Beccalynn married a Counting Mutant. Together they created a Renaissance family. Wild Oat found them in his 20s and now is married with three kids. Ase and Zany, former dancers who now bravely face life as emerging adults. Girly dances, collects dead things and faces her teen years with superpower logic. Creatively they navigate life through Jesus’ gift, asking uncomfortable questions to discover the deep love that awaits us all.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Ten Things of Thankful-26
I am feeling a little themey this week and as this is Thanksgiving weekend it is only fitting.
A moment- They were grateful they survived. Out of a 101
people, 52 sat at a table after a long winter. Those 52 shared a meal with the
people who helped them. This simple moment of found Puritan Separatists,
Merchants, Sailors and Native Americans sitting at a table and breaking bread.
Food- The celebrated with what they had. Simplicity at its
best and something we miss out on in our time of marketing and social
Cranberry-Pear Pie: I stumbled upon this when the kids were
younger. It is sweetened with maple syrup and orange juice. No modern refined
sugars. Every time I make it, I feel a little more connected with that original
Traditions- This is a tricky word. Often we can get lost in
what we had. Family members or gatherings that can no longer happen make the
soul groan. On the flip side, every year can be the birth of tradition. A
mistake one year can become the standard for the next. I don’t think that
original group thought they were doing anything “traditional.”
Family- I had many talks with my kids this week. I asked
them this question, “What does ‘Family is forever’ mean to you?” This is some
of what I heard:
Family is family. You’re related. Connected. If you have a
good family then that is great. If you don’t, it is hard. But, the connection
never goes away. You just have to learn how to manage it.
Being still- The Mutant, Ase, Zaney and GirlyK dance. I am
the gopher. Next weekend begins the final rehearsals until Nutcracker. We have
been in rehearsals since September for it. This is four days for everyone to
catch up on sleep, shows, and books along with preparing for finals. The calm
before the storm.
Twinkling lights- Winter here is fog. Sometimes it simply
socks in the valley. Other times it touches the ground. Filling the house with
fairy lights helps my brain keep track of what is day time and which is night
Frozen- We have a tradition of seeing a movie on
Thanksgiving night. This year was Frozen with Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell All five of us plus a few extras
snuggled in for song and laughter. Since then, the music has been playing
constantly. GirlyK almost has the whole soundtrack memorized. GO SEE IT!
The practice of gratitude- It helps me keep everything in
perspective. When my soul’s groans get a little too loud, it helps to focus on
something. Slowing down and savoring a moment, a color, laughter or a song is
the perfect salve to a scarred heart.