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Birthday Reflections

My birthday started as I hit the ground running or rather stretching and exercising, trying to nip a back pain flare-up in the bud, and a couple of text messages with birthday greetings. After leaving the house for work a few minutes late I got stuck behind a semi-truck with engine problems. Thankfully, I had prepared our school breakfast items the day before so I was able to serve breakfast on time just a few minutes after I got to work.

My day was filled with pleasant surprises and experiences. I share a birthday with our principal. My friend and co-worker came bearing gifts (among them cake). A third-grade class made a birthday poster for me to post in the lunch room, two coworkers called to sing “Happy Birthday” to me. Our janitor walked through the kitchen whistling a happy birthday tune. Various students gave me birthday greetings as they came through the lunch line. One little guy, missing his front tooth, sang his unique version ending with, “happy birthday Therry”.

After work I made a quick stop at home to put my cake in the fridge and found a card on the counter from my husband. After weeks of Friday after-work appointments I enjoyed attending my Bible Study again. It was interesting to learn more about the cultural celebration of Easter compared to the celebration of the feast days established by God in the Old Testament and precisely fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament. Next I enjoyed a brisk walk through our little town to meet my friend for coffee (tea for me).

The evening capped the day with my favorite salad at the Nordstrom café, my favorite movie at home (Return to Me) and my favorite friend (my husband).

Accepted in the Beloved~

A few years ago I experienced a particularly discouraging difficulty with an overwhelming sense of rejection. Each morning I would hear that still small voice saying “you are accepted in the beloved.” Yesterday as I read the many birthday greetings received via social media and old-fashioned cards that same phrase came to mind. And I am grateful.

I am not super excited about the latest gift my aging body has given me along with aching joints and the need for reading glasses. But I am grateful for the perspective that coming through some life difficulties has given me. I am grateful for an increasing love for God’s Word and increased understanding. There is nothing more exciting to me than a good Bible Study! I am grateful for increased love and appreciation for my husband. I am thankful and blessed by the love of family and friends. God has given me the gift of peace and I am truly happy. “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he (Jesus) hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Ephesians 1:6

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Remembering

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Twenty-something years ago,

Sunday best, toddler in tow,

Red curls and dressy frills,

Chasing Easter egg-finding thrills,

Dads hiding them all around,

Rejoicing when each one is found.

Two-thousand years ago,

Passover Lamb they didn’t know,

Resurrected! He conquered death,

Redemption for those He’d given breath,

Responding to the gospel sound,

Rejoicing when each one is found.

©SBibb 2015

April Fools

Suddenly, the silence broken,

Birds sing songs we knew they knew,

Suddenly, shy bushes blush

With blooms pastel or vibrant hue,

The tree’s bare branches dress in green

And leaves as if on cue,

Rain, like tears falls freely

From the sun’s warm shining face

Steam rises from the pavement.

Making fog that’s out of place,

And some rush in – begin to take

Spring’s new found glories from her,

New plans they make and longingly,

Count down the days to summer.

Ferry Ride

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The bluest skies you’ve ever seen,
The water sparkles calm blue-green,
Bound by mountains east and west,
Its a spring day at its best!

Gulls and herons gather ’round
As we travel across the Sound,
Cars and passengers afloat,
Aboard a Washington Ferry boat.

The sunshine’s warm, the air is chill,
The wind is brisk, the horn is shrill,
Variegated green on the distant hill,
In my heart a spring-time thrill.

To the north, Mount Baker – white,
South, Rainier’s a majestic sight,
Jagged Olympics to the west,
Cascades to the east, equally blest.

Drive the quiet island countryside,
Forrest and gardens kept with pride,
Respite from the cities’ crowd
Busy, rushing, restless, loud.

Adventure in a quick fun jaunt,
Lunch at a little restaurant,
Discoveries become a favorite haunt,
Someone to share it, what more could one want?

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The First Glorious Day of Spring

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The first glorious day of spring
Invites each soaring heart to sing
It calls me to come out and play
This lovely bright Seattle day

The azure sky, the warm crisp air
The clouds have ribbons in their hair
The trees are clothed with soft new leaves
And I am wearing no long sleeves!

Mountains call to distant hills
Cats adorn the windowsills
Azalea blooms and tulip fields
Oh what promise this day yields

After months of winter gray
We relish such a grand display
A change from cold and dreary drizzle
Spring builds a bridge to summer sizzle.

Last Days of February, First Sign of Spring

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There it was in all its splendor surprising me as I rounded the corner, tucked between towering collections of steel and glass. A blossoming cherry tree all pink with new born blooms. The first I’ve seen this year.

The last two months have been a flurry of activity as I have taken up my pen again after a year of hoping I could do without it. Today was the third workshop I’ve attended in hopes of mastering technology and improving my writing. Well, not quite mastering technology, but perhaps harnessing some of its power for my own use.

Today’s event took me away from the suburbs into the traffic and bustle of downtown to a beautiful historic building in the heart of Seattle. Authorship MBA was organized and facilitated by Karen Lynn Maher, Margo Myers, and Maria Dykstra, each expert in their field. We gained a wealth of information about organizing a foundation for producing quality writing, communicating your message clearly to your target audience and using social media, particularly Twitter, to build your presence and business as an author. Each workshop participant was given individualized applications and strategy suggestions customized to their genre and audience. It was fun to hear new angles for each author’s particular area of interest. I found their instruction and insight to be very helpful and would highly recommend this workshop to other authors who want to breath some new life into their writing and/or marketing with some fresh ideas. More information can be found at legacyoneauthors.com, margomyers.com, TreDigital.com, or Authorshipbiz@gmail.com

As I made my way out of the city armed with all of these newly learned strategies, my excitement began to give way to feeling a bit overwhelmed. Glimpsing the pink blossomed tree caused me to think beyond the daunting things of today to the rewards in the future. I too and coming out of a season of dormancy desiring to produce something beautiful. I am just me, the tree is just a tree, but what inspiration she gives.