Ignored, BUT not forgotten

My last post here was November 15th…I haven’t forgotten about this space, really I haven’t…

…its just been ignored.

The picture a day, project 365, that I worked on in 2011 started out FUN FUN FUN, until it became something I had. to. DO. DO. DO.  That’s what I had been sharing here, just a picture and a reflection EVERYDAY.

What happened?  why did I stop?  I had to eliminate something from my life and that’s what I chose.  YES…I kept taking the pictures, I just stopped posting them here.  I was falling behind, couldn’t keep up with all of my irons-in-the-fire so I decided to ignore this space.

Now…a few months later — I’m back.  With a renewed spirit and a desire to write. to share my thoughts. to expand.  SO that’s what I’m going to do — share in this space.  No more project 365. No more attempting to post each day.  No set schedule.  No rigid plan or theme or writing schedule to adhere to.  Just sharing when I feel compelled – I will just write…

Today I am so grateful for these gifts…

the sun shining
Fay who prayed with me
Jill who’s helping me prepare for our Valentine’s Day party
Rebekah who has taken over The Refine Conference blog
my parents who lovingly look out for my best interests
the experiences that are refining me

Yes, it was was ignored, BUT not forgotten — What are YOU grateful for today?

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!

ChapStick

{Photo 315/365}  This is the time of year when the lips start to get chapped.  Actually, I often feel dry and flakey all over and am very grateful for lotion.  For some reason my boys get the “ring-around-the-lips” and we go through ChapStick like it’s water.  I can’t remember actually ever running out of ChapStick…like getting to the bottom of the tube and not having any left.  What I mean when I say we go through ChapStick I’m saying we lose them.  I stock up with a variety of flavors.  We’ve got them in nightstands, junk drawers, my purse, in our cars, and of course the boys take them to school in the pocket of their jeans.  The problem is that when we need them, they seem to have disappeared…SO I have to run out to purchase another variety pack.  I don’t know…it’s just one of those mysteries — ChapStick.  Chapped lips. Dry Skin.

Missed him…

{Photo 310/365}  He’s back…and I’m so glad.  This month has been a little CRAZY with our travel and the things that we’ve had to do separately.  He and Zach had a great weekend bonding, hunting, and hanging at the river while Zane and I had a fun-filled weekend with each other and others.  BUT…being home, all of US under one roof is really special.  He brightens my world and I just love every minute with him.  My special man.  My best friend.

Holiday Brunch

{Photo 309/365}  Today was the annual ladies brunch at my mom’s church.  She “sponsored” a table — decorated it so beautifully, she’s crafty and creative like that, I am just not.  We don’t get together as often as you would think, since we all live so close; it takes intentionally planned events like this to get us ladies together.  I got to see two aunties, my mom’s cousin, her friend, and of course my mom and my sister.  It was a GREAT morning…fun.  Quiet.  Relaxing.

Scary Day?

{Photo 304/365}  Halloween is not my favorite holiday — actually, if it didn’t exist, I would be VERY ok with it.  SO, the last thing on my list after traveling this month was preparing for this day.  I am grateful to my parents who stepped up to the plate for this little guy.  As I was driving to drop him off for the festivities at my parents church, he asked me, “Mom, isn’t Halloween supposed to be scary?”  I looked at him and responded, “Yes, I guess traditionally, it IS supposed to be scary.”  Then he said, “Mom, I don’t even have a trick-or-treat bag or bucket, why? and Mom, we didn’t carve pumpkins.”  I looked at him, realizing that he’s figured out I did absolutely nothing to make this day memorable for him and said, “I’m sorry sweetie…I know I didn’t make this holiday special for you.”  He looked at me, smiled, looked away and then said, “It’s ok, mom.”  My dad greeted him with a smile and a hug — they had a blast at the church — he came home 3 hours later with lots and lots of candy to share with his brother; he had a great time.  Today I’m just grateful for my parents — I so appreciate how they step up to the plate for me when I need help.  It’s a true blessing for the boys and for me.

Comfort of Home

{Photo 303/365}  It’s so great to be home.  I’ve traveled 17 days out of this month and tonight I can just rest my head on my own comfortable pillow — unpack the suitcase that I’ve been living out of and get back into my routine.  These little nuggets didn’t want to leave my side…they are glad I’m home too.  Tonight they will sleep with be because B is helping a friend move and driving a U-Haul truck across the country.  We all snuggled into our pajamas, enjoyed each other and the comfort of HOME…love coming home.

It was a day…

{Photo 297/365}  I had the best intentions for today.  A family day at the beach — not a cloud in the sky — water, shells, sand castles, sun, then lunch, a little more beach and wrapping up our joy-filled day playing in the pool. BLISS.  Sounds fabulous, right?  Unfortunately the day didn’t pan out to be what I had intended.  These two little nuggets were having a World War III — my patience was tested, my nerves were irritated, my fuse blew a few times {YES, a few…more than once!}  Oh well…tomorrow is a new day.  Grateful for grace.  Grateful for mercy. I think these two guys are too. It was a day…

Puddles

{Photo 291/365}  The best to do when it rains, is let it rain — and enjoy it!  Today we ventured out, because the rain would not stop and we were all cooped up.  Brent and the boys got haircuts, when they were done, they decided to go play in the rain.  They had so-much-fun.  It reminded me of when I was a little girl — I loved to play in the rain.  Nobody cared how wet they go, it was all about jumping in the puddles, splashing, and letting the raindrops fall on our heads.  They were soaked — I let them play as long as they wanted.  After this adventure, we ran a few errands, then had lunch at a mexican restaurant…YUMMO, my favorite; chips and salsa.  memories.  ”Let the rain kiss you.  Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.  Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” – Langston Hughes

VHS Movie Day

{Photo 290/365}  It’s been raining a lot — today was another day of rain.  He and I hung out in the movie theater and watched a couple of movies, older VHS movies.  Another simple day of quality time…