14 March 2013

the new rules.

happy pi day!

yesterday my math-professor friend introduced me to this holiday, which i vowed to celebrate with enthusiasm once i found out it involves lots of the other kind of pie, to which i am firmly dedicated.

i drove home from her place through swirling, snowglobed skies, the air feathered so thick with white i could barely make out the street ahead. a mile down the road i drove clean through the edge of winter and into full-bloomed sun and blue. it was bizarre in the most wonderful way, and i'm still wishing i'd turned around to pull it off again.

tomorrow my parents and aunty carol fly in.

there's just so much in that sentence, and i can't expand on it other than to say that i'm so glad. i wish nate and noel were coming too--the kids have been asking if they'll get to see the uncles, but my noel-brother is prepping for the philippine islands (i told him if he misses he could just keep going and hit kenya) and brother nate is sifting through pilot openings.

people have asked if it'll be hard to leave my parents, and mostly i've answered that they're already 4500 miles away, so what's another 6000? but then i got to thinking--right now if i need to show up lickety-split, i could be on oahu by tomorrow night. from kenya, it's more like three to four days out. so no one is allowed to have a time-sensitive situation. these are the new rules.

the kids have been loving the snow, though i found out they don't like to miss any actual school for it. on wednesday they were thrilled with the two hour delay until it turned into a full cancellation. the house erupted in general disapproval, while i said who are these people and what have you done with my kids? (no one even cracked a smile. my humor is underrated with this crowd.)

after a moment of silence, they headed out to muck around in the yard and had a grand time in spite of themselves.

even in winter my six year old is all about the swings. sans gloves. (ps how is it that you send a kid out with gloves, and then later when you look at all the pictures of him being outside, you realize that in none of them is there any actual wearing of the gloves?)

so earlier this week i had such a bad case of crabapples that even i was annoyed hanging around in my own head. but God surrounds me with good people who text small bits of encouragement and who tell me wednesday night jokes and who know how much it means that a whole church in uganda is praying for the very same things we're after. and today i have sunlight, a pair of thick socks, His word and His company, and it's so much, you know? it's just so much.


Brandee Shafer said...

Your photos always put me in a good mood. Elle looks so much bigger, suddenly. I need an Owens to Africa button. Can I help you make one?

amy luella said...

"...and His company..." love, along with those other smiles in that sentence and those "new rules."=) the picture of your girl in the snow at the end of the slide cracks me up. sometimes you land in a big bedding of the stuff and it's too comfortable to get up any time soon.=)

amy luella said...

brandee and/or nic, i have coding for "owens to africa" button on our blog. i'd gladly pass it along to you, if that would help. my email: lugriffhl@hotmail.com.

grey rose (they/them) said...

it is just so much. praise him.

new rules are hard sometimes, like mileage distance and such. but new rules also mean new other things. good things. amazing even!
your humor and photographs, i am a fan.
and bless these kiddos! eg refuses gloves nearly ever bitter winter day. and i can't care. haven't decided if that's wrong of me or not ;)

love ya. and prayin. xo psalm 71:23

Amanda said...

first of all, I totally don't understand your kids. Snow days are the bomb. What's the deal with being dissappointed?
second of all, I totally. get. the. new. rules. I've been reminding myself that I count the cost and I found Jesus worthy. Not everyone does and I'm PUMPED that you and your family do : )

Unknown said...

i hope you are having a spectacular visit with your family, nic!

Anonymous said...

I come see you (does that sound weird?) every time I need a bit of a lift. There is something so peaceful and gentle and relieving and real in your words. I'm sorry you had the crabapples. Me too sister, ME TOO.
I want to feel enveloped in His love again. It's comforting to know that you do. Because it is SO much.

Captain Murdock {Godwilladd.com} said...

I know. Yes, I know.

lauren said...

sometimes when i pray for 'eyes that see'... it's your photographs of life that are in my mind. you have such a gift nic. i hope you know how much your heart blesses me... and countless countless others. that can sound like words on a page... but God uses us in strange and interesting ways for His glory. sometimes it's as simple as a picture of swings in snow and a heart willing to say yes. lovelovelove.xox

Katarina said...

You are one amazing lady and I am sure that the new rules, no matter how hard can be, will be doable. I have always admired your strength, courage and way of living and loving life. Hope you are having a wonderful Easter as well!!!

KS said...

I love reading your blog. Love it. Please tell me you'll continue after the move? I feel like I miss you already and we've never met and that probably makes me a teensy bit crazy but I will own it. HA! Thank you, by the way, for the Softie Doll Tutorial from ages ago...Alina loves hers :)

Heather said...

Bad case of the crabapples... love it :)
I, too, don't understand how they go out with gloves and come back inside without. Just found some in the Spring thaw this week!