05/25/14

Permalink 02:59:00 am, by Mary Email , 457 words
Categories: Everyday Life, Family, Parenting, Embracing The Distaff Side

Windbreak

Praying for my kids isn't a little thing I do in the evenings before bedtime.

Praying for my kids isn't a ritual around the table.

Praying for my kids isn't a part time practice, spurred by anything that looks like habit or tradition.

Praying for my kids is how I exhale as a parent. It is the full outward force of my breath.

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05/16/14

Permalink 07:23:00 am, by Mary Email , 292 words
Categories: Everyday Life, House, Arden Court, Family, America

Little Lawn Mower

I went green for my lawn.

I needed a small lawn mower so I could work on my lawn myself and not have to call someone every time it needs a basic run through. With the problems I'd had with my back and the very steep hill we have in our back yard, I wasn't able to cut the grass myself for quite a while. I'm happy to say that my back is doing much better and I'm now able to get out there and work on it.

Unfortunately, I had gotten rid of our mower already. I didn't like it anyway. It was too heavy and cumbersome and the pull starter was very difficult. I had worked with it many times and was basically unhappy with it.

This time I wanted to go light. I wanted to go as maintenance free as possible. So I got one of these...

It is a bit of a workout, but that's good. It has to be done often, because if the grass gets too tall it won't cut it, but that's good too. It's small enough for my two oldest boys to work with, and that's very good. My little Lego lovers need to get outside.

Most of all, it allows me to work outside again in short bursts of productive energy. I like doing it. I love thinking while doing monotonous work. I love the feeling of making a difference that's visible in my yard. I really like it.

We will see if I say the same thing in July. No promises.

I still need help with the steep hill in back, but we will save money this summer by only calling for help once a month instead of three and four times.

05/08/14

Permalink 05:21:00 am, by Mary Email , 864 words
Categories: Church, Women's Ministry, Marriage, Family, Parenting, Embracing The Distaff Side

Moms Are Amazing

I know that title may sound a little like I'm tooting my own horn...because I'm a mom too...but I am really thinking of the moms I've observed over the years, mostly those who've walked the path ahead of me and seemed to navigate the snap back curves a little bit better than others.

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04/21/14

Permalink 04:40:00 am, by Mary Email , 665 words
Categories: Everyday Life, Writing

Whoever Hates Correction...

My middle son has adopted a verse in Proverbs as his favorite. He found it on his own and when he read it, he made up his mind to memorize it. If I need it quoted I can point to him and say, "Ivan, tell us your favorite verse." and he will recite it proudly.

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04/15/14

Faith Comes by Hearing

I took the new black nylon diamond out of the back of my van hoping the wind would sustain it. Aron ran along beside me, mostly disinterested in kite flying when there was a playground within sight. I wasn't trying to test his patience, but I wanted to see if this new one was flight worthy.

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