Friday, April 10, 2015

Dear younger me...

Dear Younger Me, 

Life will lead you on paths you could never ever imagine. God has a sense of humor and a plan bigger then yours. 

Those babies you love will grow up, but your arms will never be empty. 

You will hold and rock babies across the globe. 

Some You will watch grow, get married, have babies of their own 

some you will hold for only a moment, but believe me that moment matters 

You'll never believe this! you will witness many babies take their first breaths, you will be the one to find tiny heartbeats, your hands will be the first to touch. 

Don't take things so seriously, laugh, be silly, 

Be creative and adventurous 

Dance, even on those clumsy feet. 

Some days you will win, some you will lose 

Be brave! 

Be proud! 

Those days you played teacher taught you how to be a leader. You will want to follow, but occasionally take a leadership role, it's good for you. I promise. 

Never ever ever stop singing! You will lead worship, sing in a band, sing in the car...

You will play many roles, some for fun (high school musicals!), some out of necessity, you can do hard and beautiful things. 

Practice your nap taking skills, you will need them

You will always be allergic to hay, don't let it stop you from being at the barn.

Always keep that sweet 4th grader inside you. She's smart and kind and strong. 

Your adventure is just beginning. 


Older you. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Poem -life

It's not for the faint of heart.
      It's a dance
It's a struggle
       It's a gift
It's a box of chocolates
          You never know
          What you'll get
From first breath
To stillness of heart
       Adventures await
If you dare
    To go into the unknown
Walk on the water
Drowning is not an option
Grace goes with
After all this time?

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Things changed....

I remember what it used to look like. Jumping into a solid team, Bring nervous that I would screw up, or get "fired", being excited, camping out, Carpooling, The pure bliss of being naive. Starry eyed, hopeful, blessed. 

Then things changed 

I remember it being two of us, organizing things so I was able to quickly respond and read the cues I worked so hard to learn, charting and watching, willing my mind to learn so my hands could one day follow suit. Holding tightly to the robes and following close enough to be covered in the dust. 

Then things changed

I remember when we became 3. Trying to show the ropes to someone while making sure things got done, learning to share, sometimes being freed up from the chart to catch and sometimes watching the 2 of them work together, handing them what was needed, smiling, watching growth. I remember becoming a team, finding our grove. 

Then things changed

I remember trying to soak up whatever I could, knowing time was limited, bring brave as a team and doing hard things to prove we could do it instead of relaying on someone to rescue us, I remember looking up and seeing the pride in my mentors face seeing us work. I remember wondering how someone could trust me this much and although I had the skills, I doubted if I had the faith in myself to do it without her. 

Then things changed

I remember the fear. I remember tears and holding back. I remember not having a choice. I remember those who wrapped their arms and spoke words of light into the darkness. I chose not to remember the darkness spilled into it by others. I remember tough love and putting one foot in front of the other. I remembered to breathe and feel my feet on the floor all, over again

Then things changed

I remember grace, I remember butter births and laughter and finding our groove, discovering we were not only surviving, but thriving. I remember feeling proud, and overwhelmed with all at had occurred.

Then things changed

I remember transitions being hard, having to be reminded that one can love more then one thing at the same time, I remember happiness, and relief. And realizing that this change wasn't going to be as I expected, and nothing stays the same. Accepting responsibility and finally believing that I knew what I was doing. 

And things will change

Over and over and over again.

I will grow, I will become a teacher, I will serve and give up control, (because none of us have any control over anything anyways.) I will have fun! I will not be exhausting but will communicate clearly. 

I will learn to be comfortable in the unknowns. I will trust in the bigger plan and know that everything will work out. Because what God has ordained, he has always seen through. 

By his grace alone is this unworthy mess worthy of this incredible never ending always changing adventure. 

Wednesday, January 07, 2015


There is a time when you have to take charge of a situation. Use your "midwife voice", be clear. 
There are times you stand down, watching, waiting, quiet, ready if needed. 

There are times you work nonstop for days. 
There are times you are trapped at home for a week straight with the flu.

There are beautiful days and ugly days,
There are short days and long days 

There are sunny days and days when your car slides sideways down icy hills.

Through it all there is bubble baths and soup and friends and alone time, with the knowing that when the storm passes there will likely be wine.