It was a simple question. “So, how are things?” We had already been talking for quite a while and were getting ready to wrap up our conversation. But I felt a nudge and I asked. That was all it took. Only fifteen more minutes on the phone and in that short amount of time I was given a very realistic and painful picture of her … Continue reading Family Matters
“Not every lake dreams to be an ocean. Blessed are the ones who are happy with whom they are.” ― Mehmet Murat ildan “Looking out over the lake, I felt enveloped in the most peaceful, loving utopia.” ― Laurie Kahn “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul … Continue reading Lake notes
I’ll admit some days I feel out of sorts, discombobulated, a little off. And although there’s much to be valued from time with family and friends, reading a good book, lunch at Panera or even a bubble bath, at times, even all of this comes up short. But there is one thing that can usually put my mind, my heart, my spirit back in place … Continue reading Fresh Air
Evening again and we are here beside the ocean with her persistent voice marking time and moving us into timelessness. Continue reading Timelessness
I’ll be honest I’m not a big fan of “parenting” books. I’m not even a fan of the word “parenting.” It seems pejorative to me, as if raising children is a “project” that we can master and complete. What mother or father’s task is ever done?
As the month draws to an end I thought I would share a bit of this and that with you.
We kicked off the New Year with a First Day Hike at Virginia’s Newest State Park. It was a great way to spend time together as a family. The above photo is one of my sons enjoying a view of the James River.
My 9 year old daughter has been lobbying heavily for months for a Girl’s Day when we would venture into town sans boys and go wherever our hearts desired. I finally cleared the space on the calendar, made the time and suggested she make her list of stopping points – Target, Barnes and Noble, lunch at Chick-Fil-A, a ride on the mall train, a visit … Continue reading Girl’s Day 2014
A few Fridays a month my daughters and I attend story time at our local library. It’s a brief twenty minute experience that includes a couple of songs, a finger-play, several stories and a craft. But what is really interesting about story time are the people who come.
There’s Shane who brings a bag of Duplos and dumps them on the floor, so he can throw them around while he listens. Continue reading “Storytime”
Only eight years old, his head was bent low over the paper as he struggled with the numbers. Some things came easy. Some things did not. This was one of those things. I worked quietly in the room, waiting, when with a soft voice and eyes blinking back tears he said, “I just need a little encouragement.” Encouragement? Don’t we all need a little encouragement? … Continue reading Encourage
Five months into the pregnancy we felt it was time. Time to share our news. A baby was on the way. And so we gathered everyone together just before bedtime and told them. We told them our good, good news. It was a surprise for all. One celebrated being a big brother…again. One celebrated the possibility of having a little brother. One celebrated, because everyone else was celebrating. And one…cried. Continue reading “Pray”