Monday, May 23, 2011

My Kids at Dinnertime

Maybe it's because there are five of them,
and I have five children,
but I feel like naming this picture

Just thought I'd share that this morning as I try to recoup from a crazy May weekend and get a game plan for an even crazier May week ahead.

Yep..this one is going on the screensaver!

I do think these birds are teenagers.
Don't you?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sanibel Stories: A Sing-a-long

Sing with me!

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip!

That started from this tropic poooooort,

Aboard this tiny ship!

The mate was a mighty sail-or man,

The skipperrrr brave and sure.

Five passengers set sail that day
For a three hour tour,
A three hour tourrrrrr.

The wea-ther started getting rough!

The tin-y ship was TOSSED!!!

If NOT for the courage of the fearless crewwwww...
The Minnow would be lost,
The Minnow would be lost.

The ship set ground on the shore of this -

...uncharted desert isle.

With Gilligannnnnnnn,

The Skipp-er tooooooo,

The millionaaaaaaaire (wish), and his wife,

The movie *STAR*!-

The Grandma and

 The Professor AND Mary Ann,
Here on Gill-i-gan's Isllllllllle.

The first mate

...and the Skipper too,

...Will do their very BEST,

To make the others comfortable

In the tropic island nest!
the tropic island nest!

No phone!

No lights!

No motor cars!

Not a single luxuryyyyyy,

Like Robinson Crusooooooe,
As primatave as can beeee.
As primatave as can beeee.

Thanks for the memories.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Stories of Sanibel: The Sun Sets and Rises

From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the LORD is to be praised!
Psalm 113:3

(This is the last time I will use this picture.)
We marveled at the beauty of Creation as the sun set on the Gulf of Mexico.
Goodbye ball of fire....
Then after a few short hours of sleep....
We (ok some of us) were on the beach the next morning...

marveling anew at its variety.

As the sky once again lightened,
I was struck at the gifts of God to us,
the abundance of nature.
We live, we breathe, we see...miracles by the second.

We explore....



and choose.

And we are defined by our choices.
We choose a direction....
one way or another.

....For (God) makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good,
 and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 
Matthew 5:44
And He tells us to choose love for our enemies, 
as well as our friends.
 He did.

It's something to think on, yes?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Sanibel Stories: Lily's World

I'm going to tell you a secret.
I write this blog for myself.
To remember.
To remember moments in time.
To remember God's blessings.
To remember the details of these days which fly by
with eagle's speed.

Last summer I was standing at the cabin, and an eagle swooped down before my eyes, grabbed a rabbit and flew away. 
It had begun, happened and was over before my brain could even register what had just occurred.
Later, I could remember so little that I wondered if it had truly even happened.

That is how my days and weeks go.

So this blog is my record.
Frame by frame sometimes.
And for that I apologize.
Maybe you aren't interested in each frame.
But to me they are precious.
I'll never get them back.

So please bear with this post.

These shots were taken on the same evening as my previous post.
But I don't want to forget them.
I don't want them to fade.

 Lily's World:
It's a world with sparkly skirts...

and hats galore...

...where taunting the ocean...

 is a sure bet....

 to get wet!
She just got drenched in this picture.
We are all standing in suspense to see how she takes it!

Well, not all were standing.

He's bracing himself....

...but it's ok....

 Tragedy averted.

It's all good.

In Lily's world...

she's the princess...

 and she sings...

 and frolics

and kicks up her heels.

She's got her court....

...or posse...

and life....

is for dreaming

...for playing...

in the sand...

for thinking...

and solving...

....the problems of the universe

with a hug

and a smile!