I took a long walk this morning in the pre-dawn glimmer. Just to clear my mind. Cluttered thoughts whirling, twirling since I opened my eyes, way too early. I really just wanted to close them again, pull up the covers, and drift back into a dream, but knew such a gift was an impossibility. I was awake. It was done. Bombardment of a myriad of thoughts clamoring for attention, burdens … [Read more...] about thoughts on being still.
The great clean up after the storm has begun - inside houses everywhere around Houston - where children played games, waited for snow, made forts, drank cups of hot chocolate, waited for snow, ate everything in sight and then asked for more, fought with swords, pillows, and other various household items, and still waited for snow… I loved every minute of it. What rarely happens in Houston, … [Read more...] about Sometimes Snow Days Aren’t Just About the Snow
I have to admit, I'm not surprised. One week before Christmas, all media buzz and attention has turned to a family who are dearly loved and known around the world. And whether or not you agree with Phil Robertson, the story has most likely grabbed your attention. Coincidence you say? I think not. Don't let the enemy steal your Christmas. He's trying to you know. You may not even realize it … [Read more...] about don’t let the enemy steal your Christmas…
Each year, I carefully arrange our family's nativity set with a creative, decorative eye - everything in its proper place. One morning after the kids had left for school, I noticed it had been completely re-arranged with each ceramic figure - shepherds, animals, wise men, Mary, Joseph, angel - positioned around in a big circle, all facing towards the center. And there He was, right in the … [Read more...] about 31 Verses for Celebrating Christmas – Keeping Christ at the Center
Recently, after several nights of being awakened with kids suffering from the dreaded stomach virus, and still reeling from the effects of it myself, I wearily finished packing backpacks, helped one child study for a test, then started to tackle the loads of laundry that awaited. Noah gently touched my arm, "Um, Mom," he whispered, I looked at those bright blue eyes that sparkled up at me, "You … [Read more...] about dear moms, for the days you forget how important you are…
Shared this post over on (in)courage... "I closed the door to my temporary hiding place and sat down wearily next to the mound of dirty laundry. Tears welled up in my eyes. Suddenly away from the constant bickering between kids, messy rooms, and constant questions and demands that only “mom” seemed to be able to fulfill, I longed to just be able to withdraw for a few moments of quiet…of rest. My … [Read more...] about For the Mom Who Feels Weary