Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
A Friday ritual. A
single photo - no
words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special,
extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If
you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the
comments for all to find and see.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
We were snuggled in on the couch reading before bath time and Isabel read the cover of my book and asked, "What is a Litany?" I said, "usually short prayers where the priest will pray and we will respond. It's a practice of prayer, but in a structured way."
And then I begun thinking about Keeping House -- and the truth that it brought to light. Meeting basic needs of a community is spiritual practice. I know that warm food, warm clothes, clean sheets make us feel safe and whole.
Last night, I had all three kids (my two plus our beloved Olivia!) in the snow. The snow was so wet, they came and changed some article of clothing, pants, gloves, hats, just to run outside again for more. When they came inside for dinner, their cheeks were rosy, their hearts were full and they were hungry. We lit candles, added a few more chairs, shared dinner together. And I realized, keeping house is much more than folding laundry or changing beds, but it is those things. It's a heart cracked wide open to the people we love and the community we live with.
This picture is the beginning of another pickles plain vest, it's off the needles, gotten a few wooden buttons and has been given to a sweet little man. It's knit in Plymouth Yarn- 553 Coffee Beans, colorway Gray 9389.
Joining Ginny for Yarn Along.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
November 1: For parents who come visit. And who are content in the excitement of sewing costumes, Halloween Parties and Trick or Treating. And who are content in the quiet: drinking coffee around our table, reading magazines, helping with homework, walking in the leaves and snuggling while watching movies. We are blessed.
November 2: For a few moments to sit on the porch in an old quilt. For the little pajama clad man who came and sat with me. "Share your warmth, Mama." By all means, Mr.
And for amazing friends, who encourage dress up, family togetherness and laughter!
November 3: For our glorious church and potlucks. Yellow leaves and fall sunsets.
November 4: For God's grace, practiced forgiveness, vulnerability, hard work, long roads and strong friendships.
November 5: For warm clothes, soft places to land, arm chairs, phone calls, letter writing. Things that make this world seem not so harsh.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Last night, on a little drive into the country, Truman said, "We need to have our family meeting. Let's have it now!" We have a quick family meeting on Sunday nights, usually around the table after supper. And the kids are quick to remind me if I forget because they love recounting their week together. Having it in the car, sounded just as good as at the table so we went over our basic outline.
We have a quick conversation that starts with the same questions/items:
1. What were the good things that happened this week?
2. What were some challenges this week?
3. What is something we could work on together this week?
4. Calendar time-- we talk through everything coming up on our calendar and try to make a game plan for the week ahead.
As we answered the questions we realized there were so many good things. Not too many challenges. But I paused when Truman answered number three this week.
T: "We could work on quiet."
Me: How? I asked.
T: "Um, you know when we are all together but the house is quiet."
Oh. I love that idea.
So tonight, when we had to read some books for the school's, Fall into Reading Challenge... we took a stack of books and all cuddled in 'the big bed.' It was flurry of quilts, flannel sheets, stuffed animals and different level reading books. But we settled into quiet. And it felt just right. And we stayed there for almost an hour. I read a book too.
They had other ideas for quiet too... Isabel said, "Mom, maybe on Tuesday we can read books, listen to music, drink hot cocoa and light a smelly candle. I love smelly candles." Did this lady plop down from heaven or what?!
I am actively looking, for a few quiet spaces this week. What are ways you infuse your life with a bit of 'pause?'
Monday, September 23, 2013
If you live in the Midwest, you know each season has it's own distinct color scheme.
The sky can tell you the story of the passage of time and if you pay careful attention, can alert you to the rhythm of the seasons. And so can the fields.
In the spring the grass grows in a matter of days, in the end of the summer the fields turn gold and red. And the light, it paints swaths of color.
So go out in the evening, find the color that is around you.
What is waiting to be seen? Chase the light before it disappears for the season.
It will change you.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
We escaped the kitchen table, our normal homework spot for the fresh still-green grass, a few blankets and some sweet autumn air.
Isabel practiced her 1st reading for Mass on Friday. She's so excited to be able to be apart of the service.
Truman had to read and digest his Social Studies lesson for homework tonight. Social Studies is Dad's territory. Eric loved reading and reviewing for tests with Isabel, so we're continuing the tradition this year too.
We are so blessed with some quiet nights and evenings outside.
*If you care to, join me for two weeks of Finding Fall.