01 Apr 2011

Five Minute Friday: A few of my favorite things

Two weeks of being a mama to three kids. Wowzers!

I’m still figuring out what my favorite parts are. {The sleep deprivation is not one of them.}

But in between diaper changes, separating wrestling boys, and burping our baby girl, I have a head full of much more than just five minutes of favorites. But most of the time I can only snag five minutes here and there to just write. And I don’t have time to worry if  it’s just right or not.

Perfect for Fridays. Want to join me?

1. Write for only five minutes. Don’t edit. Don’t over think. Don’t stifle your creativity.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Go leave some comment love for the five minuter
who linked up before you.

It’s invigorating; give it a try and see.

And in celebration of our family of five this week I’m giving away five of my favorite favorites from DaySpring’s Life to the Full Collection. Appropriate, no? With the new addition to our own Life Collection! (Michelle won the I Am Loved art from last week).

This week the scrumptious Life to the Full Pitcher and Platter are up for grabs. Oh how I love them both! And five of you who link up will too!

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes for the prompt:

A few of my favorite things….


When I rock in the yellow chair that’s traveled with us from Michigan and Micah to Virginia and Zoe, I can hear them breathing – the three children I get to call my own. The snuffles in the dark as they exhale the day drift along with the music to where I sit. To where I sit with eyes so heavy and a heart so full. My feet push back and forth and the chair cradles me as I cradle her and I count blessings.

I count the abandoned ninja sword in the hallway and the red underoos that missed the laundry hamper by several feet. I count the bubble bath water that someone forgot to empty and the thick winter coat that Pete’s draped over a kitchen chair. I count the six stuffed dogs that surround Micah as he sleeps and the tiny velveteen rabbit that Jackson cradles.

I count the baby that counts on me.

I count the man that wakes groggy when I call on him and still every time gets up with kisses for his daughter and love at every midnight and 2am diaper change. I count years and hours we’ve been together.  I count the lines in my face and the gray hairs on his head. I count where we’ve been and where we’re going because I know I can always count on him. No matter the zip code, this is home. These people. These faces and noises and voices and breaths in the dark.

These are my favorite things. And I never get tired of counting them.


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  1. 1

    :-/ well I tried many times to link up and something kept sending me back here without linking my page… so heres my link, I will try again later!

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    oh dear, of course, there is my link up, 3x over *sheepish grin* I do apologize, it wasn’t there and then it showed up 3x. I blame it on this being late, after midnight for me, and I should be in bed, not playing online right now, hee hee! Bless you, and forgive me :-p

  3. 3

    okay third time trying this one….hafta love the world wide web…

    I love reading your posts and especially look forward to Five Minute Fridays every week! Love the writing prompts you come up with!

    I did make a boo-boo however…its late and I have been scatterbrained all week since I haven’t been in school..I accidentally pated your link when i first posted (the number three post) I apologize for that…:P But I did repost on number 6 with the correct address.

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    That is a lot of blessings, your heart should be full. As always, I enjoyed your words.

    P.S. I’m not at a place where I’m counting my grey hairs as a favorite thing yet. I’m too busy trying to keep them covered up.

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    Beautiful, beautiful. I love how those small, simple things (“the abandoned ninja sword”) remind us of such wonderful blessings.

    Thanks for hosting all of us again!

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    Lovely Lovely. Seriously girl, I feel like I say the same thing all the time, but this was beautiful – and you are so stinkin’ good at this :) Not only can I feel myself in the room with you, seeing what you see….but I feel myself back in my own rocker with my own babies. Thank you so much for sharing – you brought back some sweet memories of my own. Have a good weekend!

  7. 10

    This is my first time linking for this. It’s fun and great and quick!! I have 3 chil’ns also. I love 3, although I would have liked a couple more, but three is wonderful!! I LOVE those newborn days, in many ways. They are so special. Enjoy them. Mine is starting to PARROT EVERYTHING!!! She wants to be a part of the other two soooo badly!!!
    Thanks for the fun link party!!

  8. 11

    Thank you for hosting these Five Minute Fridays. I find I’m looking forward to them more and more. Not only writing them, but actually reading through these and seeing how many like-minded women there are out there. Ladies I’ve really enjoyed your posts. I try to get through most of these, lately it’s taken me all week since I see there are more and more. Lisa-Jo, you always write so poetically of course. Just loved this prompt and your post.

  9. 12

    I did it!! Finally …

  10. 13

    A man that gets up in the middle of the night to do baby care is a wonderful thing.

  11. 14

    Lisa-Jo, I’m so excited that I won something. Thank you so much. I didn’t realize I could win something. How I missed that is beyond me. But thank you, thank you, thank you. I love your favorite things post. Babies are so precious and families are home. I enjoy your blog very much. Blessings to you and your little ones.

  12. 15

    Today is my first time trying out your meme…and I’m really enjoying visiting others and seeing their creativity. Thanks for hosting this…and I enjoyed your encouraging post…to help us count ALL of our blessings…no matter the zip code.

  13. 16

    Love your friday five minute goal. It’s so important to have balance in this blogging world — so I really love the intentionality of only writing for five minutes. :)

    Have a wonderful Friday! And that first picture? Beautiful.

  14. 17

    I have been waiting all week for this post and curious as to what topic you would pick. Love it! Thanks for hosting.

  15. 18

    Five Minute Fridays with Lisa-Jo…just another reason I look forward to the end of the week. :)

    Thanks for playing host for us, and your words are lovely. Have a fantastic weekend!

  16. 19

    I wish I had time to read every single one of these today! Well, it’s something to savor over the weekend. :)

    I love your favorite things, Lisa-Jo – love how you describe the way all kinds of things–neat, messy, sweet, peaceful, uncomfortable and comfortable too–make up the texture of the lives we love.

  17. 20
    Michele says:

    a few of my favorite things would be my art supplies, all stacked and bundled and pushed away after the baby was born. I love my calligraphy pens, inks, papers, and would love to have some time carved out of my day just for writing for the sheer love of it. watching the curls and lines and flourishes appear and showing off with pen or paintbrush and ink for my son who holds a pen very well now.

    Oxford street just before it gets ready bloom in the Spring, it is lovely all green buds and pale whitegreenpink blooms ready to bloom in the most stately manner flowers will ever have, magnolias do it!

    soft, heavy, fuzzy, warm, drooly baby asleep on my chest as I type, and his slightly toasted smell that fills my nose with his scent. His chuckles and coos and cries and plllbbbtht as he wakes up and discovers himself in an upright position and warm and cuddled and shared for a change.

    my baby boy growing up, asking for the carpet sweeper in the lab at school, shy and then not so shy as he looks to me for permission to ask, and then he sweeps the entire lab so haphazardly it’s crazy fun to watch.

    bacon so nice and hot and freshly cooked it is so insane to try to keep myself rom eatiing the entire pound.

    and that’s five minutes!

  18. 21

    Precious snippets of life! Oh, the joy of tiny socks on the floor, matchbox cars under the table, nail polish drips on the kitchen floor (just wait!)…signs of life and love. Now, if I can just appreciate them, instead of griping…!
    Giving thanks for you,

  19. 22

    Ah, Lisa-Jo – always love what you write. And in response to your query on my list today, that L’Engle book was entitled “Certain Women,” and in my humble opinion (okay, maybe not as humble as it could/should be) it was just plain lousy. Not like anything else she ever wrote, it was an attempt to retell the David story in modern times – but using a play about the old times. It just didn’t work. But so much else of her stuff has been so powerfully helpful to me in my own journey and process – as are the others I listed and many more I’d have to think about without the pressure of a 5 minute clock.

    Enjoy those precious little ones. Even with the sleep deprivation, it is so worth it. I had a boy (completely unexpectedly) after two girls and the adrenaline surge got me through those first few weeks. Of course, the crash came eventually – but today he is all growed up and a kind and good physician with 2 little girls of his own. And his sisters and their families are the joy of our lives, as they always have been. Raising these children is near the top of the list of God’s good gifts in life.

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    They can make going much more fun and keep you from getting as well wrapped
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