Tuesday, April 28, 2015

{life} #sol15


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It's one of those weeks in life.  
There is so much going on.
Everyday. 
There is something. 
Beyond all the every day stuff.

I'm excited, planning, 
nervous, worrying, 
shopping, wondering, 
meeting, more planning
frantic, and exhausted.

Checking items 
off my to do list. 
Between home and school.  
Celebrations of learning.  
Celebrations of birthdays.

Yet, it is the week 
with such an important day.
May first. 
That special day 
five years ago --

When my husband and I 
were given the most precious gifts. 
Gifts that could never return.  
Gifts that mean the world to us.  
Gifts that are only for us.

My baby girls 
are going to have a birthday.  
And they are turning 
five.  
Yes, five.

The days are long, 
yet the years are short.  
I'm sure feeling it this week.
There is so much going on.  
It's one of those weeks.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

{the sandbox} #sol15


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It was a long, cold winter.  We have been teased with glimpses of spring and even a couple summer like days of sunshine, blue skies, and a warm breeze.  Last Saturday provided us one of those days.  It was just beautiful, so we made our way outside as soon as we could.

We worked in the yard all morning: raking old leaves, picking up sticks, trimming plants, and mulching.  Lots of mulching.  The yard looks fresh and new and ready to grow!

The girls eyed the sandbox all morning.  "When can we open up the sandbox?" was the question of the day, repeated over and over, hoping that the answer would be "Right now."

"After lunch.  Then you will have the whole afternoon to play in it." Then I quickly added, " ... as long as the sand is clean and not too wet!"  Sometimes there needs to be a disclaimer.  I wasn't sure what we may find when we opened the sandbox.

After lunch finally came, and Daddy removed the bricks holding down the double layer of tarp that protected the sandbox all winter long.  One layer peeled off.  Two layers peeled off.  Then finally the sandbox cover was removed to reveal the sandbox just as it was left many months ago.  

Full of sand and toys. Toys of all kind: cars, trucks, shovels, buckets, sand castle molds, and bridges.  And the building and making began.  And the sharing and imaginations ran wild.  

For over four hours -- with maybe one bathroom break -- the girls played endlessly in their sandbox.  They built roads and mountains and lined up all the cars and trucks.  They built castles and houses and pretended to live in another world.  I had just as much fun listening in on their sandbox conversations and watching them create all afternoon.

It was dinner time with bath time planned right after.  After all the possible warnings that I could give, it was time to end the sandbox fun.

"OK, girls. Time for dinner.  We need to come inside and wash our hands," I called to them wondering how many times I would need to make this request.

"OK, Mommy.  But, can we come back out to play in the sandbox after dinner?"  M. asked ever-so-sweetly with a little cock of her head.

I smiled and thought:  Who would have known the day the sandbox opened up for the season was so magical?  

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

{life happens} #sol15



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I had a difficult time deciding what to write about today.  I noticed that over the month of March, when I was writing every day, I could easily see stories all around me.  They shouted in my ear, "There's a great slice. That's a perfect story to share.  I can't wait to capture this moment."  The writing began in my head and then scribbled on sticky notes.  Because the stories were always there.  However, the vision of storytelling has faded with the opportunity of writing every day, even though stories are here for me to tell.  And, so, today, this happened ... because I still decided to just write.
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Life happens 

The stories are always there, 
waiting to be written ...

Because life happens and in life
there are stories to be told.

Then life really happens.  
Busyness.  Everyone.  Even me.

And life moves 
in fast forward.
Projects at work 
date night 
dance class 
meetings 
birthday parties 
playing outside
and all the every day things
to do in life
like laundry 
dishes 
paying bills 
picking up and 
oh, sleep.  

Because life happens and in life 
there are stories to be told.

Then life really, really happens.
Sickness.  Everyone.  Even me. 

And then life stops.  
Just like that.  
No projects at work 
date night 
dance class 
meetings 
birthday parties 
playing outside
and all the every day things
to do in life
like laundry 
dishes 
paying bills 
picking up and 
oh ... lots of sleep.  

Because life happens and in life -- 
and in sickness and in health -- 
there are stories to be told.

Then life really happens.
Healthy.  Everyone.  Even me.

And life begins to slowly 
return back to normal.  
A few projects at work 
date night 
dance class 
meetings 
birthday parties 
playing outside
and all the every day things
to do in life 
like laundry 
dishes 
paying bills 
picking up and 
oh, back to a regular sleep routine.

Because life happens and in life
there are stories to be told.

The stories are always there, 
waiting to be written ...

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

{40 reasons} #sol15


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Today my husband celebrates a big, BIG birthday --
and I'm so lucky and thankful to have spent 
the last sixteen years learning about everything that he loves
the last (almost) twelve years learning about everything that I love about him
the last (almost) five years learning with my daughters why we love our Daddy.

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Happy, happy 40th birthday Jon!



Saturday, April 4, 2015

{#celebratelu this week} #digiPoetry


I'm here to {celebrate} with Ruth Ayres and YOU!
Finding the little moments of joy in life.
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Today I am celebrating: {this week in verse}


{challenge}
writing and writing every day in march
five years of the solsc complete
celebrate with *confetti* but then keep writing
and writing and writing and celebrating
celebrate the habit of storytelling

{presentation}
attending an all day meeting monday
the first day after a relaxing spring break
planning for a wednesday training that
was an enjoyable stress i needed
celebrate relieved presentation exhaustion

{difficult conversation}
the anticipation (and stress) of
a conversation that was necessary
led to many opportunities of
relationships, learning, and moving forward
celebrate new beginnings

{a day off}
after a long-only-four-day-busy week
an extra day of family time
was just what was needed
even though little was accomplished
celebrate the ordinary

{Jesus}
a "non-attendance" day off
full of irony because it is so much more
Jesus died a brutal death for me and you and our sins
there is nothing about failure to be present on Good Friday
celebrate God's greatest gift to us

Taking time to celebrate -- BIG or little -- is truly fulfilling...even in poetry form!

I'm still writing ... poetry!
Join in and share! #digiPoetry
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April is National Poetry Month.  I will dabble in celebrating with others by writing and sharing poetry this month.  Participants can follow along and share on Twitter: #digipoetry.

Friday, April 3, 2015

{spring & believe} #digipoetry



I'm still writing ... poetry!
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Inspired by Leigh Anne ... a little book spine poetry!
I used some books from my enormous piles of library books waiting to be read.
Let me know if you see a book title you suggest I read first.
It wasn't as easy as I remembered to create!


Spring

      The Thing About Spring
So Many Days
Early Bird
Up in the Garden and 
Down in the Dirt
Thunderboom!
Finding Spring




This I Believe

This I Believe
Cinderella Ate My Daughter
You're Going to Be Okay
Breathe
Positive
The End of the Rainbow
Happily Ever After

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April is National Poetry Month.  I will dabble in celebrating with others by writing and sharing poetry this month.  Participants can follow along and share on Twitter: #digipoetry.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

{everything was right in my world} #digipoetry



I'm still writing ... poetry!
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it was a beautiful morning
sun shining, blue skies
still a little chill in the air

everything was right in my world

a quick stop on my way to school
"large ice tea of caffeine, please"
for a refreshing pick-me-up

everything was right in my world

i paid and quickly asked,
"how much for the order
for the lady behind me?"

everything was right in my world

something i have never done before
"i'm going to pay for her too"
and i handed over a five dollar bill

everything was right in my world

i'll never forget the memory 
the contagious smile on her face
and the feeling inside my heart

everything was right in my world

my smile created a joyous
interaction with the server
making each other feel like we matter

everything was right in my world

and then the message of the day
sang in my ears on the radio
ephesians 5:2

everything was right in my world

'and walk in the way of love, just
as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us 
as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God'

everything was right in my world

it was only a gift of a little breakfast
love for a stranger that i'll never know
all because for me at that moment

everything was right in my world


©Michelle Nero (2015)

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April is National Poetry Month.  I will dabble in celebrating with others by writing and sharing poetry this month.  Participants can follow along and share on Twitter #digipoetry.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

finding my happy again



And so here I am ... 
 finding my happy again on day thirty-two

my mom's morning TFTD
also known as Thought For The Day text

new colorful not-so-clicky pens
to brighten my writing and my day

olw 'breathe' bracelet
to remind me daily

warm sunshine and sixty degrees
finally another bike ride

colleagues' undeniable support
for a presentation today

five of my students completed the SOLSC
writing for 31 days with minimal support from me

plus one more student that isn't in any of my groups, but we've connected and she wrote too 
- look at her reflections!

my understanding husband, grumbling all month,
and now today hints at possible slices to write

reading final slice after final slice
inspired by your words

i tell myself to rest, to stay away,
but after thirty-one days ...

i just can't ... i still need to share my happy again. 


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Stacey shared this with me after I wrote about "finding my happy" on Monday.  
Go on ... Sing along!  Find your happy today!