Monday, October 20, 2014

Day 20, Rainbows

Who doesn't love a rainbow?  Seeing one spread its majestic arch  across the sky is one of the most magical feelings on this earth. I've developed an instinct for them over the years and can almost always sense when the conditions are just right for one to appear. We were riding in the car back in the spring, the rain had just stopped, the sun was beginning to peek out just a bit, and there was that warm glow about the sky. I said to Charlie and the boys, "Keep a look out; there's about to be a rainbow" and sure enough, no more than the words were out of my mouth, there it was in all its brilliant colors of glory, splayed out over our small downtown.

I'm not sure how anyone can look up to the skies to that and not believe it is the miraculous work of God. It is a gift and a promise from Him to us and always leaves me feeling loved, cherished and awestruck.

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”  (Genesis 9: 12-16)

We went to Rondanthe the first week in August and on our second night there, the sun finally came out and the boys hit the ocean. They'd been out there for a few minutes when Dracen came bursting through the door of the cottage saying, "Look! Come, look outside!" I walked out on the deck to the most beautiful double rainbow spread wide across the ocean's horizon that I had ever seen. All I could say was, "Wow. Just wow." 

I couldn't get a full shot of it from where I was with my iPhone but I managed a little taste as Dracen shot back down the steps and across the sand where he practically took a flying leap to rejoin his brother in the waves. Later when he came back in, he told me how awesome it was to be out there with the double rainbow behind him and the sunset in front of him. Then it hit me that it was Darin's birthday (a day that was once very difficult for me) and I  just smiled to myself and said, I know that was You, God. Thanks. 

The rainbow. God's illumined promise. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Sunday, October 19, 2014


As I mentioned the other day, Dracen decided to join the p.e. club at school this year and just got his brand new shiny, bright, yellow unicycle Thursday afternoon which he has been diligently attempting to conquer. It is most definitely a learned skill that takes hours upon hours of practice (I had no idea at the level of difficulty). 

He started out mounting it in one doorway in the kitchen, and has worked his way up to making it from there to the doorway between the kitchen and the living room before crashing into the back of the couch which prompts Li'l Bit to bark with a high-pitched level of insane intensity that leaves me rubbing my temples and longing for a little peace, quiet and serenity.

I was, after all, sitting here staring at a blinking cursor trying just as desperately at a 19th consecutive daily blog post as he was at learning to ride that one-wheeled cycle.

But the level of enthusiasm and depth of determination that bubbles out of him makes the trade absolutely worth it. There is just nothing in this world like having your child say, "Mom-Charlie, Mom watch! Watch me. One more time. I'm gong to do it this time. THIS  one last time is going to be it. I'm going to make it all the way to the hall without touching anything this time. Just watch!" And then again, and again and again until finally, he makes progress. 

I'm aware that my days of hey-mom-watch-this are dangerously numbered and will soon be a thing of the past since Dracen is already the only one who utters those sweet words anymore as it is. The thing is, I never even realized how few and far between they have become or that I can't remember the last time Devin asked for my attention that way until today. That's the thing about life and time though. They just keep marching right along, over, and through these precious, fleeting moments whether we're paying attention or not.

But when we do? When we really make a conscious honest-to-goodness effort to appreciate them for all that they're worth?

That is when the magic happens.

Day 19

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Day 18, Four-Leaf Clovers in Books

Since I was a little girl I've been able to spot four-leaf clovers with no more than a glance. The majority of my books probably have at least one pressed between the pages and I think I get more of a thrill out of rediscovering them there than I do the first time, in the patch. My heart always does this little magical flip when I open up a book and happen upon one. 

It happened just the other day, in an old book I found in a thrift/antique store a few years ago, not long after I started blogging. You can read the post I wrote about it back in March of 2010 here. The reason I plucked the book off the shelf the other day was because I was really feeling discouraged in this 31 day challenge, thinking of quitting and searching for any and all inspiration I could possibly find.

And right there it was, in the first book I opened.  

So I guess I'm gonna keep at it.

Day 18

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