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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Listening

Something happened this week, someone told me "thank you." It wasn't just a "thanks for coming to our event" or "thanks for doing that for me," it was a genuine "THANK YOU." There weren't very many more words, something about how he could "feel it the moment you and your kids walked in the door." It was a thank you for being a mother, a thank you for sharing a part of yourself with your kids and with others, a thank you for being present which is so different than simply being here. 

We live in a culture that is burnt out, rushed, and exhausted. We don't take the time to thank people...but we also don't take time to listen. I feel like I'm constantly hearing Moms talk about feeling judged by others, or hearing someone's cynical words while they are trying to get their crazy kids through a grocery store and stay somewhat sane themselves...but maybe the reason we don't hear a "thanks" is because that's a little harder. Our culture tells us that humility is looking down on yourself, but there was something very humbling in the moment that person told me "thank you." And taking the moment to listen made me vulnerable, more vulnerable than I would have been if I had been criticized. Criticism would have resulted in me feeling annoyed or just brushing it off, I know how to protect myself from that and feel justified complaining about it to others...but appreciation...that's harder. Accepting appreciation means I need to let it in...opening myself up to the other.

It's not the first time some has looked me in the eye and said something along those lines. In fact I feel I've been hearing it more and more. Maybe I look like I need it more these days, or maybe it's just that I am open. As I told you in January, my word for the year is "listen" so maybe I've heard people say "thanks" or "you are doing a good job" my whole life but it wasn't until now that I took the time to actually listen.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

California Living

ANOTHER Post that I wrote and then never posted...it should be dated March 2014.

Knowing that we will be moving to Washington in the next year or so, makes us appreciate California weather even more!

We can go to a park and play in the sunshine on New Years' Day.

Anellah and Grandpa A (Royal)
We can plan outdoor birthday parties year round, even in January.

One of the only photos from Capper's birthday party
We enjoy daffodils blooming in February.



We can sunbathe and enjoy the kiddie pool in March.


And when it rains, it's an adventure!