Friday, April 26, 2013
In a split second, the beautiful, intelligent daughter that I am so proud of turns into a ferocious woman-eating dinosaur burninating the countryside and peasants. Naturally, us peasants need to scream and run for our lives, if possible. What better way to bring out the inner thunder lizard than a visit to see actual dinosaurs:
The Thanksgiving Point Museum of Ancient Life is so child-friendly that ours had a conniption fit the moment we even suggested it was soon time to leave. (Not fun in the moment, but a good sign that we picked a great place to spend some time learning together.) Any suggestions for a toddler-friendly venue?
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
I know it's silly, but I truly get happiness from creating something beautiful, even if it is as dorky as a wrapped book. The simple things, my friends, carry a surprising amount of joy. What have you done lately to accentuate the lovely and simple things in your life?
Friday, April 19, 2013
I love and appreciate these gentle monks immensely for dedicating their lives to goodness and God. Kirk and I have visited several times together to savor the environment (and the regularly scheduled chants!), and we plan on continuing to make such a trip a regular occurrence with our little family. The solace and divinity is nearly palpable.
The people are kind and beautiful, but it's the place that lights my soul on fire. The place itself encourages pondering, deep breaths, holiness and reevaluating ambitions and priorities.
Do you have a place you find yourself returning to for inspiration and rejuvenation? If so, what positive thoughts does your special place project?
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Oh my goodness! This museum was toddler-friendly and a fascinating mix of science and art. I would totally go back again, but I have to say that my favorite museum is still the Springville Museum of Art. It will always have a tender place in my heart.
Do you have a favorite museum to visit? If so, what is it and why?
Monday, April 15, 2013
Love this. Favorite discussion topics for this novel include:
- water: baptism, rebirth, circle of life
- ghost children
- gorgeous Shakespearean language
- different styles of housekeeping and mothering
- transience and home
- incredible characterization
Friday, April 12, 2013
Would you ever go to the zoo during the winter?
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
Didn't our world begin with a Fall?
Will it not end in precise risen glory?
The moon doesn't wax and wane,
she wanes and waxes, ending
with glorious light before starting anew.
A victorious overture, a fresh restoration.
As I hold you in the dark and marvel
at your tiny fingers
I find myself
counting your breaths and repeating simply
We: are alive.
You: are alive.
I: am alive.
Deep in my chest, it feels right
that life is our mother, who counts our breaths
in the same way, taking note
of our sometimes ragged exhales
but knowing the majesty the next inhale brings.
She breathes along with us to calm our hearts.
That's what mothers do.
God's miracle for us is breath.
His love is our Fall and Rise.
This is what I pray to him:
Let my contribution be clean.
Let my breath ameliorate.
Let my life end on an inhale.
It can be tricky to include vulnerability in my poetry, but it was refreshing this time to open up and speak candidly from my heart. However, it still took a lot of effort. Do you have any tips or tricks about quickly tapping in to that vulnerable and sensitive side?
Friday, April 5, 2013
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
We started out with a trip to feed our favorite ducks. Usually they aren't very hungry, but apparently in the winter, they don't get very much charity because we didn't bring enough bread to feed the hoards that appeared from nowhere: