Friday, January 6, 2017

o this year

Happy New Year, Friends ♥ Oh, I hope it has begun in the loveliest ways for you all. There is so much happening here that I can hardly keep up (already!! and we are only three days back into daily days!!), and I cannot wait to share it all. Hopefully there will be a little time and space in which to think soon, so I can begin to record the joy here.

I was reminded over the holiday season that Mr Franklin said, "Well done is better than well said," but I have to say that I will have both if at all possible. A pen and ink girl in absolute love with words, I cannot conceive of a higher form of expression of the praise that wells up and proceeds to splash all around.

Anyway... I wanted so to say hello and send my love here in the shiny brand new days of the new year ♥

Sunday, December 25, 2016

o beautiful star

No manner of speaking (or writing in this case) will relieve the fullness of my heart, the joy of the season and this day in particular. And so, listing once more...

waking so very early in order to begin the day with gentle, peaceful time together

his sweet, beautiful face, all shaven and shorn (as he would say) for Sunday, and the expression in his eyes when he says good morning to me

making all things ready for the descent of the sweetlings into Christmas day

calling them to come downstairs and their thunderous, exultant delight in answer

stockings stuffed with 'just a little somethings' in the manner of the one who first taught that heart-giving style of gift giving to me

traditional Christmas morning casserole paired with time to enjoy the meal together

watching out the window as the sweetlings care for their score of fur creatures, and then listening to them come back in all set to get ready to head to church

singing along to The Young Messiah (circa the 90's) with Jamie to warm up as we drove to church, and the sweetlings discovering that they really like it, too

Christmas Sunday morning worship celebration with our precious church family

a duet with Jamie, for the first time ever outside the walls of our home (or car)  - joy all wrapped up in praise to the One who first imagined celebrations and Who first thought up gifting

sweet time together all afternoon, just being "we" - hanging out with Poppy, the sweetlings unwrapping surprises from Santa, playing, laughing, talking, singing a little more

Meredith with her nose perpetually stuck in one of her new books

Samuel shooting Nerf darts all over the house again and again and again in between intense Lego building sessions

Ila introducing her new doll to her doll family and finding each of them a place to sit with us in the living room

wrapping up the day with Jamie's favorite Christmas movie, watching the sweetlings adding it to their list of favorites, too

coming to find that Christmas has come anew

Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas ♥

Monday, December 19, 2016

use this text

Yesterday just after he read the Scripture and just before he began to share, my pastor prayed this prayer... "Father, use this text to change us forever." He asked that in Jesus' name, and then went on to teach a beautiful Christmas message from Micah.

But those eight words changed me. Those simple words, that simple request (actually not simple by any means) have taken up residence in my heart. I know, knew immediately, that they are the words I will always use before and after I read my Bible from now on --for they are the heart of the matter, and God's Word can and does and will do that, change us forever.

So, for the first day of this week, this precious few days of the week of Christmas, this is my wish and blessing for you, too. May His Word change you forever.

With so much love, Merry Monday ♥

Saturday, December 10, 2016

twenty-two

Today, I am writing for him. For the beautiful man that he was, is, and is becoming, and for the gifts of his heart and life...

strength and grace
when he works and walks

heart and hope
when he writes, preaches, teaches

joy and delight
when he's with the sweetlings

sweet soul and melodies
when he plays and sings

dreaming, planting, harvesting
when he looks into coming days

loving and watching
as he takes precious time with the family

peace and kindness
as he lives our daily days

learning and growing
as he reaches out in the places of his portion

praying, leading, serving
as he loves us with his life

So beautiful he is. In the blue, blue of his eyes, in the sweet crinkles of laugh lines on his face, in the gentleness that is his way, in the great-heart that is his standard, in the use of his hands to create, in the tireless ways he cares for us, he is just so beautiful. More so now than even he was when we first met, just so lovely to me.

We were married twenty-two years ago today at eleven in the morning ♥