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Wow.

We’ve been on the road lately.

And folks (thankfully) have been on the road to see us.

It’s been a busy month. Let’s see if I can recount it.

Father’s Day weekend we traveled to Savannah for Barry’s grandparents anniversary

ImageWe visited the brand new Children’s Museum of Savannah which is all outdoors. It was so cool!

I left for a short trip to TX for the CBF General Assembly. I had a great time catching up with friends but I missed my guys!

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The Mackey family made a quick trip from Atlanta on what I think was the hottest day of the year. How do you survive 106 degrees with three toddlers and a newborn?

WATER DAY!

We headed to Florida on the 4th of July where Parker saw fireworks from the beach. He did such a great job keeping his eyes open but just didn’t make it for the finale. He was hard and fast asleep in my arms. It was a busy week but we enjoyed good food, beach time, and lots of playing with family. Barry and I slipped over to Seagrove Beach for the afternoon/evening one day to hang out with his boss and his wife. It was a fun night.

We arrived back home and headed straight into a week of Vacation Bible School. Whew! It was fun but busy. I taught the 5th and 6th grade class and brought home two girls from our church each day afterwards. I was worn out when the week ended.

Last week, we got a call that Kalli wanted to come stay with us for several days. We said, “of course!” and I headed out the next day to get her. We are always happy to have Kalli stay with us! She was a great help to me because Parker has been teething. She helped distract him when he was really fussy. She always helped without complaining. She’s a trooper!

The afternoon that Kalli left, Mrs. Pam came for a visit. We always love visits from Mrs. Pam. She eats popsicles, reads books, and plays baseball while wearing a dress!

 

Where will our adventures take us next?

 

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We have had the opportunity to spend the last two weekends with P’s grandparents. The first weekend we made a quick trip to Savannah to see Barry’s grandparents who have had some health complications. It was a quick visit and we had lots of fun. The highlights for Parker included playing in his great grandparents BIG yard where he could run all he wanted. The other highlight was visiting the Savannah mall and riding the carousel. He also got a pair of new shoes he loves very much!

May 2012

August 2011

It’s so hard to believe the comparison. He is growing up so fast!

This weekend we enjoyed Memorial Day with “Ranny” (Parker has dropped the “G”) and Big Daddy. We went to Atlanta for the Braves game and met up with Aunt Morgan and Uncle Jared. On Sunday, we went to Bass Pro and Dickey’s for some ice cream. There was lots of “bees ball” (baseball) and “bball” (basketball) played in our house this weekend too.

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Living Intentionally

Living Intentionally- I’m still not quite sure what all this means but I hope to share some of the discovery with you along this Lenten journey. I love the way my friend Suzanne described her practices for Lent here. For me, I think this is what it means for today:

– being still

– praying for people I love (and those I have a hard time loving)

– writing a letter to a friend

– playing in the floor with my son (yes, I usually do this but making sure he’s getting all my attention & not instagram/texts/worried about dinner)

– throwing a bag full of stuff away (I believe there is correlation between the “stuff” we have in our homes and things we hang on to in our heart. I want to practice letting go)

What about you? What are your lenten practices? How will you live intentionally focused on God and God’s work in the world today?

 

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Ashes, Ashes

It’s Ash Wednesday. I had forgotten about other Ash Wednesday writings until I went back and starting reading them. You can find them here:  2009 2010

It’s here. It’s here whether we are ready or not for it. I hope even if you have never considered participating in Lent before that you might try it this year. Honestly, the journey of Lent (and advent for that matter) have become such an important part of my life and faith. For me, it’s about intentionality, stillness, reflection, and prayer. I always end up at a different place than where I began. I think that’s kind of the point.

Lent is not about beating yourself up or piling on the already high feelings of guilt until it’s overwhelming. It’s about seeking and discovering God. It’s about remembering Christ’s journey here on Earth and trying to line up our life work with the things he found to be important. Our church is reading through a Lenten devotional of writings by Henri Nouwen called “Renewed for Life”. I love the first paragraph in the reading from today,

“Our temptation in Lent is to be so impressed by our sins and failings and so overwhelmed by our lack of generosity that we get stuck in a paralyzing guilt, a guilt that leads to introspection instead of directing our eyes to God. It is guilt that becomes an idol or form of pride. But Lent is precisely the time to break down this idol and direct our attention to our loving Lord.”

You are dust, and to dust you will return. God, may I direct my attention to you this day and all of my days.

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Shred…

Today on NPR I heard this story about Good Riddance Day 2011 happening in 2011. Folks were lining up for a chance to shred something from 2011 in a symbolic attempt to say goodbye to bad things in 2011 and allow space for good things in 2012. There were humorous things like a wrist brace a woman had to wear after spraining her wrist or the woman who brought things from 6 boyfriends she had this year. There were certainly more serious ones like the woman whose husband and multiple family members spent most of 2011 deployed in Iraq. She was throwing things that represented their deployment into the industrial sized shredder in hopes to have everyone home in 2012.

I got to thinking, “What would I shred of 2011?” I don’t know but perhaps as I work towards my goals for 2012, I should consider the things I need to get rid of to allow room for new improvements.

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This morning in the darkness, I lit a candle for several friends this morning. They all have something in common: going through major life transitions. In my heart and in my prayers, I will carry them through this day.

A few moments later I picked up my book, Sacred Journeys by Jan Richardson and read these words:

For the Seed Is the Light of the Earth

In the absence of light
we maintain our eyes cannot see.
We believe our pupils dilate
to a maximum degree and no more.
We are certain our bodies do not glow
with the cold phosphorescence of the bog,
of water, unfathomed, under pressure,
our own, or beyond our making. We assure
ourselves we are exonerated because
we cannot float through the night
graceful with inherent sonar. We think
anatomy keeps us from the dark forest.

I tell you here, in this dark, this
indistinct country, comes our shaped
and fleshed evolution. That step
on the unlit path stretches us,
and those who may come after.
With each hesitant journey
we open, blazing beacon fires,
flashing lanterns from high, distant
hills Dark surrounds us. We are
paradox. We carry our own light
and move in love through the dark,
as the seed loves the earth enclosing it.
– Christina Pacosz (Looking for Home: Women Writing About Exile)

Jennifer, Todd, Emily…. may your steps on the unlit path bring you hope, joy, and peace this day and always.

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Due to a change in my normal Wednesday schedule, I invited some friends to join us this afternoon at our city’s new farmer’s market. Some of you might remember my complaints on Facebook a few months ago when I ventured out on a Saturday morning to try to find one of our advertised markets only to return disappointed. Today was no disappointment. It’s not like the CA farmer’s markets that I love but it’s a work in progress. I can’t wait to visit and support our local farmers again.

Here’s a picture of the goodies I bought today:

Oops, I forgot to put our Vidalia onions in the picture. Yummy!

Dickey Farms were there with yummy peaches. Peaches are one of the things I love about living in Georgia in the summer. The ability to buy right from the farmer means so much to me too. Not only are they fresh but they have been grown right here in middle Georgia. The banner on my home page came from a photo I took while visiting the “farm” where they sell their peaches and peach products. And, if you have a chance to visit, there’s always yummy peach ice cream!

Thanks to MyTown Monthly magazine I recently discovered a local farm about 20 minutes from my house. We went and picked strawberries and blackberries at Deer Creek Farm in Forsyth, GA. It was great seeing them at the market yesterday but we’ll have to go back and pick right from the bush. It’s too much fun!

I also found out about a local CSA in our area. I can’t wait to find out more about them. We bought from Farm Fresh to You while we lived in CA and loved it. There was often something in our box that I had never tried and wouldn’t have bought at the grocery store or market on my own. It was a creative cooking adventure if nothing else.

It’s exciting to learn about the folks who are putting the market together. Macon Roots sounds like a great organization and I can’t wait to know more about their work.

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