For Your Weekend

for your weekend

May I be quiet long enough to stop caring what my own voice sounds like. May I have courage enough to be small, to be still, to wait. May I be gracious enough to forget myself and see others instead. May I be open enough to let go. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Hello!! After nearly seven weeks of silence here on the blog, I'm happy to be back. I'm sharing what I've learned so far this summer on Wednesday July 30 and I hope you'll join me. We've got two months worth of goings on to catch up on … [Continue reading]

Welcoming Summer and All Her Gifts

The summer of 2014 - chatting at the sky

“We stop, whether by choice or through circumstance, so that we can be alert and attentive and receptive to what God is doing in and for us, in and for others, on the way. We wait for our souls to catch up with our bodies.” -Euguene Peterson, The Jesus Way On Instagram, I mostly only follow people I know. But there are a few feeds I can't resist and one of them is a farmer named Ben Hole who lives on The Isle of Purbeck, England. In the tangled trail of clicking, I don't know where I first … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

summertime

May you enjoy all the blues of summertime and find someone to share them with. May you notice and receive the gifts that present themselves to you in hidden ways, gifts you may not have even known to ask for. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are some good reads for along the way. Escape From the Matrix: Can We Break Free From the Fear of Missing Out? by Jacob Burak for aeon Magazine Just Stay and Wait by Hayley Morgan at The Tiny Twig The Work of the Week by Eugene Peterson for The … [Continue reading]

For When Your Soul Needs Whitespace

Bonnie & Ann

With only a few days left of school, I'm planning to take some time off from writing here on the blog beginning next week. For now, I've started a list of things I want to do while I'm taking a break and one of the first things on that list is to finish painting the walls in our living room white. We've started, but we haven't finished, as you can see here. Having a plan to finish painting is a normal thing but it is also revealing. First, I'm making a list of things to do during my … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

Local Interest

Before the sun is even high enough for shadows, we wake up to read. This one wakes up, too - reads his Bible next to Daddy, asking questions about pillars of salt. May I be ever curious, open, willing to ask and to learn. May I remember where to go with my questions and rest in God's presence even when I don't understand the answers. *** On the last day of May, some reads for your weekend: The Masterpiece Mom :: A new website and podcast about motherhood created by two lovely women I met … [Continue reading]

Let’s Share What We Learned in May

Iced SF Hazelnut Latte

It's the end of the month so it's time to share what we learned in May! Remember, this is a place to share all kinds of learning, both the silly and the serious. I lean toward sharing the silly since I tend to share the serious every other day. But any and all learning is welcome. Here are seven things I learned in May: 1. What Barbie would look like without makeup (or, evidently, a toothbrush): source  2. When people write LOML on the internet, it means Love of My Life. 3. … [Continue reading]

Why I’m Listening to Jerry Seinfeld

New Rhythms

With barely three weeks left until school is out for the summer, many of us will begin transitioning into a different kind of daily schedule, one where the day-time agenda shifts. I will still do my work, but the pace will slow and we'll all settle into a new kind of rhythm together. I wish I could say I glide gracefully into the summer schedule, but the truth is I limp and fight my way through this transition every year. This year I'm accepting that it will take some time to settle in to the … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

A Blessing for the Finishers

In this season of finishing up, of moving on, of celebrations and endings, today I offer a few words of blessing over at (in)courage  for those whose service and work is coming to an end. For the teacher, the graduate, the parent, the artist, the coach, the performer, the traveler, the youth leader, or anyone else who might be moving on . . . a few words for the journey here. Enjoy your weekend, friends. … [Continue reading]

One Question No One Ever Asks Me

Graceful (For Young Women) by emily p. freeman

Want to hear an interesting question no one ever asks me? You do?! Here it is: What are the most visited posts on your blog? It's true, no one ever asks me this because really, who cares, right? But it came up in conversation with Flower Patch Shannan while we were in Indiana so I thought it might be mentioning here. I actually told her wrong - I thought it was a different, but when I checked my stats, the post that has the most all-time views here at Chatting at the Sky is this one: One Thing … [Continue reading]

Marking Storms and Making Choices

chatting at the sky

Fourteen years ago this week, I'm working at a local high school as a sign language interpreter. It's morning and the bell rings to end the first class of the day. I gather my bag just as the student I interpret for motions that she'll meet me in the next class. Thankful for the few minutes, I make my way to the teacher's lounge for a quick phone call. My sister is in labor and I want to call Mom who is with her to find out how it's going. The phone rings on the other line and Mom tells me … [Continue reading]