July 02, 2015

a night for sisters...

The sight of it never fails to make me fall in love all over again...





















The sea oats waved and the gulf rushed to greet me... and when the warm water swallowed up my feet, I felt home.  The overcast sky didn't bother me at all... I was too happy that the only thunderstorm on the radar was way too south of us to be a bother.  {I was so focused on getting there that I never bothered to check ahead of time.}  Maybe it was just hanging on to faith to know that this night would happen. It had been too long since we had the evening, just sisters.

I brought her birthday dinner, belated.
Tacos. And dessert. We didn't exactly eat it in that order.
We talked and laughed, and took in the evening breeze... we listened to the beach.

And then we decided to create...
The sun set, and we parted ways, hoping to make this happen again, sooner than later. It was agreed that this night was needed... for connection.  It was a beautiful night for sisters...




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July 01, 2015

life lately...

Life lately has been... just happening, maybe almost without me. The kind of days that just blur on without much intentional living. That is not my kind of living... but being sick will drag you down, and it takes some time to jump back in. I am making progress...


1. we had to go over to ft. lauderdale for a drs. appt, and although ikea was not on our list, we were right.there. we dragged ourselves through, and only bought a cinnamon roll... 

2. the ride across the state is always beautiful... i love the river of grass...

3. a few quiet moments between my weekend and his work weekend... at our little favorite spot.

4. suz says i am too young to have one of those pill dispensers, so i am using this basket... she wholeheartedly approves. 

5. my father's day ice cream masterpiece. it was so easy... and pretty... and gluten-free!

6. one day last week my niece showed up at my office yelling "emergency, emergency" all down the hall to the bathroom. it was too cute! cam & oakley strolled in a minute later to fetch her, and i decided to take them to lunch. we sent this picture to my sister... auntie's treat for lunch today!i think it made her day.

7. eric finally got his avocado plant planted... i love the way the sun was shining on the the green leaves of that and the basil plant (from the grocery store.) 

8. my boys are away... so i threw a party, favorite things style. it was a beautiful afternoon!

9. last night? tacos at the beach. with my sister. much needed. how is that for intentional living?!

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June 30, 2015

while she waits...

The other day my girl got in the car after work and showed me her one year zoo pin. One year of working at the zoo, making her way towards her dream.  She was happy, and proud... and I am thankful (and also proud of her!) I know she is afraid she won't get to where she really wants to be, and all I can tell her is that I believe she can, and will. It takes time.  She works hard and loves her job, and I want the world for her... but oh the marking time is hard. On Fridays she gets dirty being a giraffe keeper aide... one day a week, unpaid, and she loves every minute of it.  We hope that someday this will be part of her paid job, but in the meantime, she does love her days at the giraffe feeding station, and she is gaining great experience. Waiting on God's timing can be overwhelming and frustrating, but it is such lesson for life...

God's plan from the startFor this world and your heart
Has been to show His glory and His grace
Forever revealing the depth and the beauty of His unfailing Love
And the story has only begun
And this is going to be a glorious unfolding
Just you wait and see and you will be amazed
We've just got to believe the story is so far from over
So hold on to every promise God has made to us
And watch this glorious unfolding

-from Steven Curtis Chapman's The Glorious Unfolding


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June 25, 2015

finding my way... after too many weeks

Maybe I should have taken a hint when it was too much to even think about thinking about words... but I was too tired. After a month, I finally saw my doctor and told her I'm not sure I'm sick, but maybe?  She took one look at me, and took out her prescription pad. Bronchitis, again. The worst I have had... plus a flu. No wonder my arms were so heavy. All of that aggravated my asthma, and then I caught a cold. This is the first week in more than a month that I have worked any full days at my desk. I am thankful for feeling better, and thankful for my love/hate relationship with steroids. They got me through graduation...

Graduation. It was... amazing.
I want to relive the joy of it all, so I will save the details, but share this...



The summer humidity has settled in, but it hardly feels like summer to me. No vacation get-away planned, catching up on all that was left undone, and my kids so grown that maybe these next two months will just stretch on in ordinary fashion. Of course there will be a trip at summer's end... to Iowa. He came to his decision on a Tuesday night, hesitantly. Wednesday, he wavered. But Thursday, when the admission counselor returned his phone call, he was all smiles and glee and certain.  Cornell College. In Iowa. It is almost fifteen hundred miles from home, but we are so excited that he has chosen, and chosen a school as unique as he is. He is a dreamer and an adventurer.
Cornell College Bound!
I am hoping to find my way back to this space... I miss it.
The stories of my heart are starting to come back in words, and I don't want to forget them.

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