A Boy, His Blankets and Being

He loves his blankets. all five of them. Waking up, he points to a blanket saying “it,” over and over until his Grandma gathers all of them Then, and only then, does he melt into her lap, uncharacteristically quiet while he wakes up slowly to his world. Grandma loves these rare, quiet times all of…

On Saying Goodbye to a Son Who Lives Far Away

rounding a curve on rt. 205 the air traffic control tower looms above the horizon on the way to Portland International Airport (PDX), home of the iconic teal  blue carpet (or is it teal green) where we take pictures of our  feet the carpet that says “we’re home” or “we’re leaving.” today we are leaving….

Pieces of My Heart

If you have been reading for awhile here, you know  I occasionally reference things my grandchildren have taught me.  I find they are in the background of my mind most of my days. It’s no surprise when I sit down to be quiet, what is in the background comes to the fore.  Wednesdays have become…

To my Sons

A letter written to my sons on Mother’s Day. Yeah, I know it is July and way past Mothers’ Day. Today, May 9, 2015,  I celebrate my 33rd Mother’s Day. Three sons Three Daughters in Law Ten  grandchildren And one husband who started it all with me. “Be a mother” was #3 on my dream list. #1…

Missing Baby Jesus

Last year we started the tradition (doing it the second time makes it a tradition, right?) of hiding the Baby Jesus from the nativity sets I have around the house and having the children find them, bringing them back to the Nativity set.  Then the children listen to Grandpa “read” the Luke 2 Christmas story. …

Psalm 42:1 in my own words

Psalm 42:1 As the deer longs for the water, so my soul longs for you, O God. As I meditate on this scripture, I begin to think of the things I long for, the things that make my heart ache if I go too long without them. I start to make a list. As a…

Watching Grandpa

There he sits, watching grandpa create a play yard for him and his little brother. So much room in this new great big yard in this new place Perfect for the big boys And even bigger ones! But two of them are still  little And to be safe, they need some help from the grown-ups in…