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Monday, 16 May 2011

I cannot go to school today... said little peggy ann mckay...

I learned a Shel Silverstein poem for drama class in eighth grade... entitled "Sick". 
Most of the poem I still have memorized after almost 23 years... And as I sit on my bed now feeling like I could just lay down and sleep because my head hurts, my throat hurts, my skin hurts from too much sun, and I have irritatingly itchy mosquito bites... this poem enters my mind. The only difference is that it is Monday and I have lots to do! 
'I cannot go to school today, '
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
'I have the measles and the mumps, A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry, I'm going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks, I've counted sixteen chicken pox And there's one more-that's seventeen, And don't you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut-my eyes are blue- It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke, I'm sure that my left leg is broke-
My hip hurts when I move my chin, My belly button's caving in, My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained, My 'pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb. I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak, I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth, I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight, My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear, There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is-what?
What's that? What's that you say?
You say today is...Saturday?
G'bye, I'm going out to play! '

Sunday, 15 May 2011


The busyness of the city, the spiritual battle, the long days of ministry... if I don't rest as the Lord calls us to rest... I am not able to give the energy necessary for the work God has called us to here in Rome.  I am grateful for times set aside for rest. 
Sperlonga at sunset. ... yeah.. beautiful.
When God created the world... He rested on the 7th day. Sounds like a good model for us! 
In Rome, the leadership has set aside designated weekends as sabbath weekends. 
This past weekend was such a weekend. 

Sperlonga south overlooking the sea.
So I, along with a co-worker, went to a nearby seaside town. We both feel rested by sunshine at the seashore and this weekend was exactly what we needed.  

I don't have a photo of the sandy beach I got to sleep on... probably because I was so rested I did not think of taking any photos. :-) I swam in the sea, and rested with good music on the beach. 

I feel rested... even though I did take in too much sun. Sigh... everyone who knows me knows that I get too much sun at least once a year. 

Friday, 6 May 2011

my new Niece

I became an aunt on the 19th of April. 
Welcome to Ava Mae Wright
this photo of her just made me smile. :-)
 I find myself with tears in my eyes often these days. 
Wishing I could meet her in person. 
And longing for the day I get to hold her. 
I am so excited for my brother Matt and my sister-in-law Monique! 

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Psalm 27:13
"I remain confidant of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." 

My recent time in Germany brought me joy and a renewed confidence that I will see the the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  

This photo is near where some dear friends live in Kusel, Germany.