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Gifts from the Father (5 Minute Friday)

On Fridays, I really love participating in The Gypsy Mama 5 Minute Friday. This is when you write for 5 minutes straight without editing and just allowing the ideas to flow. (I must admit that I fix spelling errors, but I leave the grammar errors. I also add the pictures after my writing time has elapsed.)

This week’s inspiration word?

Gift…

There are so many gifts to be thankful for. God has blessed me with so much.

See that little bundle of joy? That's me!

He gifted me amazing parents who gave me the freedom to grow into myself while grounding me with what I needed to become a responsible adult. (Well, as responsible as they could – you can only do so much with what you’ve got to work with.)

I have an awesome extended family that others just wouldn’t believe. Who else still gets together with 4 generations every Christmas?

The ones who started it all.

My grandparents gave us the gift of family and of togetherness and of belonging – and LOVE. Love in Christ enables us to love each other.

Our honeymoon on The Big Red Boat

My husband was an another gift that changed my life. Thanks to him, and to HIM, I have 2 amazing little gifts running around. What a blessing to wake up this morning to find the two of them sitting quietly together in the den reading the books we got from the library yesterday.

Monkey and Rex as Pirates

How unworthy I am to have had all these gifts from the Father who loves us all – and, yet he has chosen to bless my life immensely through them.

Thank you, God for your care of even me. Thank you for your blessings that are evident every single day. I just hope you will use me to give a gift of blessing to others.

STOP.

Won’t you come link up your best five minutes and experience the freedom – I’m sure you’ll be surprised. I have to admit that this post went in a completely different direction than I thought it was going to when I started.

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5 Minute Friday: Loud

All right, here we go again with Five Minute Friday – and, I was lucky enough to get the children participating this week again, so under my five minutes, you’ll find theirs as well.

Here are the rules from Gypsy Mama’s site:

For only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Unscripted and unedited. We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.
Won’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. Most important: comment and encourage the person who linked up before you.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:

Loud…

Go.

Mine

Sometimes life is just too LOUD. Everyone is talking over everyone else – you can’t hear yourself think.

And, then all of a sudden, no one else is at home and it is quiet – too quiet.

And, then I get sad because I realize that the loud days of childhood are starting to come to a close. Anytime the kids are off at an event or camp or something, and it’s just me and moondoggy starting at each other I wonder – is this what it’s going to be like when they leave?

just quiet. No excitement?

So, I’m trying to treasure these loud days – even when they are so loud I don’t know how to cope because I know that the quiet is coming. And, I’ll take loud any day of the week – although quiet is nice in small doses – it helps you appreciate the loud even more.

I’m just hoping that as they grow, the noise will become more organized – more purposeful – so that maybe, just maybe, i stand a chance of keeping up and understanding what they are talking about.

Because really, in the end, that’s the most important thing – connections, understanding, and LOVE through the LOUD.

Monkey (13yo)

rex. loudred. kaito is annoying.

i like gakupo better even though they’re just about the same

kyaaaaaaa dare kana yo whooo! mikumikuni shiteageru nyanyadada………… don’t be sad, be happy, it’s our day to make some joy. stand up and play around cmon lets do the dance, cmon. nyan nyan.

makes me wanna wag my tail, when it comes i scream and wail, * SCREAM *

***note from momma: some of those words are pokemon, vocaloids, and Japanese words. If you didn’t understand it, don’t feel bad – I had to get her to explain it to me too. :)

Rex (11yo)

I want to rock rock rock!

I want to rock rock!

There’s a feeling that you want me to turn down and I say No, no, No!

Ok, that was the start of one of my favorite songs “I want to Rock” and I’ll tell you another one of my favorites – well, the song is a very fun song but I can’t remember the name, But, there is another song that I like called I love Rock and Roll.

Some of the people out there don’t like the fact that rock and roll is loud.

The reason that rock and roll is loud is because it is amplified for the instruments.

They use an electric guitar – not a regular guitar – but an electric guitar which gives it a rock and roll sound.

Then there is the drums and when you push on the pedal it makes a specific sound.

There are other instruments that are also amplified. They use pianos and keyboards that are amplified and make a great song.

And, then there’s the singing. If the singing wasn’t loud, then you wouldn’t be able to hear what they are saying.

And, that’s the reason that almost all of rock and roll songs have amplified instruments.

It makes it sound great glorius that’s what rock and roll fans see in rock and roll.

Good night!

Then end.

Won’t you give 5 Minute Friday a try? I’d love to read yours – please let me know about it in the comments! (And, be sure to let comment-luv link you up.)

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Feet in the Grass

Five Minute Friday: Delight

Today, I’m particpating in Gypsy Mama’s Five Minute Friday. This is where we write for five minutes – with no editing or rewriting – and not even internal editing! It’s definitely been a challenge for me, but each time I’ve participated, I have been blessed.

This week, I’m making a slight change. The kids are participating as well, so be sure to read their First 5 Minute Friday below mine.

The rules are that you have to write for five minutes without overthinking and without editing.

Then go back to Gypsy Mama and link up!

Visit the person who linked up before you, and be sure to encourage them.

 

 

Delight

 Gidget

Well, here we are again – I will be delighted when I finish this. Well not really – mostly… Delight – hmmm what a great word – if I hear someone tell I’ve that they are delighted with something I’ve done then it would be so awesome – it’s such a strong word. I would love to be able to bring delight to others. that’s actually what being on the stage is about for me. I am delighted to be on the stage because it causes other people such joy. They are able to enjoy something else – even if it’s just for a moment – they are able to escape anything that may be bothering them and just hopefully experience a little bit of delight in something outside of themselves. This is turning out to be a really weird five minutes, huh? I really wouldn’t have guessed that my thoughts would go in the direction of my acting bringing delight and giving it as well. But, there you have it. Delight – what a wonderful descriptive word!

Monkey (13yo)

finished drawing. cat drawing.

computer MMD. puppies.

finished drawing. cat drawing.

dynamite manga.

Manga, Manga, Manga.

funny words.

robust. nocturne. philosophical.

pretentious. pretentious.

peanut. blues clues.

possom not opossum.

privateer.

Rex (10yo)

Movies. Video Games. Music.

Pokemon. Go. Bakugan.

History.

Warcraft. A new game. Chess.

Kenpo.

Animals. Inventing. Fantasy.

Reading

and most of all

my family all getting along.

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Monkey and Rex with Mickey

Five Minute Friday: Vivid

I’m trying my second week in a row of participating in 5 Minute Friday.
Here are the rules from Gypsy Mama’s site:

For only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Unscripted and unedited. We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.
Won’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. Most important: comment and encourage the person who linked up before you.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:

 

 

Vivid…

 Go.

I want to have vivid memories of my children’s childhood, but alas I know that my poor non-visual brain won’t remember these precious days in as much detail as I would like.

I take pictures to capture in vivid detail their beautful faces.

I write stories to capture in vivid detail their amazing personalities.

Monkey is so driven towards her goals and accomplishes tasks that amaze me, and shows her love by being protective of those she loves.

Rex who changes his interests from time to time, but while he is focused on one subject he is entirely submersed into that one singular subject.  Rex who loves to cuddle and loves his family deeply.

And yet through all this, I still know that I won’t be able to hold onto the vivid images of today for too long into the future – but I console myself with the knowledge that tomorrow I will make new vivid memories to share and capture here – so that when I can’t remember at least I can read and experience them again.

They won’t be as vivid but they will be fresh and new, and I am thankful that any memories are wonderful to experience whether they be dimmed by time or vivid in detail.

Stop.

Seagull flying with shadow

Five Minute Friday: Awake

I am going to give the Five Minute Friday thing another try. I’ll admit that I feel a little silly, but I am trying to find my voice and what better way to do that than to turn off my internal editor and just let the words flow, right?

So, here are the rules (taken directly from Gypsy Mama’s site):

For only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Unscripted and unedited. We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.
Won’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. Most important: comment and encourage the person who linked up before you.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:

Awake…

 

 

Go.

Awake? It’s 4:43 in the morning and I am awake. This was probably supposed to be more…and now I’m stuck but anyway – i seem to have taken this very literal. 

awake.

it’s what i want to be for my children.

awake.

it’s what i want to be in my day to day life.

awake.

to change.

awake.

to possiblities.

awake. to dream.

awake.

to hear my Father’s voice.

The best things happen when you’re awake….unless you’re asleep when they do.

Stop.

Won’t you join us and write your Five Minutes – and don’t forget to link up on The Gypsy Mama after you’re done.

Five Minute Friday: In Real Life

OK – so, this is the hardest blog post I have EVER made.  The rules are to Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.  So, I’m sure that the train of thought may make you dizzy, but I did follow the directions for my first Five Minute Friday.

The prompt for this week is In Real Life………So, write your Five and come link up at


Real life is where relationships are made – real life is where love is forged – real life is in essense – real.  It’s the life that gives you interesting things to smell – like little boys fresh clean from the shower – and, beautiful things to look at – like little girls who wake up, smile at you, and then pull the covers over her head.  Real life is where God has given us all his blessings to enjoy even if we don’t appreciate that they are there all the time.  Real life is where you get to feel the rain while dancing or hear the surf while walking arm in arm with the love of your life – or maybe just by yourself to get a little alone time with your Heavenly Father.  Real life is warm blankets from the dryer on a winter night – or crickets chirping during a weenie roast in the fall.  Summertime brings watermelon! A feast for so many of the senses! Real life is time spent feeling and living – real life is what God designed for me before I was even born – real life is perfect for me – designed perfectly by my all knowing – forever loving – Lord God Heavenly Father.