Archive for ‘Ponderings…’

October 5, 2006

Why do you blog?

I was asked that that the other day. It’s a good question.

It got me thinking.

So I decided, after digging out a blank journal I was given years ago, that I am going to copy down the entire contents of this blog there.

I realize now, I blog because I am afraid that if I don’t I will someday look back on our life as this great big fuzzy blur…And I don’t ever want to lose the sweetness of these days. I don’t want the simple, ordinary, day-to-day joys to fade over time.  

So life becomes a treasure hunt.

A challenge to see things from God’s perspective. And to never stop thanking Him for the glimpses of joy of truth and of beauty He sends every day. To recognize, when David’s smiles at me, numberless times in a day…it’s God wispering, " I love you." To know that the delight that sparkles in the eyes of my tiny daughter, is nothing less than the joy of the Lord. To watch every evening, the sunset splendour as it glows across the hills and know it’s Love, written in color, framed in by the corners of my living room window…so beautiful, it shocks me, especially as I wonder over the feeling that it was hung there, just for me.  Or how often through the words of a friend, it occurs to me that I am being Invisibly hugged .

I long to document His grace. Leave hints of His faithfulness for Annabelle to someday uncover. Proof that He is with us. Evidence of His goodness. A history of love.  Our history.

Everyone blogs for a reason. Now you know mine.

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September 24, 2006

what to do?

I have heard from a handful of people that my MSN space has been sabotaged by some sort of evil little bug. That they are either locked out when they come to visit, or worse, their whole computer sputters, smokes and nearly blows up.  Ever since we switched over to LIVE I have reportedly had this problem…And I don’t know what to do about it? I have contacted MSN twice. Apparently there has been no change…I have deleted a bunch of albums hoping that would help…I have taken the music off my space…I am considering a switch to Blogger…while keeping my Space here. But I’m not one tiny bit willing to risk losing any of my Live Spaces neighbors. 
 
What should I do? I am so stumped.
 
Wanted:

Better yet: NOT Wanted

August 30, 2006

Will I ever again find time to blog?

 

For days, I have been wanting and meaning to curl up in our office chair, with a nice steaming mug of peppermint tea, and plenty of time to catch up with all of you…

But there has been a minefield of:

laundry, dishes, errands, phone calls, projects ( like cleaning out our garage, matting and framing a stack of pictures ), visitors and visiting-s, my renewed determination to exercise regularly…and a baby girl who has a growing aversion to taking naps, and one very unfriendly emerging bottom-dwelling tooth, as well as a very hard-working, hungry husband…

…between myself and the computer screen.

Yesterday was a bewitchingly gloomy sort of a day. The wind whistled around the house like a teapot set to boil and then forgotten… I imagined writing a post all about it…Or about being all cuddled up in bed the other night, and remembering out-loud the summer we spent falling in love. About how I had to get up after David fell fast asleep and haul out the album stuffed with old love letters and pictures because I couldn’t sleep…About the goose bumps I had in the middle of the night, caused by the return of all those lovely feelings…

About how first there had been the hope of love, and how that had become love’s gentle unfolding. I was a girl in-love with a boy, a common, everyday sort of occurrence I know, but he was a boy who was not as much of a boy as he was a man…and a man who I had measured all other men by, a hero of a man, my hero. Suddenly I was acutely alive with the sensation that everything, everywhere and everyone was and beautiful and wonderful. Life simply glowed with romance! The memories with a thrill, sent me back in time. And then I thought about how our love has changed shape since then (quick example: the definition of a date has gone from the typical, going out to dinner and holding hands across the table, or a long drive and a picnic, to…David asking me tonight if I wanted to have a “date” with him out in the garage, once Annabelle was soundly asleep for the night ) and deepened over the last three years. I wanted to write all about a favorite quote of mine that went, “ So then love found it’s way into their hearts and got comfortable. “ And how I feel we have lived our way into those very words.

I wanted to write about just this and so much more, but the morning slipped right through my fingertips and before I realized it, Annabelle and I were on our way out the door and off to spend the afternoon at Me-Ma’s…then home, then dinner, a tired fussy baby to put to bed, then a counter-full of dishes to wash by hand since my dishwasher has been broken for a while…the day was gone. And wouldn’t you know it, today has gone away too. Bedtime is fast closing in on us.

A nice little slip of pearly moon is out for the night. And it’s actually chilly enough that I may just have to go dig out a wool quilt, for our bed.

I ’ll leave you with the words of my husband from earlier tonight, for they perfectly express what is in my heart…

“ honey, how did we get so blessed?”

July 31, 2006

Beware, it’s a game of Tag…

Missie May

Aunt Tea

Alison

Sendy

Carrie

 

You are it! I tried not to tag anyone else that I know of that has been tagged already.  Please only play if you want to…:) 

 

5 Things In My Freezer:
  1. Multiple teething contraptions
  2. Frozen Wash Clothes, also for teething and I have had better sucess with them than almost anything else.
  3. David’s favorite ice cream: Safeway Select, Lemon Sherbert
  4. 3 different types of coffee beans ( organic, non organic and non organic, decaf )
  5. 3 different kinds of berries ( stawberries, blackberries and blueberries )

5 Things in My Closet:

  1. My favorite shoes,  Bright Pink Hanna Andersson Clogs
  2.  9 of David’s baseball caps
  3. A plaque that my Grandma gave us for our wedding that says: Be Encouraged " For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
  4. Several rolls of Christmas Wrapping Paper
  5. A small box of vintage linens that I have been meaning to sell on E-bay

5 Things in my Vehicle

  1. A Hair Brush
  2. Curve, David’s Cologne
  3. A baby blankie
  4. Baby toys
  5. A Wide assortment of Binkies

5 Things in my Purse

  1. All my make-up
  2. 3 diapers
  3. Expired Coupons
  4. My Digital Camera
  5. 2 Luna Bars

5 Things On My Desk:

  1.  a framed picture of David and Annabelle
  2. a yellow notepad
  3. a glass of water
  4. my sunglasses
  5. a stack of blank CDs

And if I can add one…

Your 5 Favorite Movies:

  1. Roman Holiday
  2. Elizabethtown
  3. You’ve Got Mail
  4. Return to Me
  5. The Prize Winner of Defiance Iowa

 Other players that I know of, so far: Misha, Tonya, Leslie, Whazat, Crystal

July 28, 2006

my (not so) little list of blessings infinite!

 
" The world is so full of a number of things,
I am sure we should all be as happy as kings." 
R. Lewis Stevenson
 
 

I  love to count things.
And I love lists.
 
 Have you ever stopped to count your blessings?
I have. I store away all my " small joys "
in a little blue and green tartan plaid notebook.
 And that notebook has become one of my dearest possesions.
I hope to write on the very last page someday.
 
 It’s amazing to me how so many little things make up our greatest happiness!
 
 
 JESUS
laughing until you’re crying…
attic rooms
a bouquet of pink tulips
Mountain Peaks
Optimisim
Picnics
learning
Bedtime Fairy Stories
Snow falling like diamonds
Doing Kartwheels
lemondade
FREEDOM
High Heels…Red Ones
Teamwork
The glow from a ruby red sunset
A Shooting Star 
Daffodils
Holding Daddy’s Hand
Rosy Cheeks
polka-dots
black licorice
Patriotism
Questions
monkeys
A Croweded Sidewalk
An Open Field
Kissing Mommy’s Face Goodnight
A Sleeping Baby
Your Sleeping Baby
a rainy day(not days)
 
Shopping Downtown
PLAYFULNESS
freckles
clean underware
a double dare
PEOPLE
suprises
watermelon
a friendly pillow fight
growing
A Warm Handshake
XOXOXOXO’s
Climbing a Tree
FEELINGS
Curious George

My Grandmother’s Handwriting
Springtime
Hearing your baby laugh for the first time

A dripping ice cream cone
Whispered Secrets
Pig-Tails
Day Dreams
Running barefoot through the grass
a dip in the lake
COLOR
Leading By Example
A dozen yellow roses
cowboy boots

exloring

a piggy-back ride
Friday-Night-Date-Night
Mommies
flying kites at the park
wild flowers
high-fives
preserverance
getting tickled till you almost pee your pants
daisy chains
Grandpa saying" You’re as cute as a bugs ear."
dried tears
falling in love
Sleeping out under the Stars
wonder
 how much kids love strawberry jell-o
the dance of waves
family
an autumn breeze
playing dress-up
A sticky note that says : I Love You
cinnamon rolls
making funny faces
twirling
sand castles
Thunder Storms
Blowing Kisses
loyalty
Sisterness
jumping in a mud  puddle -why- because you felt like it
 a cup of coffee and a friend
it’s your birthday, and he remembered
snowball fights
red geraniums in a white window box
your very best friend
corn on the cob, buttered and salted
learning how to drive
Spontaneity
Bible Stories
baby animals
being understood
playing in the woods
Courage
the blessing and curse of having a wild imagination
camping out…in the living room
Apple Blossoms
Goofy Uncles
An April Fools Joke
Your First Kiss
snuggeling
going berry picking
Responsibility
candy canes
The Sun on my Face
singing in the shower
washing dishes…with help
a pink striped hulla-hoop
Blue Sky
faithfulness
Sunday School
popcorn and a movie
 the rainbow after the rain
fairytale endings
sitting on the kitchen counter
red mittens
love letters
REDEMPTION
a listening ear
pretending
softly falling leaves
baby clothes
being silly

Dad’s stories
roller skates
Big Brothers
a smile from a stranger
peace and quiet
MERCY
erasers
butterfly wings
the winter wind
nick-names
perpetual joy
being tucked in
rough-housing
memories
sweet dreams
looking on the bright side
firsts
Serindipity
a choir of birdsong
Christmas Morning
clam chowder
a long walk
curiosity
Eeyore
Sail Boats
The Perfect Kodak Moment
giving
the smell of freshly cut hay
smiley faces
KINDNESS
a book you just can’t seem to put down
touch
a toddlers vocabulary
your favorite song playing on the radio
eight hours of sleep
fireflies in a jar
Fridays
simplicity
Funny Toes
quiet people
seeing beauty in the ordinary
back scratches
Humor
holding a childs hand
the Seasons
umbrellas
 
support
gummy worms
packages in the mail
chocolate, in any form
belly buttons
 Common Sense
gold fish in a bowl
crayons
apple cider
cricket symphonies
looking on the bright side
deep thoughts
a blustery day
Dr. Suess
squirrles with question-mark tails
honey-nut cheerios
running on the beach…the sand beneath your toes
Your Guy, In a Tie
WORDS
being on time
dandelions
Sunday Morning Church
sheets hanging on the clothes line
fortune cookies
dancing around in the kitchen
a bottle of bubbles and hours of fun
a beautifully wrapped present
a pair of flowered capri’s
GOOD FRIDAY
naked babies
my wedding ring
a water ballon fight
eyelashes
a sudden inspiration
HOPE
 
 I have always wanted to write a book.
And if I ever did it would be made up of simple, floating thoughts like these. 
Intertwined with fitting and rich illustrations.
I am wondering, if I did would you read a book like that?
 
I am also wondering? What would you add to this list?
 
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Copyright 2006
July 27, 2006

imaginary neighbors

I started blogging on a whim. One night I had a lot of time to kill and nothing to kill it with. David was working nights at the time. So, because I could, I joined the ranks of the nocturnal. One night I was surfing the internet during the wee morning hours, sort of like I am now. Somehow I ended up in MSN Spaces. I read a featured blog or two, the ones that caught my eye, then trotted off to start my own. Why? Because honestly, I was bored. Not inspired, bored. I had no idea that I was about to meet some of the dearest most amazing people in the history of my life. And I love how neither distance or location has hindered that. It’s like the most perfect neighborhood, the kind you imagine you live in.

 

 

The Best of MSN Spaces is just grand, perhaps the only thing better than being featured is doing the featuring. Hmmm. Now that’s an idea.

  

Fair warning here, I am about to start throwing adjectives at you.

And lots of them. Try: insightful, creative, convincing, gracious, deep, inspiring, honest, tender, caring, WISE, humorous, original, thoughtful, realENCOURAGING, brilliant, FUN, challenging, loving, amazing, inventive, gentle, strong, sweet.

You may not ever see the women I have just described on the cover of PEOPLE magazine, but let me tell you,

I know where you can find real celebrities.

These women are many things, not the least of which is extraordinary.

In the middle of laundry and dirty dishes/diapers, that never-ending to-do list, church activities, errand running, snack making, loving, cleaning the house, rocking babies, listening, working, cooking, more snack making, doing favors for, teaching, and tired, with no make-up on, still in their sweats at noon, hair up in a pony tail.

They love their life. As everyday as it may be. As busy as it may be.

These women nearly swoon at the sight of the small bouquet of flowers sitting on thier kitchen table.

Or a glittering sunset that they know was a gift, " painted " especially for them. A love note left on the bathroom mirror. 

Bedtime stories, kisses and prayers.

They often find their greatest pleasure in the smallest,

and simplest of things.

These women are the truest definition of beauty:

 
 

 
 
July 20, 2006

The Cheery and Indispensible Guest Book…

THE GUESTBOOK

 
Please, do take a minute during your vist to skip over and sign my guest book, so I know you have been here and where I can find you. 
Thank you and a lovely day to you.