Oh the places you’ll go….

You have come a long way Henry….

2013-05-28You know I am often full of words, but tonight I just marvel at how far you have come….

You have done well my oldest nephew…

You are kind, respected and well-loved….

I am proud of you and I will love you always!

henry graduation

“Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!”
― Dr. SeussOh, the Places You’ll Go!

The gap gets smaller…

There is something I often say about being single….

It seems that very little ages me….

By that I mean that I don’t have kids who mark my years by their age and growth, nor do I stand somewhat shocked that I could almost be old enough to approach a grand parenting season….

And so the only thing that really catches me off guard is how the gap continues to get smaller in the age difference between my nieces and nephews and myself….

Today it seems that Ryan is closing the gap and becoming more adult every day….

I spent this past Monday with Ryan and as always, he made me laugh with his subtle and very funny ways….

Ryan and cousinsI am often awed by his kindness towards his younger cousins and the kindness in his invitation that they come hang out with him and his friends. Somehow this makes a very unique 15-year-old in my book….

Ryan James, I love that you are growing up and I am delighted with each moment I can spend with you….

It matters not to me if you win or lose your sporting events or ace or fail your tests….

 

I don’t have to worry about the minutes on your phone or your weekend curfew…

I am privileged and honored to be your aunt….

Your Aunt who wants you to experience all the desires of your heart and see all your dreams come true….

Your Aunt who wants you to give life your all and fully believes that your all will get you to good places….

I love you Ryan James and hope that being 15 will bring you wonderful moments with family and friends, at home and at school, on the football field and the wrestling mat, and in the alone spaces you keep!

You are amazing and wonderful and I am sure that my love for you will never run out….

Happy 15th,

Love Aunt Trish

 

Wild thing….

I saw this today and find my mind wandering back often….

What is it about this wild thing that has me curious?

inside all of us is a wild thing...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I believe that within each of us is a wild thing of sorts…

I believe that we work hard to keep this wild contained….

I wonder what you might be wild for if you threw the doors to your passion open…

I don’t mean wild in anger or destruction…

I mean wild to bless others with a part of yourself…

I mean a wild to offer yourself something that you have always searched for….

I mean a wild that is not about money or travel or possessions…

I mean a wild that is about delight and wonder and kindness…

I mean a wild that would leave people in your pathway blessed in creative, surprising and wonderful ways…

I want to live with this wild escaping from my soul…

This wild may be in presence or silence, laughter or generosity….

it may be to family or friends, strangers or street people….

It may be in the context of your daily living or way outside of your comfort zone…

This wild thing likely won’t be known until it is experienced….

I invite you to open the doors so your wild thing can live a little…..ENJOY!

 

 

 

 

 

Family moments…

We had a lovely day…

It was moments like these that made it fun and wonderful….

nick and johannaThis picture was taken right after Johanna gave Uncle Nick one of her favorite pet rocks….

She shared the father rock and she kept the baby rock….

It was a very sweet and funny moment….

I am deeply grateful for days with my family…

Days when it is close to my heart that Len is not with us, but the rest of us still have life to share together…

Today was a day when we enjoyed being together…

I feel an urgency in my soul sometimes to invite others to enjoy their family…

Say I love you…

Pick up the phone just because….

Forgive and offer an abundance of grace…

Live today in all it holds and be generous with your words, affection and love for your family and friends.

I am thankful and at peace as I call it a day!

 

 

 

 

All your heart holds…

This morning I posted these words on my friends Facebook page…

full heartPraying for you in everything your heart holds today! 

They are journeying through a very deep valley in the death of their 18-year-old granddaughter…

They were here just a few years ago when said good-bye to their grandson…

It is all very sad….

And yet having had been in similar space of loss just five months ago, I know that these days are all overshadowed with sorrow but a heart experiences so much in loss…

There is the presence of family and community….

There are memories and laughter…

There is joy in hearing from others how lives have been impacted by the person you love and have lost…

There is the turmoil of the present combined with the hope of eternity…

And then I think how each day we all experience a myriad of emotion….

Each of us has a heart that holds so much…

I often wonder what life would be like if we were people who were honest with one another about all our heart holds…

It is not only in grief that I desire for us to experience all our heart holds…It is my wish for each of us every day!

Pruning produces good things….

Last week many of us spent the day in Detroit working alongside Marcia and the kids on outdoor yard projects. We experienced that many hands make light work and it is always such fun to see the progress that can be made in a few hours time. Today I spent a few hours with my Mom helping at my sister’s house. We have learned that certain tasks are just better when shared.  Today my Mom and I went to Muskegon and worked alongside Arlene and Ellie and the progress made was such fun to see.

I do not have such a green thumb and so I happily began cutting the fence cover. Over many years it appears that the fence has acquired coverings of weeds and leaves and branches and sticks…

I was amazed by the woven web that had climbed the fence over the years. I had never really thought of a stick being so pliable, but somehow, over the years, these branches wove themselves in and out and around the chain link fence. There was a moment I considered if this happened naturally or if someone had painstakingly woven this design…

photo (60)And as I considered the wonder of the work I was undoing, I began to think about where in my life I may be like the branch that presents strong but wraps myself around something that ultimately limits my freedom to grow.  I found myself somewhat aware that without some attention, this fence could be covered again in time.

I began to consider my thoughts and my actions…

I began to consider my sin and my fear….

I began to consider the gardeners in my life that have loved me enough to prune and untangle my twisted branches….

I found myself deep in thought as my hands worked to clear a significant section of fencing…

I am thankful that as I worked, God spoke to my heart about my own life and where I have been pruned or need pruning and spaces in my life I have been very honored to be a gardener. Both are very vulnerable and risky spaces, but both invite so much new growth to appear…

I am thankful for the spaces today where I worked alongside my family to clean up a fence and all that I learned in the process….

Small wonders…

Tonight I walked outside numerous times to take a peek at my first Clematis bloom. I have come to marvel at this process every year. Just a few weeks ago the plant appeared to be simply dead vines with no apparent life. Within days, the dead is covered by new growth and an abundance of green. The buds begin bursting forth promising beautiful purple flowers and today, I feel almost giddy that the first bloom has presented….

I do not have a green thumb…

I am not a gardener…

I do not tend much to this amazing wonder…

And yet every year I stand in awe of the beauty that emerges….

As I feel the energy in my being at this small wonder, I am reminded that I want to be in awe of life.

There are many small wonders every day….

There is beauty in spaces I walk on by…

There is life emerging from that which appears dead…

There is the promise of bursting beauty in nature, people and relationships….

I look forward to marveling at small wonders every day, both in my life and the life of those around me….

I invite you to do the same….stand in awe and be amazed at how amazing small wonders are!