During my stint in Germany I tried to make it a point to keep everyone stateside updated on what was going on with the fam.  It was my way of staying connected and it helped me feel that though many of you could never walk through the streets of our neighborhood, through my emails and pictures you could “see” what we were up to.  Now we have settled down back in Southern California and I still feel the need to keep in touch.  I have a lot of family that I don’t see that often and now I have friends scattered all over the globe.  I don’t know how many times my emails got sent straight to the trash, but it really doesn’t matter.  The writing became therapeutic for me and thus this blog is my small attempt at letting people know what’s going on, what’s on my mind, and maybe even what’s cookin’ on the stove.  Who knows where this will go?!

Wait!  There’s more.  Perfect piece of time comes from my deep desire to want to be the best mom and wife that I can be.  I want to raise my kids to be active participants in their small world that they see each and everyday and the big world that they will never see.  This morning I woke up and heard the devastating news that the 8.9 earthquake hit Japan followed by a tsunami.  I watched a few clips on the internet and talked briefly to Piper about what happened and then we prayed.  We prayed for peace for the families, for wisdom and strength for the workers, and lastly, that God would show us if there was anything that we could do even though we are thousands of miles across a very big ocean.  Perhaps we can’t do anything else besides pray and that’s okay.  But, I want to be open I want to be willing and I want my children to know that we can make a difference.

“A day is the perfect piece of time to live a life, to plant a seed, to watch the sun go by.”  This is the first sentence of the children’s book, All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant.  The beautifully illustrated book was one of many things in the recent days and weeks that has been nudging me to action.  There is so much we can do to live purposely each and everyday.  Sometimes it may be as simple as loving on our children and giving them a sense of belonging or sometimes it may be bigger like going as a family to volunteer at a food kitchen.   At the end of my life I want to say that I lived a meaningful life full of meaningful days because I will never have another chance at today!  “This day will soon be over and it won’t come back again.  So live it well, make it count, fill it up with you.  The day’s all yours, it’s waiting now…See what you can do.”

2 responses »

  1. How perfectly Brooke and all the reasons why I am glad you came into my life and why your leaving took such a lot out of me. Miss you always, Shar.

  2. Your Sept 25th blog mentioned my daughter and grand-daughter. It was so will written with visuals going way back. Thank you for coming into our lives and writing such a beautiful piece.
    And don’t forget…There’s a hotel for you here in Vancouver….that will be equipped with whatever is needed at the time! Better that a costly hotel.
    We Love you Brooke . Big hugs to Piper and the other one?
    Love cher

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