Friday, June 14, 2013

Daddy's Home

The garage door starts it's ascent and bam! 
Daddy's home!
Is it as exciting a moment at your house as it is mine?

When I had a newborn, it was relief. Hand over the baby, mama's taking a shower.
With toddlers, it means turn up the iTunes, dance party with daddy while mama makes dinner.
The girls go wild! Especially the mid-kid. She's crazy about daddy, has favored him since infancy. She drops whatever she's involved in and runs toward the door. Nothing is more important to her at that moment.
My 1st grader doesn't cheer anymore; often he shouts "Quick, hide! Mom, tell daddy I'm still at the gym & he has to go pick me up! Lilaaahhh, hide! Not with me. Quiet!"

Me? I'm bursting inside like my girl is; I think she gets her adoration for Dan from me, honestly. But I positively suck at showing it. Always have. I want to drop whatever I'm doing, greet him at the door and kiss his face off. But I don't. Hardly ever. Even pre-kids, as newlyweds, I would stay at the stove top stirring the sauce & turn to smile at him when he walked into the kitchen. See! Pathetic.

I want to blame it on my divorced parents; this "Hi, honey, I'm home" thing is new to me. But, please, after 10 years, it's familiar enough. I have had every intention of changing my ways. God, he appreciates it so much when I meet him. Shouldn't I be glad he wants to see me? He cares to hug me the moment he gets home. What is my problem? Every year it is on my New Years Resolution list. Along with wear more attractive pajamas. And before I know it, I fall back into staying caught up in whatever I'm doing, because I'll see him in a few seconds and I'll greet him then. What's the big deal?

Daddy is home. All is right in the world.
Well until the kids start bickering.
Mom gets annoyed & plays "gotta finish dinner" card.
Tell me, do you greet him at the door and lay one on him?
Do you stay immersed in whatever, call out "hey!" and wait til you pass each other to kiss?
One of my pals once told me she actually cheers. Like a cheerleader. Lucky guy.
My guy certainly deserves that kind of corny fanfare.

happy father's day, babe!
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013


This is our first Spring/Summer here in CNY. When we moved in last August the landscape was green and blooming, so I was pretty sure I knew what to expect this year. We live in a nice little neighborhood, with an active HOA, close to the village and not far from highways that will take you anywhere. But when you're sitting in my backyard, it feels like you're tucked much farther from any neighbors thanks to trees and shrubs lining the property. A family of deer live back in those trees & shrubs, so we have to plant with their appetites in mind. (Read: I've got enough mouths to feed with our grocery budget.)
I drove around this Spring admiring the peony plants all over town; jealous of those driveways-lined and flower beds boasting the paper-like flowers. They're everywhere! Isn't that the way it goes when you want something? It seems like everyone has it.

Honestly, the weather this year has been a bummer. We are all disappointed in the rainy, overcast skies and how they dampen our plans and moods. If I let myself, I start counting the many beautiful and entertaining attributes of our former hometown in VA. In no time, I've spiraled into hating where I live and myself for leaving such a lovely place.

One afternoon recently I had to get a hold of myself. I have got to appreciate what I love about here and now. I've struggled toward the elusive bloom where you're planted challenges for as long as I can remember. So I began a mental list of good, unique to this area, and this time of life characteristics on which I can focus. By the time I started down the hill to my house, I had many things to be thankful for and to keep my mind off of what I used to have that I miss. 

And then I pulled in my driveway.
In the distance: bright fuchsia, baby pink, and white paper flowers!
They hadn't been there before.
Or had they?
How could I miss them?
Up close, right in my own front yard was at least 10 peony plants!  
So many heavy blooms had already weighed them down into what looked like piles of the prettiest flower!
And once I started looking, I found more.
Right in my backyard.
Because I was looking.

"For the Lord is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. 
The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right."
 Psalm 84:11 (NLT)
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Monday, June 3, 2013

Set apart, peacefully

Teaching my children to respond to this world as the Bible charges Christ-followers to respond certainly highlights the ways I struggle to do so myself.
Kindness to meanies.
Forgiveness to offenders.
Mercy instead of judgement.

Tonight we had a lesson in the Golden Rule.
I didn't demand that they follow it; I reminded them of it and left them to act as they chose. Moments later, the hose was on & the exclusionary chalk sign in the driveway was washed away. They chose the hard road. I'm proud of them.
It's hard to take the high road.
Especially when we feel validated.

More and more Christians don't appear to live much differently than non-believers. They seem to blend in with the world around them, tolerant and complacent.  Are we supposed to look different? Act differently? Be as we say, set apart?
Sometimes I need to re-read the actual words from the scriptures themselves, wondering if perhaps it was my church recommending a good life and not Jesus requiring certain values of his children.
It all seems so old-fashioned, doesn't it?
I went in search & I found this in Colossians 3:
"So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you.
Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires.
Don’t be greedy...Don’t lie to each other...
Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him... Christ is all that matters and he lives in us.
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. 
Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.  
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.  
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives...
And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father." 
Colossians 3:5, 9-17 (NLT)

Dear Jesus, set me apart. Help me, because it's hard to stand for what's right and live peacefully in a world filled with wrong. Help me, because I want my children to love you and serve you and know you and they're watching me. Amen. Pin It
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