Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
In 7 - 10 years, the glaciers at Glacier National Park and the Glacier at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa will be gone. Not diminished, not smaller -- GONE. They have existed for 10,000 years and in my lifetime they will just . . . melt away. I can't lie. Sometimes the fear of change of this magnitude churns my stomach and scares me to death. But then I remember . . . this is God's world, not ours. BUT . . . like he gives us children to raise and nurture, so too, he has given us this earth. And it is our responsibility to nurture it. When I think about the power lines and NYRI and see the new gas pipeline going right past my house . . . I wonder. I wonder lots of things --- but mostly I am sad. Sad because so many people don't understand that the earth is a living thing and NEEDS us to take care of it. To nurture and respect this awesome thing that God has made available to us.
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be confident knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
And all will be well,
And all manner of things
Will be well.
When times were difficult, my father would say ". . . and the sun will rise in the East and set in the West." Yes, there is comfort in God's continuity and unconditional love for us. No matter what happens.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I am remembering a book (one of my favorites) - There's No Such Place As Far Away by Richard Bach. It's been a long time since I read it, so I don't remember the exact words, but it tells the story of a child going to visit a friend for their birthday. Along the way she receives lots of wisdom from the birds who are her mode of travel. One of the birds doesn't understand the meaning of birthday - or growing up - because, she asks "isn't your friend already grown?" I think the idea is that we are where we are in our develpment - and can't be anywhere else. For me, it's a reminder to live in the moment.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Pictures from the visit will follow -- although I didn't take the time to stop and photograph the beauty I drove through in Pennsylvania. Picture, if you can, a quarter inch of ice on every tree, shrub, and rock. Then imagine a crystal clear blue sky with winter sunshine making every surface glisten. It was like driving through a crystal world.
And God is good.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Today was busy -- my youngest missed the bus, had to take him to school, then off to my hair appointment, Dr. appointment for a sick child, deliver same child to Gramma's house, fix dinner and get to the pharmacy before it closes then to a Boy Scout meeting. We're leaving tomorrow to visit two of my siblings and their families in North Carolina. The kids are excited and can't sleep. Me? I just want to fall asleep and start over tomorrow.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Who knows what I may explore next -- it could even be this thing they call "Twitter"
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Well, today must have been a productive day - no, I'm not going to bed dirty and sweaty, but I am pleasantly tired and looking forward to slipping off to slumber. It feels good to have gotten things done.
An early morning meeting (3 hours!) then a trip to the dentist and a hair cut for my husband. Quick pick up pizza and deliver it to my mother's to eat dinner with her and my other children. Then it was home and a couple hours spent learning more about blogging -- this time with the focus on Flickr. I scanned some old photos, learned how to set up a group to share them with my siblings and took a pleasant jaunt down memory lane. Back to the days when my brother was Danny, not the very distinguished "Daniel" of today.
Winter is beautiful, but I like to look at summer pictures and remember the feel of the warm sun on my skin. This is one of my favorite spots in the backyard. It just invites you to slow down and listen to the chirping of the birds and buzzing of the bees.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
So blogging is "all the rage" - everybody's doing it. I think. So why am I blogging? I am hoping that by diving in and trying it, I will be motivated and inspired to try all kinds of new things. I want a forum to talk (to myself mostly) about that age old question - where am I going and where have I been. You've guessed it! I'm "middle aged." I have recently taken the plunge OUT of the work force and into my backyard which I hope to fill with goats, chickens, gardens, dogs and kids. The kids I already have - 6. Three boys, three girls. They are not quite as enthusiastic about the soon to come livestock. Perhaps they are wiser than I and know that they are very likely to become unpaid labor. Me, I see bucolic bliss as the goats gambol about and the rooster crows and the tomatoes are hanging on the vine. I try to tell myself that the reality may be very, very different, but I'm at heart an optimist and even though the details may include shoveling waste products, fixing fences and general back breaking labor - the goats really will gambol about.