Tuesday, January 29, 2013

sols: some days

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some days are
easy, fast-paced,
kind of days.

some days are
action-packed and challenging
so nothing-gets-accomplished
kind of days.

some days i
take time to laugh
and live in the

some days i
struggle to see
the joy in the littlest

some days i
can't wait to write
and share my

some days i
don't want to write.
end. of.

but today,
another some day,
i decided to write

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

sols: a weekend of decisions

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an extra long weekend
full of adventure, fun, and
decisions to be made.

playing with trains and baby dolls
or coloring and playdoh
difficult decisions to be made
when you are two and a half.

a freezing cold visit to uw-madison
sharing the excitement of college life
difficult decisions to be made
when you are 16 planning ahead.

wedding dress shopping
with my soon-to-be-sister-in-law
difficult decisions to be made
when you are marrying the love of your life.

another layer plus another layer
hot cocoa and heat blankets
difficult decisions to be made
when you can't seem to warm up.

 decisions, decisions
in the many transitions 
of life.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

sols: snippets of life

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I'm amazed by my two little ones each and every day.  They make me laugh. They make me cry.  They make me shake my head in disbelief.

Last night was no different.

M. picked up an extra goodie bag of foot fun that I made as little Christmas gifts.  I decided to keep one for myself, but never managed to put it away.

"Mom, what's this?"  M. asked inspecting the contents of the goodie bag.

"Fun stuff for my feet!  You know what that is.  What is it?"

"Umm..." M. pondered, searching for the words.  Then shouted, "It's pail nolish!"

Laughter erupted and we corrected her accidental word play.

P. browsed the three rows of books and plucked an old favorite from the shelf.

"Mommy, will you read Peek-A-Who? with me?"

"Of course!"  I'm one to never say no to reading a book!

I read through it once with her help. To my surprise, she started back at the beginning and began reading aloud each page.  And she continued to do so, two, three, four times!

"Peek a who.  Peek a - moo.  Peek a - ghost!  Boo!  Peek a - Z. Zoo!  Peek a choo-choo!    Peek a - me!"

Pure delight in my eyes!

As P. was reading, M. was playing catch with Daddy.  The mini-frisbee made it's way to her sister and bopped her on the hand.

P. proceeded to yell, "Oh, sh&#!  Sh%&!  Sh*%!  Sh$#!"

Smiles and laughter held in tightly.  Then BIG eyes at Daddy asking: Where did she learn that?!?  Shaking my head in disbelief of her timing.  

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

sols: room to grow

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Whew.  I missed you all, but I needed those couple weeks off.  Days away from writing, twittering, blogging, social media mediums-of-all-kinds. (Well, except Pinterest.  I just couldn't stay away.)

It was good for my soul to do a little missing. I was emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted.  It's that season of lows as a teacher (any time before a long break) crashing into caring-too-much-about-everything and then the unthinkable at Sandy Hook.

My BIG problems didn't seem so big any more.   I'll be forever changed.

I took my two week winter break and played and sang and danced and laughed and read with my two and a half year olds.  I enjoyed the little moments.  I enjoyed being a full time mom (most of the time).  I enjoyed these two precious gifts from God.   I enjoyed time with family and friends.  I enjoyed sleeping in and living in the moment.  I enjoyed some organizing.  I enjoyed some reading - I received volume 3 of my very own slices published! (Thanks Mom and Dad!)

And then there was an explosion of talk about the One Little Word.  One little word that I forgot to think about for the new year with all the living I was doing.  But my one little word still found me.  Thank God.  (No, really.)

I am a believer.  I am a Christian.  I'm not one to usually write about my faith. We have been attending a new church for a year, and I have grown as a christian understanding more now than all the years growing up in a church.  It just makes sense to me now and being open to understanding helps a bit too.  But there's always room to grow more with . . .

That is my one little word for the year.  Trusting more in my faith. Learning about God's grace.  It's all in His hands and I need to completely lean on Him for support and guidance.

And then we went to church this past Sunday to learn that one of the goals for the year is "intentional equipping."  My church wants to provide more intentional equipping to follow Christ faithfully and to mature in faith.

I love when my one little word is confirmed.