>> Sunday, October 25, 2009
For reasons unknown or unanalyzed, an old friend popped into my mind today.
>> Thursday, October 22, 2009
Since I got my digital SLR camera last May, I have been in heaven. I've wanted a nice camera for years, and now that I have one I've been snapping dozens of shots everyday.
>> Wednesday, October 21, 2009
>> Monday, October 19, 2009
>> Friday, October 16, 2009
It’s easy to preoccupy ourselves with the tiny pieces of our days – the tedious pieces, the ugly pieces, the pieces that don’t seem to fit right in their allotted spaces. And while we stew and fret and curse over these handfuls of inconvenient fragments that we can’t seem to configure into anything worthwhile, our shortsightedness blinds us from the big picture. Staring into our hands or at the mess that litters our feet, we fail to see that these miniscule shards compose something greater....
>> Thursday, October 15, 2009
>> Saturday, October 10, 2009
I'm sitting in an oversized chair in my baby sister's livingroom, New Mexico sunshine pouring in through the windows. My baby sleeps in the guestroom, and I watch my sister and her hubby with their eight week old baby girl.
My sister has become a mother, and I look at her with admiration and love.
I have four sisters, but only one of them is my little sister. I have always assumed the role of her protector, her guide, her friend. I pushed girls against the walls of elementary school bathrooms because they messed with her, fired warning shots across the bow at boys who looked in her direction, and opened up my futon as a refuge on a new college campus. We stood in places of honor on each other's wedding days, and although we now live thousands of miles apart, I hold her dearly in my heart.
But our roles have shifted over the last decade, as they should. And I no longer need to protect or guide her. We are peers, friends, sisters. And when I see her during our one or two visits a year, I stare open-jawed in admiration of the woman that she is, that she became while I was too busy having babies to notice.
I look to her more than she knows - I learn from her faith, her radiant spirituality, her devotion. She shares her gifts and spreads her grace with everyone whose path intersects her life.
I watch her as a mother - her confidence, her ease, her joy in mamahood. I wonder if I felt the way she looks when I nursed and cradled and soothed my first baby six years ago. I am so proud of her, so in love with her, my sister.
I am grateful for her presence in my life, as I am for all of my sisters. But today, I am here with her, with this sister. My baby sister, and she shines brightly.
>> Thursday, October 8, 2009
Because I am better at procrastinating then I am at anything else, here's a quick post to participate in the weekly You Capture challenge. This week's theme: RED.
>> Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I mentioned last week that we took a couple of days and paddled our canoe down a stretch of the Wisconsin River, camping on a sandbar in the middle of the river for a night. I haven't said much about it because I'm actually writing a piece about it for something else.
>> Sunday, October 4, 2009
So I know the last post I wrote was just a link-up, and the one before that was a video for you to watch (did you watch it? did you? cuz if you didn't, you are really missing out. go watch it now. it will move you. unless of course you have no heart or soul. then it might not. but whatevs....just sayin....), and now today, this. Don't think I'm gaining any new readers if they've been stopping by this weekend.
But - the lovely H1N1 has struck down upon our home and I have been tending to sick children since Tuesday. Yeah, so that pretty much means TRAPPED IN THE HOUSE because the kids got the virus one after the other, rather than all at once. Which, of course, makes it easier to care for the sick one; but means I always have someone who is contagious that cannot be dragged along on outings.
And? I missed yoga. And Gallery Night (except for sneaking out for one hour to catch Lea's work at the Nursing is Normal exhibit - beautiful work, Lea!!). And I missed a Naked Ladies Party - a super fun clothing exchange with a motley crew of lovely ladies. And a group birthday party/pigroast at the park. So I am feeling just a *teensy* bit sorry for myself.
Plus I have a deadline tomorrow for a piece I'm supposed to be writing that is not exactly finished yet. So I'm going to get off the blog and get writing in just a second here.
But - being trapped at home for days on end with a baby tied to my body and two little feverish zombies spacing out at the TV did lead me to joining Twitter. I know, I thought I was the last hold-out, but I caved. So if you are of the tweeting variety, come find me because I'm new and I don't get it and I don't know how to find you. I'm claritychaos, if you're looking.
And that's it. Send prayers or good vibes that I stay healthy, or get sick tomorrow so that it passes before I leave for New Mexico on Friday to visit my little sister and her new baby girl. Thanks. Much appreciated.
Oh, and by the way. The swine flu is really nothing to fear. It is actually milder than other strains of the flu, it just spreads so darn easy because no one is immune to it. (Except possibly me. We'll see.) My kids just had fevers and unpleasant GI stuff, of which I'll spare you the details unless you email me because you really must know. Fluids and rest and lots of TV (or time in the sling, for the baby), and they are just fine, having come through it with immune systems now stronger for fighting the next flu strains that rampage through our area.
Well look at this, it's a lengthy blog post afterall. *wink*
>> Saturday, October 3, 2009
...you're bound to discover some great new reads over here.
>> Friday, October 2, 2009
If you have not yet discovered the beautiful PS22 Chorus, please allow me to introduce you.
click here for the back story.
>> Thursday, October 1, 2009
I feel it.