Thursday, April 10, 2014

Taking the day off

We used today as a day off. It was beautiful outside. I opened up windows and aired out the house. The dog stayed outside all day, tongue lolling and tail wagging. I found a ball in the yard--a remnant from a former family. I threw the ball, and our girl went running after it. A year ago, she didn't know what to do with it. A year ago, she barely knew how to play. Now she's a full-fledged dog ... this is what freedom looks like--the ability to be what you were created to be, and be it without apology.

I threw the ball again and she ran. The kids and I clapped and cheered, and she did extra laps around us for sport.

I walked out front with Erin and we looked at the hyacinth poking up, and the daffodils all sun-soaked yellow. We went into the big garden and uncovered the primrose from fall leaves. I have a lot of outside work to do, but today was a day off. Erin sat in my arms on the rocking bench and we chatted. I looked into her eyes and noticed the freckles across her nose. Seven seems so big and so little at the same time.

Lanie ran out later to join us. I grabbed a few pictures of the girls before they went off adventuring: Erin in a skirt and bare feet; Lanie long and lean.

her hair smelled like sunshine

sisters

adventure
Soon all the trees will be lush with leaves and my kids' laughter will bounce and echo playfully through the woods.


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