29 February 2008
25 February 2008
1. you come back inside the house to find an appliance box moving through your living room of its own volition
2. you lift the box to find...a dog!!
3. & then you hear snickering from a remote location
4. the dogs are glued to your pant legs for the rest of the afternoon
5. the quotes have begun again...
...another science edition!
"a 9 volt battery contains the same kinetic energy as a bowl of lucky charms."
ok...so the next time i am out of nine volts, boyworld must surrender the lucky charms!
24 February 2008
in so many cases, when another is suffering in some way, there is only so much those around may actually do. sometimes that is because of distance. or because there is nothing more left undone. but prayers winged heavenward...there are never too many of them. we can never be sure of the answers we will receive, but we can take comfort in their holding us together in tough times. they are seeds sown in time from which abundant fruit may later come.i'm feeling a great relief after a week of events that rock, or at least shake, one's world. M. is home from the hospital & that in & of itself is nothing short of a miracle given how her situation started. she still has a long road of rest & recovery but she is tough!
Brooke has been able to walk & though she also has a long road of recovery, her progress is encouraging & the love around her will bear her up.
& boyworld is off the couch & back out into the world...
thank you all so very, very much who have kept those dear to us in your hearts & prayers!! we are all so grateful.
on a much lighter note~~an update about the secret life of bees! would you believe that while boyworld & i wallowed in the flu, they filmed at D.'s hospital??? where is the justice in that? they could have waited until we were back on our feet, right... ;-)
there is some salvation though...a very thoughtful person did bring Dakota Fanning's autograph home for certain members of casa piacere! & D. did take some photos that are still on his phone (i will work on that later this week...)
gratitude tumbling into the new week...
42. a breathtaking total lunar eclipse last week with a clear starry sky43. airplanes~~ that carry us closer to loved ones, that ferry us away on great adventures, that raise us above cloud cover to magnificent skies
44. healing in spite of great odds
45. that from the barest of branches in winter's holdwill soon push a budthat will unfold into long-awaited beauty!
may your week bloom with joy!
20 February 2008
my gratitude overflows right now...38. answers to many prayers.
16 February 2008
14 February 2008
stop & take a deep breath, oh ye wearied receiver of red rose & diamond advertising...one honest expression of true charitable love is worth more than a million hallmark sentiments mass printed on recycled paper.now, i have nothing against things that remind us to show the love, as this holiday does. being what we are, we do need reminders from time to time. & we can often forget exactly what love is...as i thought about this for most of the day, my thoughts kept coming back to this..."love is patient, love is kind. love is not jealous, it does not put on airs, it is not snobbish. love is never rude, it is not self seeking, it is not prone to anger; neither does it brood over injuries. love does not rejoice in what is wrong but rejoices with the truth. there is no limit to love's forebearance, to its trust, its hope, its power to endure. love never fails." (1Cor. 13:4-8)that is the love i aspire to & hope for.
09 February 2008
07 February 2008
aaaawwwww!...aren't they sweet! (waffle's chicks courtesy of mike) be sure to visit seabirds.org & check out what else mike is doing.
30. kindness to critters
31. the joy of & desire for learning...a thirst for knowledge...a quest to expand the mind
32.. those who willingly & excellently teach us in so many ways
33. a good laugh in the midst of perplexion :-)
05 February 2008
for me, a true sacrifice usually involves the foregoing of chocolate & coffee. however, in the interest of not inflicting penance on those around me who would not need or deserve it, the coffee will stay.
but, the chocolate will go. (dear me, did i just say that??!!) even the mochas. gulp. (however i am *not* giving up bella mocha!!)
but before i do...i *am* going to 'spread the love'...the nutella love, that is! today is world nutella day. break out that scrumptilelicous stuff, dig in with a spoon & indulge in the awesome recipes at ms. adventures in italy & bleeding espresso! quick! before tomorrow!!
that's the sacrifice! but Father T., some years ago, recommended that we not only make a sacrifice of giving up, but add a sacrifice of doing something extra... that resonated with D. & i and it has added a new dimension to lent ever since. i won't go into great detail here (it's not a confessional ;) but i will say that the "something extra" involves actions found on this timely list...just reflecting shared by the mother of this lot. (many, many thanks!)
it involves gratitude...the keeping of a new year's resolution of sorts...remember the one thousand gifts?well, i'm going to spend lent keeping that focus & counting away!
28. blogs that make my heart swell with joy, laugh out loud, sigh with wonder, get chills, cry a few tears, say prayers, send love around the world!
29. the kindness of blogging souls...
& that leads me to some very overdue thank you's & the passing on of some good.nearly two months ago, dear annie at the benedict notes & then just a few days later rebecca at cre8tiva passed this honor to me...something i find extremely humbling. in my reflecting on the words below, i want both annie & rebecca to know that they both exemplify this honor in their blogging & i too would have chosen them!..."Mathetes is the Greek word for disciple, and the role of the disciple (per the Great Commission) it to make more disciples. I'd like to take the opportunity to award five other bloggers with this award and badge for acting in the role of a disciple of Christ. These five all share the message in their own creative ways, and I admire them all for what they do."