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Shaping Perspective

Shaping Perspective

Winter has officially blown in with holiday lights, frosted roofs, hot cocoa and gold Christmas trees everywhere. We all sported our ‘ugly Christmas sweaters’ recently and Raynes came in third place for his Epic Christmas messaging. I love this photo that my friend Kim took because his face captures the look of speechless which is one I haven’t seen (or heard) very often. Thank you, Amazon Prime!

Last year was 12 days of Christmas parties and this December isn’t shaping out to be any different. Office parties, birthday parties, holiday parties, Elf parties, cocktail parties, Garden Club parties, party, party, party. ‘Tis the season I suppose.

We drove to Gainsville for Kenley’s routine cardiac exam and were pleased to have another “uneventful” visit. Uneventful in the midst of all these events is appreciated in more ways than one. We were reassured with words like “normal” and “healthy” and “not overly concerned” as we drove back to Tallahassee. I’ve said it before, but it never fails- the waiting room at the Children’s Specialist Clinic at Shands Hospital has to be one of the most humbling places. Look around and you see children with rare, severe and obvious struggles. And parents, their caretakers, their cheerleaders – pushing them in their wheelchairs and holding them in their arms with tubes and bags strolled alongside- as if wearing invisible armor. It makes all things petty in world quickly fade into the background and bring into focus all that really matters. Faith, family, friends and health.

Ugly Sweater Contest

 

Our lemon tree produced hundreds of lemons that were more the size of oranges this year

 

Holiday Coffee

 

Impromptu Girls Dinner

 

11 year check up

 

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Lost & Found {a Thanksgiving tale}

The Thanksgiving photos, which I thought were gone but not forgotten, have resurfaced. Just in time for Christmas parties, caroling and shopping. Mr. Robinson and I hosted Thanksgiving this year with an abbreviated bunch of family representing which still made for close to 15 tablesettings people. I decided to embrace Thanksgiving, and try I as I might to talk myself into the more sensible paper plates, out came the fine china, linen napkins and heirloom tablecloths.

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The only Christmas to be found on our table was some red berries and Spode Christmas plates.  Might have gone a little overboard with the tall flower arrangement but my motto is you can be too thin, too rich, or (my latest addition) have too many flowers. And I’m sticking to it.

Lost & Found {a Thanksgiving tale}
Mike’s mom has had some health issues since last Spring and we are thankful she is getting stronger and that she and Cleve were able to join us for the Thankful feast (with overflowing flowers).   Ken;ey’s little heart has been giving us a small pause for concern so before we get too worked up, her doctor has her wearing a heart monitor so we get the data to know if it’s “something” or “nothing.” My guess is the latter.

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Lemon tree is overflowing — cold, fresh lemon water every morning now.

If anyone asks, the turkey was organic. That's our story and we're sticking to it.

If anyone asks, the turkey was organic. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.

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Kenley has quite the football arm. Who knew?!

Kenley has quite the football arm. Who knew?!

Lost & Found {a Thanksgiving tale}

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Extra Dose of Gratitude

Forest Jr. is at it again because one race a month isn’t nearly enough- Kenley wanted to run in two. This time, it was about 1.5 miles (I’m still fine tuning my role as runner mom who knows the details of each event..).  The fall weather descended upon us, just in time for the Friday afternoon XC championship race. A great way to kick off he weekend- elementary students from all around town competing (although it felt a lot more like fun).   She has some sweet, kind friends in her class, and on her team, that practice together twice a week.  And while I am well aware of her somewhat rocky start when she was a baby, I certainly don’t sit around dwelling on it. But… the irony is not lost on me as I cheer from the sidelines watching her run her little heart out-  thump, pound, swoosh, push, beat, repeat- catching me off guard and giving some moments like this an extra dose of gratitude.

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Pre-race

Extra Dose of Gratitude via grateful simplicity

Her straight path ” …Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

 

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Might that be a smile on her face?

Extra Dose of Gratitude via grateful simplicity

Post-race smiles

Post-race smiles

.... And post-race visit to the snow cone truck.

…. And post-race visit to the snow cone truck.

Extra Dose of Gratitude via grateful simplicity

Extra Dose of Gratitude via grateful simplicity

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Mexico (City) Beach

Mexico (City) Beach

A 7 day lag time is better than nothin’ in my book. Last weekend the Williams were brave kind enough to invite us to spend the weekend with them at Mexico Beach. Or, as Kenley would later tell people, Mexico City Beach. Wouldn’t that be something!

onward march

onward march.. Uncle T-Bone quickly found a new little friend

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We are thrilled that the girls will be in school with our crew starting next month- even if Ruby (their youngest) isn’t so sure about switching to a new school. Boy does that sound familiar!

It’s hard to believe that last year at this time both my girls were getting ready to change schools- one reluctantly (B) the other unsure (K). And I was about to head back to work, full time, for the first time in 10 years. My does time fly.

Weezer says 'Kite Runner' is a must read book- noted and added to the list.

Weezer says ‘Kite Runner’ is a must read book- noted and added to the list.

Mexico (City) Beach via grateful simplicity

A little surfing lesson from the ol' man

A little surfing lesson from the ol’ man

Mexico (City) Beach via grateful simplicity

 

Lilli, who had heart surgery earlier this year, is doing awesome! Kenley has a kindred spirited friend who also has a scar on her chest and there is something both reassuring and a bond that comes with that.  You are not alone.

The Soul Sisters

The Soul Sisters

I wonder if ‘Weezer’ and gang know how lucky they are to live a block from the beach? And even better- they will still get to do this every weekend. Hmm, maybe Kens will get brave enough to spend the night out again and has some more Mexico (City) Beach trips in her future….

Maybe her Mama too?

Mexico (City) Beach via grateful simplicity

always out numbered— this weekend? 4:1

 

 

Mexico (City) Beach via grateful simplicity

How cute are these ikea pails? Mine are in my pantry but I think need to be repurposed into the kids room at the new house

 

Mexico (City) Beach via grateful simplicity

Britton and Ruby– the two leading-the-pack personalities

 

Mexico (City) Beach via grateful simplicity

K and Lilli- the two rule followers

 

 

Have a great 4th of July– we are headed to The Coast in hopes of loading up the boat with some scallops.

Mexico (City) Beach via grateful simplicity

Crazy is as crazy does

Not to toot my own horn (okay, i am totally tooting my own horn here) but I have officially earned my VIP Mom badge this week. Mr. Robinson has been in San Antonio all week for a meeting. Meanwhile I’ve held down the home front, single mom with the three kiddos, leaving for work at 7:30 a.m. with a home that is officially for sale and…. even had it ready for a real estate agent caravan on Tuesday by 7:30 am.

Me. By myself.

I did it. It’s done. Mr. R comes home tonight and I be beat!

 

crazy is as crazy does via grateful simplicity

So the house situation? After 10 years, the hubs came home and said he was tired of his 45 minute commute to work, and wants to move closer in town.  I’ve always said, since I’ve been at home the past 9 years, that when he is ready to move, we will.  Goodness knows I could never make that drive day after day. He finally is so we are.

Crazy, here we come (or here we are, depending on your perspective).

Speaking of… the older my kids get, the crazier each season becomes.  This fall, in particular, was busy with the introduction of athletic games while this Spring is proving to be equally crazy with end of the year parties and performances.

 

Sweet Katie, who babysits for the kids (as well as Poochie and Tucker) came to Kenley’s “Neverland” performance today- joining big sister and Mama. We represented well!

crazy is as crazy does via grateful simplicity

 

Every now and then I’m thrown off when watching Kenley do something ordinary- like sing in the school play- and I’m overcome with a sense of enormous gratefulness to have this precious child on the stage. Singing. Just like everyone else.  It’s not that I sit around thinking about all that she went through as a baby. Rather, it sneaks up on me when I least expect. Like 10:30 am this morning while watching the play, juggling the iPad and camera to capture it all.

While most folks won’t understand, my hope is that I may never watch that sweet child in a play, recital, graduation, or even wedding without that same overwhelming sense of thankfulness.  Because while I am many things– overwhelmed, crazy, Type A, tired…. Above all else, I am thankful.  Sometimes ordinary moments are the greatest reminders of this.