October 9, 2015
Today I am smiling with contentment. 😀
Could it be I didn’t wake to an alarm this morning? Definitely a plus!
Could it be grocery shopping is done and the refrigerator is replenished? This helps.
Could it be the Chicago Cubs won the wildcard playoff game Wednesday? A highlight for sure!
Could it be my little selective mute girl whispered louder to me this week? Melted my heart as I did a handspring inside with excitement.
Could it be I received a thank you from one of the college students I send notes of encouragementto? A genuine special note that fueled my soul.
Could it be a favorite author/illustrator, Matt Tavares, favorited a tweet and did a shout out? I did a jig for that one! Yup, yup, definitely added to my happy heart.
Could it be the shopping mall trip was a huge success, discounts and sale items keeping the total low? Absolutely this was a winner!
Could it be my daughter tweeted something I cherished, took a picture to keep forever and ever? A treasure help lovingly!
Could it be I woke earlier than all, made breakfast, and then waited? A clue to my big smile.
Could it be stories were shared from all five members over brunch this morning? Oh I love these moments. I savor each word.
Could it be my college kids are home from fall break AND Tim and I are on fall break too? Yes! Yes! My heart is so content today!
July 7, 2015
The day was beautiful. The kittens were getting use to their new environment. Mama Sasha, proud of her little brood, watched from her perch. I was finishing some dishes, looking on to their fun. A surprise caused me to take action, along with Mama. Who knew I would happen upon such a surprise?
“Little ones, stay clear of the shed today. Something smells suspicious there. Stay on this side of the walkway. I do NOT want to see you near the shed!”
This is fun. Can you find me?
Mama Sasha was watching over her three little ones. “Children, listen to Grandpa Kip.
“OK, Mama. We are just having fun with Uncle Moo.”
Hey, where did you go, Cubbie?
“I hear something. Is that you, Pip?”
“What was that??? It’s not me.”
A raccoon! Looking out my window, its head popped out of from under the shed. No wonder Kip gave the warning.
Good bye, raccoon! The kittens were surprised and so was I.
June 23, 2015
Story. The past seven days has been filled with delicious stories, stories that warm and encourage. Posts and pictures from friends make me smile. Texts bring laughter and support. Story has held me together.
Stories shared at the hospital of days long past, of young hearts and hard work. Grandpa shared many with us.
Stories shared at lunch at AllWrite!!! From blogging to in person – delightful.
My friend shared a story of her granddaughter, the surprise who has brought joy.
Kim created reminders to write our stories. Each story is our own.
Summer school ended Thursday. Stories were shared daily to encourage reading for the remainder of the year.
June 13, 2015
Books cover my table. This is a celebration. Reading them. Touching the pages. Lingering over illustrations. Choices. I wrestle with what which books to share. Many tug at my heart, but I do not always know if they will touch my audience, if I will have time for them all. Beginning with my favorites, the stories I share will grab the hearts of many. I will have more books than time, so I will prioritize. Working on the presentation brings celebration to my heart.
Elizabeth’s open house was a success last Saturday. We celebrated her accomplishments, her memories, her friendships. We celebrated who she is – beautiful! Past and present teachers came, sharing stories that warmed my heart. Elizabeth laughed with friends, celebrating the growth they made.
Elizabeth with her former second grade teacher. Celebrating the teachers who impacted my daughter!
We also celebrated thru the hard. Last week was filled with heartache and tears. A close friend from youth group drowned the eve of Elizabeth’s graduation. The news shook our household that Saturday morning and my mother’s heart broke as my children cried.
Stories is what healed. Memories where shared and simple stories soothed trouble hearts. We celebrated with the family, with the siblings, with their graduate too. We celebrated thru the hard.
Books are celebrations. Stories are celebrations. Memories are celebrations.
May 30, 2015
I celebrate …
Cheering at a South Bend Cub’s game where Wesley interns.
Completing my classroom packing for the big new-school-move.
Organizing my summer school lessons for kindergartners.
Unloading boxes and boxes and boxes of books into new bookcases at home.
Creating center pieces of sunflowers and daisies for open house.
Dining with my sister-in-law while sharing stories.
Watching adorable three-week old kittens on our porch.
I celebrate …
my daughter graduating with honor and pride.
my parents for their encouragement and support.
my husband for his love and wisdom.
my friend for her belief and steadfastness.
my sons for mowing and repairing.
my writing group for their spontaneous “Hello” and connections.
i celebrate … Thru the wonderful business of life!