There was a time when I didn’t have 5 sons, Cleo kitty # 6 or Sadie
A time when I wasn’t in charge of morning wake-ups and breakfast,
Clean clothes and matching socks
. . . . a time when I’d not known a mother-son wedding dance, or received a marriage a proposal from a 4-year-old who couldn’t imagine living without me, or that star-gazing would mean so much still after 33 years
There was a time when the days crawled
like forever from one to the next.
Birthdays and Christmas took an eternity
. . . . a time I could fit into the WWII pea-coat my 17 year old wears now
and I slipped city bus-ride dimes and school lunch money into the sleeve pocket
There was a time, one winter, when the big snow came
and everything in the daily shut down, except the
small grocer and grandmother sent me along with my best friend
from across the street
to pick up some items to make dinner
after checking with the last of the Main Street residents
too old to get out safely
my friend and I, set out on our errand
sliding down the middle of Main Street, USA
on two feet
the icy world packed in a snow globe silence
until broken by
unabashed teenage exuberance singing
“love is higher than a mountain”
on the icy street
empty of cars and everyday living
but for us
There was a time when . . . . I thought my dreams were just about me
and I flew without wings in my night-dreams
my soul-dreams just shadows of things
because dreams are only as big as experience and knowledge allows
and nay-sayers are Magpies trying to carry off treasures that don’t
belong to them
. . . a time when I didn’t see how it was all a God-design
tucked full of blessing and love-letters
from the one whose I am
where faith grows wings
for daily living and dreams
amidst sock matching and scheduled
I’m beginning to journal God’s gifts again. It grounds me, encourages me to look for the blessings He leaves me in the daily, to open the love-letters in them he sends. It changes my day, anchors me and keeps me steady and focused on whose I am. Won’t you join me?
1046 – Cardinals on the window sill, reminding me of home, its goodness and how God’s got the day. My husband got a bird-feeder for Christmas. There used to be only one cardinal – now we have a yard full.
1047 – my son’s friends coming in and out of the house. This weekend, after an indoor soccer tournament. They’d named their team the Waffles, so Keith and I made them waffles to celebrate their win.
1048 – studying with another son for a vocabulary test
1048 – the ability to work with another son to make product and get an order out
1049 – taking more responsibility in our family business – and being able to do it. I understand learning new things are “scary,” but I’m getting past the scary part into the skill comfort part.
1050 – the wrapping up of an odd assortment of challenges in a pop-corn challenge kind-of-year
1050 – classical music that infuses my home with a tranquility
1051 – Saturday morning breakfast at our house with my grandgirlies (Thank you for the term, Elizabeth) and their parents.
1052 – Clotted Cream with homemade scones
1053 – D.E. Stevenson books – and time to read them
1054 – colored pencils and a journaling bible.
1055 – a MIL adventure day with my newly married son’s MIL. She is such a beautiful encourager!
1056 – after a long spell of not writing – and just savoring the daily – and the difference of what I am doing today compared to last year – the freedom to just savor, accept the emptiness of writing ideas – and the confidence in knowing that God will give when the time is right – so many learning how to live waiting for God without pressures and expectations I am tempted to put on myself
1056 – Orchid Vanilla tea with a friend in the middle of a busy day
1058 – a one hour surprise visit from an out-of-town friend who is a beautiful part of the family story-telling thread of boys being born, growing, sickness and weddings.
1059 – Take-out barbecue for dinner at the end of a busy, good day.
1060 – Peaceful sleep despite an pop-up challenge
1061 – a phone call from a son, after seeing a car accident and worrying it was me
1062 – hot water in the morning for a cup of tea
1063 – birthday celebrations for my husband, lovely daughter-in-law, granddaughter, and my mother.
1064 – a picture of 3 of my 5 favorite sons in a joyful moment