Monthly Archives: April 2010

the first boy

The first boy celebrates his 15th birthday today. He is one of a kind, for sure, and one of the greatest joys of my life. I was privileged to be present in the delivery room when he was born and to hold him during that first half hour afterward. We’ve always shared a special friendship, a special bond, and we are very much alike in so many ways. I adore this boy like he is my own. He is fearless, secure in his own skin, and sensitive enough to be a great friend to others. He possesses an energy and an innocence that I hope he never loses, and he shares love and passion without a second thought. Above all, he is determined to be his very best, from sports to studies to friendship to just being a big brother. And he rarely settles for less than excellence when he wants something for himself or someone he loves. Watching this boy grown into a man is definitely one of the greatest pleasures of my life.
Happy birthday, K2! I truly adore you.
 birthday boy

12 on 12

12 on 12 of April
clockwise from top left
1. I woke up an hour and a half past the alarms. Made it to work in less time than usual, but ten minutes late nonetheless. Not even the forwarded clock in the car could change that fact.
2. Of course, that meant I wasn’t fully made up by the time I got to the office. But I never go anywhere without the brows and lashes.
3. With spring comes colorful clothes. And shirts that perfectly match my favorite pendant.
4. Perhaps a favorite skirt could set the day toward a better path?
5. My regular desk was occupied by a visiting trainer. Not that I minded setting up the Mac across the hall.
6. After having my productivity questioned, I wanted nothing more than starchy comfort food. Meredith must have read my mind.
7. By the afternoon my face was beaded with perspiration. Don’t know if I want to spend the summer clipping my hair back. I may have to cut it after all.
8. My chin reacted badly to the stress of the day. Fortunately, it’s a small blemish.
9. I’m not sure if the makeshift bird repellent is going to do the trick. Those crazy fraggle birds seem to be challenging me with the beginnings of a new nest.
10. The welcomed nest is empty now, baby dove having flown away Friday. I never move the nest since the mama always comes back.
11. An evening with the newest bright and shiny thing. I think I’ve got what I need (and want) now.
12. So happy Mom and Dad visited over the weekend and there was leftover food in the fridge. Tonight, I really just wanted to be still and not think.

“12 on 12” was lifted from Cathy Zielske, who was inspired by the original Twelve of Twelve.

a family Easter celebration

It’s not often that all of my family can get together at Easter anymore, but this year Mom and Dad are volunteering just a couple of hours away and have been able to spend several days here with us during the week. Although we always celebrate Easter at church that morning, I can’t remember the last time we shared any kind of Easter meal together. Even growing up, our focus was never on a special meal like at Christmas or Thanksgiving. For my family, the celebration was simply being together and sharing the celebration of Christ’s resurrection, plus a little egg hunting when we were young. But I don’t remember a special lunch or dinner planned just for the day. This year, though, something fun was planned for all of us.
It was important to the 3rd boy that all of us attend the Sunrise Service at church, so my sister and my mom planned a little brunch to follow. Sausage pinwheels, ham and cheese spirals, apple sticky buns and fresh fruit salad. Everything was prepared in advance, so we were able to come back after church and just warm it up and eat. Which meant more time to just hang out together and catch up, then everyone could head back home late morning with a full afternoon left. It was a really great day, beginning with a true celebration of Life.

sunrise service
The Way
Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. And this was no afterthought. Even though it has only lately—at the end of the ages—become public knowledge, God always knew he was going to do this for you. It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God.
— 1 Peter 1:18-21 (The Message)
sunrise service
Easter brunch
a little fun for 2 boys and 1 baby girl puppy