• 5 Minute Friday,  Blogging,  life

    Five Minute Friday Book

    Years ago I stumbled upon this blogging project called Five Minute Friday hosted by Lisa Jo Baker. The idea was for bloggers to set a timer and write their loveful hearts out for five minutes without editing or overthinking. Then the hard part: hit publish on whatever they just created. As a constant editor, I found it awful and freeing. Five Minutes are not many minutes. And the first five are not usually my favorite. That time is the outline, the rough draft, the “turn my thoughts into something I can start to work with.” But it’s also probably the realest part. It’s the part where I’m feeling whatever it…

  • 5 Minute Friday,  Motherhood

    Five Minute Friday: See

    I don’t want to miss this. This is the dinner-slapped-together time. The getting-to-bed-too-late time. The change-his-outfit-again time. This is the period we will look back on with smiles and remember with joy. Her smell, the way his nose crinkles when he smiles, her messy knot of hair in the back. These are the days I want to tell their future selves about. The days they won’t remember, but the days they’ll want to hear. These are the days I am tired. The days I feel done. The days I wonder what I was thinking yesterday when I thought I had this. These are the days I run into the bathroom…

  • 5 Minute Friday,  Family,  Home,  Love,  Motherhood

    5 Minute Fridays | Small

    Can I just smell you in? Can I just feel your cheek against mine and the warmth of your breathe on my neck? Can I hold you tight and breathe in the smell of your hair, salty and a little matted from a long night’s rest? You are so beautiful… You are so precious and unique and the way your eyes move under your eyelids is mesmerizing. I am caught up in your you-ness, dear ones. And I wonder, can I keep you here a little while? Can you snuggle with me and make your noises, ask your questions, give your spontaneous hugs and kisses for a while longer? Because…

  • 5 Minute Friday,  God,  Uncategorized

    Five Minute Friday: Jump

    Here are the rules (please join in!): 1. Write for 5 minutes flat on the prompt “After” with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing. 2. Link back to Lisa-Jo’s and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in her blog’s footer}. 3. Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you. Every writer longs to feel heard. GO It’s scary from so high and the times you leapt before are stuck in your head with stubborn surety. The same arms that promise to catch you have let you fall before so you are hesitant to do it again. But there is…

  • 5 Minute Friday,  Family,  Motherhood

    Five Minute Fridays | Change

     Five Minute Friday is a really fun way to release the preoccupation with propriety and practice sharing our hearts with our words rather than our expertise. Five minutes of writing without overthinking it. That means you get the ooey gooey stuff that usually stays down deep. 🙂 Try it out!! And the biggest rule Lisa-Jo has is that we encourage one another! So click the link, read some of the authors’ posts and have a go yourself! GO  Because things can’t stay the same forever. New opportunities would be foolish to pass up. Tastes shift and the rug I thought was rich and warm is now just the wrong shade…

  • 5 Minute Friday,  Motherhood

    Five Minute Fridays | Stretch

     5 Minute Fridays are this thing I do with a bunch of other women over at www.lisajobaker.com where we write for 5 minutes straight with little to no editing and no overthinking. It’s a chance to do some mental yoga and practice writing from the heart without caring too much about how it turns out. Please join in!! GO I want another baby. We both do, actually. So the negative pregnancy tests kind of suck. I enjoyed pregnancy and birth (well, birth in retrospect only) and I thoroughly enjoy having RJ here. I waited a long time to be able to conceive again and now that it’s here I have…

  • 5 Minute Friday,  Love,  Marriage

    5 Minute Fridays | Expectation

    1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking 2. Link back here and invite others to join in.3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community. I thought it would be challenging, but I didn’t know it would be so hard. I didn’t think we would ever say the things we’ve said or feel the way we’ve felt. I didn’t know that he would hurt me so badly or that I…

  • 5 Minute Friday,  Love,  Motherhood

    5 Minute Friday | See

    My vision is kind of fuzzy when I first open my eyes. Before the covers pull back, before I wobble to her room, before I rub my eyes. It takes them a while to adjust. They take in a furry ball attached to a chubby body – she looks like a doll I would have played with as a girl. Good thing my feet know where to step in the dimly lit living area as I carry my little gremlin back to my bed to nurse.I stare at her in the cool light of a morning trying hard to break past my curtains. Every morning: gazing at the most precious…

  • 5 Minute Friday,  Family,  Love,  Marriage

    5 Minute Fridays | Opportunity

    1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking 2. Link back here and invite others to join in.3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community. I married a dreamer. A daydream believer. He once asked me (quite sincerely) what I would think about breeding chickens. That was within the first few months of our marriage. My first sign of things to come. He sees the world differently than most…

  • 5 Minute Friday,  Community,  Deployment,  Family

    5 Minute Fridays | Perspective

    1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking2. Link back here and invite others to join in.3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.  ——————————————–  When he packed his things in that old Cat bag and I made sure to fold the clothes over a photo in a frame it felt familiar. When he drove away and my heart couldn’t take the burden it was an old feeling. When I sobbed into Samson I felt like I was home again – bitterly. But when the pain subsided quickly. When I went outside to get the coffee…