Archive for May, 2012

May 31, 2012

Dear Evan

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Dear Evan,
This is your second offense this morning, and it isn’t even 8am yet. Take it easy on momma today… Maybe you don’t realize it but my to do list is long and extensive and I would rather play horsies with you than clean up the messes you make while I clean up your other messes. It is an endless cycle and I love you for that, too. You keep me on my toes! But this morning my toes need a break, and you need to realize three strikes and I’m duct taping you to the nearest tree. Capiche?

I love you with my whole heart,
Momma

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May 18, 2012

Project 52 | FREE

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Love is:

FREE

…and after this week, free is amazing.  It goes beyond being freely given and freely received, it is free of constraints, free of judgement, jealousy, and ill will.  Free of expectations, or the expectation to be given back to the giver.  There is freedom in love, to be who you are and know there is nothing you can do to lose it.  That is true love.  That is God’s love moving through.  Love is free and free to pass on… and with the very little resolve I have after such a crazy, endorphin-less week, I plan to focus on giving some free love.  Beyond what I think I have left in my tank.  I never want to take the love I have been given for granted.  

Freely you have received; freely give. 

Matthew 10:8

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May 13, 2012

Project 52 | ROUTINE

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Love is:

ROUTINE

Some days feel like groundhog day in my house, and I know I am not alone in that feeling.  It is the place we are at with the kids being young and commitments to school, sports, work and family events generally dictating the schedule.  It is consistent but about as mundane as a circus act.  I am thankful for that, because as someone who is basically a right-brained, creative type who excels in procrastination, routine is a foul, foul word.  It grates.  It extinguishes my creative flow and at the same time I know there is no other option.  I’m thankful for a husband that recognizes this and attempts to make it fun.  I attempt to do my best with our daily schedules because I know how it makes his day easier and allows the kids some consistency.  There is love in our routine.  Is it passionate?  Not always.  Is it exciting and new?  Not when you generally do the same thing day after day.  But does the love grow?  You bet it does.  Am I more in love with my family day after day?  Absolutely.  There is something very special about sticking out the norm with your loved ones.  You realize they are people you can count on.  I was waving to Omar as he backed out of the driveway last week when a thought hit me:  In all of our twelve years together I have never heard him complain about having to go to work.  I have complained about him going, but he never has.  I always knew he had a superhuman work ethic, but even hard workers sometimes complain.  I asked him why and he shrugs it off… says we are all doing our part.  I love that.  Love is routine, and it gives us a baseline so we can recognize what is truly exceptional in our lives.  Love grows even in the confines of the terrible “R” word, as we all do our part, knowing we can count on each other.

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May 2, 2012

Sweet. Ness.

I love that I can wake up on the wrong side of the bed, be frazzled beyond belief before 9am, question my skills as a mother, and have the whole day turn around in an instant by the little peepers on the other side of the lens. It is therapeutic to do what I love. 

May 1, 2012

Project 52 | LOYAL

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Love is:

LOYAL

She really is the best friend anyone could have… why she loves us so much is beyond me.  We forget her out in the rain.  She eats after everyone else is fed.  She doesn’t get brushed nearly often enough, and never comes in the house.  But when this little guy wants someone to play with, or one of us needs a companion, she is ALWAYS there.  Unashamed happiness from her giant smile to her wagging backside, just to be a part of what is going on.  She is a loyal friend, sister, confidant, playmate and exercise partner.  We love her, but I know she loves us in a way only a dog can.  Loyally and consistently no matter what we do (or don’t do) for her.  Love is a furry four-legged creature that you can always count on… and my only other ally in this house of boys:)

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