small handfuls-post one

“Once upon a time, there was a boy. He lived in a village that no longer exists, in a house that no longer exists, on the edge of a field that no longer exists, where everything was discovered, and everything was possible. A stick could be a sword, a pebble could be a diamond, a tree, a castle. Once upon a time, there was a boy who lived in a house across the field, from a girl who no longer exists. They made up a thousand games. She was queen and he was king. In the autumn light her hair shone like a crown. They collected the world in small handfuls, and when the sky grew dark, and they parted with leaves in their hair..." -Nicole Krauss

Inspired by this quote, I'm starting a series on this blog to share about current happenings, things I'm enjoying and daily photos of what our life is like. Basically a challenge for myself to form a ritual of seeking and savoring all the good Jesus gives.  Who knows what it will consist of really, I'm just making it up as I go and hope others enjoy it as well.

>> I can't stop listening to this song. You've seen the movie already right? I could write a whole post on how I feel about the need for good stories and escaping into them for short periods. Forget the fact that it's been labeled in the 'children's' genre. Learn to appreciate well-crafted stories in all different forms. I truly believe in the fact----wait...yup. I am going to write a post on that soon. Not now though.

>> Behr has started the 'two year molar' phase and so far it's been...trying. My heart breaks seeing him in that much pain. Our normally happy-go-with-flow buddy has been touchy, frustrated and needy. We had a few intense days of fevers and little sleep when I could basically only get him to eat blueberries--all while Jonathan was working night shift!--but, we got through them and things are brighter now. Despite the fact that it looks like we're all fighting colds now (yuck).

>> We got another Spring preview these last few days which I was more than OK with.  I honestly appreciate all the seasons with their unique beauty and every year I'm seeing how much I love these in between days. It's not really Winter anymore, but it's not quite Spring yet. The skies are restless, the earth is soft, and the Wind is constantly playing about and heralding change. I can practically reach out and grab anticipation from it's invisible palms. It surely makes for some hopeful days.

>> This quote from this life-changing blog post: : "I’d heard it once from an old farmer’s wife, how an eagle never takes a snake on the ground. An eagle always tears into the reptile with its talons and flies it into the sky. An eagle knows: The way to win is to change the battlefield. It’s from the heights, the eagle flings the snake into the air.  A snake has no strength, no power, no way through air.  Dashed upon rocks, the snake’s food for the victorious bird. When the battle’s taken to the air, there’s winning on earth.  I exhale in the darkness and I didn’t even know I was holding my breath. Take every battle to the air in prayer — and God will take over your battles on earth."

>> This Saturday, Lord willing, we're leaving for a quick trip to Tennessee. There might be an on-the-road live broadcast of our trip that morning via Periscope so be sure to find (@breabird there as well) and join in on the fun!

>> That first picture of Behr sleeping. I took it last November, and sure, I placed him on the big blanket after he fell asleep and then placed Max in his arms. But ohmygoodness, the sweetest I was able to capture wasn't posed. I don't care what anyone thinks, I'll always treasure this image long after he's grown.