Thursday, October 16, 2008
Jason popped in early one morning to share some mourning with me over the loss of his grandpa, my dad. We spent time laughing and crying over that most eccentrically wonderful man and realized that we are so very much like him. He is so much a part of who we are and it is very good, indeed. No need to apologize for being so wild and crazy, just live life to the fullest. That is the mantra and we're sticking to it. It was cleansing for me to be able to share with dear son all the thoughts and feelings that I've been stewing over. It was also good to do a little grieving since I've been doing my best to keep it all so light and unemotional. Tears are good. Tears are cleansing. Tears unite us. What a gift it was for me to have that time to be together and to be real. Thanks, son, I needed that.
Today was one of those days. We were off to celebrate birthdays of Abby and her buddy from our homeschool group who has the same birthday as she has. It was a fun day for them both and the little friend who was invited as their guest. We saw a movie and had lunch and ice cream. Just perfect for 6 year olds. On the way I spoke with Noah about a family dinner and my plumbing crisis du jour. He was happy to offer advice and was ready to add our plans to his calendar. It is so good to be able to call on a son and have them ready to offer aid in whatever form.
When the practices were over and it was time for baths the reality of our plumbing crisis was beginning to grow larger than this mom could handle. So phone call goes out to the next son, Adam, who was on his way home and could drop by to help. It ended up being more than Walmart could handle and we are now on hurricance mode, which means we are turning water on and off outside our home so as not to run hot water down the drain for days on end with no way to turn that water off inside the home. It keeps you humble. It keeps you careful. It makes you very thankful for that water that you have to crawl under the house to turn on so you can get a drink or to wash your hands. This is a good lesson to learn in these days of re-evaluating out wants and needs. Water is a need and we are going to learn to be grateful for that precious, wet resource that we must conserve and work hard to use.
But the greatest thing I treasure from all of this is that God has blessed me with children, some all grown up now, who are there for me. That sounds kind of selfish but I point out their unselfishness in being willing to drop their plans to come to my rescue. They have willing hearts and hands that are ready to aid those in need. It does not have to be this family. They are there for others all the time. They are capable, willing, smart, sensitive, and I am so proud of them all.
The ones who are not mentioned in these few lines are right there behind them. The lawn was mowed by one very hard worker. Others have dreams and plans that amaze me and they are hard at work reaching for the stars. Others have been face to face with great disappointment and yet have found the silver lining in the dark cloud. Some are tender and patient. Some are full of laughter and mischief. In all these things I rejoice because no matter what happens, I am blessed beyond measure. And so I give thanks for these children, young and old, who are there, for me, and for others. Thanks be to God!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Difficult to see, but it is a poster I made for the family day we had in his honor. The pictures are of some of his airplanes and cars. I especially love the black and white of him in his suit and tie. The little red plane was his racing plane, named "Miss Carol".
Dad lived a very full and adventurous life. No one could ever say he did not live life to it's fullest. He found much joy in the natural world that surrounded him and wrote often of his little critter friends that paid visits to his feeders. There are so many wonderful memories that I will cherish forever and I may post some later.
For now it is enough to say that he is missed terribly and I am forever grateful that he was my dad.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Out of all the sights we saw in Tallahassee this was the kid's favorite. This was part of the Florida History Museum, which was a wonderful place to visit so we could tie up all of those Florida history loose ends we had dangling. This room was filled with antiques and vintage clothes to dress up in. Just the place to let off steam and have fun pretending to live back in the days of switchboards and wash boards.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
This is our family page that will be included in our homeschool group's year book. One page is not near large enough for pictures of our family. So many of the "kids" did not get into the picture. Sigh....
Most of the photos were taken at Noah and Tiffany's wedding and the reception afterward.
One of the things I would love to do someday would be to publish our own yearbook and give out copies as Christmas gifts to our family. I should put the kids in charge of that one or it will never get done!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
So I will say, "Thanks be to God for His mightly protection and His most gracious mercy towards us!"
Well, I am thankful for the safe return of the lost daughter and I pray that we will all be a little more careful when we are out on our walks!!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I have also been invited to join a small group of women who study the Sunday readings each week. We pray, discuss the readings, and have the opportunity to share what is on our hearts. It is an easy group to be part of and they have been most welcoming. I continue to be amazed at how much I don't know about the call to discipleship and how much I have misunderstood in all my years of following Christ. It is wonderful to have others in my life who have llived the faith their entire lives.
A Lenten project I am doing with the younger children is giving up 5 items a day. It could be an old toy or clothing item. It could be stuff that is to go into the trash or good stuff to take to the thrift store. We can also give some change to the rice bowl project with CRS. We are not consistent but we are trying. I want us to see how little we really need to get by and how rich we have been blessed. Being a good steward is our theme and we all need to improve in that area. We have had some powerful discussions about the topic and I hope we will be changed as a result of this time of simplifying.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Our family has just entered the birthday marathon with the #1 Granddaughter having her 5th birthday. Her uncle is next, then her dad, and on from there, many more birthdays. The gift of life. What an honor to acknowledge these milestones in our lives. What a blessing to have so many lives connected with each other in these days of disconnectivity.
As my own birthday approaches I am feeling a sort of introspection. How many birthdays do we have in this life? What do we do with our days? Are we really making the most of the time that has been given to us? As a homeschooling mom I feel an overwhelming responsibility for the lives of my children in all areas- academics, spirituality, friendships, health, their future, etc. There is always a lot of second guessing in this life I have chosen but I plod on and do what I can with each day. Thankfully, God has been most merciful and has given us really outstanding kids to raise. They overcome our own weaknesses and they all shine out brightly in this world. I am so thankful for who they are and who they are becoming. So this birthday will bring me much to be thankful for. My life is so very full and I am blessed with family, precious friends, a comfortable home with all of our needs met, and most of all a dear husband who provides so well for us and who loves us with all of his heart. What a rich a complex life we have. Thanks be to God!