The Child Within Her

Irene - my dear room mate for a week

Irene – my dear room mate for a week

Not long ago, I had the joy of sharing a hospital room with a very special woman for two weeks. Irene, at 92, was a spitfire when she was lucid, as endearing as a 2-year-old when she was not. She was afraid of the world at night and I would pull up a chair just to hold her hand through the dark hours to assure her that all was well. Her response was so precious. She was not able to speak well, but when she was very pleased, she would take my hand and place it on her cheek, then she would continue to hold it, squeezing now and then to make sure I knew she was awake and wanted me beside her. 
Irene’s daughter, Karen came everyday, joy lighting up Irene’s face, just at hearing her voice. 
This is not the best quality of a picture as it was with an old phone, but it speaks volumes about what bedside means to me.

The Beloved Desk

The Desk

The Desk

The Beloved Desk

When I was a very young girl, my family had moved to a new city and we got an apartment from two lovely elderly sisters that resonated with kindness. One of the treasures that they gave us was a wooden desk with a drop table. When I was young, my mom used it as a storage area for many things from safety pins to bits of paper, bills, forgotten tickets, report cards, table cloths.. etc. You can imagine the enjoyment I had rummaging through each little drawer, nook and cranny.
Today, this treasure is mine and I happily sit here day after day with my laptop. My own notebooks collect here as do my pens and papers, but I try to keep it in good order. This is not just a routine, this is a lifetime of memories that inspires me in the thoughts that it has tucked into its very fibre.

By Candlelight

By Candlelight

By Candlelight

Candlelight, sweet, soft, sure light
Asleep by day, our eyes at night
Come rest beside nature’s glow
Bask in the flame; your frets shall go

Thrive

Photo by Easter Ellen

Photo by Easter Ellen

Thrive

They look at us with big eyes from a tiny little face

We fall in love the instant that they are given, by God’s grace

We watch them grow, their little feet pattering down the hall

We do our best to set their path that they will never fall

We pray, we love, we guide we teach, we listen and we hope

Putting all we are into knowing they will thrive in all and cope

Listen

Photo by Easter Ellen

Photo by Easter Ellen

Listen

Listen to the beauty that leads us on our way

Listen to the sunlight that guides us through our day

Listen to the trees as they direct us strong and true

Listen to the birds as their joy is shared for you

Listen to the flowers as they gaze with loving face

Listen… just listen and see God’s love in all His grace

Little Bumblebee

Photo by Easter Ellen

Photo by Easter Ellen

Little Bumblebee

Little bumblebee adorning the flower

So very tiny yet wielding such power

The taste of your work, so wonderfully sweet

The sting of your anger making armies retreat

Wandering Girl

Photo by Easter Ellen

Photo by Easter Ellen

Wandering Girl

Wandering girl with your arm outstretched

Know your future is not yet etched

The pen that lies within your hand

Is one far greater than you understand

Give it to God, let Him write your song

As you walk with laughter and sing along

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