• at the park

    we were at the park yesterday afternoon.  the one right down the street.  just the kids and i.  we took a basketball.  we attempted to play a game of basketball.  it didn’t go very well.  but, we had fun. the boys were running so fast.  and they were always trying to steal the ball from one another.  amelia wasn’t running quite as fast.  and she was pretty much scared of the ball. standing in the middle of the basketball court, i remembered so clearly bringing them to this park the first summer they were home.  i was always afraid they’d fall and get hurt as they ran around the court. …

  • temptation

    orville and i were out for a bit this morning.  we had some errands to run. i took the long way home.  it’s scenic.  it’s a familiar path from my childhood.  it winds alongside a river. right at the start of our journey home, there is a house that i love.  it’s old.  it’s big.  but not too big.  it’s white, with black shutters and shingles.  it’s on a large piece of land.  it’s right next to the river. i have loved this house for years.  every time we pass it i think, “that would be a great house to get a hold of.  it probably needs some updating which…

  • giving up, taking on…

    today is ash wednesday, the start of lent.  i grew up in a Christian home, but my mother was raised catholic, so lent was a pretty big deal.  we were always encouraged to “give something up” as we went through the lenten season, preparing for Easter. i often chose things that were simple for me to let go of for 40 days.  like ice cream.  it really wasn’t important to me, though i did enjoy it.  and usually i wouldn’t last all 40 days because after a while, it seemed silly to me.  Jesus sacrificed His life for me.  was the sacrifice of no ice cream really a big deal?…