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Monthly Archives: June 2011

 Sweet and tender are the most prized moments of the day

The smell of freshly cut grass

And the intoxicating perfume of enormous lilacs

Savored and clipped to share with neighbors.

 

Throwing and catching with my oldest child

Feeling the sting of her stronger arm

Seeing the increased confidence in her catching

Sharing the joy of playing on the thick green blanket of grass.

 

Visiting our favorite librarian

Signing up for the summer reading prizes

Rediscovering the excitement of fabulous books

Snuggling and traveling together to New York through the eyes of a child in a book.

 

Quiet and close moments shared

Frozen in time, just yummy

Concerns and questions expressed are cared

Calls me to connect with the one I’ve known since the beginning.

They never look back at what could have been

On the golf course on this night.

Instead they faithfully set their sights on what is ahead

And live fully with all their might.

 

Dinner date at the local Thai place is a rare treat

We stab at the freshly made food with sticks

To get the noodles and the meat.

My daughters so quickly adapt what’s in the mix.

 

Summer solstice with my daughters

Is one I’ll always treasure

For the true measure

Of Joy we simply savored.

 

Oh the wisdom of my daughters

Teachers of what really matters most

Is being together in love and laughter

And trusting The Host.

 

It’s midnight and I’m writing outside in light

The sky is a blue that’s bright

Everything around me is bursting in vibrant life

Even the bee seems to be buzzing without strife.

Oh I’m stirred up in the midnight sun.

Yes it really is fun!

The 50 degree temps. are sending me in

Although the bee sounds like he wants to take me for a spin.

 

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Eagles have been a running theme for us this past week. Living in Alaska certainly enhances that opportunity.  While staying with caring friends in Homer, Alaska we visited at their cabin called “Eagles Rest.”  During our drive home, we watched many eagles simply fly around. 

While in Homer I was inspired to hold Isaiah 40:31 in my heart.  And in fact, my Bible has been open to this Scripture, which is highlighted in my traveling Bible, all week-long.

“But those how hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  Isaiah 40:31

Tonight we attended a Ball with about 400 people. We sat at a table of about nine people.  Out of all the tables in the ball room, ours was the only one that had a HUGE bronze statue of an Eagle!  The sight of this beautiful sculpture put the hugest smile across my face.

Indeed, this unplanned perfection could only be orchestrated by our Father.  The coincidence of this one and only art object – an eagle at our table, the only week I have ever left my Bible open to this passage, is a “God-incidence.” I know without doubt that You were behind this impeccable symbolism.  God, thank you for helping us soar!  May we be faithful in our hope in You.

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Sleeping in with snuggles

Is summer vacation.

Sweet cuddles close and comfortable

Speak to the priceless fruit of my vocation.

 

Motherhood can be challenging,

Exhausting, too.

Yet the bonds are immensely rewarding

Reaching into the depths of my being.

 

Precious tender moments together

Savored in uncomplicated ways

Natural for child and mother

More powerful when another stays.

 

Closeness in the quiet

Of an unopened day

Feels safe and protected

Pure and true as it may.

 

Giving into needed sleep and rest

Has allowed space

To enjoy what is very best.

Loving without wanting or race.

 

“To be or not to be.

That is the question.”

The answer is most clear to me,

For it is in the being that we receive.

 

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This weekend our neighborhood hosted its annual garage sale.  Our three children were overcome with excitement about the notion of making money by selling their own stuff.

For the few years we’ve been telling the kids that in order to have something new, they must give or sell what they no longer use or have out grown.  This weekend it was our kiddos who took the initiative to dig through their rooms and play area to find items they would trade for cash. And they did!

To my great surprise, Mighty Might, our 6-year-old, decided on her own to sell her plastic kitchen and dishware pieces.  Oh, this was painful for me.  My heart tugged, and I suggested she wait until next year – when we move. No, she said, “I’m too big for it now that I am six.”  Can she really be that big already, I asked myself.  Normally I have been waiting with great inner longing for the kids to reach the next independent milestone, like potty training, feeding one’s self, playing nicely with others and reading. But to give up the center of our daughter’s make believe play is to let go of a very sacred era in all of our lives.  Transitions come more naturally to children!

Emotional attachment set aside, my husband and I do declare on a daily basis “we have too much stuff – we spend too much time managing our stuff – our kids need to take better care of their stuff (or get rid of it).”  Logically, the kid’s desire to trade toys for cash is a good thing.  Yet it was still more of a stretch than I thought.

Our three whippersnappers received an introduction to economics they didn’t expect. With an expectation to an outcome of cold green cash, they were invested – and genuinely cared about their garage sale.  They set everything up (I was at a scrapbooking date!) at the end of our drive way. The children priced everything in an organized manner – and had small items in boxes. They brought their change out for cash along with comfortable chairs. The kids enthusiastically talked with the potential customers, a.k.a. our neighbors, who came by, too.  When they weren’t getting the traffic or purchases they expected to receive, they were challenged to be patient, like a good business person.  They were challenged to think about the value of the items to others – and how to help the shoppers get what they wanted.

Although our young entrepreneurs didn’t earn the big bucks they had set out for, they did gain a whole lot more.  For one, we interacted with our community in a cheerful, relaxed way.  They had to practice the skills of selection, organizing, pricing, communication, math, service, and patience!  As it turns out, their garage sale was the best teacher of supply and demand they could have ever had.  In the end, they had a cleaner room for it, too!

Yes, as a parent, the garage sale experience was so valuable that I will encourage it on a yearly basis.  Much like a good cleanse, the benefits of the effort are long- lasting. Who knows, maybe they’ll make a more money in the future, too!

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