Sunday, July 30, 2017

Loud Knocks

They announce their arrival with about 15 loud knocks in rapid succession.
Two little neighbor boys are standing on the doorstep,
asking if ours can play.
Soon a grand total of eight little boys are running around the house,
jumping down the stairs into our giant pouf,
catching a praying mantis outside and laughing hysterically when it nibbles their fingers,
playing baseball in the backyard,
drinking smoothies on the back deck,
running through the sprinklers,
swinging on the porch swing,
and doing all those little boy things that scream "SUMMER" to me.

I sit back and watch
and smile to myself as I see their enthusiasm for life.

It's a good time to be alive.

Thursday, July 27, 2017


Toward the end of June,
my family got together for a reunion in the mountains
where we enjoyed a couple of days of
eating good food
playing games
scavenger hunting
repelling ticks
having water fights
roasting cinnamon rolls
taking too many pictures
and getting very, very messy.

Camping is always such an exhausting experience for the adults...
but the kids come away with some of the best memories of their lives
and they yearn to repeat it all.
That alone makes it worth the many hours of preparation,
the great deal of clean-up,
the near-sleepless nights,
and the mental energy of constantly counting heads and keeping track of little boys who want to explore.

We are surrounded by such glorious beauty!
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