Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Last list for now. Maybe. I hope.

Things I forgot about during summer vacation.

1) How tired I am in the afternoons
2) How cold my clinic is. (but that's NOT a complaint!)
3) How hard it often is to contact parents.
4) How bad my clinic can smell
5) How much Spanish I have acquired
6) How short the evenings are when I want to go to bed at 8pm.
7) How Diet Cherry Coke can sustain one after lunch.
8) How often I confuse which key is for the outside door, and which key is for the clinic.
9) Signing Emma's binder every night

Things I'm anticipating as we move into fall

1) Brisk mornings
2) Cozy evenings
3) Dog sweaters
4) People sweaters
5) Bill finishing his book
6) Baking
7) Dance and Orchestra concerts
8) Pumpkins
9) Scented Candles
10) More creative time (I will have to carve this out)
11) Time with friends
12) Writing things besides lists

Friday, August 21, 2009






the House







fresh foods


Present with my kids

the Living Room








This was my summer  list. I have touched each one of these things- 
some I have done more of than others, but as a whole I am utterly satisfied.

I did these things and more.

Thank You Lord, for this summer time

and Thank You, also, for seasons.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

15 Books

The quick list of 15 books that will always stick with me.

1. Bible
2. Les Miserables
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
4. Jane Eyre
5. A Child From the Sea
6. Betsy-Tacy
7. Anne of Green Gables
8. Harry Potter
9. Chronicles of Narnia
10. The Divine Romance
11. Little Women
12. Sense and Sensibility
13. Streams in the Desert
14. The Artist's Way
15. Living a Beautiful Life

Saturday, August 08, 2009

The Secret of Time

Time is a gift of love and grace
Without time, there'd be no time to change
Time to be tried, humbled and broken
Time to hear the word of love spoken.

I see the mission up ahead of me
And I tremble as one shaken.
But if I have the eyes of faith- the eyes to see
I will leave the outcome in the hands of the One
Who called me.

And over and over I must learn and re-learn
That whether I decrease or whether I increase
Is not my concern.
Not my concern.

Deliver me from strategy
From endless clever thinking
Set my sights upon the shore
Keep this boat from sinking down.

Let me taste of a fresh wind of reason
And stir the gift within.

For I am not a boat left to drift at sea,
I remain in You and You remain in me.
There is no great distance between You and I
The moment I found out who You were
I found out who I was.

The silence covered me
And the tears began to fall

I could see, I could see what a great and grand
Great and grand
Act of affection
It's all been.

Time that is...

Thursday, August 06, 2009


This morning
In the sunshine
I went to get the recycling bin from the curb.
A middle aged couple was walking by.
Arms swinging, out for exercise
We said hello.
I turned
to bring the bin back to the shade of my house
and behind me I heard
an ongoing conversation
and then
her quiet laugh.

In the showers of bad news,
discouragment, struggles,
disappointments and
genuine sadness this morning has delivered

Her laugh
their easy happiness
is the Still Small Voice.

And I am hearing.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Go Away Dog. I don't like Dogs.

Here's the thing.
This dog
that we didn't want
and never planned on getting
is now called by the following names:

Minnie Moon
Min Min
Miss Moon
Baby Dog
Puppy Doo
Sweet Puppy
Sugar Love
Sweet Baby Puppy
Good Girl
Silly Puppy
Baby Girl
Minnie the Moocher
Silly Rascal

Do we despise ourselves a bit for this? Only until she sits and looks at us as her butt slides backwards on the tile floor. Then we giggle and call her Sweetest Puppy Ever.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Just for today

I don't think I've been this pale in July since I had Bo. Not our swimmingest summer yet.

Speaking of having Bo, it has been 10 years. TEN YEARS. It's scary how fast that goes by. And sad too. Excuse me for a second, I have to go give him a kiss and a hug.

Art camp is over, with the usual peaks and valleys that come with Rec center camp. It's not all it's cracked up to be, and then in the end when you come home with armloads of crafts, you can't wait to do it again next summer. Apparently.

I knew there was a reason I didn't let my kids watch the Disney channel. It's because now that I do they want to watch it ALL THE TIME.

Time to get more exercise. Back aches.

We LOVE our Minnie Moon. Who could have guessed? We all think she is the smartest, cutest, funniest, sweetest doggie in the world. And she is. I could talk about her all day, which is really just sickening.

Time to get dressed and ready for a day with Emma! She needs a little Mama time, and has specifically requested that we "go to Forever 21, Target, and can we get me a grown-up Bible?"

Happy Weekend!