Friday, October 25, 2013


Linking up with Five Minute Friday again!  It's a great way to practice writing. You can find out how to join right HERE .  "Ordinary" is this week's topic so here goes:

Together is a word that for me conjures up lots of good family times.   When we all get together there are 26 of us!  You can imagine the noise that 13 grandchildren ranging in age from 2 - 10!  But it's a good noise most of the time.  Of course they have their little disagreements and a parent has to intervene sometimes.   And then with 13 adults there is not always agreement, but there is always LOVE.  We always look forward to our times together which is usually around a holiday time.  One year we had many of us at our house for Christmas with people sleeping all over the house.  But what a joy!

And then I think of one of my daughters who lives far away from all of us and it's hard for her to find togetherness where she is.  It seems that people are so busy and don't always find time to really have community.  It's hard for her to be so far away from her sisters.

I know there are many who don't know what it is like to be part of a family at all, much less a big family like ours.  That's where we need to reach out and pull in the lonely to share our lives with them.  

God has blessed me so much with my famliy and friends.  He has given us His love and has enabled us to love each other.


Friday, October 18, 2013


Today I am linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker's FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY again where we write for five minutes unedited,not worrying about whether it is perfect, just writing whatever comes to mind about a topic chosen by Lisa.  Today's topic: laundry


When I saw today's topic I wondered what I could write about laundry. So I thought I'd think back to when I first starting doing laundry in my first apartment with my new husband 39 years ago.  We had no laundry facilities so we would take our clothes to my parents' house every week.    The next year found us living in New Hampshire in a duplex where we shared a washer and dryer in the basement.

 The next year we moved to our very first tiny house in beautiful Amherst, NH. and were expecting our first child.  So we managed to fit a washer into our budget and had it ready when she was born.  I remember my mom being there and since the house was so hot that summer, she would take the diapers outside and scrub the messiest by hand and then bring them in to the washer and hang them on the line.  That was before disposables came out!   And when they did I didn't like them.

Fast forward a few years, add several more children and tons of laundry which could have been just a drudgery, but my daughters, who were helping with the laundry by that time made up a game to help make it fun.     The idea was to be on either side of the bed and take turns tossing a unmatched sock to see if the other could match it.  It was sort of a Go Fish using socks.   My youngest daughter reminded me that they would yell out, "Match Match"  as they tossed the socks.  I remember hearing them from another room and wondering what could be so much fun!


If you'd like to join in and write your own thoughts you can find all the details HERE

                                          Try it! You never know what you can do till you try!
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Friday, October 11, 2013


Linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker's 5 MINUTE FRIDAY


What exactly is "ordinary"?  Is it the everyday things we take for granted?  Is it how we view ourselves and our world?  I suppose everyone has a different idea of what it means.   I live on a hill and have a beautiful view from my front porch, but most days I don't even notice it.  Does that mean it is ordinary? I go through my tasks every day. Is that ordinary?

You know what I think?  The ordinary can become extraordinary if we just take time to stop and really look at what we see around us, to really notice things and realize the beauty in it all.  God has given us so much - air to breathe, beauty in nature, friends, family and yet we so often take it all for granted.

Let's take time today to just enjoy being alive!  Let's take time to smile at someone!  Let's take time to get down on our knees and thank God that we are not ordinary and we don't live in an ordinary world.

God created us in His image.  That is not ordinary.  God created the whole world.  That is not ordinary.

And now my time is up.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

A New Experience

Earlier this year during Holy Week,one of my daughters  had what she called an Empathy series on her blog . She had been reading the book of Luke and wanted to try to imagine what things would have been like for someone to have been living during the time of Jesus, to try to place herself in their shoes, so to speak.  It was a good exercise to really stop and think about what it might have been like. You can find the beginning of that series and links to the rest of the posts  HERE

She is now doing another Empathy series and wanted to have others try their hand at it and guest post on her blog.  When she asked me to write a post for it my first thought was, "I can't do that!. How would I think of what to say?"   She wanted me to pick a Bible character or event and retell it as if I were that person or write a poem describing what I would imagine it to be.  I was a little nervous about it because I didn't want to add or take away anything from Scripture and wasn't sure I could do justice to it.

 Because we cannot really know what went on in the minds of these people she calls it "fiction exercise even though the truth elements are evident. The stories ring true because they are based on the narratives we are familiar with. Our imaginative perspectives inserted help bring the story alive, true and real in our own hearts as we explore the depth of thought and feeling, capturing the humanity of God’s people in that age and binding it to ours in this one."

Well, I didn't commit to it right away but promised think about it. So I began thinking and praying about  who or what  I would even be able to do. For awhile I came up with nothing.  Then I thought about maybe from the perspective of the boy with the 5 loaves and 2 fish that Jesus multiplied to feed over 5,000 and had 12 full baskets leftover, or one of the mother's of the children that were brought to Jesus to be blessed when the disciples tried to send them away. Being a mother and grandmother children are very dear to my heart, so that is what I chose to use.

                                                             A Mother’s Remembrance
 I will never forget that day for as long as I live!  We were very tired from walking, my friends and I and our children.   We had been following Jesus listening to His every word.   He was like no one else we had ever seen or heard! ........

You can find the rest of the story at Ava Anomaly 

 Please take a moment to go there and read the other posts in the series, too.  This exercise really helped to open my eyes to reading Scripture more thoughtfully rather than just skimming over familiar passages. I hope you will enjoy these "exercises in empathy."

Friday, October 4, 2013

My First Time Joining Five Minute Friday

Linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker's   FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY

Five Minute Friday: Write


I guess I really have been a writer for most of my life although I never thought of myself as such.  I do remember not having much trouble writing essay answers to tests.  Those were my favorite type of questions because I could think of plenty to say.   Maybe it's because I enjoy talking.  When I was a child most of the adults in my life told me I talked too much and asked too many questions, but my parents were always ready to listen and answer.

When I was 10 years old I even wrote a little song about loving Jesus. I even put the notes on some music paper so I could play it on the piano.    Here is how it went if I can remember correctly  : 

            " Oh, we should love Jesus, We should love Jesus!  Why? Because He first loved us."

Then at age 11 my friend and I started writing a story together about some kid going into space or something like that.  We had a spiral bound notebook and would take turns taking it home and adding more to the story. It was great fun!  I don't even remember my friend's name or whatever happened to the story.

And ever since we started homeschooling over 20 years ago I have kept journals, not always faithfully every day, sometimes months would go by but I still keep at it as much as I can.   Now, because of my daughter encouraging me I have actually written a guest post for her blog which will be published next week, started a blog of my own JUST TODAY!  And now I'm participating in Five Minute Friday for the first time!  It's great!