Monday, 10 June 2013

The Beauty

Often when I peek through my camera lens I am looking, searching for the beauty. Often times, it seems that for that kind of beauty, I have to look beyond what is right in front of my eyes...beyond what I am tempted to focus on.

And sometimes that beauty is just a glimpse.
And right in front of my eyes. All at the same time.

And sometimes it's walking right in front of me: water bottle in hand, camera slung over her shoulder. Chatting with my girl.

And if you don't get catch it, right miss it.

This beauty, she came and washed dishes, hugged grand kids, did 35 loads of laundry (at least), brought me coffee in the mornings, told my kids they are special, loved the ones that are called fostered like they were her own, let me borrow her husband for a couple of projects around the house, laughed hard and long, told me what I needed to hear and said, "you are doing well" as I wept before she left.

For this beauty and for these I am thankful:

882. A mom who comes and enters in the mess: takes a deep breath and helps.
883. Realising there is nothing you can ever do to pay your mother back...and knowing she would never want to be.
884. 21st century surgery and one little girl and our BIG God who truly is amazing. Thank you for all of you who prayed for Evi she is doing so well.
885. Jesus. I see him working in our daughter's heart to know what it is to love in an agape like way.
886. travel mercies for our dear friends!
887. the trees! they're budding! finally!!!!
888. the gift of today. And the hope of forever.
889. little boys pushing plastic lawn mowers
890. The man that finally loves my mother for all that she is.

Monday, 3 June 2013

One Year in 40 Seconds

I was watching this video on YouTube today as I was sampling one of Amanda Bennett's Download-N-Go Unit Studies. My kids love them. I love them. And I love that here is actually one thing in this world at we all love (ok maybe there is more like 3 things but that may be pushing it a little) b/c they are actually learning something that they love. So we are all feelin' the love so much  that we might pick out a couple in our spring-like summer up here in the UP to do together.

And as I sat down to plunk away, still I was thinking about this video and how much like this wispy life feels like it is flying by....flying by just like what you see here (cept in the UP, well it would be confusing b/c half the video would be covered in wintry snow) And it is isn't it? That our lives are but a vaper and I am constantly trying to grab hold of something that I can't take hold of. Time keeps going and I keep grasping.

I always thought this was so cleshe' and only something "old" people say, but it is entirely true and I just want to enjoy the whole messy thing.  Oh, how I fail at this. In fact F parenting, really it sneaks up on me more than I would like to admit. But our God? He is so good. And so patient. And so long suffering. Kind, gracious, abounding in mercy He is. And I thank Him today for these gifts:

875. the laundry fairy brought her handy man with her on this visit. What a blessing they both are!
876. the husband who loves my mom for all that she is...finally...
877. for today
878. a praying friend, bringing me meals...still. So thankfull!
879. our washer and dryer
880. the new safe attic/playroom for all the kiddos...
881. a God who cares even that a girl has a Shadow Buddie to take with her this week for heart

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