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Change. I've learned to embrace it, ride it out til the end. Sometimes I'm kicking and screaming, other times weeping with my eyes clinched tight. Once in awhile I ride like a dog in a car, head out the window snorting what life has to offer. Mother to young adult children, a marriage of thirty years, and a desert to mountain to valley waltz with God have shaped me into someone I never imagined I'd be. Life is short and I want to live it. Tears, sighs, laughter and change. Every morsel granted to me. Scrambled, shaken or stirred.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Scribbles and Scrambles - Snow Day Part 2

Another snow day. Another slumber party. Two of the three tag-team worked. The other had doctor appointments and half a snow day. Still the snowfall was very normal for our neck of the woods. So as much fun as the slumber party it was a wee bit of a quirk.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Scribbles and Scrambles - Snow Day

Baby took her first selfie while she stayed nice and warm inside with grandma. The g-kids and my kid spent the night last night anticipating the coming blizzard.  We stayed up late wondering if we were going to get the promised gargantuan snow that was promised for days prior. No snow by 11:00 p.m. and everything for Tuesday had already cancelled. Tuesday we woke up to snow but not of blizzard proportions. Several lost power due to the snow but we didn't and are grateful for that. Incredibly wet and perfect snowman and hot cocoa snow. (By the way, the temp on Sunday was mid-fifties and all the previous snow had mostly melted which made for some pretty ugly snowman body parts. Ha Ha) By this evening it was snowing like nobodies business. We are doing another sleep over just because who doesn't love being snowed in with people they love? Good news til we have to shovel again or lose power. Ugh. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Love

I never thought I'd write a post like this. But when a friend forwards a link to a blog where the goal is to unite godly like minded singles, how can I not? 

My daughter, Julianna, is a woman who deserves an amazing man. 

Note I said man. And unfortunately there are few too men available out there. Boys are a dime a dozen.

Julianna lives her life to glorify Christ alone. And He has asked much of her. Currently, she is foster parenting alone and is doing an amazing job of it. God called her to this path a few years ago, first by putting children on her heart, then foster children. He led her through one open door at a time until she was given the opportunity to take on a family of three children. With little more than the experience of nannying for a large family, the love of children and about 50 hours of extensive training she said yes. 

What a faith walk this has been for her, and what a blessing it's been for her dad and I to watch her blossom and bloom into a godly mother. She doesn't have the luxury of live in help. Nor is raising someone else's kids easier than natural born. Actually, raising birth children doesn't require visits to counselors for three children every week. Nor does it involve visits with biological parents who are so broken they can't put their kids first in any situation and consider that their kids owe them along with the state and the foster parent. 

Just a month ago the 11-month-old half sister of her kids joined the family. Julianna has morphed and moved to accommodate this little one. Her first birthday party was a homemade event that rivals the best birthday party pins out there. Julianna delights in each child individually, giving them reasons to feel loved and known. She handles struggles, growing pains and the grieving process with patience and grace. 

The three, when they entered her home, had been in house after house and each of them was in full survival mode. She waded through some intensely yucky stuff and has given them a childhood that is normal and full of joy for the past 19 months. These kids' lives are forever changed by her love, and she has been changed by them. The future is not completely certain. She will adopt if she is given the opportunity. 

Foster care is just one facet of Julianna. She is a loyal friend. Her heart is open and generous. She carries a profound wisdom that has come from a walk with God and some intense hurts. Always seeking to glorify God and grow into looking more like Jesus, she is a delight. A quick sense of humor colors her outlook and her days. She can and will find the joy in each and every day. And she will spread it where she can. Older folks and kids adore her. Seekers go to her for help navigating spiritual pathways. The only folks who don't adore her are the ones who find no value in relationship and great love for the black and white of law and tradition. Her enthusiasm and zest for life doesn't compute very well there. But I believe that really isn't the type of person Julianna loves to hang out with anyway. Laughing , talking, crying, living with Julianna is beyond a blessing. 

Any man who would want to be part of Julianna's life would have to love Jesus wholeheartedly. He would also have to want to raise children and he would need to love dogs. Lily and Lola, lab/boxer sisters are part of the pack. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ For the Birds

Scribbles and Scrambles - Blast Past

My folks found an old church directory buried in their files. Old as in 50 years! The little curly haired girl? That's me. My dad in his rock-the-60s-black-frames and my mom in her stunning timeless beauty. My grandparents are pictured, too. Stunners there, too.