Monday, August 8, 2016

meet the siblings

Carol, me, Allen, Cam, Katie, Mary


i came across an old poem today and was reminded that one of the reasons i love my siblings so much is that they make me laugh until i cry. this piece is entitled 51 because it belongs in a series....



51

two sisters and a brother and i watched
dad sleep in his chair yesterday
his legs practically running a marathon
and
we began discussing restless leg syndrome
only we call it
jumpy legs
or
the heebie-jeebies

me –

it feels like i have strings inside my leg bones
that come out the soles of my feet
and
someone starts pulling on them
like a marionette

katie –

it’s like my blood is running backwards
but
not angry backwards

cam –

my toenails itch….

katie –

oh yeah
itchy toenails is a
big sign
of the heebie-jeebies

and the laughing-till-we-cried?

soul food

what do you love about your siblings?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

dear hank (three days before your wedding),

a daughter for me!!!




last night
you slept in the
loft
your twin-bed-that-papa-made
arm’s length from
your
brother
but
when you come next
you’ll be
married, hankandblair,
sleeping in the
guest
room
and
this adulthood of yours -
owning a vacuum
applying for seminary
asking for my sweet tea recipe -
i am
shocked and proud and overjoyed
all at once
but mostly
i am assured
that whether you
dwell
with dad and me on the mountain
or
with blair on moorcroft way
you are always
in the shadow of the most high
and
that
is a parent's
peace


love, mom

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Friday, July 1, 2016

a friday haiku


a humbling act
to walk with nobility
trees, in summer garb

what is inspiring you today?

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

and the Lord was with


there's a suitcase on the floor,
open
there's a suitcase on the floor,
ghana-bound
and
i
am
to
go
with it
to meet a land and church i've met
in
picture
and
scripture
but not with my eyes
but not with my heart
there's a suitcase on the floor,
open
and
i'm packing
toiletries-for-give-away
little people cars for a little man
four pairs of shoes for justincase
three pounds of oreos
my journal-by-jenny (with joseph talking points)
and
when i close that suitcase
i'll leave out
anxiety
because God's word-living-and-active
says
and the Lord was with
enough times for
me
to
believe

My husband, Chris, my son, Jack, and I are headed to Ghana for ten days of teaching, sharing and playing. We covet your prayers!

How is your summer shaping up?

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