Tuesday, May 22, 2018

in the pink

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Spring has finally arrived

It's still rather chilly in the mornings but the 

trees are pink and chartreuse.

We are able to walk the island without a jacket

and all seems hopeful once again.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

the visit

The weekend found us full of family.

Saturday night we pulled the leaves out on the table.

We all sat 'round it and had a delicious spaghetti supper!

We even had birthday cake and ice-cream for dessert.

Cousins curled up on the couch and laughing with each other.

Aunts and Uncles sat at the table long after

the meal was finished and the sun had set down.

In the morning, I put out a bowl full of yogurt, some granola,

fresh berries, and home baked blueberry muffins.

Oh...and lots of hot coffee.

We ate as we woke and dressed and ran to brush our teeth.

And then it was time for them all to go...

I took the leaves out of the table and put the kitchen back to rights.

I put away the stacks of folded blankets.

In my head and in my heart I plan the next visit...not so far away next time.

Saturday, May 19, 2018


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See I place my words in your mouth!

Today I appoint you over nations

and over kingdoms,

To uproot and to tear down,

to destroy and to demolish,

to build and to plant.

I have many changes happening at the family care center where I work.

I will be getting a new classroom and a new co-teacher

and a new group of toddlers.

I am at once anxious and excited.

I am going to be building a new classroom

and my influence will be more evident.

To build and to plant.

But, new things are hard...

and I am also going to have to demolish and destroy.

And, I am going to have to discern...

what to demolish, what to rebuild, and what to tweak a little bit.

When I first started working at this center,

I thought my co-teacher and I would never have anything in common.

We are different in almost every outward way.

But, as it turned out, we are similar in many inward ways.

We made a really good team.

My new co-teacher and I are very different also.

There will be a learning curve while we figure one another out.

This time I have more experience

and I suspect I may be the one doing more of the leading.

Change can be hard...

but it is also challenging and exciting and uplifting!

Friday, May 18, 2018

a gathering of days

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Saturday I did a marathon drive to my sister's in Connecticut.

She needed help moving into her new home.

We filled up two car loads and drove it over to the new house.

Her new house is on a lake and the road follows the water

as it winds along.

It's such a pretty place surrounded by trees.

I helped her set up the kitchen and my niece and I

moved a few things into the dining room.

It still has a long way to go but it looks a bit more put together

and she will be able to find a cup for coffee in the morning. 

She had a sweet little kitchen table that she couldn't use anymore so she gifted it to me!

We had a big soapstone table in there

which we moved to the dining room.

I love the way the kitchen looks now. 


I have flowers in every room.

Last week many of my families at work gifted teachers

with beautiful bouquets and they look so beautiful!


Sunday,  we all got together for mother's day.

We went to a wonderful garden nursery and walked around

and had a lovely time.

I got to share a little chat over a bowl full of blueberries with my favorite boy!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

consider the lily

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Lily of the valley


Consider the lilies, how they grow:

they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you

even Solomon in all his glory

was not arrayed like one of these.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

the kitchen table

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My sister gifted me with a kitchen table

 that she doesn't have room for anymore.

She is making a new start in a new home.

It is perfect in our kitchen and makes the room quite cozy.

We took the bigger table that had been there and put it in the dining room.

I had my coffee there this morning as I read the Boston Pilot.

I live in the middle of a three pronged fork in the road.

My windows look out over a small park, a larger baseball field,

and the "lowlands" parking lot,

which is residential parking for the beach.

Today it's grey and rainy

but our kitchen will have bright morning light

if the sun ever comes back out.


My sister has stage 4 colon cancer in her bones.

She's just finished up the first stage of her chemo treatments

and is starting up on stage 2 this week.

Stage 2 is expected to last indefinitely.

We live about 3 hours apart so I don't get to help her as often as I wish.

It's comforting to sit at her table

and say a little morning prayer for

 a new, hope filled start in her new home.

Somehow, even though we are miles and miles apart

we have this little kitchen table connecting us with each other.

I often think of Mary and Elizabeth's friendship

and how Mary traveled to see her while they were both expecting.

Saturday I did a marathon drive to my sister's house

to help her move some things

and help to set up her new kitchen and dining rooms.

I said a prayer in each room for healing and hope

and laughter and happy family times....

and strength.

As women, we have a vital role in how our worlds go 'round.

We organize the kitchen because we know that is where the life is.

And, we set up dining rooms because we know that is where family gathers.

We put a bowl on a shelf, and we say a prayer,

and we put a glass in a cabinet and we say a prayer,

and we lay a cloth on a table and we say a prayer.

We share our hearts without words.

Late last night after I got home my husband and I

sat at the table and had a simple dinner of chicken baked with sauerkraut.

The table is old, and simple...strong and steadfast.

As am I.

We are the superheroes of our families...

finding comfort in an old table, a colourful placemat

and a bunch of scattered prayers.

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