure to stare at a blank piece of watercolor or canvas and plan...to plan to paint... ...I loved art class in grade school/ high school and college...and not that I was ever good at it.  I am not good at sketching...And i remember the way different art teachers would arch their eye brows and try to say something disguised as positive about my creative expression ...but the more practice I got in college I finally was able to transform some giant pieces of wood into a couple of actually decent …

Home, Home on the range....Coffee for Your Heart, Words of Life Wednesdays

It's Wednesday so I'm linking up with Holley Gerth's Coffee For Your Heart...where we are supposed to write something to encourage others so here's whats on my mind today...

There I am sitting in the play room, surrounded by too many toys and watching baby girl carry a tea pot around and give drink to her dolls...sit on her baby seat like little Miss Muffet...
I decide we are in need of some entertainment so I pull out an old folk song book I find stuffed in the bookshelf.  Its familiar, my mom used to regularly sing with this book in hand...
I thumb through colorful, silly pictures...
I belt out loudly, "I've been working on the rail road..." and watch brown eyes light and baby girl smile..
I sound so silly...folk songs are silly and always make you feel like a kid, smile big...not take yourself too seriously... i guess thats whats so endearing about the Hokie Pokie...
We get through Yankee Doodle and yellow roses of Texas...
I'm almost done with my …

Surprised By Motherhood

Today is April Fools...and today is the day that Lisa Jo Baker releases her book Surprised by Motherhood

I love this author and I love all of the honest and up lifting blogs she writes.  I wanted to participate in her book release by doing what she invited us to do...write a snippet of...what surprises me about motherhood and link up with her website...Please check out her new book!  You can pre order her book at her website....http://lisajobaker.com/surprised-by-motherhood/




What Surprises me about motherhood?...that question makes me smile...mmm...what doesn't surprise me about motherhood?  I laugh.  I was a very young first mother...in todays standards anyways...just 22.  And let me tell you the surprises of motherhood happened immediately upon arrival...because the arrival of my oldest girl was nothing like I had pictured or "birth planned"....it definitely wasn't natural...it was an emergency cesarean, unplanned and literally done in 7 minutes.  It wasn't…