Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Celebrating 40 Candles

I am once again...

so grateful
so thankful

to have had the blessed opportunity to celebrate

another vacation
another birthday
another year

of God's grace and goodness to me

Goodbye 39...

Hello 40!

And this year I decided to

go big
party hard
withhold nothing

(and there's a good possibility that there is some video footage floating around out there to prove it!)

Aruba! Aruba!
because 40 years have taught me that life is

unpredictable
uncertain
unwilling

to slow down for us

while we try to figure it out

and no day can be reclaimed
once it has passed

And so instead of

fretting
fighting
fearing

what is next
we should wholeheartedly embrace it

by intentionally celebrating...

what is now

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Remembering 2012 with... This Place

Yesterday was my 40th birthday!


Which makes this 

really special

(because I started)

this task for
this reason

celebrating

40 years
40 weeks
40 songs

that have made me smile down through the years

And I could not help but smile again...

when I saw that this song landed on my birthday weekend

because

I'm glad
so glad

I'm living my life in
this place...

___________________________

"This Place"
Tamela Mann



(Click to remember)
2013

Saturday, July 16, 2016

One Hundred Days of Grace (Day 100)

It's Five-Minute-Friday

and...

there is drama all around us
(when what we want is peace)

but I've spent the past 100 days

searching
noticing
honoring

the grace that surrounds me everyday
(because it's easy to find the drama)

But when what you want is peace

you have to open your eyes to find that it's right there too

because

the only drama
the only peace

we will ever have...

is only that which we create


One Hundred Days of Grace
tondra_denise

Friday, July 8, 2016

It Takes A Man... To Build A Man

It's Five-Minute-Friday
and I just wanted to let you know that I love you


and as I listen to the roofer's finish the job above me...

I notice that not all of those men are up on the roof
at least one guy stays down at all times

and I feel like him today

Your father and I came together to conceive you

but more
and more

I find myself standing down while I

watch the two of you
listen to the two of you

discuss things that I know nothing of

I remember when I knew everything that you knew...


every word
every song
every book
every experience
every part of your day

(I even knew and understood what you needed
before you did)

But now...

I sit
and listen
and learn

and wait for my turn



because even though I am your mother

I know that it takes a man

a special man
a certain man

to build a man

Thursday, July 7, 2016

When The Inspector Comes

The holiday threw them off schedule
and my hubby was furious

We got home and realized that the inspector

had come
and left

instructions

a note
a reprimand

"Do not call me again until you are ready"


and I realized...

that when the inspector comes
he is not interested in hearing

your excuses
your experiences
your explanation

about any of it

All he cares to see is if...

your house is in order

("Don't get caught with your work undone")

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Family Reunion 2016

We had let...

a few years
a few miles

come between us

But then...

we realized that years and miles can never

diminish or
dilute

our bond
our blood

THE BLOOD!

(Thank you Cedric for that reminder)

And so we "reunited" for what proved to be another amazing weekend!

Goode/Harris Family Reunion 1992









Harris/ Goode Family Reunion
July 1-4, 2016
Los Angeles, CA

Friday "Meet and Greet"

Saturday Picnic
 

Sunday Banquet
 

because...

Family is not just who we love... it's who we are