find magic

” You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax all you need is a book.”                                            

 Dr. Seuss              

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This one. . . if it’s not dancing . . . it’s reading.     

No  complaints from me. 

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Gifts

Cousins traveling . . . dropping into Graceland. . . making us feel so special

sitting with family around the big table @ the best Nana’s

seeing girls grow closer

messages of love to me from her BFF

kids on fire for the Holy Spirit

courage from the girl who loves music . . . talking to youth about the past 8 months & how you prayed & He answered

that man with the big laugh keeping close tabs

early morning rising . . . getting things done

birds singing their good morning song

empty laundry basket . . . could I really be caught up?  counting it anyway

calls from the Philosopher . . . working so hard two states away

the joy I see from her preparing for “the big dance” @ the Peace Center of all places

watching them turning dreams into truths

a marinette priestly ordination – oh, if you ever get the chance you must go . . . such beauty

a conversation with a stranger turned friend

a texted sent to the wrong person turned into blessings

 

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settling dust

It’s been two months since I picked up the new camera.  Early morning light calling me & I grab the Nikon before the light moves.

Dust settles in.

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It was a busy week last week with five doctors appointments to fill our days.

The girl who loves to dance is the one who knows where we are going and who we are seeing.  When they ask who’s in charge of the eyes . . . she knows the name and place of practice.

She’s keeping us straight.

The consensus of it all on our girl who loves music   . . . the dust is still settling.

Settled dust will give us more information.

But, over all . . . She’s doing well.

In fact I would say she is doing very well.

The face is coming back, and the eye guy gave a happy dance.

The ear guy says there is lots of fluid that needs to be drained but. . . “we must wait for dust to settle”.

So we wait.

and dust settles

and we move on

and she moves on

and

She’s moving on well.

All kinds of therapy starts tomorrow at Roger C. Peace . . .  a place for the injured. I know they will love her there. She will work hard and do what they ask of her.

She’s a fighter this girl. She’s strong. She’s ready to roll.

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Gifts

light calling me, streaming in

beautiful sky

notes  to me from the best friend ever

good morning hugs from the youngest of us

songs that make us dance in the car

listening to stories to be told from strangers

a phrase that makes her say, “now we have to listen to that song”

she discovered Bob Seger

clean laundry

celebrating birthday dinners with the brown eyed girl

stillness

walk in the woods

strength

 

She knows

Summer days are coming and, we have much work to do for school. 

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There is a lot for this girl to catch up on. I tell her when one takes a vacation such as we have you can’t take summers off.  

She knows it’s all okay. She knows the important stuff is done.  She knows the heart beats so well. She knows without the heartbeat. . . we don’t have much.  

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1001 Gifts 

409.) sun filtering through trees in early morning light

410.) quite house

411.) time

412.) smiling pooch always happy to me

413.) she thinks I’m funny – always laughing

414.) exam week over for one

415.) completed job done well

416.) another one leaving high school with college credits

Beauty Tips

Kathryn, Liz & Make up

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; for poise, walk with the knowledge you are never alone.”  Audrey Hepburn

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1001 Gifts:

398.) final exam week and they study, study, study

399.) my little reader

400.) dancing feet

401.) peace

402.) crickets & frogs serenade as we finish up a school day on the back porch

403.) making plans

404.) color in the fisherman – feeling so fine

405.) hard days work – leaving us tired @ night

406.) the fence project

407.) clean linens

408.) lipstick

a little intimidated

I started taking a photography class online this week. To be totally honest. . . I find the whole thing kind of intimidating.     I mean, I have never had anyone really critique my photos before.  

Ever! 

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The assignment for the week is summer.  It’s wide open.  

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My first thought for this homework was to take lots of shots of the kids at the pool. After all, what says summer more then a pool? But then, a South Carolina thundershower came out of nowhere,  and these are what I ended up submitting for the day. 

After all – What says South Carolina Summers more then a thundershower coming out of nowhere? 

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I gotta tell ya. I see some really nice photos from these ladies in this class and I’m feeling a little like these two look.  

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Kleinworth & Co.,Project 52, photo sharing, weekly Monday blog link up

 

So SHE can feed the ducks

Stephen and I went to Furman University the other day.   There was a talk on Human Rights in Russia or something like that. He needed to go to the lecture for his debate class.  

You see, when your a home-school debate mom, like me,  you get to do these things with your kids. You get to go to lectures about Russia and learn things you just didn’t know like: what the United States Sanctions are regarding Russia and whether or not the U.S. should change our policies towards Russia.  And all kinds of interesting things.

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If you have younger children you get to go feed the ducks your stale French Fries instead.

This is really good for me. 

Sometimes with these lectures, I have to ask my kids: “What did he say?”, “Huuuuh”, “That word means WHAT again?” and  “Does Russia have one “S” or two?”
So feeding the ducks with Liz is a really good cover for me. 

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When the lecture was over Stephen wanted to walk around the lake and the school. We sat and talked about Non-Russian things and I tried to get a few good pictures of the two of them looking at the camera at the same time.   


When Liz looked, Stephen looked away. . . at the ducks.

And


When Stephen looked, Liz looked away. . . at the ducks. 


I  just couldn’t get it right.  


Until Stephen decided to change things up and be the amazing big brother we should all have.


Next week, we have to go back to Furman for another lecture on Russia. Kathryn as well as Stephen will be going to this one. We will not only learn more interesting facts about the policies the United States Government holds towards Russia, we are going to learn how to use a college library and take a tour of the school.  It should be really great and quite a learning experience for us all. I just love Furman.


Gee, I sure hope the ducks are still hungry and Liz wants to come with me. . .   You know, so SHE can feed the ducks.