Friday, January 13, 2012


"Can you tell me once more, Mommy?" 

 "Yes," I reply:
" 'There.'  It's a place.
  There, where, here are all places."

Places in life.  

But sometimes I can be here, and not be.
I can be here, but not hear.

This year, 2012, the word I choose to focus on is one word,
but two spellings,
two meanings,
but one.

I want to hear.  Hear not only the voices of my children, but what they are saying.  
Hear the words of my husband,
but what he's really thinking,
what he really needs and wants for our life.

Hear the whisperings in my heart:
my goals and dreams that scrape away from the rest of the stuff,
and try to follow the ones that line up with the ones God wants.

Hear the heartbeat of our home, 
and try to do my part...


Right where I am.
  To really be here.
  To push away the things that take my concentration

and distract

from those who are most important in my life.
So that I don't look away
to something that doesn't really matter.

And then miss out
on the best part...
that is here.

I want to be here,

to hear,

to be awake.

Linking up to:

Jenny Matlock
(the letter "h")


  1. This is really good! I love your prose; it's absolutely beautiful :)

    - Zannie

    PS I linked here from five-minute friday :)

  2. Oh, to be here, hearing...
    As I read the words of your heart, my heart grabbed on.
    I didn't even know it, but this, THIS is the prayer of my heart, too.

    Thank you.....thank you for opening my eyes to the need to open the ears of my heart.


  3. I'm not sure if mom's evolve a unique ability to be here and not hear, but I know what you're saying. To be present and intentional is vital to our spiritual life and the quality of our relationships. Very good goal, and to be overtly punny, "Hear, here!" Blessings, Aly

  4. What a beautiful post. And I think you have chosen such a perfect word{s}. I'll have to check out that link up at the Lettered Cottage.

    Thanks so much for sharing. Really enjoyed reading your post.

  5. What a wonderful post and challenge for the new year. I hear your heart. Beautifully expressed.

  6. really beautiful and heartfelt.. resonated with me fully..
    am following you now ..
    came visiting from Alphabe and am tempted to check out 5 minute Friday and Lettered Cottage as well now...

  7. Hear, hear!

    (and I'm glad I'm here)


  8. What a wonderful word to choose!

  9. I am here, and I hear you loud and clear. What a wonderful post!

  10. I love your choice of word(s). This was a beautifully written post and very thought-provoking.

  11. Oh my heavens!

    I read this link several times. What a wonderful, thoughtful and thought provoking post!

    It's wonderful to see you linked to Alphabe-Thursday. I have always admired your blog so much!

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts here.



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