Three years.

It’s been three years. Three years to the day since my son had his surgery for CDH.
Three years of hugs, kisses and worry.
Three years of sweetness and light and screaming.
At the moment he’s hollering because he’s in time-out.  I love that kid

I am beyond grateful for his life; for this tiny little man who is amazing in so many ways.
Today we celebrate life and promise, hope and miracles. Today we celebrate him.
Today is the best of days.
Today I am so thankful.

Sabbath

It is Sunday. There is a family dinner to be prepared. There is a healthy pumpkin bread recipe I’d like to try and I really want to make it at some point. I have great plans, wonderful plans. But instead of making dinner, pumpkin bread or doing anything really you can find me at this moment drinking coffee with Monkey Monkey and about to dive into the latest Food Network magazine after a nice after lunch beach visit with my boys.  It’s been a wonderful, lazy day.

That wonderful, lazy day is Sabbath, my Sabbath. I have not done what needs to be done but I’ve done what I’m supposed to do.  I’ve rested.  I’ve stopped working.  I have been still.

I pray that you allow yourself to be still today. That you have moments where you understand what it means to sit, to be silent, to relax. We are a people of God and we are called into Sabbath, called into rest. It’s often in these quiet moments that we feel God is near. Be silent today. Let God in.  Practice Sabbath and enjoy the rest that God gives.

I’ll see you tomorrow when my Sabbath is over…

Things I love. The pre-fall edition.

The seasons are about to change. It’s in the air. We went from warm days and warm nights to warmish days and cool nights. Today is a rainy, chilly day and my son and I are staying in doors. Tea of the peppermint green tea variety will be enjoyed. Books shall be read. We may even bake cookies. I have a few books I need to finish for review {I’ve got Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley waiting for me on my iPad but I have to finish the others first!} and I think today will help me get at least part of the way there.

It’s a lovely day. There are many things to be grateful for and a lot to love in my life right now. Fall is coming, my favorite season. We all sat around the TV watching football last night. Requests are being filed for mashed potatoes and gravy. There are blankets and candles and warm beverages to enjoy. As much as I’ve loved summer, I will also love fall.  Here are a few of the things we’re already enjoying.

If you can get your hands on this candle, do so! It smells like apple pie in our house when it’s on and it requires no effort on my part. It’s most excellent. I’m also a fan of the Apple Pumpkin variety. It’s also quite decadent and definitely brings fall into the house.


I’ve been waiting since July to wear these jeans. They are the perfect shade of not quite but almost black. They have just the right amount of flair and they are ridiculously soft. I picked them up off a clearance rack for 25$ at Banana Republic while we were shopping for some golf shirts for my husband. I am in love!


I may have the coldest feet in the world.  I’m not making this up, ask my husband.  I also never wear socks.  I should but I don’t.  I wrap my feet in blankets instead.  This blanket is particularly lovely and I dug it out this week.  It’s soft and warm.  Everyone should have a blanket like this.

My tomatoes are growing like crazy.  I have some on the counter ripening {if they’ve fallen off or are just about there}.  They are great in sauces or raw.  They are delicious and moist.  I’m enjoying the fruits of my harvest and am excited for the larger tomatoes which are just starting to turn.  Thinking about the harvest has got me excited for squash and pumpkins and pie.  It’s going to be a delicious season.

Speaking of a delicious fall I’ve recently dug out one of my favorite cookbooks.  With requests coming in for comfort food I’ve been looking for different ways to incorporate healthy ingredients into the meals we eat.  Colleen Patrick-Goudreau never fails to come up with great options.

These are some of the things I’m enjoying right now but what about you? I’d love to know what things you love. How are you preparing for fall?

 

It’s Monday and I’m grateful

It’s Monday and I’m grateful for:

1: The Civic Holiday.  An extra day with my boys together is always a nice thing.

2: The ability to persevere and finish the Gospel of John.  It was painful.

3: A husband who is constant and sure.

4: Walks along the beach at sunset.

5: Books and sunshine streaming in my living room window.

6: Plants which are able to weather the storm.

7: The sound of trains as they click on the track in the living room.

8: Iced Chai Lattes and Green Machines.

9: Days spent with my Mom and my Sister.

10: Bear hugs and sweet words.

It’s Monday and I’m thankful…

It’s Monday and I’m thankful for many things. I’m thankful for:

1: Gathering with family to celebrate a cousin’s wedding. It was a fantastic day.

2: The Police Man who looked the other way while I was going a little too fast today. Rest assured I did slow down.

3: Lunch with my Mom during this slightly chaotic period of summer.

4: Thomas the Tank Engine and his ability to entertain at tables, outdoors, at night before bed. I love Thomas.

5: Heat and warmth. I love summer. It passes too quickly.

6: Ripening tomatoes and bunches of basil. This makes for delicious meal times.

7: Green Apple Soda from Whole Foods. I probably shouldn’t be thankful for this but I am.

8: A husband who still loves me when I get lost in books. The only problem is I don’t know what to read next.  Any ideas?

9: Peaceful afternoons.

10: Comfortable shoes. I will never take this for granted again.  This relates to number 1.  :)

Fun stuff on Friday

It’s Friday.  I’ve accomplished almost nothing today but I’m alright with that.
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It’s been quite a week here.  This week my biggest post was actually Muskoka Bean Salad, an old recipe from last summer.  I would guess that people are getting ready for BBQs on the weekend!
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If you’re looking for some youtube entertainment can I suggest checking out The Maccabeats.  They are a Jewish A Cappella group that I discovered while reading Mayim Bialik’s blog.  They are very good and some of their stuff is really catchy.  I quite enjoy listening to them.  Here’s one of my favorite videos:


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I realized this week that I’m a writer.  Now whenever people ask me what I do I say “I’m a mother, I minister, and I write”.  I guess you could say I’m rather busy and I like it that way.
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My local coffee place recently informed me that they could make iced soy chai lattes for me this summer so I wouldn’t be deprived of my favorite drink over the summer.  Can I just say ‘dangerous’?  They are so delicious!
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Donald Driver is going to be on my fantasy football team.  Why you say? After all he’s a 5th receiver, right?  It’s a simple reason.  He won Dancing with the Stars and I need a mascot.  Also all the cardio he’s done while training for the show makes him a potential threat.  It might be risky but I am a gutsy girl who needs to win this year!
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I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  To my American friends – Happy Memorial Day Weekend.  To the rest of you, have a fantastic normal weekend.  After all, holiday or no holiday a weekend is the best part of the week!!!
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Ten reasons I’m looking forward to the summer

I’m looking forward to the summer.  The sun, sand and swings are waiting.  I’m also anxious for strawberries.  Here are 10 things I’m looking forward to most:

  1. Warm summer nights.  There are few things nicer than sitting on the deck while a warm summer breeze blows at days end.
  2. Peaches.  The sweet, tangy fruit that drips down your chin while you eat it is one of my favorites.  I cannot get enough of them.  There are also strawberries and raspberries and well you get the point.
  3. BBQ.  I know we’re plant based now but there are so many things that belong on my BBQ.  From tempeh burgers to grilled mushrooms the possibilities are endless and waiting to be explored.
  4. Picnics in the park.  I just can’t wait until we can hit the park with our backpack filled with snacks and lunch so we can play all day.
  5. Watching the sunset on the deck overlooking the lake.  We don’t live right on the lake but there are plenty of restaurants that have beautiful decks with delicious food and a great view.  It’s one of my favorite date night activities with my husband.
  6. I love relaxed church!  As congregations get smaller and shorts start to appear in the pews I find people are more relaxed and people seem happier.
  7. Afternoons spent reading on the back deck.  My summer reading tends to be light and fluffy but it’s oh so enjoyable.  A glass of iced tea and a good book make for the perfect summer afternoon.
  8. I love to hike and explore the countryside.  We often hike while on vacation and love to go on long walks by the lake when we’re home.  I can’t wait to get back on the trails.  Perhaps I should begin training…
  9. Leisurely visits with friends.  As many of my friends are ministers and others are in school or have children in school I find that the best time for getting together is the summer when things quiet down.  With BBQs and get togethers happening weekly there’s no excuse to not see one another.
  10. Sandals.  I love when the weather is warm enough that I don’t needs to wear socks it means summer really has arrived.

Things I love.

  1. My farmer’s market.  The asparagus is here and sweet cherry tomatoes are available.  Local, delicious food is a favorite in our house. 
  2. Homemade cookies.  MMM. 
  3. Sleep.  I don’t get enough of it and every moment is sheer bliss.
  4. Warm blankets.  It feels like fall here.  I’m not joking.  I’m freezing here. Heavy warm blankets are keeping me cozy. 
  5. Reading books on quiet afternoons alone or with a partner.  We love books here and find they pair well with warm blankets. 

What do you love?

Celebrity Lullaby

Just in case you’re having a little trouble sleeping…

My son adores this clip. A friend of mine posted it on facebook and it happened to be on a random Sesame Street we taped this week. When we stumbled upon it while watching the show X.’s eyes lit up and he was in hysterics on the floor. I have to admit it is pretty funny.

Sweet dreams!

Grateful for the ordinary.

I am sitting at the kitchen table contemplating the sour taste remaining in my mouth after having eaten an overripe strawberry.  The light is fading but still plentiful.  I see a dead patch on the grass and wonder if there are grubs to deal with.  My husband and son sit together in the other room surrounded by matchbox cars and potato head pieces.  It’s the end of an ordinary day and I am grateful.  I am grateful for the ordinary.

There is beauty in the ordinary.  A sense of blessing surrounds me.  I am able to sit and know that God is near.  I am grateful for this feeling.  It is a feeling I am lucky to have.  In many ways I feel as though I am standing in the eye of a hurricane as I watch those around me deal with crashing winds and rains.

I have been in the rain.  I have felt the winds blow.  I know the time may be coming where I will face them again.  This sense of calm may be a temporary thing but I embrace it.  I cherish it.  I am grateful for it.

If my posting is irregular or my thoughts seem light it’s because I’m taking in these moments.  If I’m not here I’m out running in the park or baking cookies with my boy.  If I’m not here I’m in prayer and reflecting in the wee hours of the morning.  If I’m not here I’m embracing that which is ordinary, that which is blessed.

I know the rains may come.  I feel the pressure of the wind pushing against me and I wonder where the storm will take us.  For now though I sit.  I sit in the stillness and embrace these gifts.  I thank God for these moments.

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