17 Jun 2011

Five Minute Friday: Home

{Turns out it only takes one minute to read my five minutes out loud. Some of you asked, so here it is: click to listen to my five minutes on Home}

This is the time of the week when we steal those five minutes while the kids are fingerpainting the dining room table, the neighbor’s dog has stopped barking, or the microwave is popping some corn to splash down some thoughts on paper.

In just five minutes.

To paint a verbal picture. To just write and not worry if it’s just write or not.

    1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
    2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
    3. Get a little crazy with encouragement for the five minuter who linked up before you.

And for added fun I always throw into the pot something special from DaySpring. I love them and they love you – so much so that

DaySpring’s created a coupon code just for Gypsy Mama readers! Enter GYPSY20 at checkout and you’ll get 20% off your purchase – including sale items!

Last week the I can Do Everything Through Him Magnetic Memo Board went to Five Minute Artist #101 Melissa!

This week a card organizer of your choice is up for grabs. And people, these are already half off and with the extra GYPSY20, they’d be a steal for the rest of us! {Just sayin’}

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



Home- under the stars of the Southern Cross, at the tip of table mountain where the pacific meets the Atlantic, in the deep dry bushveld, at the lip of Limpopo river, in a mango grove eating sweet fruit and memories right there between the trees.

In the red dust kicked up by a bakkie, under an acacia tree at twilight serenaded by throngs of frogs and the hadida.

In the Pick ‘n Pay shopping center lined up for Saturday morning pancakes and Sunday afternoon melktert and that droe wors that waits every evening after the kids have gone down.

Down Jacaranda lined roads and between winter veld fires lies the way home.

We are dancing our way toward it.

We are singing our way toward it.

We are waiting and wondering and listmaking and clothes folding and suitcase packing toward it.

Home – we are coming. Get your arms out and ready – we are coming running.


A week from Monday we leave for home and South Africa. The last time we were back our three and a half year old was a newborn; I can’t wait to take you with me! Be sure and keep in touch so you can follow along:

OK, your turn – show me what you’ve got.


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  1. 1

    Prayer for your adventure. With Joy, Carey

  2. 2

    this is one of those posts that i wish you made an audio recording of. because i know your voice would be filled with the weight of importance each word represents. words that only sound right the way you say them.

    • 3
      thegypsymama says:

      Because you asked – and I can’t say no to you :) I made an audio recording for you! Post updated with link at top.

      • 4

        there are words in here i was trying to imagine the pronunciation of, trying to imagine it in your voice. then you read it and it carried such weight… excitement, tempered with a peace of knowing home in your deepest core. absolutely lovely. {and relaxing. i should listen to this to try and drift to sleep…} :)

  3. 5

    Oh my, that’s a long time to be away from home. Can’t wait to follow your journey back there, to live vicariously for a bit. I do not envy you the trip – with 3 small ones and a long, long flight! – but I know it will be so worth it, so worth it. Praying for smooth travel, good re-connecting with loved ones, and the miracle of a sweet homecoming. And I’m with Gitz – love to hear you READ this one!

    • 6
      thegypsymama says:

      You both inspired me, so I did. Link at the top of the post :)

      • 7

        Oh, oh – thank you so much. Moved me to tears to hear you read it, especially that last couple of lines. So glad you are going – and we are coming along. I expected a broader SA accent (it’s there, but very subtle) so I would LOVE to hear you read it again after you’ve been there a few days. :>)

  4. 8

    OH MY GOSH LISA JO! I have happy tears running down my face!!!
    You put into melody the beauty of this place I love so much. Oh dear friend, I am rejoicing you are going home! Glorious home!!! I want to tell you to store up and eat nandos, and biltong, and pack warm, it gets so cold this time of year, and ooo the melktart! ooo friend!! YUM for your heart and belly!!!

    • 9
      thegypsymama says:

      Boo – I still find it hard to believe we’re actually going. I think it will hit me when we’re finally on the plane!

  5. 10

    Your description sounds magical! I am praying that your trip home is everything you are hoping and wanting it to be, nothing but sheer gloriousness all the way! :) Thanks for encouraging and inspiring!!

  6. 11

    SO excited for you!


  7. 12

    You have captured the beauty of home! Beautiful :)

  8. 13

    Thank you for the great idea. The truth is, this is the first time I’m doing this and by mistake linked back twice to this blog – sorry about that ^^;

    • 14
      thegypsymama says:

      Oh no problem – and welcome – we love having new folks around here :)

  9. 15

    so excited to share this journey with you.

  10. 16

    Crud! Somehow, it entered me twice (#50 & #51). I swear I didn’t mean to!

  11. 18

    LOVE today’s topic Lisa-Jo. Haven’t been able to link up in a while and was so glad I could today. Give that little one a hug and enjoy your trip “home”. Will be praying for you as you pack and endure the long trip with babes in tow.

  12. 20

    WOW! Beautiful piece!

    Annnddddd….I won? THANKS!
    Do you need something from me???

  13. 23

    I am beginning to feel as excited about this trip as if I were getting my suitcase packed and ready to go! I am so happy for you Lisa-Jo. Praying for safe travels and for time to stretch long while you are there.

  14. 24

    I’ve been following Five Minute Friday for a while now but today is the first time I’m actually doing it.
    Have a safe journey home!

  15. 25
    JDaniel4's Mom says:

    Safe travels! What wonderful words about home.

  16. 26

    lisa-jo, this post is lovely. rejoicing with you:)

  17. 27

    I am absolutely giddy to follow you along on your trip.
    I wish you put out a travelers follow along guide…so I knew what you were talking about.
    Prayers and blessing to you,

  18. 28

    I rejoice in the excitement of your heart as you return home! Loved hearing your voice read these beautiful images. You gather us up with you and invite us along. Thank you.

  19. 29

    I have been lifting this trip for months, since I first read about it here. I am so excited for you and your family! I have gooseflesh!
    God’s speed, Friend.

  20. 30

    Such wonderful anticipation!
    Blessings on the journey. :)

  21. 31

    Love the recording! Just another piece of clarification on the pressing idea to do video blogging…hmmm…
    (I can ‘speak’ in 10 minutes what it would take me 2 hours to type, format, etc – !)

  22. 32

    I nominate Gitz best commenter. Ever. I’m a first timer and a day late. Thanks for the prompt!

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