23 May 2013

Five Minute Friday: View

#FiveMinuteFriday – Where everybody knows your name –>click to tweet.

Where a beautiful crowd spends five minutes all writing on the same topic and then sharing ’em over here. It’s like free writing therapy for the tongue-tied, tired, or blocked blogger. And boy are these folks the best.

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And every week I’ll pick a post that caught my eye and share it down there in my side bar – see where it says “Featured Five Minute Friday”? Yea -that could be you! Hop on over and visit some folk who make fireworks in just five minutes. They inspire me.

What They’re Saying:

I also have some Five Minute Friday stories from participants I like to share every now and again – I can never get over the community that has grown up over a five minute writing exercise. If you’ve got a story then just shoot me an email.

Because, as it turns out. Writing regularly and for even five minutes stolen here and there during early mornings or late evenings or during nap times and any fringe moments one can carve out can be free therapy for any writer’s soul.

So, let’s do this thing. Let’s write.

Set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

OK, are you ready? Please give us your best five minutes on the word:::




There must have been a crack in the universe the day she was born. I can still hear it echoing tonight. She’s wearing pink and purple sandals and her hair in two ponytails wrapped six, seven, eight times around those blonde curls to keep them in. Her nails are chipping my old blue polish and I’m watching her from half-closed eyes on the bed. She’s back and forth and bubbling words and energy and I just want to lie here and watch her out of one eye for, well, forever really.

She’s back and up on the bed and lies down next to me so close her sweet button nose is touching mine. My eyes are closed and I feel tiny palms cup my cheeks and a breathy whisper washes over my cheeks, “wuv you mama.”

Can’t you hear the crack richocett on and on and on from delivery room to eighteen and I never want her to stop cupping my life in her hands.

Baby girl with the blue almond eyes, I carry you in my heart. This tired old mama of yours is locked up tight in the secret whispers we share every night between bath time and bed time and I will make you chocolate chip cookies tomorrow.


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  1. 1

    I love this. My baby is 18. Time flies. But I cherished every single moment. :)

  2. 2

    That close up view when it’s so dark all you see is the contours is magical. I had myself a bit of that tonight. :)

  3. 3

    Love it Lisa-Jo! Your words inspire :)

  4. 4

    Girls in pony tails are good for the soul (and chocolate chip cookies aren’t bad either…).
    Love your mama’s heart! :)

  5. 5

    I absolutely love this. I have a two, almost-three, year old little one and this is so her. The I-love-you-mamas and simple touches…I just want to bottle them up and keep them forever. Thanks for this beautiful piece of your heart. Happy Friday to you!

  6. 6

    That is precious. Every day, my youngest who is three years old tells me “wuv you,mama.” They grow up so quickly. Thank you for your post.

  7. 7

    Love this oh so much! They never do stop cupping your face and whispering the I wuv you’s – thank God!

  8. 8

    oh this made me teary – just last night my husband and I were looking again at cars for my oldest. The most painful part of that conversations was, “it needs to be a nice enough car to get her back and forth to college in a couple years too”. Sigh.

  9. 9

    Thanks so much for sharing this and for hosting Five Minute Fridays. I have done it with my daughters, ages 8, 6, and 2 the last two weeks, and it’s been really fun for us to do it together. You can see my ramblings at http://www.mommynificent.com and theirs at http://www.desperatehomeschoolers.com. Anyway, they asked me if I would ask you how you come up with the word for each week. You should have heard some of their guesses as to your process; it made for a hilarious lunch conversation!
    Blessings to you!

    • 10
      Lisa-Jo says:

      Hey Tina,

      This made me chuckle. You can tell your girls that I have no real process :) Sometimes a word just pops in my head, sometimes my husband suggests something (his are usually ridiculous like “helper monkey”), sometimes I ask Facebook or Twitter for suggestions, and sometimes there’s something I’m already sort of noodling about writing down and so I choose a word that let’s me do that – ha. Is that cheating? I’m going now to go read what your girls wrote with this word. Happy Friday to you all!

    • 11

      What a wonderful idea! I just came across “5 minute Friday”. I think that I will be getting my children involved, too. I hope that you don’t mind my using your brilliance.

      • 12

        Sounds great! Lisa-Jo and I have been talking and it looks like we’ll be hosting a FMF link-up just for kids starting this week over on Desperate Homeschoolers. We’ll look forward to seeing you there!

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    Vicki M Taylor says:

    You touched my heart. Deep down where I carry the images of my babies when they were babies. 31, 28, &26 now. Now I have grandbabies. But I’ll never forget those shared moments. Have a blessed day!

  11. 14

    So very sweet. Love this, friend.

  12. 15

    Loved seeing my very favorite photo of myself with Bonnie and Joy! Thanks for sharing it, really made my morning to have that memory!

    • 16
      Lisa-Jo says:

      I never get tired of those photos – that first year of Relevant was the BEST!

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    Elizabeth Herrer says:

    I am not a photographer. Yes, I take pictures (occasionally) but they usually suck. I am not sure how the group of thirty I was photographing moved during the 1,2, 3 count and SMILE! Argh. But I do know that life looks different through a camera. The view changes. There’s all these little dials on that little black box. When I mess with them, things change. The same child, the same sunset, the same lake scene — looks different.

    What happens when I miss with the dials of my heart and mind? When I pause to adjust my view? Just blink. what do you see? blink again. what do you see now? and again….what has changed? Have I found the heart of the picture in my view finder or am I still stuck on the mess, the ugliness, the imperfect?

    I want to capture the essence of those really great photographers — for my own life. No, that’s not exactly it….I want to BE that photographer – not in the actual sense of the word, but in that I always see the HEART of what is, the beauty of what God has made, the glory of the life he has given me and frame my life that way!

    blink and blink again…what do you see…?

    • 18
      Lisa-Jo says:

      Oh this is the goods! “Have I found the heart of the picture in my view finder or am I still stuck on the mess, the ugliness, the imperfect? ” – love this so much. Thank you for sharing!

    • 19

      This was amazing!

  14. 20

    Good morning, OK I misread the topic for this week which is “View”. When I read the twitter feed I saw the topic as “Where everyone knows your name”. That is what I wrote on and what I posted. Sorry about that but on the other hand I also enjoyed writing about what I thought the topic was. :)

    So fellow writers I will pay attention more next Friday. Have a great week.


    • 21
      Lisa-Jo says:

      Oh Heather that made me chuckle – love it. Popping over now to see what that sentence prompted!

  15. 22

    Curious … do you read every single entry?

    • 23
      Lisa-Jo says:

      Sadly…no. Which is the beauty though of asking people to always read and comment on the person who linked up before them. That way every single post does get read #WinWin

  16. 24

    I have 2 little girls and they love those “so close everything blurs” whispers too. Each time my 3 year old says “I wuv you too, mommy”, my heart melts. And my smallest? She’s in the stage of open mouth, slobbering kisses with smiles galore.
    Hold on tight to these moments. They’re moving by too quickly, it seems.

  17. 25

    Thanks so much for always sharing with us every week. I really enjoy reading your posts before I post mine. You have such a great and beautiful writing style. I hope you have a great long weekend!

  18. 26

    Hi, Lisa. Thanks so much for hosting Five Minute Fridays! As a new blogger, the tendency to anguish over words is strong – haha. So, this is a good way for me to learn to let go a little and let the words speak for themselves. :)

  19. 29

    Absolutely precious! Absolutely!

  20. 30

    Love this one this week. Thank you so much for sharing.

  21. 31

    Precious little girls. They do make your heart swoon!

    I do, I “hear the crack richocett on and on and on”


  22. 32

    Love coming here a writing. It’s the best experience of my day and week sometimes. Thanks Lisa :)

  23. 33

    Your post is beautiful! I am so glad that you wrote it. A few days ago, I was looking through some old Facebook posts, looking for some inspiration on a day filled with soul fog. Looking through the posts of several years ago, I found myself laughing over our antics, but I also discovered many tender moments buried in our silliness. I realized the importance of recording, even in a silly post, those magical, maddening, ordinary moments.

  24. 34

    A “little” late linking up again ;) Here’s my link: https://avasophie.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/five-minute-friday-view/

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