A List Maker's Life: May 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Cross My Heart

Gibson took a pretty good spill recently, leaving him with visible scabs on his face that he felt obligated to explain to everyone he saw.

"I fell at the carnible."

Since then he is only slightly more cautious. 

If we're being honest, he pretty much jumps into everything head first.  It is rare that he worries about consequences or pauses to wonder what arms will be there to catch him.

"Mom, I promissss I never fall again."

If only it were that easy. Certainly this momma wishes it was a promise he could keep. 

Sweet Gibson, I promise to teach you how to get back up again.
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Sometimes Daily Reminders are Helpful: Choose Joy

This week I fell in love with Pinterest.

The Bachelorette returns (and I am looking forward to watching it).

It's all about hope. So, live like you're in the sun.

I demand (wow, strong word) flexibility.

Our garden path, it's filled with lily of the valley.

And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to enjoying my family, tomorrow my plans include Diet Coke and Sunday, I want to blindly follow the GPS.

Fill me in on your week too!
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We Are One

{The Imagine Band & more than 500 students from Gavin's elementary school have a message to sing}
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mercy is Falling


Today I pray the sky will be a bit clearer. 

Today I will drive a different route for our familiar afternoon chase.  My small attempt to shake the overwhemling feelings of the last May 25th.  There are reminders in the smell of the air, the buds on the trees, and the songs on the radio. 


While it would be easy to dwell on those fears, that confusion, and oh, the helplessness...

The reality is our forecast is more promising.  There are some new and amazing sites along this path we forge. There are everyday miracles.  There are odds to defy. There is HOPE, no matter what.

There is this beautiful baby boy.

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This was originally published on Gabe's blog earlier this morning.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Tulip Town

 The annual festival is over. 

The junk wagons, parade floats, and tour buses have left town. 
And the lucky locals are left with rows and rows of beautiful tulips to enjoy!
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On a somewhat related note, this coming weekend is Gleek Retreat.  I am thrilled to have won a ticket to this local blog conference and look forward to welcoming many national bloggers into our Tulip Town.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

In Celebration of Mother's Day

Yesterday was the beginning of a lovely Mother's Day. A wonderful celebration of family.  We traveled to East Lansing to congratulate a special graduate and visit with several very special moms.  Moms who have had a significant role in my life and moms that I am very proud of.

After the party, my mom and I headed south on a Mother's Day road trip to enjoy Listen to Your Mother.  A show which featured readings about motherhood. Moms who shared big love, big laughs, and big wisdom from big hearts.  I hope that my mom enjoyed the adventure as much as I did.

Kevin had to work the college graduation today.  Regardless, I loved the relaxed time with my four, the amazing sunshine, the big blanket spread in the grass while little ones played around it, and a heartfelt reading of my own written in thanks by the incredible dad who in so many ways is the reason I am able to enjoy being a mom.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Our Royal Celebration

The night before the big wedding we put together royal crowns using recycled cardboard, tin foil, and the cracked up shells from our leftover Easter eggs. 

 I thought I was being so clever using this natural alternative to glitter.  The verdict: the shells made just as much mess as real glitter.

For the early morning crowd I served Friendship Tea.

Here is the recipe we used:
1 3/4 c. Tang
1/2 c. sugar
1 pkg. dry lemonade mix, without sugar
1 c. instant tea, plain
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/8 tsp. allspice

Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Put 1 or 2 teaspoons of friendship tea into a cup and add boiling water.
When I first got them out of bed, the kids could barely keep their eyes open. 

When the horse and carriage traveled to Buckingham for the reception we were all totally awake and into the scene.

By the time we hit dinner hour, and the kids were beside themselves tired, I questioned my rationale in waking them so early.  But, really, I think it was worth the special memories made.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Great Gabe Escape

We are so excited  to begin sharing, with all of our loyal Gabe supporters, a creative idea our friends have put into motion.  Dan and Amanda Kapenga, are going to be hosting a benefit event for our little man at Into the Woods Retreat!  "The Great Gabe Escape" will include a lovely meal, photography sessions for guests, and the chance to win one of several great getaways.  We will be giving away overnight stays to local hotels, a weekend at a Lake Michigan cottage, a weekend at a cozy Up North cabin, and a private tour of Hudsonville Ice Cream ending with a year's worth of ice cream! All of the escapes have been generously donated in Gabe's honor. 

We are blown away.  Humbled.  Totally excited about what's to come! 

More specific details are available.  Even if you are not able to attend in person on the 1st, there is still opportunity for you to be involved.  Leave us a note here with your contact details and we will send you the information if you are interested. 
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