Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Walking it out

The last week or month or year have been some kind of ride for me. Wow! Could that sentence be any more anti-climactic? I am poorly attempting to communicate that I have been going through a season in my life of unknown length. During this season, I have grown my millimeters and fractions of an inch. That may not seem like much, but put all of those together and it does become quite a distance. I don't remember when I gained this patience that I didn't have before. I don't remember when I became less uptight. I don't remember when I started believing God really did have good planned for me no matter what. I may not remember exactly when they happened, but I have go them now. I am closer to God than I was before and after all that is the goal isn't it.

 However, I am not perfect. I still struggle. I struggle with guilt for my mistakes, guilt for being rich, guilt for having a good life. I struggle with my tendency to complain about people before I love them. I struggle with trying to fix things myself. I struggle with talking to God more than I listen. I struggle with listening to people when I should talk. I struggle with talking to people when I should listen. I struggle with expecting compliments for the things I do and shunning them for other things I do.

These may not seem like big, "important" struggles, but they are genuine. I do struggle with those things and these struggles directly affect my relationships. They affect my relationship with God and my relationships with other people. In this post last week, I was working out my feelings about some changes at work. I have to say I did not take them well. I pouted like a toddler, tried to fix it myself, ranted and raved, and thought my world was ending. All of this I did before, I sat down and listened to God. Thankfully, I have a wonderful co-worker who reminded me that I need to walk out my faith at work. I walk in faith at church with our youth. I walk in faith with my family and friends. I walk in faith so many places, but here was a glaring problem. I was not walking in faith at work. My work where I make an impact on the lives of children and hopefully co-workers. I wasn't walking in faith there. In fact, I was making it harder for some people to do their job. How Christ-like is that?

Living publicly is something I have been called to do. I know God has called me to transparency. I have recently read of others who have been called to the same thing. (In case you want to read them, Casey Weigand and Jaime the very worst missionary) They have inspired me and challenged me to continue. Still others have challenged me to not judge them for not living that way. God calls us all to different walks that are unique to us and who we are right in that moment. People around me need to see the real me all the time with all the messiness and mistakes, as well as the victories. So walking it out and living publicly don't just involve this online forum, my Sunday School class, or my family. It also involves my workplace, my entire church, and my extended family. It involves those places where it can be uncomfortable to lay open my life for inspection, but I need to keep walking. God has a plan and when I follow it, good happens all around. So even though it is hard, uncomfortable, and embarrassing, I'm going to be walking out my faith for all the world to see.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Monday is my Muse 8-29












Heartbeats

Footprints in the dust
Telling of who has come before
Drops of sweat
Pock mark the dust
Telling us of work done
Echoes of the past
Present in the now
Affecting the future
For those hearty souls
Who glance around
To find the heart
Still beating
In rhythm to Him.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Cowardly Courage

Today we took our annual church trip up the mountain to go tubing on the New River in NC. This is mostly a youth trip and that was our first year as youth leaders, so last year was the first time Drew and I had gone. Last year Ben went with us as well, so I followed the toddler around instead of tubing on the river. I did get a brief idea of what tubing is about. It may seem pretty obvious to some, but it wasn't to me. Tubing is simply floating down the river in an inner tube. I have to be honest. I wasn't really disappointed last year that I didn't go tubing. Why? The risk of sunburn? No. The hassle of keeping up with teens on a river? No. The embarrassment of wearing a bathing suit in public? No

I was happy not to go because I don't like doing new things. I'm a bit of a coward. Okay a lot of a coward. I'm always afraid of what might go wrong. In this case, what if I tip over? What if I lose my tube? What if I get cut by a rock? What if a fish touches me? What if I get lost? The list could go on and on. Most of the issues are laughably unimportant and nearly impossible. Get lost? On a river? You go in one direction! How would I get lost? Or if a fish touches me? So that is what 2 seconds of creepy? Get over it! Get cut by a rock? The rocks are in the water that is moving over them all the time. There is a smaller likelihood of sharp rocks in a moving river.

So this year my son wasn't an excuse. I had to go. I was dreading it for all of the above reasons. I just knew I was going to do something wrong and mess something up. We were warned the river might be a little cold and the wind might be problematic because of Hurricane Irene. The water was pretty comfy. Of course when you first got in, it was cold. Only for a minute maybe. The wind held off while we were on the river. We were blessed with great weather. Even the great weather couldn't abate my fears of getting it wrong. However with the pressure of the youth and other chaperones, I went in with a brave face and some minor complaining. Guess what happened? I LOVED it!! It was so much fun and not hard at all. So my fears were baseless. I did get stuck on the rounded off rocks a couple times, but that was just funny.

So even though I am a coward about new stuff, I will put on a courageous face to fool the crowd. Peer pressure will convince me to get over myself and get on with life. I think the worst that happened was that I bumped into a few rocks and had wet shoes. The best that happened is that I had so much fun and discovered something else I can do! I'm glad I gave up my cowardice and had the courage to try something new.

Good Stuff Saturday 8-27



This Time Around Using Criticism as a Stepping Stone Amazing words that I needed to hear this week! You probably do too.

101 Books: Don't Dump Those Bookcases yet Book #24: The Blind Assassin A review of a Margaret Atwood book and I'm really excited to read it!!

The Esau Project We're raising the wrong bar I couldn't support this idea more. We need people to be great at different things and that's okay.

Sanity in Crazytown Spokes This was a wonderful read this week. Being less can sometimes be the most you can do.

Today's Bible Blog The Garden of Eden-Part 2 The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and man Some interesting thoughts about knowledge and how we use it. Interesting timing considering the discussions about the historicity of Adam. While you are on Today's Bible Blog, you should read the 3rd part of the Garden of Eden and You name it!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Where am I?

Sometimes you are going along in life and thinking that you are really starting to get it together. You are growing closer to Christ. You have some good habits built. And then something happens. Nothing earth shattering, but a change.

You're thinking you've got this. After all you have this great Bible reading habit and good prayer time. You really, really know God has a plan. You even got a glimpse of it. You can handle this.

And then you have already run into problems. You are focusing so much on you and your issues that you miss the big picture, the one that God sees. God is missing from your 'encouragement' and so you've left him out of your change. Within no time you are drowning in this change. You're rushing forward to make things work again. Nothing seems to be working. Why isn't it working? Don't people know how important it is to go this way? Why aren't they doing it your way?

Now you have left God out of your change and out of your decision. He's waiting for you to turn and look at him. He's got the answers. He's got the plan. When you do turn to look at him, he seems so very far away. You've gone so far without him. How could it be that you ran so far away so quickly? You weren't this far earlier. How is this possible?

Then you realize, you weren't really that close before. This space has always been here, you were just too blind to notice it. Now it's time for the slow, humble walk back to Him. This isn't an easy walk, but in the end you will be closer and that space will be a distant memory.

****And of course by you, I mean me****

Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday is my Muse 8-22























Today feels like an Emily Dickinson day!

Emily Dickinson (1830–86). Complete Poems. 1924.

Part Two: Nature

XL

She sweeps with many-colored brooms,
And leaves the shreds behind;
Oh, housewife in the evening west,
Come back, and dust the pond!

You dropped a purple ravelling in,
You dropped an amber thread;
And now you ’ve littered all the East
With duds of emerald!

And still she plies her spotted brooms,
And still the aprons fly,
Till brooms fade softly into stars—
And then I come away.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Good stuff Saturday 08-20




Compassion Blog Son of the High Chief An amazing story about what people will do for friends.

Top of the Page A wise little owl once told me... A great reminder that God will provide for us.

Penelope Trunk Blog New financial data highlight generational rifts A great article I stumbled on about the values of various generations. It was really encouraging to me.

Big B Another post I stumbled on that tells a great story about attitude.

The 21st Century Principal Common Sense Social Media Policies A great read about how administrators/politicians should treat social media.

A Deeper Story Tongue Talker An amazing post about speaking in tongues. The benefits, the misuses, and the misunderstandings.

The Rabbit Room Is the name of God the sound of our breathing? A thought provoking article about why the name of God sounds the way it does.

People of the Second Chance You'd be surprised Words have a lot of power, so using them is a big responsibility. This is simply beautiful. Read it. You will be changed.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A new beginning

This week I go back to school to begin our work days. (Yes, I am a teacher. Yes, we have summers "off" as in we don't go into a building. However, I doubt you work more hours than my colleagues and I do.) I love walking into my empty classroom. All the desks put up, chairs stacked, decorations stored, marker boards empty, and the room is spacious. I come in and take a deep breath in and slowly let it out. Then I take another. It is a wonderful feeling. What is that feeling? Possibilities.

An empty room is full of possibilities. Empty rooms, empty schedules, an empty school is filling up with possibilities. Possible friendships, possible dates, possible fights, and most importantly possible learning. Learning which changes a life which can change a community which can change the world. Learning how to be a better scientist, a better historian, a better linguist, a better mathematician, a better speaker, a better citizen, etc. Just learning to be better. It isn't just learning. It is also striving and reaching for more. All of these possibilities await in the empty corridors of our schools and classrooms.

This beautiful emptiness really isn't empty at all. It is really full. It is full to the brim and overflowing with the possibilities of a new school year and that makes me excited.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Changes

"A ship is safe in its harbor, but that's not what a ship is for." -William shedd.*

Change is hard. There are currently some changes going on at work and it's pretty scary. I keep trying to remind myself that God is in control. I am praying that I do his will and not my own out of fear. But I catch myself thinking of it often and my reaction is fear. I immediately think of God after that and I calm down. The quote above made me stop and think. Maybe God is pushing me out of my harbor into real work. That is daunting, but a smidge exciting. Even with these thoughts, I still fear the changes. Why?

Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite verses. God is leading me towards a very definite ministry. I see how my job right now is a part of that. But my first reaction on hearing of these changes isn't "God's got this.". It's "Oh my gosh that will ruin everything." Why do I think that? Why do I let fear grip my heart?

I could say I'm human, but that's an easy cop out. I could say I'm still growing in my faith and that is partially true. I think I would rather say I let it happen because I'm still not convinced God loves me. That's pretty harsh to say, but true. Be praying for me about that would you?

What about you? Do you believe God loves you enough? Do you believe he loves you in your finances? In your job? In your family? In your fears? In your passion?

*Someone posted that quote on their blog this week and it stuck with me. I wish I could tell you who, but I forgot. If that was you, sorry for not giving you credit for discovering it.

One more announcement - One of my Honduras group members is going back in January. If you are interested in helping her out, check this out. I know she would appreciate any help you can give and the kids would too.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday is my Muse 8-15












The Mission

The world cries out
In Suffering
In Mourning
Is anyone listening?
Feeling the sharp stabbing points
Of Loneliness
Of Grief
Will anyone give relief?
Feeling the heavy weight
Of helplessness
Of brokenness
Will anyone pick him up?

The Church answers
I am listening.
I will give you relief.
I will pick you up.
I will lift your burdens.
I will love you.
I will pray with you.
I will cry out to Jesus
I will stand before God
I will stand beside you.
I will be there!

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Good stuff Saturday 08-13


I found the first two from other blogs that share links. I thought they were so good I would share them too. The others are some good stuff from the blogs that I normally read.

The Good Women Project Slaves to Sex. A great article about the problem with feminism today.

The Gospel Coalition Beware Romantic Pornography The problem with the romantic comedy genre many of us women like so much.

The Silver Lining All I have How much does God deserve?

Stuff Christians Like Skateboards, Seventh graders, and the return to joy. What does it take to be happy?

The 21st Century Principal Change or We Die: Lessons from the Borders Experience for Educational Leaders There are many problems with the education system today, but this was a pretty sobering wake up call.

A Deeper Story Shut. Up. A few ideas of how to balance truth and love and what needs to be said.

Journey to the Field: Brazil Bound That was kinda nice Praying is a difficult thing sometimes, but it is worth the effort.

Friday, August 12, 2011

A love story: The Conclusion

So a couple weeks ago I posted about how excited I was to go visit Dimaggio's and get a mushroom pizza. I did get to eat a mushroom pizza at Dimaggio's. However, there were a few other unexpected events and I fear these unexpected events may bring an end to this love affair. Read on if you have the heart to see the end of a good thing.

Wed. Night came along and it was time to be reunited with my love and I got to hang out with my family too. Mom, Aunt, Cousin, Drew, Ben and I arrived at Dimaggio's and it wasn't too busy. For those of you that haven't been there, it is a small cozy restaurant. There are maybe 20 or 25 tables and booths in the dining room. There is a private room that can be rented or opened depending on patronage that night. With 6 of us eating, we sat at a circular table in the middle of the dining room.

Things were going well. Ben was being cute and not too loud. We ordered and I got my mushroom and bacon pizza. I even did my first Facebook check in for the occasion. We got our pizza and put some on Ben's plate. Then it happened. He saw the Parmesan cheese. You all have been there right? Tell me you've been there. Your 2 year old becomes obsessed with something. You try to distract him and he's having none of it. He wants his thing and if he doesn't get it he's going to cause a scene.

Remember this is a small restaurant with one open dining area. There is nowhere to hide. I could take him to the bathroom for his fit or a spanking or both, but this is family time. The twice a year family time. I don't want to ruin it with a sobbing screaming toddler even in the bathroom. We could leave, but everyone just started eating and we all came together. So I just let him have some cheese. He ate a little pizza and wanted more cheese. I gave him more, but he wasn't satisfied. He wanted the cheese shaker. I gave in like weak little weakling. (No metaphors came to mind.). He shook a little pile of cheese on his pate and put the shaker down. I tried to move it, but he wasn't having it. He got it back and shook out some more. He ate his little pile of cheese with his fingers and kept shaking. This went on for the rest of the meal. He used the entire shaker of cheese. He ate some of it, but much of it was left on his plate. I am growing mortified at the pile left on his plate and the empty shaker on the table. I don't have to come back here, but the rest of my family does. Everyone knows who I am and now they see what a wasteful, irresponsible parent that I am. I have to make it better.

I only have a couple pieces of pizza left. I gather some of the cheese and put it on my pizza. Thankfully Ben doesn't complain. I eat a piece and prepare the next. I get halfway through it and there is still more cheese. So I empty the rest of the cheese on my half a piece. Then Graceful Me decides to make an appearance and I drop the plate. I don't even know how I did it. The floor is carpeted so the plate lands safely on the floor, but so does all the cheese. A large pile of cheese is now settling into the carpet. You know the restaurant grade solid packed carpeting. Did I mention it is a dark green almost black color. Parmesan cheese shows up on that carpeting. There's nothing to be done. I was the last one to finish eating.

I pick up my plate and we pick up our checks. We comment that we need to leave nice tips and do. We joke that they will put up pictures of Ben and I and not let us back in. We get to the van and move on to McDonald's for dessert coffee. Mom drops off Aunt and Cousin at their homes. We go back to our home for the week. The night has ended and I think, "Is this love story ended as well?"

...........

The answer to that is no because a couple days later we had Dimaggio's pizza delivered. Ben ate and the Parmesan cheese didn't make an appearance.

If you enjoyed this, you might enjoy a couple other adventures in eating that I have shared. Well they involve food anyway.

Memories
Bad Service = God's Plan
A love story

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

#100! Breaking all the rules

So today I attended a presentation about blogging. It was just a little overview of blogging and some tips about how to make your blog better. It was a good presentation. It was simple and to the point. Great for beginning bloggers and some good reminders for us experienced bloggers who have 100 posts. (Can you tell I'm little excited about that number?) I sat listening to this presentation and thought, "I don't do that. Or that. Or that." So I thought a post about how I break all the blogging rules seemed to be appropriate.

One of the first valid points made was that a successful blog can't just be about personal reflection because it doesn't connect to others. It is just about me. He listed a couple other purposes for blogging and I'm not sure if I fit in with those purposes. I think I am more of a reflection blogger. I was in no way offended by hearing this and realizing this about my blog. I actually thought it was humorous.

Then he mentioned finding your hook, focusing on what you blog about. Once again I thought, "That isn't me." I don't have just one or two things I blog about, hence the title. He also mentioned identifying your readers or who you want your readers to be. I have no clue who I want my readers to be. Mostly, it's people who know me. The others, I suppose find my blogging voice to be interesting.

Using effective titles and useful and unique content are also rules I am breaking. I really don't think too hard about the titles of my posts. I just put something up there that is related to my content. I don't think my content is particularly useful, unless you want to know how.... Nope it's just not useful. I suppose it is unique because I am unique, but not so unique that no one else is saying what I am. I'm sure there are others out there talking about their lives and experiencing stuff like I am.

So today I learned that I am breaking all the blogging rules and that I don't mind. Please understand that I am in NO WAY discounting these rules. They are all true and valid rules. I am not following them and I don't plan on trying to follow them. I am not trying to be rebellious or anything. I just enjoy this little corner of the blogosphere and discovering my voice through this method. One tip that I am going to try to start is to encourage more commenting. How do I do that? End my blog with questions related to my content that will hopefully stimulate your thoughts and ideas. Then you will share those with me. So my questions for this week?

On your blog, what rules are you breaking? Will you change that? Why?

If you don't blog, think of the blogs you follow. What rules do they break? Do you enjoy that? Why?

Monday, August 8, 2011

Guest post!!

How did I forget to mention my sorta cool post on an AMAZING blog? RecceWife has a wonderful blog over here about being the wife of a Canadian Military man. She and her beautiful family are vacationing. She kindly offered me some space on her blog. The natural thing to talk about seemed to be Canada. So without further ado, you may go read why I love Canada. After reading what I had to say, go ahead and read other things she had to say. You won't be sorry.

Monday is my Muse 8-08













My Traveling Heart

My heart is a traveling thing.
It has no home you see.
It skips from here to there
visiting those who
have taken a piece.
Some days across the state.
Some days across the country.
Some days across the world.
Some days across the room.

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Is this one done? I'm not sure. That feels like a stopping point, but is it the end? Not sure.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Good stuff Saturday

So either to make up for last week OR because everyone was super incredible with their writing this week, I have a lot of good stuff to share with you. Things to make you think, things to encourage you, and things to make you laugh. I hope you enjoy them.

Thinking:

Compassion Developed World Tantrums. What are we really getting upset for?

I hope... Why I eat like I do part 3. You should check out the first two parts as well, but this is the one that really made me think. I'm going to try to make some changes in my/our life to eat better. You just might be inspired to do the same after reading this.

A Deeper Story Chauvainism is alive and well and not only in Bolivia. A great article about women globally. I'm normally hesitant to like anything with a feminism leaning because it is generally very anti-male. This is a good balance and something to think about!

Journey to the Field: Brazil Bound Why I am leaving Christianity. I know I keep talking about Richard and Ashley, but they are doing some great stuff. This one will REALLY make you take stock of you and Jesus.

This is my Blog What I want to hear. How do you talk to someone with fertility issues? This guest post gives a few amazing tips. It is obviously a touchy subject and I for one am glad to have read this. I want to be sensitive and helpful to those who struggle with this issue. This helped me with that.

Encouraging:

This time around Pressing On. We can't give up because we have a God who didn't give up. This was so encouraging!

Compassion Healthy mothers and healthy babies. An encouraging story from the Compassion team. They have so many of them! Read this one and then check out some others.

A Deeper Story Pinkie high fives: A World Vision Miracle. Another encouraging story from another company doing great work amongst the poor.

The Rabbit Room Flying in the Face. A little story that God can help you do it. It talks about foreign languages, so that's a plus.

Sanity in Crazytown Access. God loves us and she's got a little story to show us that. Awesome.s

Mrs. Skinny's BBQ, Books, and Babies 30 weeks 2 days: This was the day. A painful past doesn't have to hold you captive. Read this and see how.

the view from here Fatherhood Friday. A little something for the guys. How to balance fatherhood and discipleship.

Laughing:

Snark and Cookies Well I can think of a few. And a little something for the girls. Super funny post about stuff women experience. Guys, you might be uncomfortable. Girls, you will laugh!!

This time around Muppets Friday. A fun little video of the Muppets. It might be because Ben is getting into Sesame Street that I am having some flashbacks, but I thought this was great.

Friday, August 5, 2011

5 discoveries I made this week

I wanted to write some funny amazing story or a wry observation as a "I'm relaxed and ready to get back to posting". Unfortunately, I have been thinking off and on this week and come up with nothing. I have been sitting here at the computer for a couple hours now and still have nothing. I have one thought that may or may not develop into a whole post. If it doesn't, I'll leave you with the part that I have.

5 discoveries I made this week.

1.Fall/Winter collection Scentsy is going to cost me money! I have more wax than I need and I saw a preview of the Fall/Winter 2011. I saw 3 warmers and a Scentsy buddy that I like. That doesn't include the new scents! There is even a consultant in my building at school. I have to limit what I buy.

2. How to eat I can eat better with a few little steps. 1. Weed out soda. I don't drink a whole lot now, but I'm going to work my way down to none. 2. Look at ingredient lists and pick stuff with less of them. 3. Eat less High Fructose Corn Syurp. If I'm going to eat sugar or sugar like stuff, I want the real thing.

3. Reading I am in the middle of Catching Fire in The Hunger Games trilogy. I keep trying to get back to it, but I can't do it. The main character is in the middle of some really rough stuff and I just can't read it. I can't read the pain and suffering she's going to have get through. I know it is okay in the end because I read the last few sentences of the last book. Even though I know this, I'm having trouble getting back to it.

4. Prayercast Prayercast is a group with a channel on YouTube. They have people praying for countries around the world. Several of these people are from the countries for which they are praying. These prayers mixed with the images from these countries are amazing, moving, and breathtaking. Incredible, Incredible, Incredible!

5. Russell Crowe I have only watched 2 of his movies. I went to IMDB when I could only think of 2. Then I discovered that I really have only watched 2. How is that possible? I don't know. Several of his movies seem so interesting, but I have not seen them. I will have to correct that.

Ah... I did it. I made a whole post. It's mostly drivel, but I did it. I really did discover those things this week and I hope you discovered a little something this week as well.

Advertising

Oh my gosh! I just found out that one of my favorite evangelist/ preachers is a blogger! I am SOOO excited!! I might be a little partial considering he also performed my wedding. (Is that the right word to use because that felt weird to type?)

He has been evangelist/ youth dean/ counselor/ football comissioner at my home youth camp for several years. I have listened to lots of sermons from him, some more than once, but no more than four times. I have learned something every time. Yes I really mean when I have heard the same sermon the second or third time, I still learned something! Altough he is a bit delusional about his sports loyalties and has been accused of being overly competitive, he is an amazing guy and a super awesome preacher/evangelist/scholar of the word. You should most definitely head over to his blog and read it, follow it, love it.

Home and private schooling

I am not trying to make you mad.

I have an honest question that I would like opinions on. There are many arguements both for and against home and private schooling. As a Christian mother and public school teacher, I really only have one big question. Before I get there though, I would like to dispose of a couple talking points. Socialization of these kids comes up, but that is a pretty large issue and rather dependent on individual child, so we aren't talking about that.

I do also understand that there are some children that need to be in classes of 3 to 5 kids, but they are few and far between. I understand there are academic advantages to private schools as well as well prepared home schools. However I think there are ways to interact with the public schools and achieve this. I understand that there are burnt out teachers and bullies that can do harm to a child, but for this discussion I would hope your Christian child living in a Christian home would believe in his/ her worth according to God. I would also hope he/she was taught about the sorrow, anger and pain those without God must live in. So I'm not sure taking him/her out is a healthy answer for the Christian child.

I also understand hoe the current school system fails boys every day. Therefore I understand the desire to give them a little more maturing time. I also realize there are plenty of non-Christians attending private schools. However, being there they hear the gospel often whereas non- Christians in public school don't. I also understand there are non-Christian concepts taught as fact in school today. But once again a Christian child in a Christian home should not be swayed by these things.

So with those points out of the way, I have a question. How does a parent reconcile The Great Commission that is give to every Christian including children with the separation of these other schooling methods? I have seen multiple examples of Christian students making a significant impact for God amongst their peers. Some have even been brought to salvation because of the example of these kids. Should we protect them from these negative things when this is the world Jesus sent them too? At what point is it detrimental to the Kingdom when we are making it better for our kids?

Once again, I am not trying to make anyone mad. I am simply wondering where our parental and Christian responsiblities lie. Please share your opinions with me. I have not made up my mind. I simply don't see the other side of this discussion, so please show it to me.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Monday is my Muse 8-01












Unexpected Moments

A beautiful cardinal
Landing in the patio
Just out of reach,
But well within view

The smile of a child
In the doorway
Instead of slumber
In the bed

The light breeze
Felt at the top of a hill
On a hot summer day
Among the relaxing family

A few softly spoken words
Ending a terse conversation
Demonstrating understanding
And forgiveness. (*)

Unexpected moments
Of wonder
Of humor
Of relief
Of grace

These are the moments
For which life is made.



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(*) Just a note, this stanza isn't about Drew. It's about Ben. When we really have to get on to him, now he'll say, "Okay. It's alright." in a tiny little voice. It's super cute!