Thursday, February 26, 2009

and today...

thunder and lightning...
rattling the windows
throwing the pictures on the wall off skew

and once again,
so thankful to be here.
love this.

spring is near.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


today was one of those days.
not the bad kind...
it was beautiful.

a warm, no wind, t-shirt kind of day.
a play outside,
hunt for cool rocks kind of day.

it was the kind of day
that makes you remember
why you live in the middle of nowhere.

a take a deep breath
and let it out kind of day.


so thankful to live here
in this house, with these people.

especially on days like this.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

We've come, to the worst place on earth to raise a child...

Sierra Leone.

i am sure you have heard it before.
it takes 7 cents for a tetanus vaccine.



and be changed.

watch here.

amy needs...

got this from cassie, who got it from her sister...
go to and type in your name, followed by the word needs.
post the first eight things that come up.

1. amy needs some help drinking apparently..
2. amy needs a LOT, Evidently.
3. amy needs gloves to touch herself
4. amy needs a Dentist Picture
5. amy needs prayer
6. amy needs to know
7. amy needs help
8. amy needs her prince!!

i was a bit afraid to even type number 3, but i figured i had to play honestly.
most of them are pretty funny...

chocolate fudge cake.

isaiah called my mom last week, and asked her if she could make her famous chocolate fudge cake for his birthday.
she and hannah spent the better part of sunday afternoon making it.
and let it be known, it did not disappoint.

love this photo.
he looks so old.
because he is.
hard to believe.

and something about the little baseball guys all lit up,
makes me think of The Field Of Dreams.

and, she was there...

emily was there. i promise.
it's just that, well, she is in 7th grade.
and can't be bothered with brothers.


There aren't many choices here where we live.
So, you can pretty much guarantee, that if a place offers a free birthday sundae, an 11 year old boy is going to pick that place.


This was before the gifts... Nana was trying to keep the boys entertained with a book.

He knew he was getting a rip stick. He has had it planned for about 6 months.
Pretty sure he already knows what he wants next year too.
That is just how he is.

AND, he has been begging for a product red shirt forever.

Nana came thru with a gift certificate to the local sporting goods store, and a really cool collectors book about Yankee Stadium.
He was in heaven.

Monday, February 23, 2009

He's 11.

Today, Isaiah is eleven.
He had a couple of his best buddies over to spend the night on Saturday, to help him celebrate...

I will write more later, when I have a chance to reflect on this day, on that day, eleven years ago, when my world changed.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

he's got me figured out.

steve pretty much has me figured out.
if he wants to see this...

then somewhere along they way, these are usually involved.

i love chocolate.
that is just the way it is.
and he knows that.
so, i'll keep him. :)


brody likes to tell us how old he is... often.

little boys and daddy.
all of whom can't wait until summer.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

This year we elected to get a family gift that keeps on giving, for Valentine's Day... as the children would say, a "Hotel Waffle Maker"

And keep giving it did...

Friday, February 13, 2009

because i don't have words...


i have been feeling unbloggy lately.
it is not that there aren't things going on,
things that i could talk about.
it's just that i haven't even begun to process thoughts these days.

i don't know why.
it just seems like
sometimes, i don't want to think about stuff.

a friend sticking up for her daughter,
another friend's 25 year old son has cancer,
friends without jobs,
friends dealing with racial slurs being flung at their family.

sometimes it's just too much.
and makes me not want to think.
not process.
be, unbloggy.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A gift for Voices!

We are sending out this great shopping bag to all who have signed up for 300 Voices, as a thank you, as a reminder, as a tool.
This is also the new logo we will be using on everything water related!
Isn't it the best?

We had a very generous donor cover all the expenses for the bags, and we are so very thankful!
So, if you are a voice, be expecting your bag in the next month!
AND, we still need more voices!
Tell all your friends, and your family...

Monday, February 9, 2009

it is monday indeed.

steve and i got away for the night on friday.
got home just about ten minutes before church on saturday.
sunday was rushed as well.
lots going on.
school today.
and my e-mail isn't working.
it is monday indeed.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Micah on lifeguards...

Lifeguards are very important.
They save people's lives...
and clean puke out of the water.

i am so blessed.


thinking today about other moms
just like me
who cannot even enjoy the kiss of their little boy
because their entire existence
revolves around finding water.
water that is contaminated.
water that will kill
their little boys.

i cannot even begin to imagine
the pain in that.
the pain in not having a choice.
the pain in watching your baby boy
die in your arms.
no longer feeling his kiss.

we can change that for those moms.
and it is so easy.
be a voice.
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Oh how I long for early Summer!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

i wanna be like tape.

i had this revelation this morning,
while i was putting away the recently purchased new roll of tape.
the only word that was written big enough to read,
on the outside of the packaging, was:
and i thought, yah, that's what i want to be.
i want to hold things together,
my family, my marriage, my friendships,
all the while
being completely transparent.

Monday, February 2, 2009


my prayer today:

Lord, do not let me be a resounding gong,
a clanging cymbal
to my world,
to my children.

may i approach everyone
with the grace
that i myself do not deserve.

Lord, allow me to glimpse
the people around me today
with the eyes You long for me to have.

give me love.
and only love.
so that i might love
those i deem unlovable,
even if "those"
includes me.