Thursday, June 22, 2017

June Ditties

The end of June is almost here...      

We've been rounding up the last of the school exams and grades. Bannon and Abby have worked hard to rally at the end. Some scores have been so amazing. Others not so much. The most important part though is to do our best. 
Bella had her 9th birthday and as a gift had her ears pierced. I was so proud of her for going through with it she looks simply beautiful. 

Sophie is getting ready to enter the 6th grade. 

There goes Life being super fast yet again!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Magic of a Getaway

We traveled on Memorial Day weekend.  Poppy turned 70 and Andrea arranged the time and ideas to celebrate him. his love of the ocean, music, personal history, and some of his loved ones.
We waded in tide pools, played in sand, walked a nature trail, ate a little bit of seafood, had some homemade Polish food, watched a children's play, collected shells, studied the skies and waves.

Friday, July 8, 2016

On the wings

Time you fly. 
Father grant me that heart of wisdom.
 For eyes to really see. 
For love to lay down, to give away.
                                  In the midst of the bickering, there are memories.
                                   From the cries of injustice, there are prayers to pray                  
                                   wrongs to confess, hurt to be forgiven

The smell of the lake, the scent of sunscreen, the shrill cry of the seagull
It beckons us to look beyond the tides, the beauty
to behold a caring presence
a guiding hand
an Almighty God

We are poring through our library books, dumping water on each other, eating too much ice cream.  I'm cherishing these days more than I fight the frustrations of growing attitudes that need direction. Sister and brother in law, daughter wait for their little boy to come and to be held in arm.

Time is bittersweet. Meant to be embraced but not held on to. Lived to have another day to love.
Help me do it well Jesus.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Look now for glad and golden hours

Time really flies.
Savor the moments.
   Love your people.                       

A couple of meaningful traditions will be stitches in memories.

It doesn't have to be fancy,

It just needs to be yours.
Make the most of their doings.
Love them. Enjoy them.

Count your blessings.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmastime is Here

 "Why don't you guys go and get the tree? I'll stay here and get the soup and cookies going. Also I think the tires need air."

The family has been sick and the coughs have lingered. But Jacob was home from school and it was a perfect time to go. I stayed behind to make the turkey soup and my Grandma K.'s chocolate cookies.

This is our second Christmas in this house. Some of us are really missing our house on the hill. It's definitely not the same, but we rest in knowing God had led us here, and we are making new memories in a new place that will hopefully seem more familiar as time goes on. We've been meeting new friends in so many places. It's really kind of fun.
With the kids in school, each of the three older ones have Holiday Concerts, and they each are so excited to perform. Bannon and Abby have had theirs and Sophie's is next week.
I still have shopping to get done, but most of our Christmas cards have all been mailed at the post office. That is such a bittersweet moment as each family and face passes through my mind and prayers. Life and time has a way of keeping me from properly communicating or visiting, even though loved ones are so dear to my heart.

Paper chains and snowflakes
color the walls and tree.
Cookies and too much candy
and of course, happy company.
Colored paper on the floor
glue and markers too
Christmas books and pine needles
gives a Mom a lot to do.

But peace settles in my heart
as I waken in the morn
to know that God has kept me here
to see His love grow more
in the hearts I talk and speak to
of this my heart is sure.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanking God
flowers from Mom
Hannah's help preparing
Andrea's incredible baking abilities
sharing tastythings
all the cousins were here
the B family joined in

  the tension and love among creative personalities


playing games


There was also a football game that resulted in a broken nose, and a sprained finger.

You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds,
O God our savior.
You are the hope of everyone on earth,
even those who sail on distant seas.
Psalm 65:5

Giving Thanks

Jacob came home and celebrations are to begin!