Sharing Four Somethings In May

Something Loved

Meditations in Motion

I can not look at that photo without my heart just melting.

I loved the picture my daughter-in-law sent me to document my grandson’s rescue of a baby bird in their backyard last week.

He gently picked it up, they examined it for a little while, then he carefully placed it back in the nest.

Then, according to my son, he went back to playing “Transformer Ninja Dragon Baby Animal Rescue“.

Something Read

Meditations in Motion

I have been a fan of Sarah Bessey’s ever since I read her first book, “Jesus Feminist“.

I read her second book, “Out of Sorts” this month and it did not disappoint. I give it five stars out of five. This woman can write.

Reading about Sarah Bessey sorting out her beliefs helps me to sort out my own. I don’t agree with everything Bessey believes (and I think that’s OK), but the questions she asks are good ones and the process she follows is inspiring.

My copy is now dog-eared and highlighted, with notes scribbled in the margins, a sign that I like the book, it made me think, and it is not destined to be donated to the library.

Sometimes I like to reread favorite books several times. I seem to get something new each time I read them, depending on my mood and the season of my life.

I have probably reread my favorite book, “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” by Annie Dillard, a dozen times and it unlocks new thoughtsย  Every. Single. Time.

Something Treasured

Meditations in Motion

A campground near us, which had been closed for the pandemic, was recently given the go-ahead to open to educators, first-responders, health care workers, and essential workers.

My son’s mother-in-law, a school district administrator, decided to take advantage of the offer and invited him and his boys to accompany her.

They spent two days “cabin camping” in a nearly empty facility.

They cooked hot dogs and s’mores over a campfire, hiked nature trails, and rolled down grassy hills, but the highlight of the excursion was when they got to go ziplining for the first time.

Yes, even the six-year-old was brave enough to strap on a harness and step off the high tower to go zipping through the woods.

What a wonderful adventure.

Something Ahead

Meditations in Motion

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.– Proverbs 27:1

If the COVID-19 crisis has taught me nothing else, it’s taught me to not look too far ahead.

In June we planned to travel to Oregon to run a half marathon, visit our son and daughter-in-law who live there, and go with them and some friends to see a Major League baseball game in Seattle, one of my husband’s favorite cities.

Of course, those plans are all now rubble.

The half marathon is canceled, fans will probably not be allowed at baseball games this summer, and Hubby and I did not want to travel from home (a place with a high infection rate) to visit our family in Corvallis (a place with a low infection rate).

However. I am the eternal optimist. I still have hope that by the end of July we will be able to travel to Colorado to visit our family there and help our grandson celebrate his fifth birthday.

I just don’t want to boast about it too loudly.

 

I am linking up with Heather Gerwing for her โ€œFour Somethingsโ€. Thanks, Heather, for giving the opportunity to think and write about four such compelling topics.

You can find the places I link up here.

 

 

 

 

 

94 comments

  1. I agree with you about Jesus Feminist. I liked some of what Bessey said, but other parts didn’t resonate with me. I’ve never been able to get through Pilgrim at Tinker’s Creek. Somehow I don’t get it, but I know it is popular. Maybe I’ll grow into it!

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  2. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more precious photo than this one of your grandson cradling the baby bird, Laurie. Made my heart sing! Like you, I’m an eternal optimist. If it weren’t for Danny’s preexisting heart condition, I’d already be out and about in the great state of Georgia, where our governor was the first to enter stage one of economic reopening. So proud of him and his staff for thoroughly studying the cases and evidence, and deciding we could do this with confidence. Yes, our case numbers are dropping!!!
    Blessings!

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    • Good for you, Martha. Our case numbers had been dropping, then spiked at nearly double the typical rate. We will begin reopening in 2 weeks. I am still a little leery about going out but I am looking forward to seeing my friends!

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  3. Hi Laurie, OMgosh, yes, heart melting. The look on your grandsonโ€™s face and you can see how he is gently holding this bird. I made a note of Besseyโ€™s book. Great on the opening of the campground and the camping experience for the family. I am with you on being cautious about looking ahead. A lot can still happen each month. Possibly, cautious optimism. Take care.

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  4. I feel optimistic as well. We’re reopening in small steps and the amount of things that are “normal-ish” is growing each day. I think you’ll get to CO in July.

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  5. What a sweet photo of Atti with the little bird and that he knew to put it gently back in the nest. That’s a photo to treasure forever Laurie. I hope you can go in July for a fun birthday celebration. Things are looking better, even here in Michigan, where today we are allowed to gather in groups of up to ten people. I have confidence you’ll get to Colorado. I just made a comment on a fellow blogger’s post using a variation of your Biblical verse i.e. “Live for today, for tomorrow is promised to no-one.” I like yours better: Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.โ€“ Proverbs 27:1

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    • I think Atti was prompted by his mom to put the bird back in the nest. We do have to make the most out of each day, don’t we? It’s good to get reminders. I think we will get out to Colorado too. Maybe Oregon in August.

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      • That’s good Laurie and being in the ranger service, she likely knew exactly what to tell Atti. ๐Ÿ™‚ I follow some nature sites on Twitter and they’ve been saying what to do if you find a baby bird that fell out of the nest … they said most people believe the mom will not want the baby after humans have touched it but that is a misnomer. That was something I learned. And they said if you find a fawn in the forest laying down, that it is not lost, but hidden from predators as they have wobbly legs for a few days after birth unlike other baby animals who are able to stand and run almost right away. Didn’t you have a run in Oregon last year? I believe I’m remembering it as I mentioned it and your sightseeing to a fellow blogger who lives near Mount Hood.

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      • I used to think that the mom would not want the baby after a human touched it too but I understand that is not the case. I did do a run in Oregon last year. It was a 5K and it was a lot of fun. It was in a town near Corvallis, where my son lives, which is a few hours away from Mt. Hood.

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  6. I remember you spoke about the “Jesus Feminist” Book before. I really need to see how I can get my hands on Sarah Besseyโ€™s new book.
    My online library doesn’t have it and it takes months for English books to arrive from abroad. For now, I just write down recommendations until I’m in an English-speaking country again. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

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  7. I love that books are so available now. But I also love to reread books — or I did — when I couldn’t get my hands on so many in an instant. Yes, you can always learn something new from something you’ve already read!

    Your grandson is adorable with the baby bird. Such restraint for a young’un!

    I hope you get to go to CO. Good luck!

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  8. After my diagnosis with RA and subsequent disease flares, I learned not to plan too far ahead. I never knew what was around the corner; having had to DNS several races was painful. I could make travel plans but I didn’t purchase a ticket too far ahead. This pandemic has only made that inability to plan that much more painful. The uncertainty is probably one of the most difficult things to deal with. I hope you get to see your family in Colorado!

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    • Your RA must make it difficult to plan too far ahead. Anyone who has signed up for spring/summer races knows what it is like to have to be flexible. I hope the Colorado trip happens too!

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  9. Our governor just allowed team sports (for schools) to open up for the summer. I’m not sure how that’s going to be regulated with crowd attendance, but I’m hopeful everyone will cherish this new freedom and not exploit it.That said, there’s a baseball “farm team” that plays in Des Moines (the Iowa Cubs), and we try to get to at least one game a season…but I don’t that will be happening this year ;-(

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    • I hope people who live near you will enjoy and not exploit the freedom too. We are still 2 weeks away from any kind of freedom. Still under stay at home orders. In 2 weeks, we will be allowed to gather in groups of 10 or less and stores may open again.

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  10. Good luck with travel plans. We planned to find a new state to move to after we could retire and leave CO but…. And our numbers are very high so think long and hard before coming here…. it just takes one person to pass it along to many. It must feel magical to see the woods again. Caring for helpless little baby birds… that says something about a boy’s kind heart doesn’t it? I like what it says.

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  11. Your grandson is so tender and compassionate! My eight-month old loves watching birds and listening to their birdsong as our early morning ritual upon waking. Hopefully his interest in birds will lead to a tenderness with animals as he grows!

    Thatโ€™s a bummer your plans fell through. Hopefully youโ€™re able to visit family in Oregon soon. We are hoping to head there in two weeks so our family can finally meet our precious boy. Trying to navigate how to do that with safety in mind.

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  12. You grandson and that baby bird — does it get more adorable and life-affirming??? And we are planning to head to CO in mid-June come heck or high water (pretty much), so I have big hopes for your July trip.

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  13. I had to chuckle at your first “something” about the bird. It seems like so many people have a bird story this week. Mine is that my golden retriever puppy caught and swallowed an entire bird! I was mortified. The vet helped me to induce vomiting and all ended up well ( except the poor bird but we gave him a burial..lol)

    This summer is surely going to look a little different with no baseball, (nor little league), or many community activities. I certainly hope this is not the new normal.

    Thanks for linking up with us Laurie….P.S Now would be a good time for you to join Instagram….I know I’ve been asking you about it for a while….lol

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    • Oh, no! Your poor puppy and the poor bird, of course! Thanks for hosting, Meranda. I just replied to another comment and said I would try to get on IG this weekend. It’s time. Thanks for the nudge! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Aww! That certainly is a sweet photo of your grandson with the baby bird. He sounds like such a thoughtful boy.
    That is fantastic about the campground opening back up to certain people. It sounds like the perfect break away.
    I hope you get to go on your trip x

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  15. Gotta love the kiddos. I have a feeling Transformer Ninja Dragon Baby Animal Rescuer is the hero we need! I think I will appreciate an end to the uncertainty as much as the return of other things I am missing.

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  16. Trying not to look too far ahead myself either – but its a challenge:) That cabin camping adventure sounds like so much fun – what a nice way to reopen! And, yes, that photo of the bird rescuer is a heart melter!!

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  17. That picture is so cute! What a wonderful campground experience. I know what you mean about learning to hold future plans loosely. We’re hoping for a planned family get-together in August with our out-of-state son coming here. We’ll have to evaluate when the time draws closer.

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  18. I love the photo of your grandson with the bird! And I have never read any of Sarah Bessey’s books but I have heard lots of good things. I’ll need to read one at some point.

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  19. Hey Laurie! Love the bird rescue ๐Ÿ’•. I hope you make it to CO at least. Things are slowly getting better here. Sean and I escaped to Salida this weekend. It felt mostly normal, whatever that is these days. Also, we bought a house in Bend, Oregon! Though we wonโ€™t move there for a few years. Oregon is so wonderful. Things will calm down soon I hope.

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  20. The photo of your grandson cradling the baby bird is adorable. What a gentle soul he is. The ‘Out of Sorts’ book sounds interesting – I’ve just downloaded a sample from iBooks and have added it to the ‘to-read’ pile as a result. As you might imagine, I’m very much still feeling my way through what my faith now is. I love that your grandsons got to enjoy some camping and well done to the six year old for braving the zip wire. That reminder from Proverbs certainly resonates in the current times. Life with Jessica taught me very much to live in the moment and enjoy it as we always knew that tomorrow was never promised us. In many ways living in the lockdown bubble is reminiscent of life in the hospital bubble. I hope you do manage to travel to Colorado to be with your family at the end of July and to help celebrate your grandson’s birthday. #WotW

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    • Thank you, Louise. He is a gentle soul until he decides to bounce off the walls! Boys! :)I think feeling our way through faith is something that lasts a lifetime. It never seems to be settled. And I kind of like it that way.

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  21. Our family, especially my daughter with special needs, loves to zipline. This is actually shocking to me because I am afraid of heights, and I also love it!

    Sarah Bessey is a wordsmith. I put her in a collection of authors who I agree with almost every point they make while disagreeing with almost every conclusion they come to. HAHA. Life is endlessly fascinating.

    Hooking up with Heather this month!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • That is so cool that your family loves to zipline! I love it too and I am also afraid of heights. Go figure! Life IS fascinating. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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  22. I love Bessey’s writing, too. I appreciate the way she helps me think about things from a new angle. And while I don’t agree with her on every point, her writing causes me to dig deep–and I consider that a true gift.

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