…a few thoughts on ships…

“A ship in the harbor is safe. But that’s not what ships are for.” William G.T  Shedd I saw some ships today, and some smaller vessels on the water. They were coming in to the harbor just as the sun was going down. My son and I watched as the boats in the distance moved a little closer in to the dock. It was windy and cold, but beautiful on the patio as we ate.  Hot Clam chowder tasted reallyRead more

Zoom

I love the zoom lens on my camera. The lens will go from a close up of one thing to a close up of another thing in the push of a button and then back again in a heartbeat. The camera is still pointed at the exact same place, but the whole perspective changes. (Nothing else changes, only the perspective…) So this morning as I held up my camera, my view which started out as this…a tree just beginning toRead more

Thankful Thursday

On this Thursday, I’m thankful for… ~”Guess what?!!” calls from a few of my kids this week and the joy totally shared about successes that come AFTER lots of tenacity and hard work and perseverance and stick-to-it-iveness.  I’m thankful for lessons learned and successes celebrated and that it’s a total gift to be able to share in the joy.  That’s a gift, for sure. ~ safety during the very short sunset ride with my son who does not yet haveRead more

Thankful Thursday ~ Unexpected Blessings

Today, I’m thankful for unexpected blessings. I’m not sure why I’m so focused on this today because I’m thankful for a thousand things. But today? Today I’m thankful that life didn’t quite turn out like I had planned. Because of that, my family is a bit larger than what I had envisioned. With that larger family comes a few more loads of laundry to wash, mouths to feed, clothes to buy, bills to pay, and more people to love andRead more

…a few thoughts on abiding…

Abide. When? Now. Not tomorrow.  Not in a week. NOW. Abide is in the present tense. Abode is where we live. Abide is how we live. I am thinking that I want my abode to be abiding …in Him, wherever that is, wherever it takes me, whatever the cost. And right NOW? Right now, the cost is obediently choosing to be faithful in the little things, praying through the big, and trusting, clinging to, the One who gives the powerRead more

…a few thoughts on dressing up…

They looked too cute.  They really did.  The preparation for this day took months, but, it paid off, for they fit the part of what to look like when you go to the prom.  There was a lot of “bling” and jewels on the dress and shoes, beautiful flowers on the corsage and boutineer, a gorgeous dress and a tuxedo vest that actually matched. (This was no small deal in and of itself because when we went to get orderRead more

Enough

Enough.  ENOUGH.  That’s a  word we as moms often say to our children when they (or we!) have reached a limit.  “That’s enough ice cream.”  “That’s enough TV.”  Or, the dreaded “THAT’S ENOUGH!!” when the behaviors have hit a point that mom will no longer tolerate.  We moms say, “That’s enough” quite a number of times through our children’s years. It’s a phrase that is passed down from mom generation to mom generation. We intrinsically know that we need to sayRead more

Last man out

Living life takes courage.  Period.  It just does. And I see examples of courage everyday.  I see them at home, at work, in the community.  And a few nights a week in the Spring?  I see them on the baseball field. When the bases are loaded, your team is down by one in a game between rivals that has been anticipated for months, and it’s the last inning? Yep, it takes courage to stand at bat and swing for theRead more

Simple Design

For a season it beautifully blooms because that’s what it was designed to do And we can all enjoy the beauty Then…the blooms fade and the work begins For flowers weren’t just made to bloom and be beautiful They have a purpose Yes, the flower’s work is to make seeds Seeds that will be planted, Seeds that will spread and grow and impact their little space. and impact their world and one day, bear flowers that bloom beautifully Flowers that willRead more

SQUIRREL!!!

It’s really starting to scare me.  No joke.  I get distracted so easily.  It happened the other day,  time after time after time, as I worked with my students in the classroom.  I work with many students who have attention deficits.   And behavior issues.  And emotional needs.  And learning disabilities.  And physical challenges.  And I love my job.  But the mix lately has been difficult and I feel like the dog in the movie “Up”  (see link below) aRead more