Wednesday, April 22, 2015

full throttle


Easter Sunday at church
 This quote so perfectly encapsulates life with my full throttle toe head, I just had to share it again:

 "To be fair, the intangible benefits of parenting are hidden between this scary facade. When I didn't have kids, I didn't get it, and I shouldn't have. I had never fought in the Vietnam War and had dinner in Paris on the same day. I had no context to understand the casualties or the romance a parent feels on the same day." Jim Gaffigan from his new book Dad is Fat

If you have kids, I'm sure you can relate to the extreme glory and substantial suffering all wrapped up into the singular experience that is parenting. 

Easter Sunday at the beach
Love you and your wild and free and full spirited self, Asher! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

even then

my Easter babies- for these three, I'm thankful
"This is what I've come to believe about change:  it's good, in the way that childbirth is good, and heartbreak is good, and failure is good.  By that I mean that it's incredibly painful, exponentially more so if you fight it, and also that it has the potential to open you up, to open life up, to deliver you right into the palm of God's hand, which is where you wanted to be all along, except that you were too busy pushing and pulling your life into exactly what you thought it should be... So this is the work I'm doing now, and the work I invite you into:  when life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate.  And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow."  Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet

It's true for change and it may also be true for things that don't change- things you just have to plow through day after day when you can see no end in sight.  But maybe that's the point.  It's not about what we see, it's about trusting in what we can't see.  Whether He's nudging us forward or holding us still, we must trust that He loves us and He knows best.

He is good.  All the time.

Even when the sewer backs up into your house.  Again.

Even then.  

Monday, April 13, 2015

love in Luling

my chunky monkey nephew, Jackson, 6 months
 I have a million pictures to catch up on... our spring break was full of all kinds of wonderful time with people we love! 
Anna Grace, the doting junior babysitter



no love lost between these cousins

nephew William, almost eight!

Alexander (the great), four years old

These are a few from our brief New Orleans stint with the birthday girl, my little sister.  She's the kind of girl who cuts perfect lines in her perfectly formed pancakes (her kitchen organization puts all other kitchen organization to shame), sings the paint off the walls at a funeral on her birthday, laughs a lot with a little higher pitched chuckle at the end, and loves her boys with her unending devotion.  I think there's always a little protective instinct you feel for your younger siblings and it's no different with KK.  She has a community of sisters in her corner of the swamp to throw her baby showers and keep her kids and make her laugh and for that I am grateful.  I adore my little sis. 

have read, reading, will read

my cover art for a book I imagine entitled "Unlikely Grace" 



some good books I have read recently:

1.  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - Hauntingly beautiful and a sobering account of life during WWII, this book has stayed with me well after I read (or heard, rather, as I listened on Audible.com) the last sentence.  I want to read it again. 

2.  This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett - A collection of this award-winning author's articles serves as sort of an autobiography.  Pages turned quickly and I thoroughly enjoyed the journey.

3.  "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" (All the Wrong Questions) by Lemony Snickett - I read this one to the boys and wow- it did a number on the old vocabulary front.  My four-year-old can now tell you without hesitation what "bombinating" means.  I think I enjoyed this book a little bit more than the kids did, even, but then again, I adore Lemony Snickett and if I'm going to read to the kids, I cannot bear writing that's not up to snuff.  Lemony NAILS it.

4.  The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis - Anna Grace read this one and then asked me to read it because she knew I would love it and she was right.  Heartwarming and inspiring.

books I'm currently reading:

1. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan - hilarious and completely on point

2.  The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate - for the boys again, so far so great

some books I will read (they're on my shelf and waiting!):

1.  Bittersweet by Shauna Niequest

2.  Wearing God by Lauren F. Winner

I'd love to know what you're reading and what you recommend!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

New Orleans City Park



"City Park is as magical and unique as the city of New Orleans.  The 1,300-acre outdoor oasis has enchanted New Orleanians since 1854, making it one of the nation's oldest urban parks.  Each year, millions of visitors stroll under the same historic oaks and picturesque moss canopies that served as the backdrop for dances, concerts and even gentlemanly duels or 'affaires d'honneur' for generations." www.neworleanscitypark.com

City Park is as magical and unique as the city of New Orleans. The 1,300-acre outdoor oasis has enchanted New Orleanians since 1854, making it one of the nation’s oldest urban parks. Each year, millions of visitors stroll under the same historic oaks and picturesque moss canopies that served as the backdrop for dances, concerts and even gentlemanly duels or “affaires d’honneur” for generations.
- See more at: http://neworleanscitypark.com/about#sthash.rxcWDN2P.dpuf
City Park is as magical and unique as the city of New Orleans. The 1,300-acre outdoor oasis has enchanted New Orleanians since 1854, making it one of the nation’s oldest urban parks. Each year, millions of visitors stroll under the same historic oaks and picturesque moss canopies that served as the backdrop for dances, concerts and even gentlemanly duels or “affaires d’honneur” for generations.
- See more at: http://neworleanscitypark.com/about#sthash.rxcWDN2P.dpuf
City Park is as magical and unique as the city of New Orleans. The 1,300-acre outdoor oasis has enchanted New Orleanians since 1854, making it one of the nation’s oldest urban parks. Each year, millions of visitors stroll under the same historic oaks and picturesque moss canopies that served as the backdrop for dances, concerts and even gentlemanly duels or “affaires d’honneur” for generations.
- See more at: http://neworleanscitypark.com/about#sthash.rxcWDN2P.dpuf


City Park is as magical and unique as the city of New Orleans. The 1,300-acre outdoor oasis has enchanted New Orleanians since 1854, making it one of the nation’s oldest urban parks. Each year, millions of visitors stroll under the same historic oaks and picturesque moss canopies that served as the backdrop for dances, concerts and even gentlemanly duels or “affaires d’honneur” for generations.
- See more at: http://neworleanscitypark.com/about#sthash.rxcWDN2P.dpuf














Of course, my writer-girl immediately said she'd like to write a story about it.  And it seemed as though the air itself was thick with stories.  I wouldn't hate spending a whole day under one of these great-grandmother trees with their arms reaching down like they want to pick you up. 

Magical indeed. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

stations of the Cross


Stations of the Cross, First Baptist Church Shreveport




A plumbing disaster at the house kept me from lingering around these stations like I wanted to, but still, the popsicle sticks and poked and prodded reminding me to give it up.  He loves us, He went to great lengths to save us, He'll never leave us, and He's going to fix things in the end.  Save your life, lose it. Lose your life, find it.  Take up your cross.  Find your life in Him. 

Even raw sewage all over the bathroom floor can't drain the power out of that.