The square of life - you know what I'm talking about? The circle of life is that wonderful repetitive cycle, referred to as a growing and learning season. A new beginning means the end to another phase. But I have to tell you, that circle, well, at least at our house, is not exactly smooth. There are some very sharp turns that take us by surprise at times. I propose that the circle of life … [Read more...] about The Square of Life
My family has holiday fever. No, our Christmas tree isn't up. We haven't shopped til we dropped or sipped eggnog by the fire. (Who does drink eggnog?) My husband hasn't hung the first outdoor string of lights and the dust is still on the storage bins of decorations in the attic. No, what I really mean is that our children have entered the official ultra-hyper "holiday fever" mode. … [Read more...] about Holiday Fever
My directional instinct is unlike my husband's in every way. He can find his way anywhere. He will be the first to tell you that I struggle with knowing where I am if I don't have something tangible to guide me. Particularly when driving at night. We wrote our own wedding vows and he actually included a line about promising to guide me when I am lost. Not if, when. Two years ago, he … [Read more...] about Directional Instinct
Yesterday I drove my children outside of our suburb into the country. I declared, "Well, guys, we're on a country road today." My oldest son's face broke into a smile that I could see in the rear view mirror and he cheekily said, "You're a country mom." He quickly went on to clarify that he meant that I grew up in the country. Hmmm… living in the suburbs of the largest metropolitan area in … [Read more...] about Just a good ol’ girl…
Recently a dear older gentleman in my church orchestra has been diagnosed with cancer. This man is one of the most giving, kind gentlemen you would ever meet. Soft-spoken and unassuming, he has a passion for sleight of hand magic tricks and a beautiful violin touch. He voluntarily organizes orchestra music throughout the week at church. He is EVER so faithful to the worship ministry and I've … [Read more...] about A Reflection of Faithfulness
It's November and marigolds are still blooming on my front porch! This is unheard of in Ohio. While the weather has been unseasonably warm up to this point, the fall will soon be ending. Back to the marigolds though, here are the few straggling ones still standing at this point.All the other foliage in the beds is toast. So as I've been thinking about how long these few marigolds have lasted, … [Read more...] about Just the few of us…
When I think about all that "hats" God has given me to wear over the last fifteen years or so, I am astonished at how varied the opportunities have been. I'm a wife, mother and piano teacher currently. I play in the church orchestra and do volunteer work for the church, the schools my children attend, and the National MPS Society.In the past, I worked as an office manager, acting paralegal, … [Read more...] about You’re telling me??
Whoever came up with the line, "Choose your battles"? Yeah, I know what it means. You can't fight everything, and some things are not worth it. Don't try to fight everything that happens or everyone who wants to pick a fight.With children, we politely dictate that phrase, realizing that they are human, get tired, hungry, and don't always mean what they say. With undesirable people, we decide … [Read more...] about Unchosen Battles