It's All About the Journey

Today is your future. Live in the moment!

At Tynerdale Farm

The farmer said, “There are baby ducks on the pond, with their mother.”  So I went to see what I could see, grabbing the DSLR from it’s dusty shelf.

Tynerdale Farm-7518The ducklings and mama hurriedly raced through the water and ducked behind the island for safety, and out of view.  I waited, but they stayed.  I turned and walked up a bit, to see if I could take in the barn with the tree in the foreground, when suddenly …

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“Mom?  Is that you?  What are you doing up here?  You’re not supposed to be here!” said Eliza.  She steps closer…

Tynerdale Farm-7543She stared at my as if to let me know it was not my place to be there, but hers.  So I started down the hill.  Satisfied, she walked away…


Tynerdale Farm-7547There is something special about Eliza.  She and Sofia ate peaches last summer, and there’s just something peaceful about both of them.  Creatures from God, with life lessons for us.

Let’s not forget the promise of tomorrow…

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Turning the World Upside Down

“How was her world turned upside down by seeing the stripes on the slave’s back?”  was the basic question that was posed to my children upon reading a chapter in their free reading book, all about the freedom trail for slaves in the United States during the time of the controversial Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

What does it mean to have your world turned upside down?  I posed to the children.  it’s weird.  It’s like standing on your head. The goal was not to try to make them feel the atrocities of slavery, but to bring it to a more personal level.  Quite often we think we can say to someone, “I understand,” but we don’t, not really.  We really do not understand at all, but we long to open our heart to their pain, hoping to relieve some of their burden.

As I watched these children, as I thought about these children throughout the night, I thought of the little girl in the room that lost her mom, turning her world upside down.  The strength of family has helped, I know, but it can never bring her mother back, it’s an experience she has had to bear.  I think of the other little girl in a brace, missing school for a medical appointment.  Her world turned upside down one night because their car was hit, devastating an entire family, separating by death and impairment.  A story yet to unfold. 

I hear of others, children broken, suicidal, not knowing what else to do.  A child?  Suicidal?  What gives?

Scars that cannot be found, hidden deep.  People, despite their age, trying to survive, or to cope with their world.

We do not know what another person is going through, day after day.  I have no answers, except kindness.  Show kindness to the person you have contact with, because you do not know, I do not know, what challenges face that person.  Their world is upside down.  Be there to point a way, to show that there is another way.  A way of love and peace and safety.