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Showing posts from January, 2018

Double Digits

The first week of January Madelyn shyly whispered to me her plan.  A surprise birthday party for her sister's 10th birthday.  It needed to be a surprise. Why? "Because she's turning ten! Double digits." Madelyn explained.  Ten is a big deal.  When your kid turns ten.  I knew it was a special birthday, but Madelyn voiced the value of this special day before any of us had made plans.
I was kind of getting a bit stressed with Madelyn's daily party discussions. She had a code word and hand motion she did.  It was super cute.  Whenever Meredith was around.  She would glance at me and do the motion and ask about whether I had set her plans into motion.  As the days marched on Madelyn kept offering suggestions.  The party needed to be at this place. The food needed to be a certain menu.  The cake? Well that had to be stellar.
I kept thinking that Meredith was going to burst this birthday bubble.  She started pre planning her birthday parties the year she turned three. …

Mac happenings

This week started off with a no school MLK  day and ended with three snow days.  Only one actual work and school day tucked in the middle for the kids and I.
So lots of togetherness, pajamas, extra dishes, and things a bit out of order.
One snow morning I just couldn't sleep in. I tossed and turned and finally decided to just watch our little boy sleep.
Watching a child sleep is so... pleasant.
No loud noises, no wild energy....just peaceful.
His hand balled into a tiny fist, his body in the perfect "S" curve, his golden brown mass of curls wild on the pillow.
His breaths soft and soothing.
It was fun to just watch for awhile.
I've always thought a sleeping child was a beautiful sight.
Mac has been so much fun lately.  He is in two year old phase.  I think two is one of the most fun ages.  He can express himself and has lots to say.
He wakes up each day as a new super hero.
One day its Bat Man as he runs around in his hooded bath towel, protesting me as I try to tak…



This word fits January too.  January is the mother to many great intentions and cradle to the phrase intentional living.
So many things to be intentional about.  Every year.  My good intentions to be intentional swallowed up by the number of them.
I want to be intentional mostly about being positive.  This year I want to make sure to think about all there is that is right and not give much thought to what is not.

I read these words last night curled up in my daughter's bed holding her hand as she surrendered to sleep. "Today I will refrain from instructing, critiquing, and managing under the guise of 'good intentions.' Instead, I will make it abundantly clear that I love my people "as is," meaning they do not need to do anything, be anything, or change anything to be loved by me.  I will make a point to say, "I love you just as you are exactly as you are.  I love you because you are." These words are from the book Only Love Today by …


I smiled when I read the word prompt.
I like this word. Simplify.  It is a January word.  Minus the cold temperatures and viruses I like January.
It's got a clean slate brand- new outfit- new car smell kind of feel.
No matter what happened before it always feels like for the first couple of weeks like stepping into a bit of a bright new world.
This wears off pretty quick, but it is great for recalibrating your brain and seeing things with fresh hopeful eyes.
Yesterday as I sat in my car during my lunch break my eyes read Psalm 131.
The heading for this Psalm reads "Simple Trust in the Lord"
David says,
"Lord my heart is not haughty,
Nor my eyes lofty
Neither do I concern myself with great matters.
Nor things too profound for me.
Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul.
Like a weaned child with his mother;
Like a weaned child is my soul within me..."

It had been quite a while since I had read these short, simple words.  I read them and re read them.  Soaked …