Five Minute Friday: Lost

Hello, Friends. Welcome back for another Friday spent with Lisa-Jo and the Five-minute crowd. Today, we’re taking five minutes to write on the prompt Lost. Do you have five minutes to write, read, or both? Why don’t you join us?


1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Today’s Prompt: Lost

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Lost: My composure when the neighbor tells me she had animal control come out to kill a rabid raccoon on our street. They didn’t want to fire a gun with so many kids on the street, so they ran it over with the official animal control car. Then, when it sat up and hissed at them after the initial run-over, they ran over it again. Then they refused to remove said raccoon. Even in death, it taunts us. Rabid raccoon=1 Residents of our street=0.

Lost: My sanity after using “no television” (rookie move) as a punishment for two of my children on the same endless summer day. Why do these days stretch into forever? On the upside, they switched to watching “educational” youtube videos, showing them how to make emergency survival kits using everyday items such as toothpicks, straws, sugar, and tampons. That’s right–tampons. You never know when you’ll need a fire starter in the form of women’s products. My son may never recover.

Lost: Toothpicks, straws, sugar, and tampons. See above. We now have survival kits hidden in altoid boxes all around the house. They could make a killing selling these on etsy.

Lost: Peace and Quiet.

Found: My love for laughter and quirky kids and non-rabid animals. I heart summer.

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What are you losing or finding this summer?

Five Minute Friday: Release

Hello, Friends. Welcome back for another Friday spent with Lisa-Jo and the Five-minute crowd. Today, we’re taking five minutes to write on the prompt Release. Do you have five minutes to write, read, or both? Why don’t you join us?


1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Today’s Prompt: Release

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This was supposed to be my year of intention. The year in which I make plans and anticipate outcomes and organize myself to within an inch of my life or sanity, whichever I lose first. I thought I needed to add things: schedules, goals, processes and the like. But it turns out, that the heart of living with intention means releasing many of these things. Especially outcomes.

I hold onto outcomes the way one clings to a promise or a life verse. Before I had children, I thought specific outcomes were an absolute. They proved me wrong on that assumption almost immediately, but somewhere along the way, I started to believe in outcomes again. This year, my kids have proven me wrong again. I’m learning this in other areas of my life too, where I have invested myself, where I have lived with intention, and still met with outcomes that I didn’t expect.

This is my year of intention. This is my year of letting go. This is my year of releasing the outcomes, and allowing what may look like failure, become less of a period and more of a comma in my journey. I do have an overzealous streak when it comes to the use of the comma. This may prove useful in the future.

Five Minute Friday: Messenger

Hello, Friends. Welcome back for another Friday spent with Lisa-Jo and the Five-minute crowd. Today, we’re taking five minutes to write on the prompt Messenger. Do you have five minutes to write, read, or both? Why don’t you join us?


1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Today’s Prompt: Messenger

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I’ve heard that our tears are tiny messengers and if we are to know ourselves, we must follow their trail. Our tears lead us to some of the answers about who we are and what we believe in. Last night, my husband came to bed just as I turned the last page and shut the cover on Wonder, the book I was reading. I blinked back hard so he couldn’t see, but when he asked, I admitted I was crying. Apparently, this is what I do in bed now. After long days of holding everything back, I finally have time to feel all the feelings.

I shoved the book at him and made him promise me he would read it. I thought of the time when I will share it with my daughter. I thought of sharing it with you. I am so grateful for books that bring me to tears, that strike me with such wonder and joy at the beauty of the story. I’m so grateful when people give me sharper eyes, when they tenderize my heart with the gentle hammer of their words. The author sent me a message, and I read it by following the trail of my tears.

Messengers remind us of everything we already know. The broken things of this world can be made new. Hope is not lost. Life will never be perfect, but it will be beautiful.

Five Minute Friday: Grateful

Hello, Friends. Welcome back for another Friday spent with Lisa-Jo and the Five-minute crowd. Today, we’re taking five minutes to write on the prompt Grateful. Do you have five minutes to write, read, or both? Why don’t you join us?


1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…
 

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Today’s Prompt: Grateful

When I feel happy and lighthearted, I set the radio station in the car to the pop music station. I turn the volume up and I sing along, and I don’t worry about the fact that I’m a driving cliche in my mini-van with my blaring Katy Perry. When the week turns rough, like an open sea with a storm impending, I turn on the classical station. No words, only music to soothe the waves of my emotions.

It’s been a classical music kind of week.

This morning, before playing the next instrumental classic,  the honey-toned fellow on the radio said “one doesn’t reach a crescendo, one passes through it.” I felt as if I’d been to church because that’ll preach, Mr. Honey-Tone. We are currently passing through a crescendo of sorts, and I can’t even imagine what the high note will sound like. The events of this week have brought me low, and then swooped down and swept me, somewhat reluctantly, off my feet. Our life is building, reaching, passing through the waves and storm clouds to something higher.

It’s a crazy mix of good and bad and downright ugly. We’re passing through. Somewhere on the other side there is a high note, and then there is the respite from noise, the embrace of silence. And for that I am grateful.

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Five Minute Friday: Glue

Hello, Friends. Welcome back for another Friday spent with Lisa-Jo and the Five-minute crowd. Today, we’re taking five minutes to write on the prompt Glue. Do you have five minutes to write, read, or both? Why don’t you join us?


1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Today’s Prompt: Glue

“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”~ Colossians 1:17

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My son once came home with a sheet of homework in which he answered this question: Name and describe one or more important people in your life. He wrote, “One important person in my life is my dad. He is like the glue in our family.He works hard every day to keep us going. I want to be like him.”

I snapped a quick photo and texted it to my husband in the split second before my magnanimous attitude dissolved into self-pity with a twinge of anger. My kid made no mention of me, the mother who labored for hours on an April morning in the upstairs bedroom of the house with the blue door. The mother who continues to labor day in and day out for this child, working tired hands and tired emotions all the livelong day. I know, I am small. I am envious.

I am human.

When I look at this paper on a good day, when I remember my worth, I see a son who wants to be like his father, who wants to hold all things together, and keep us going, and stick our broken bits together like glue. My husband is showing our boy what it means to know a father’s love. He is a human example of God, our Father. The Father who holds together this spinning earth with His words, the ones that spoke it all into being, and with The Word–Jesus.

We are small. We are envious and bitter and hurt and broken. We are Adam. We are human. Today, I remember the glue that binds all of these shattered bits together, the one who lovingly puts us back into one patched-together piece because His body broke for us, stretching across time and space and a cross-shaped tree.

It is Good Friday. Let all of God’s patch-worked people rejoice.

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Wishing you all a joyful Easter!!!!