Tuesday, April 18, 2017

{time} #sol17

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Today, my six year old daughters -- and I can only say that for another 12 more days -- brought home an ABC end of the school year countdown.

It starts on Thursday.  So that means there are only 28 more days left of school.

"You will only be first graders for 28 more days," I thought out loud.

Tears filled my eyes.

"Don't cry, Mommy," M. said as she held my face. "You are going to make me cry."

"I just can't believe it. You are almost ... I can't even say it ... second graders."

Big eyes stared my way.

"You don't understand now, but time just goes way too fast."

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

{time for us} #sol17


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It's late. I haven't written a thing.

This week I scribbled some ideas and seeds in my notebook. But time has not allowed me the opportunity to just write.

Particularly because of our newest obsession with a TV show.

Now, here is what you need to know. I watch minimal TV. But so many people encouraged us to just watch.

I'm thankful for "on demand" TV. The entire season ready to watch right at my fingertips.

Weeks ago we started watching.

Almost every night we watched yet another episode. Sometimes two.

Tonight the last two episodes waited. And we had to watch both. I put my schoolbag to the side. My laptop remained closed. Slicing would have to wait until later.

We watched and cried and couldn't believe the ending ... there's one more episode, right?

Oh, when does the next season of This Is Us start again?

Because I know that this story is worth watching.  And it's ...  Time for us.  Together.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

{vacations} #sol17

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Vacations are exciting!
Planning, preparing, scheduling, anticipating.
Check lists, packing, organizing, repacking.

Vacations are exhausting.
Early to rise, go, go, go.
Drive, drive, stop, drive, drive more.

Vacations are exhilarating.
Sunshine, blue skies, ocean breeze.
No worries. No reality.

Vacations are expensive.
Tickets, souvenirs, ice cream.
Memories, stuffed animals, more ice cream.

Vacations are extremely sad in the end.
Pack up time's up.
Reality slowly creeps in.

Vacations are memories.
Photographs and stories. Remember? Smiles.
Planning next trip, anticipation, can't wait.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

{break} 25/31 #sol17



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Dearest Reader,

Today is the day. Spring break begins. A time to get away from the ordinary daily scheduled life and make new memories as family.

I've debated my next move. I've thought a lot about what I should do. This year is going to be different. It's hard to write these words, but this is the first spring break vacation that is not a stay-cation at home or a visit to my parents' home. Our days away will be full and busy and exhausting and fun.

Living life is more important to me right now. Time with family and friends is more important to me right now. Snapping photos and capturing memories in my notebook are more important to me right now.

So, I have decided, as my friend recently did, to press pause right now.

I have wondered how I would even manage it, squeezing it in the full days planned, and spending the time crafting something worth sharing ... I don't want to write something just to post it daily. 

This is my seventh year of the March SOLSC. Over the past six years, I wrote all thirty-one days in March. That's a celebration. I enjoyed it and I had the time to dedicate to writing and commenting in those seasons of my life.

I will not apologize for letting go of this challenge this year at this time. It's what I need to do for myself. I have enjoyed the journey so far, but I'm getting off at today's stop: Spring Break and I'm taking a break from the challenge.

I wave goodbye for now with tears in my eyes. Sad to know I will miss YOUR stories and YOUR words. But I am happy to know I can live freely in each new moment to come without worry.

I'll catch up with you on Tuesdays. Hugs to you all.

Sincerely,
Michelle

P.S. My amazing Mom and fellow slicer has graciously accepted to complete my month-long task on the Welcome Wagon. Thank you so much, Mom! 

Friday, March 24, 2017

{lucky for me} 24/31 #sol17


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Lucky for me, my plan was to take the girls to see the musical Madagascar.

Lucky for me, I found out their classes were planning to go too.

Lucky for me, I found out before I purchased tickets.

Lucky for me, chaperones were needed. 

Lucky for me, I was selected to chaperone.

Lucky for me, it was scheduled for the day before spring break.

Lucky for me, I was approved to go.

Lucky for me, I got to be a mom today, not the teacher.

Lucky for me, it was an amazing musical production.

Lucky for me. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

{not now} 23/31 #sol17


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Yes ... of course you are here (deep sigh). 

Come on in (even though you were never invited).
To be honest, now is not a good time (and really, it never is).

Finishing the last days before spring break (counting down).
Feeling a little stressed as I'm trying to pack (and repack).

There is too much going on for you to stay (please not too long).
A day or two, but then really you should move along (for good).

Just know sunshine & warmer temps will push you gone (goodbye).
And you will be left behind (for good).

I hate this spring cold that sprung a day ago (days before vacation).
I wish I could say not now, but you are here (not for long).

Yes ... of course you are here (deep sigh again).

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Author's note: This little slice format was borrowed from my friend Chris, who writes at Reading Amid the Chaos.





Wednesday, March 22, 2017

{counting the days} 22/31 #sol17



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Counting down the days
Excited about the trip to come
Less than a week to go ...

Squeezing in the usual daily tasks
Life at school and at home
Along with sorting, piling, packing ...

Six days to go ... laundry and more laundry
Five days to go ... pulling out possibilities
Four days to go ... packing, packing, packing
Three days to go ... unpacking and repacking
Two days to go ... double checking the packing
One day to go ... waiting with anticipation

Along with sorting, piling, packing
Life at school and at home
Squeezing in the usual daily tasks ...

Less than a week to go
Excited about the trip to come
Counting down the days ...





Tuesday, March 21, 2017

{happy together} 21/31 #sol17


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I have learned about relationships and marriage from my parents.

First of all, they have some experience ... 47 years today.

That's 564 months; 17,155 days, plus a few extra for Leap Years; and 411,720 hours. Commitment.

That's a lot of time together unified by God enjoying life. Marriage.

Committed to loving each other during the good, the bad, the happy, and the difficult seasons of life. Dedication.

Plenty of hugs and kisses, hand holding, loving touches that show how much they love and care for each other. Affection.

Discussions, conversations, quiet time to think and listen, disagreements and even arguments. Communication.

Time, opportunity, and support for each other to pursue personal interests and passions in life. Encouragement.

Creating balance in the home, working together: cooking, cleaning, outside, inside. Teamwork.

After 47 years, and many more to come, you make a great team!

Thanks for your inspiration and encouragement! 

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad! 
Love always.





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My Mom is also writing this month and celebrated her marriage with a slice today too!






Monday, March 20, 2017

{a slice of Monday} 20/31 #sol17

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Author's Note: Tonight I had to dig into my Writing Inspiration Pinterest Board.
I found this journaling format that helped me capture my day.