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Saturday, September 1, 2007

A Good Message.

This is a layout I did that was just recently honored as one of the week's favorite designs over at ScrapinStyle, an on-line artist community in which I am involved. This is Kennedy at 3 years old, playing in the rain. Enjoy.

Savoring Saturday Pleasures.

Today has been the kind of Saturday that I love. Sleeping in until 9:00 and then cuddling for another hour with my kiddos in bed. Getting up to a crispy bright fall morning, with just the right touch of chill in the air. Today, I am celebrating so many simple pleasures, things like......Peanut butter toast and spicy warm chai for breakfast;2 hours of kid-free time browsing Hobby Lobby;Spending a gift card at Jo-Ann's--thanks, Kelli and Jason--I got lots of new scrapbooking goodies and the cutest little pin cushion!Lunch out at Olive Garden, savoring lunch with a new scrapbooking magazine (Play);A yummy Chai Chill, my new favorite drink at Beaners (skim with no whip makes it OK!);A victory for my Michigan Wolverines!;Time with my 3-month old niece...savoring her silky skin and sweet baby coos;Yummy spaghetti pie for dinner, coupled with whole grain garlic bread;Watching my husband wrestle with my kids out on the front lawn;An e-mail from my daughter's first grade teacher telling us that she has already far surpassed the END-of-the-year reading goals for first grade, so she will be working in a special enrichment program. You Go, Sweet Girl!Our first fire of the year crackling in the fireplace tonight;Enjoy tomorrow.....worship, rest, and thank God for His rich blessings. Sweet, sweet dreams.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Back-to-School Approaching.

It must be back to school time for my kids....How do I know? Because I had my first "Mommy anxiety" dream of the year last seems that every year, as I prepare my kids and myself for a new school year, I start having a series of dreams about the first day. Last year, as Kennedy was getting ready to start kindergarten, I remember dreaming that she got on the wrong school bus and I was hopping from bus to bus, trying to find her but I couldn't.Last night's dream was about first grade....I dreamed that I took her to school and she was put into the worst teacher's classroom. And, to make matters worse, I forgot my camera!! Then, she didn't know anyone else in her class and I showed up to the first day wearing only my bathing suit. would old Freud interpret that one?For the most part, I love back-to-school time. I love shopping for new supplies, picking out new backpacks with my kids, choosing that special outfit for the first day. Waiting for the letter that says which class they are in. The impending start of fall and Friday night football games and school picnics and all the newness that comes with starting a new year.Tomorrow, I am leaving with my daughter for an overnight school shopping trip. This is something that my parents did for us and I am so excited to begin it with my daugther. We are going to stay in a hotel, go out for dinner to wherever she chooses, pick out new supplies and new clothes, and just hang out together. It is a special way to mark the ending of summer and the beginning of a new year. She will be going to school all-day every day for the first time this year, so it is a big step for both of us. I'm a firm believer in spending one-to-one time alone with each of my children ( and for my husband to do the same) so I am looking very forward to this time with just she and I. When my son starts first grade, I plan to start the same tradition with him....or maybe he would prefer shopping with Dad, we'll just have to wait and see!Tuesday has been pretty normal around here....playing, a meeting, tidying up, paying some bills. Tonight, we are on for karate lessons and then my monthly card-making group. I'm looking forward to some creativity time and them hopefully a relaxing evening. I wish you Tuesday's simple pleasures.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

More Tragedy and Loss.

My husband's phone rang early in Chicago this morning. We were called home early from our vacation with some shocking tragic and unbelievable news. Two wonderful people--a coach and our athletic trainer--were personal friends, colleagues, and just really good people. And they are both dead after a murder-suicide. We are numb and cannot make sense of this. It seems more like an episode of CSI or a Lifetime movie, but this is real life. These are our friends, somebody's son and daughter, many students' teachers, and loved by many. So please keep our family, community, school and these families deep in prayer. So many questions that will go unanswered.

Daisies on a Monday.

There has been a lot of sadness and loss and death and mourning around us, some our own and some of those we care about. There is a lot of numbness and asking of the tough questions. This morning, as I was out watering the flowers in our front yard, the sight of the daisies in our flower garden just made me so happy. Broke through the sadness, if only for a few moments. The daisy is so beautiful in its simplicity. That little hue of purple around the center of these sun daisies....just brought to my mind that God is a God of details. A God who thinks of every last thing. And He will sustain. He hasn't forgotten us, nor has He turned from us. In fact, He promises that He is working all these things for our good...for the good of those who are mourning and hurting and have lost. The same God who Hand-crafted these daisies down to the very last minute detail has Hand-crafted a plan to stitch together all of these circumstances and tragedies for our good and for His glory. So today, on a Monday in July, I am thankful that God used these daisies to remind me of His power and His faithfulness and His immense, immeasureable love for us.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Spring Break.

Today is the official start to my university's spring break. Now, I wish that I could say that this photo is my handsome husband and I in a swanky resort in the Mexican Riveria enjoying sun, surf, snorkeling, shopping, and......well, lots of other "s" words that may not be totally appropriate topics for a family-oriented blog! :) But the reality is, this photo was actually take a couple of year's ago at my brother's wedding near Cancun. This year, spring break for us this year simply means a week at home without going to work.....and it really is OK with me. It is a change from routine, the freedom to play with play-dough a little more and spend more time during the day cuddling under a blanket with my kiddos and maybe spending a little more time just being quiet and creative...just being. Yes, the sun and water and culture would be great medicine for my soul right now in the middle of a busy semester.....but so is some extra time with my family. I am, however, planning a little "Family Adventure" for later in the week....a two-day family getaway for some rest and fun. The really fun part about planning this trip has been...that I am the only one who knows where we are going and what we are doing. So far, I have been giving my daughter daily hints to see if she can figure it out, though this is a place that we have not been before. So far, I have given the following hints: 1) It involves animals.2) It is NOT a zoo.3) My daughter' kindergarten teacher has been there before.4) It is in Michigan.