Friday, November 26, 2010


thank·ful (adj.)

1. Aware and appreciative of a benefit; grateful.
2. Expressive of gratitude: a thankful smile.

The nights have been late, the mornings early.  Lattes have been necessary.  I am in the middle of a week-long fling with rolls of packing tape and bubble wrap.  Slowly, boxes are taking over our house

But I am pausing, reflecting, giving thanks...

...for the way morning sun crescendos upon our apple tree, just so.

...and, well, mornings in general.

...for the Gregory Brothers who make me LAUGH, 'cuz it really is good for the soul. (Check it 'cuz her daddy taught her good.)
...for holidays like Thanksgiving that bring our family together.
...and the friendship my kids have with their cousins.

...for the winter that will soon be upon us, tucking us in beside warm fires and hot cocoa and board games.

...for this little girl and all the ways her fire and imagination color our world with reds and hot pinks and purples.

...and this little boy who calms it all down with his greys and greens and blues.

...for an Alpha and Omega, who holds our hands from the womb to the grave.  He never changes.  And so today especially, I kneel my heart and hold up thankful hands for all the ways He provides.

Happy Thanksgiving, all. 

Be aware and appreciative.  And if you are reading this and were alone today, I wish you could have joined us.  There's room at our table.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Packin' Up

I'm not so grand at change.

I like variety, don't get me wrong.  Music, food, routine.  I even enjoy changing seasons and the new fun each holds, different from the one before it and the one to follow. 

But change for me is like a cold wind in my heart.  

We are moving.  It's been a long goodbye.  My husband started working an hour away back in July.  And it will be so good to be together, in the same town where he can pop over for lunch, be home for dinner.

It's strange how empty and yet so full a house can feel.  And I know it's just a house, but life moved in and stretched itself out, making itself at home in these rooms.

This is the place we have stripped off wallpaper and picked out paint colors.  We've replaced gas lines and flooring.  We've dug through earth, landscaped our yard, made a failed attempt at a garden.

We have welcomed traveling family and friends.  We have stayed up late and unveiled hearts.  We have had Boggle and Wii death matches here.  Their kids have climbed our apple tree and made forts out of our couch cushions. 

We brought our babies home from the hospital here.  We have rocked and soothed them in these rooms.  We have chased them down these halls.  We have picnicked in this grass.  We have walked and sidewalk-chalked this pavement.  We have read bedtime stories.  We have celebrated birthdays.  We have laughed.  We have cried.  We have weathered storms here.

And next week, we turn in our keys and say farewell to this place.

It's sad.  I'm sad.  We leave family and friends.  We leave known and comfortable. 

We wave goodbye to a house, but not to a home.  We wave hello to new...together.  As a family.  And so I'm happy, too.  (We will be closer to my other sister, Jon's sister, and living in the same town as my brother and cousin.  That's pretty sweet, right?)

Can I just leave you with a fragment of the life we have been blessed to know here?

And as we pack up our things and head off together as a family, we raise our glass to this place and the memories here.