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August 1, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Begin

Everything has one.  A place, a time that is considered the beginning.
Beginnings are
scary and beautiful
routine and abnormal
overwhelming and hopeful

you have to balance the fear of messing up with the awe of getting to start anew
the wonder of what's to come with the opportunity to have the chance
the doubts with the wings that have been given for you to fly

beginnings are a glorious thing
to begin
to start
to write
to love
to give grace
to forgive
to listen
to act
to take off

endings are just as important, they pave the way for something else to begin
smile, embrace it, have joy, get ready, and
BEGIN.

July 30, 2014

Shadow Dancing

The room is lit only by her "nightlight", which in actuality is a standup flashlight that she claims as "hers", and of course her grin.  Her grin could light up the darkest room, of that much I am sure.  She twirls and giggles as her shadow "dances" along with her.
 K Roberts Photography
I am there trying to memorize every movement, the way her hair catches the light, the sheer joy behind her giggles...suddenly she stops.  "Momma, don't stop singing!"  I laugh, unaware that I had stopped and continue on..."Blessed be the name of the Lord, Blessed be Your name."
K Roberts Photography
She leaps and lifts her hands, spins, and waves her hands in the air...the most beautiful little dancer I have ever seen.  "You give and take away, You give and take away...my heart will choose to say, Lord blessed be Your name." Her tiny voice, once unsure of all of the words, now knows them by heart and she sings along.

I am struck by how carefree she is...how confident...how content.
K Roberts Photography
There will be days ahead that it will be harder to leap and spin so effortlessly.  There will be times that giggles are not her first response.  There will be days when she might want to stop singing.

Lord, I pray that when those days come that she will still dance.
That she will still lift her hands.
That she will still say "Blessed be Your Name".

July 29, 2014

12 things I'm looking forward to

Several people have asked what I am looking forward to the most upon our return to the States in September...aside from the obvious family & friends - so I thought it'd be fun to type up a list.  This is in no particular order and I have a feeling that if I had typed up a list three years ago it would have looked very different.  We just didn't know the things we had taken for granted!!
  1. clean bathrooms wherever/whenever you need one - and yes, our definition of clean has probably changed a LOT
  2. cold fresh milk (even though I've heard it cost more than gas these days) the boxed, on the shelf milk just leaves a lot to be desired to say the least
  3. refrigerated dough - Pillsbury - I mean, do I need to say more?
  4. Chik. Fil. A.
  5. the ability to drink tap water - no more bottled water just to brush our teeth!
  6. fresh vegetables & fruits no matter what season it is - yes, the price will probably take some getting used to BUT we won't atleast we won't have to bleach them first!
  7. road trips - traveling on paved roads that have rules to abide by sounds quite lovely, and don't forget about gas stations, fast food stops, and rest areas (specified areas to go to the bathroom?? seriously?!?!) - I mean wow! what a treat!!
  8. worship in our heart language with those who are close to us
  9. cream cheese that comes refrigerated and in blocks - here they are in 1oz squares and are on the shelf
  10. cereal - don't laugh - it is available for purchase here but runs about $18 a box and is usually somewhat stale - needless to say, we haven't bought it!
  11. central air & heat 
  12. option to purchase meat without bones, skin, hair, or anything else you might not really find appetizing



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