Uncategorized / 23.08.2010

I pet the dog this morning and let him lick my chin. I did this as I sat on the deck, drinking coffee, listening to quiet strains of music, and contemplating the glory of God revealed in a cardinal. It is Monday. My facade is falling. The masks are fading. I am learning to live from the core of who I am and have longed to be since I was a little girl. I remember when Joe and Sam were born. Four and a half years apart. Both preemies. The weeks and months surrounding their births were full of crises on a...

Uncategorized / 19.08.2010

I stare at him through tears and snotThe congestion in my head a mirror of that in my heartI want to clear bothI want the tears to stop falling and the clouds around my heart and mind to clear like they do so often after the rainBut they won'tThe hurt and confusion that lies between us remains unresolvedThough the storm and its impending fury blew over, it remains grey and cold and drizzlyI long to blow this mess awayMy heart cries for the clarity and security of intimacyAs I stare, I think,"If I could just be stronger. More together. More...

Uncategorized / 18.08.2010

I take him in my arms. His seven year old body not long to outgrow my lap and this rocker. This "little" one. My last. I remember so clearly rocking his biggest brother twenty years ago and all the hours rocking the four in between. It's trite, but true. Time flies, and its flight gets faster every year.With this sobering knowledge, I pray, "Lord, help me teach Him of You." While He still will sit, the warmth of my arms, softening the clay of his heart. Still so moldable. So teachable.I kiss his forehead and the lesson starts:"I love you...

Uncategorized / 16.08.2010

Three of my children played in "Cinderella" this past weekend. Daniel was "Prince Charming." Emily played an uncharacteristic "Evil Step-Sister." And Joe was a mouse turned coachman.It was a fabulous, exhausting week culminating in four packed performances. The costumes were beautiful, the acting was fabulous, and the story was classic. But the best part by far were the little girls who came dressed in their "Cinderella" finest. The play was very interactive, and the "princesses" were invited to come on stage and learn to curtsy with the "Fairy Godmother."They were given invitations to the ball by the Prince and his...

Uncategorized / 10.08.2010

Neverland not far awayin the minds of little boyswalking on a roofalmost like flying!My daughter captured this incredible picture of her littlest brother (in front) adventuring with friends. Check out her blog for more creative photos and posts: http://evhyland.tumblr.com/...

Uncategorized / 10.08.2010

I no longer liveto accomplish my agendaso I can enjoy myselfbut ratherto enjoy His giftsso I may accomplish His willConsidering my lilies . . 54. "real love" letters55. Josh's joy56. God's Spirit surprising57. fighting for freedom58. ways that are higher than mine59. Ecclesiastes' truth60. a few hours in house alone61. material blessings (lots)62. blessings packed and stored63. helping hands to pack64. this quote: "There is no stay so strong as an unreserved abandonment of self into God's hand." ~H.L. Sidney Lear...

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