Saturday, June 29, 2013

And starring .... Maggie!!

Maggie had 2 camps she was really looking forward to this summer: Girl Scout camp and Itty Bitty Theater camp at Nova. This past week was theater camp. Maggie LOVED it! The kids were given an overall theme: theirs was Cavemen & Dinosaurs. The kids gave ideas for the story, created their characters, costumes. The counselors wrote the story and the kids put on "West Side Dinos." I'm sure you can guess the story!  Maggie had a couple of lines, they sang & danced and had a great time!

Maggie breaks the fouth wall and gives us a wave as she moves to her next spot.

Maggie & Caleb get into the "Itty Bitty" Song.

Friday, June 21, 2013


Today's prompt for your writing and praying is based on Psalm 24:1.
"The earth is the LORD's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it." (NRSV)

Thank you, Father, for the opportunity to spend some time away from distractions. Away from the things that grab my attention but are not important. Those shiny lights, the squirrels I cannot catch, yet I look to them, regularly. Let this weekend be a renewal for me. My undivided attention to Maggie and to You.

This is my Father's world
And to my listening ear
All nature sings and round me rings
The music of the sphere.

Thanks also to my friend M-L (whom I met on one of my internet distractions), for the inspiration.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Tales From Summer Vacation

Summer vacation is upon us. This year we actually had to find stuff for Maggie to do. Most weeks she is at the YMCA summer camps, which she loves. Last week, her best friend from school started there as well. She was so excited to tell us about the big surprise she had at camp. She comes home every day exhausted. She'll spend a week at Bible School and Venture Theater Itty Bitty camp, along with her friend Caleb. She told us "I think this summer I will be the happiest girl ever!"

Jessie is also enjoying the summer weather! She loves to go outside and play with her chalk or bubbles. Her newest game is to be the "Mommy" and tell me I'm the "son;" she then heads off to "work."  She is almost completely potty trained, tho she still likes to wear a diaper on occasion.

The house is on the market and we are past the eager stage and on to the anxious stage of house sales. We are headed into week 4 of being on the market.  

Summer officially starts this week, even tho we've been in it for a while. The sun sets are late and beautiful. Sun rises are early and fabulous.  I think this will be a blessed summer for all.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Something Like ...

Something like ... fear keeps me from submitting fully
Something like ... awe that You should care so much for someone like me
Something like ... wonder that You can soften this heart
Something like ... contentment lets me know this is Your path
Something like ... love compels me to submit fully

I'm unable to find the prayer-writing prompt that started this one. As usual, I'm sure it was something from Rachel Hackenberg. Her prompts have allowed me to take my prayers to a different level. This is a season of change in the Dailey house. Rocky has accepted his dream job as an assistant professor at South Dakota State University. Maggie is going to summer day camps at the YMCA and is over the moon at the idea of moving to South Dakota to be closer to Grandmas and Grandpas ("Mom, I don't know why we didn't think of this AGES ago.") Jessie just turned 3 and is no longer my baby but a little preschooler. The house is on the market and we are browsing the internet for our new dream home in Brookings South Dakota. I've given notice at work. And am looking forward to this new adventure (even if I'm not totally excited about it, yet). August will come quickly and this will definitely give me new things to write about. The Lord has shown me over and over that this is His path for us, and so I'm stepping out in faith that he has something beyond my dreams waiting for us back in South Dakota. And perhaps I will come to agree with Maggie that we should have done this "ages ago."

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Job 14:7-9

Writing prompt:
"There is hope for a tree: if it is cut down,
it will sprout again and its shoots will not cease.
Though its root grows old in the earth and its stump
dies in the ground, yet at the scent of water
it will bud and put forth branches again."
(Job 14:7-9, adapted)

There is hope for the tree
And there is hope for me.

I am not cut down to nothing
I know the water will come
I can rest now.
I can wait in this hallway
For a door
For a window
I will enjoy this wait
I will fill my time
And wait for You.

Because there is hope for the tree
And there is hope for me.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Jessie's Third Birthday (or Day 1096)

Not sure where the time has gone ... I had hoped to give Jessie the princess birthday party she asked for, but with the house in the market, I wasn't willing to take on the stress of a 3 year old birthday party just yet. Perhaps when we get an offer (and a Cinderella princess costume) we'll have a belated party. Even so, we had a great day!