Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Here's to the Moms

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Here's to the moms.

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The ones helping their kids fly high, 

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who don't seem to mind when they fade

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into the background.

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Here's to the moms whose lives have been turned upside down,
but they wouldn't have it any other way.

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Here's to the moms who never stop teaching,

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and the ones who don't take it for granted that they have their hands full.

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Here's to the moms who let dads be dads,

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whose kids' excitement is equalled only by their own.

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Here's to the moms who have their priorities straight,

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whose clutter will wait while they share a game

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or a story.

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Here's to the moms who indulge their kids' hair-brained ideas,
against their own better judgement,

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because sometimes they turn out pretty awesome. 

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Here's to the moms whose babies are furry,

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and who are furry themselves.

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Here's to the moms who help each other stay sane and realistic,

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who do what it takes to keep their own attitudes in check.

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Here's to the moms who are learning to put their kids in the driver's seat,

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who are passing on the baton of faith,

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and who are beginning to see their own mom when they look in the mirror.

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Here's to the moms who are taking the time to honor family traditions

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by handing them down to future generations.

These are the moms who need to be in the pictures.
As Mother's Day approaches, do yourself a favor. 
Take the camera out of their hands for a little while,
and turn it in their direction.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Out of our comfort zone

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When our sweet Stella came to us last summer,
she was a scaredy dog.

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When she met another dog, or got near a busy street,
she would simultaneously bark her head off
and tremble.

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An encounter with another dog would almost certainly
result in embarrassingly bad behavior.

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So we certainly didn't envision any trips to the dog park in her future.

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Over time, though, she has settled in.  She has learned to trust us.
She has had some good experiences playing with the dogs next door.

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We never forgot the friends who told us 
their dog behaved better off leash
with safe boundaries 
and freedom.

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We are grateful that they gently nudged us to get out of our comfort zone with our pup.

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It's so wonderful to see her doing what she was born to do.

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And no matter how far she follows her nose, 
it's never long before she comes back to us.

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Boundaries and freedom.
What a sweet combination.
For us too, I think.
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, 
but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."

2 Timothy 1:7