Friday, May 30, 2008

Babysitting the grandchildren

In this case they are the stuffed animals du jour. I hold them as the young mommas play on the grass.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Young Children and Spirituality

Story re-orders, sifts through experience, and allows others, young children and adults alike, to hear what we think truly matters. We are constituted by the stories we tell ourselves and others. Thus stories serve an ontological purpose. Story connects us with that which lies beyond ourselves and this process makes us ask questions about the meanings of our lives. It is, in fact, a way we can begin to define what we mean when we use the term "spirituality."
- Barbara Kimes Myers
Young Children and Spirituality

Monday, May 26, 2008

Field Trip

To the Heard Museum for Museum Family Day to see the exhibit Life in a Cold Place.

We had lunch at the Arcadia Cafe on site. Lovely place it is.

Eskimos are, in my view, the opposite of the people of Africa, with all their fur and icy environment.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

School is out

A year's worth of making sure the youngens make it there on time is over. A year's worth of ensuring homework is done by due day is over. I am grateful my efforts contribute to their success in school. And successful they are.

I found this to be the ultimate visual representation of the end of the school year.

The day's calendar.

On the playground one last time.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Pens make me happy. My Dad always carried a blue pen in his pocket and to be able to touch it was a privilege. Gel pens top the list and my littlest youngen, like me, cannot go into a office supply store without getting a fix from the pen isle. These are the latest addition the the pen collection. Endorphin heaven.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Thoughts for Sunday

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature, and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.
- Anne Frank
Only One Earth

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Peaches and Fun

Something to do in May if you live in Phoenix.



The purchase. I swallowed hard when I realized I was bringing home $90 worth of fruit. The kids just wouldn't stop. Will have to share with neighbours

Schnepf Farm is a pretty cool place to go to pick peaches and apricots. It was our first time there and I don't yet know what else is available for picking at other times of the year. I was reminded of my peach tree in Mozambique. At Schnepf farm, we got to taste a few peaches right off the tree.

Friday, May 16, 2008


Remembering teachers and their time spend with your children is something I saw my momma do. I so appreciate the opportunity to be a guest and observer in their classrooms. It's beautiful when the teacher parent partnership is solid and warm. Here's to all the teachers I know.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Unspeakable comfort

What unspeakable comfort and strength is ours to know that in the midst of all our mischief, amid our scheming and bad speculations, regardless of our shaping, misshaping or reshaping of life, with all of our activities and failures, God is among us. God is not a graven image of our own longings and shortcomings. Rather God, through Christ, is among us as friend, advocate, savior, and above all as our living Lord, to correct, to forgive, to comfort, to love, and to heal.
- John A. Stroman
The Thunder from the Mountain

Monday, May 05, 2008


I am not a minimalist like some people I know. I am very much possessive of some material things, possibly because I pretty much lost everything after leaving Mozambique in 1975. But I do enjoy looking around a clean house, or making space in drawers or closets.

Here are some ideas.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

End Hunger

I've never lived in full blown hunger, but I have experienced slim pickings as a result of war and political unrest. Can you help end hunger? Visit Bread for the World and find out.