Thoughts and Photos

Maybe you thought I was joking when I said Kevin’s blog post was going to put me out of business?  I actually was, but it turns out I’ve also just been sitting with that blog post for all of the Easter season.  I know we’re out of the darkness of Lent and into the light of the Resurrection.  But I’m still just sitting with it and ruminating about it all.

We also went out of town last week, to my parents home/ranch in central CA.  It is such a beautiful place in spring that I couldn’t help but Overgram the heck out of it.  I didn’t feel like sitting down to type, though, while I still had my family surrounding me, debating with me, loving me.

Something that happens most every time I go “home” is that I decide to move up there.  My parents live on beautiful property, sure, but it’s more about how happy my children are when we’re there.  As Gabriel said to me today, “I want to move to Oma and Opa’s house.  That way we could have adventures EVERY day.”  There is something about the freedom to explore the trees and gullies, to pound rocks together, to rediscover old treehouses and dig new holes.  It exhausts and rejuvenates them at the same time.  And it does my heart so much good to see my kids that happy outdoors.

Aside from ruminating, I’ve also been spending a bit too much time in-taking media rather than out-putting: reading aloud more to my kids (good) and Netflixing (not so good).  I think I need to re-vamp my blogging habits.  I used to blog at night but now I’m almost too tired to write anything coherent.  (Case in point: this post.)  Ideas, fellow bloggers?

Posts I have swirling around in my head:

  • Five reasons to read aloud to your kids and 5 books that will make you want to
  • Where has all the discourse gone? (How emotion and bullying have replaced debate and logic)
  • Moving in to the age of Big Kids
  • Lots of photos
  • Many more words

Alright, the last 2 aren’t so much posts themselves as goals I have.  Pray for me that I can get the other topics down soon.  It’s tough when the thoughts are at the “swirling but not written” stage because it takes so much mental energy.  But sitting in front of a computer during the day is practically dynamite around here: everything falls to pieces when I do.

Anyway, I am just checking back in because I missed you and wanted to let you know that I’m still alive and kicking.  I hope you are all thriving.  Here are some photos as a consolation for the meandering thoughts.  Thanks for sticking with me.

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I call these next 4 photos: Left Behind, and then Saved

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On a hike at Bass Lake, CA:

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Comments

  1. It’s so beautiful there! I don’t blame your kids for wanting to move there.

    I have had today’s post in my head for a year. I finally set down to write it earlier this week and I honestly felt like a huge weight had been lifted. It’s not exactly all the words I wanted to write but just to get it out of my head has been a huge relief.
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  2. What a gorgeous place! How blessed your kids have it to visit.
    I like the blog writing prompts. I know that need to write but not the time or push.

  3. Love all the photos! I would want to live there too. Ideas about blogging during the day is I write in the notes on my phone. It can just be sentence or two. I have the blogger app so then I can just copy and paste so when I do sit at the computer I have a few drafts already waiting. It helps when you’re thinking where it’s not convenient to write.

  4. Beautiful pictures! *I* want to move there!

    And yes, please do write more. I would especially love to read your thoughts on how poor people have gotten at having a conversation.
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  5. I *try* to jot down the thoughts for “serious” posts when they come, usually in an email to myself… The posts rarely end up getting written, but at least the words are there in case I have time to write during the day when my brain is working! This season of life is just plain full, and by the time I have time to write in the evening, nothing comes out but fluff! So I feel you – maybe I can aim for one “real” post per month, and satisfy myself with the fluff otherwise… I’ll pray for you, certainly!
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  6. I constantly have post ideas swirling and nary a moment to tap them out. Or, I try to force a post into the 10 extra minutes I happen into and end up with formatting errors that I am too lazy to fix, or grammatical errors, or just incoherent posts. But, I am to the point where sloppy and incoherent is a way of life, and better than nothing.
    Beautiful pictures. Sitting tight for more posts.

  7. That looks amazing! I would want to move there too!
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  8. Your pictures from the trip are so beautiful. And this post was perfectly coherent! I am actually a big fan of chatty posts.
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