Water Cycle

{Photo 319/365}  He jumped in the car after school, it was the cutest thing in the world.  He said, “Mom, when it rains it’s NOT because Jesus is crying…when it rains it’s NOT because He is sad at the world.  I know why it rains!!”  A smile covered his whole face, I could tell he was excited about what he learned today in school.  When we got home he couldn’t wait to show me his science text book that explains the Water Cycle.  He said, “See mom? See?  The picture?  There’s water and lakes and puddles — then the water evaporates — then the water falls from the clouds that’s precipitation, that’s the rain!!  It’s not tears — I figured it out…the rain is not God’s teardrops.”  I captured this on video…it’s priceless — one of my favorite gifts of being a momma is watching these guys learn and grow.  Wow…what a GREAT gift!

The Relevant Conference

{Photo 300/365} I had an EARLY flight — when I got to the airport…sitting at the gate — I thought I recognized @Gussysews {that’s a twitter name, her real name is Maggie} It was her; we discovered that while tweeting back and fourth sitting at the same gate.  It is this strange weird world that the internet and social media creates.   It was a true blessing to meet @gussysews, she is ONE talented woman making fun sassy unique bags.  BUT this was just the beginning, I had a lay over in Detroit — there I met @funkyfaithgirl and @MySoulReflects and several others…it was a gathering of kindred spirits, it was sweet to meet so many fabulous women in real life that I’d only connected with 140 characters at a time.  When I arrived in Harrisburg, PA — I looked for this sweet friend @Erika_Dawson she’s an amazing writer, an special woman — not only have we tweeted, we’ve skyped!  I love the friendships that I’ve made online, I know God strategically places people into my life.  So excited to see what He has in store for me this weekend. Happy to be at #Relevant11.  Blessed to make new friends.

Candle Light Dinner

{Photo 278/365}  We had a mid-week date, an unexpected evening out.  We went to one of his favorite restaurants — this light flickered between us.  He drinks wine, I drink lemon water.  We talked, caught up on our oh-so-busy-lives, laughed.  Simply connected.  Love my man.

Quiet Time

{Photo 260/365}  While I was making my coffee this morning I glanced over to my corner.  To my chair, my little table, and the lamp.  This is my space — it’s where I sit each morning, sip coffee and connect with God.  It’s my favorite time of the day.  Most often it’s dark and quiet.  When it’s cool, I turn on the fireplace — once in a while I will snuggle up with a blanket.  I love my quiet time, my quiet corner, my me and Him time each morning.  I exchange whispers with God before shouts with the world.  priceless.

Silly

{Photo 259/365}  I was SO excited about this morning — to see Sarah {and her sister Heather!} We talk on the phone and text, yes, but it had been a very long time since we’d been able to see each other face-to-face.  She was in town, YIPEE!  Here’s my crazy reflection…growing up my mom got together with her friends for coffee and such during the week, I can remember her friends and their kids coming over, or us going to another home.  The moms would connect and have adult conversations — us kids would play.  They were the “age” that I am now — I cannot image them EVER taking a picture like this…being silly…from what I can remember as a little girl, they were always prim-and-proper, very mature and adult-like.  But, not us!  We had coffee, cinnamon rolls, and fruit — that was familiar, like them, but other than that?  Not so sure.  LOVED my time with these two fabulous sisters…amongst the silliness, we had a heart connection, it’s a blessing to be able to just “pick-up” with friends right where you left off…special time.  grateful.

Unwinding

{Photo 182/365}  They spent the day at the beach, while I sat at Starbucks and wrote.  When I got home we spent time outside in the jacuzzi unwinding.  talking.  catching up.  I’m drained, empty, tired…only one more chapter to go. excited.

Weeding

{Photo 167/365}  YES we have a ton of weeds scattered throughout our yard landscaping.  I’m not a green thumb, so pulling weeds doesn’t top my priority list.  Additionally, I struggle with lower back pain, so bending over weeding doesn’t feel the greatest.  But I’m not complaining.  Today the boys and I spent the morning weeding – ok, not the whole morning, but one hour.  We accomplished a lot.  The brown paper Target bags were full when we were done and we only got half way through.  So, tomorrow we will weed again.

The cool part about this time we spent together is that I was able to share with the boys the importance of weeding not only our yard, but our lives.  As we attempted to pull the bigger deep rooted weeds, it was tough; just like deep rooted issues in our lives.  Such as negative attitudes, bad habits, unhealthy people.

Once we identify the weeds, we need to be intentional about getting to the roots and pulling them out – otherwise they will come back.  If we don’t take the time to weed, our beautiful yard “life” gets contaminated with ugliness.  We had a great talk.  I think the boys got it.  One sang as he weeded – the other grumbled and complained.  It was a great opportunity to see the difference and for them to truly understand what I was trying to teach them.  I love teachable moments with my nuggets.  Even when I’m doing something I don’t enjoy doing.  weeding.

Just the two of us

{Photo 153/365}  We needed some one-on-one time, just me and him – so we went to a movie.  It was a great movie Kung Fu Panda 2 in 3D.  The message in the movie was great, the Truth will set you free. healing. restoration.  We had a nice time sharing the buttered popcorn…spending time together.  Talking.  Just the two of us.

Happy Boy

{Photo 142/365}  He had a super fun day, Valleyfair with his best cousin-friend Coop.  We got home at 10:00, a little late for a school night, but that’s ok.  He had a lot to talk about as we drove home.  He shared with me how tornados form, “Hot air, which is the devil, meets cold air, which is God.  When they meet the twist and make a tornado then the devil wins cause it destroys stuff and that’s not nice.”  I wish I could’ve gotten that explanation on video, but I was driving.  Then when I tucked him in he said, “Guess what?  When you sleep your eyes don’t blink.  Wanna know why?  Because they’re closed.”  Oh my, I affirmed him and smiled – he is so smart and sweet.  proud momma.  “Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.” - Richard L. Evans

Covering All Bases

{Photo 132/365}  So many changes happening in my world.  So many irons in the fire.  So many decisions needing to be made.  Today I think I dealt with them all, seriously.  Brent was getting a glimpse into my world, watching me multi-task, that’s why he captured this picture.  I was having my “quiet time” when the phone rang – I’d been waiting for this returned phone call and had to take it.  My laptop was patiently waiting for me to write, dig into the book.  We made decisions.  Took action.  Enjoyed lunch and dinner with friends.  Watched the sunset.  The day turned into everything other than what I had planned it to be.  It was good, just not what I had expected.  I had to be ok with it.  I just had to be. acceptance.  ”There is no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day. And there is no substitute for patience and acceptance.” ~ Cesar Chavez