five minutes: together

Five Minute FridayFor five minutes people everywhere write about a topic that Lisa-Jo posts on Thursday night. Write on the given topic for five minutes and see what happens. That's the whole point. Then link up on Lisa-Jo's blog to see what other people have come up with. The one hard and fast rule is that you have to visit the person who posted before you and leave them a comment. Pretty simple. Pretty fun.

Friday's (it was my birthday, I'm cutting myself some slack... obviously) topic was: TOGETHER.


She sat there with silent tears streaming down her face. It was too hard. She didn't know how she would get through this. She didn't think she had it in her.

People passed her without thought, unaware of her struggle. They hurried by, preoccupied with their thoughts and their schedules. She was alone. Overwhelmed, she melted into a pool of doubt and self-consciousness.

The woman saw her from a distance, watched her weeping, slowed down as she approached the girl. Gently the woman put her hand on the girl's shoulder. Startled, the girl looked up and saw hope in the woman's eyes.

"We can figure this out together," the woman said offering her hand and her heart.


my week in review: 10/18-25//2013

sharing my week in camera phone photos and the stories behind them

Isn't she so cute??!! Look how happy she is. So proud of her beehive and cat's eyes.

Sarah was going to be a cowgirl for Halloween, but then Disney Channel had a little feature on how to look like a biker chick for Halloween. Sarah learned how to do a beehive and cat's eyes. What would we do without Disney Channel? We wouldn't look like biker chicks from the 80's for one thing.


five minutes: laundry

Lisa-Jo's prompt this week is LAUNDRY. Write for five minutes. No editing. Hit publish. Link up to all the other people writing about laundry for five minutes. Visit the person who linked up right before you did and leave a comment. That's it. That's Five Minute Friday.

Okay? LAUNDRY... Ready. Set. Go!

Laundry. Dirty laundry. Clean laundry. Laundry waiting to be folded. Waiting to be brought upstairs. Waiting to be put away. Laundry on the floor, dirtied, waiting to be cleaned once more.

It's a chore I do not like. Not because it's difficult to do. But because it's never ending. Especially with kids in the house. Kids in sports.

Sometimes, when I load the washer with whites I think of the bible verse that says that God washes our sins whiter than snow. That amazes me. Especially when I look at my kids' dirty white socks. God takes the dirty parts of my life, the sin that entangles me, and He is able to get it cleaner than brand new. Whiter than snow.

I live in Minnesota. I know the beauty of freshly fallen snow. The purity of it. That metaphor speaks to me.

As I look at my family's endless laundry pile sitting in front of our TV waiting for someone to fold it, I think of God's endless love for me. Forgiving my dirty laundry, over and over again.

It makes doing laundry a little bit more bearable.


Five Minute Friday

my week in review:10/11-17

sharing my week's camera phone pictures and the stories behind them.

I saw this on my way out of a store on Friday afternoon. It cracked me up. I posted it on IG and on my Facebook page and I noticed a curious thing: none of Kaitlin's friends liked it. It occurred to me that they wouldn't even get it. So, if you get it, you're probably in my generation. If you don't get it, then let me introduce you to Nicole Richie's dad, Lionel, and his 1984 hit song, Hello.


thoughts about sharing Facebook with my daughter

For the past two years, I've shared my Facebook profile with my daughter Kaitlin. Now that she's turning thirteen, she will get her own account. Thirteen is the age that Facebook thinks people are ready to have an account. Not that I advocate letting Facebook make decisions for my family, but when my daughter was ten and "the only one of my friends who doesn't have a Facebook!," I thought that thirteen sounded better than ten.

Besides, I have a thing about entering false birth dates to get something you want.

Over the course of two years, I've been asked several times about sharing my profile with my daughter. Usually with an accompanying proclamation of how hard it must be.

I don't know. It wasn't that hard. Though it did definitely change my experience of Facebook. And that's not such a bad thing, actually.


five minutes: ordinary

Write for five minutes. Write on the topic given by Lisa-Jo Baker each Friday. No editing or polishing. Just write and publish. Then link up with all the other brave people who are doing the same thing.

Today's topic: ORDINARY


Sometimes I think that ordinary has gotten a bad rap. No one wants anything ordinary anymore, including me.

People all over Pinterest are ditching the ordinary for the extraordinary. Entertaining is not so simple any more. I'm embarrassed by my ordinary offerings to my guests when I look over the food boards.

But then, it strikes me that extraordinary is just extra ordinary.

Maybe ordinary isn't bad. Maybe the extra in extraordinary isn't taking decorations to the pinnable level, but the extra smile that the kid gets when they make (unpinnable) decorations themselves. Or, maybe it's the extra time you have to enjoy the company when you offer something simple.

There is extra in the ordinary.

I need to remember that.


my week in review: 10/4-10//2013

Monday night I made the 1-1/2 hour drive to Mankato to watch John's game. I don't usually go to the Mankato games, but both teams were 5-0, so it was a big game. And that's what moms do. The final score was 22-20. We lost a heartbreaker.


five minutes: write

Five Minute FridayFive Minute Friday is a linky thing where you write for five minutes on a given topic. The rule is that you have to just write, no editing or polishing. Just write what comes to mind and see what happens. The topic is posted by Lisa-Jo Baker every Friday and then people everywhere write posts on that given topic. 

Today's topic is: WRITE

[Ready. Set. GO!]

I think it's interesting that the first time I decided to join the Five Minute Friday thing, the topic is "write." The reason I decided to join in is because I want to practice my writing.

I love to write. It feels right to me to write. Sometimes I'll write my thoughts when I can't express them. Just getting it down and out of my head is helpful. I am an introvert. It makes sense.

I think I have a story in me that I can write. My own story for sure. Other times, I think I might have more stories than my own.

I am afraid of failure. There. I said it. I want to write, but I don't want to fail. I want to do a great many things, but don't want to fail at them.


Oh man! That five minutes was fast! I can see that I need practice getting my thoughts out faster. Of course, that's why I like writing over talking, because I can edit and polish my words when I write. This is so much more raw. Not sure that I like it, but this exercise might be good for me.

my week in review: 9/27-10/3//2013

 Watching the Friday night varsity Homecoming football game with friends.


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