Monday, November 23, 2015

A True Friend 
Day 169 ~ Year 3
Team Zybko
November 23, 2015

A true friend.....encourages.
A true friend.....appreciates exactly how you were created.
A true friend.....asks how she can pray for you.
A true friend.....hands you a mirror then tells you about the booger.
A true friend.....listens, over and over again.
A true friend.....treats your kids like her own.
A true without expecting anything in return.
A true friend.....sends a fun package, just because.
A true friend.....understands the grumpy days.
A true friend.....calls you out when necessary.
A true friend.....saves the corner piece of birthday cake for you.
A true friend.....sends texts only you would understand.
A true friend.....allows limitless picture do overs. 
A true friend.....knows a good ugly cry is OK.
A true friend.....allows you to sleep in her bed.
A true friend.....spoils you with love.
A true friend.....says, borrow anything you need.
A true friend.....senses what you need before you ask.
A true friend.....smiles when she thinks about memories shared.
A true friend.....has got your back.
A true generous with her time.
A true reliable.

Proverbs 18:24

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
    but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Depressing Pumpkin Patch
Day 168 ~ Year 3
Team Zybko
November 22, 2015

It was a last minute type of thing. A spur of the moment panic to go pick pumpkins from a real patch on the Sunday afternoon before Halloween. Not like the kids would be scarred for life if we skipped a year of scooping slimy guts, carving, burning the seeds on high broil and Drexel lighting the innards of his particular orange vegetable on fire. 

Seriously, you do this once you have done it a thousand times. But we were up for the adventure so off we went. 

It started off great and all. The Fall colors were breath taking during our long walk down the pretty path to the patch but these pictures are pretty much where the visual Norman Rockwell memories stopped. As soon as we rounded the corner, the sun seemed to disappear behind a menacing thick layer of October clouds. Well, there goes the nice natural lighting for a keeper kinda picture of the younger three. No worries, it's not ALL about the picture memories hung on a wall or posted here.  

I kept clicking the small silver button on my Nikon despite the awful, funky smell entering my nostrils with every soccer mom breath I took. It that overripe mud? Is it cow poop? Is that rotting pumpkins? What could smell so bad I was unsure. Holding back an overactive gag reflex I mushed on with the crowd capturing fake smiles, avoiding tripping over vines and breaking a hip and encouraging one child to just pick one for the love of the Lord and go with it.

The point of no return was the unexpected, explosive bloody nose that created a movie like ten year zombie look. Yep,
the sort of blood water fall that requires a modern McGyver mom to think fast and sacrifice one of her favorite no show, extra thick, brand new black socks.

Time to go kids. We are done. 

The long walk back up the pretty path was where the real memories were made. Watching the team work and determination of my little crew was worth the not the so perfect experience a half a mile behind us. Delighted like any mom would be as they happily traded off the duties of carrying the many pounds of hand picked unique pumpkins. I couldn't help but smile inside and out as bright as the sun that was sure to come back out, tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Working for the LORD
Day 167 ~ Year 3
Team Zybko
November 17, 2015

Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, 

work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord,

 not for human masters.

With every morning sun rise I tell myself
It's time to get up and work for the Lord.

With every load of laundry,
I am working for the Lord.

With every compromise in marriage,
I am working for the Lord.

With every trip to a soccer practice,
I am working for the Lord.

With every hour clocked in,
I am working for the Lord.

With every meal cooked for my family,
I am working for the Lord.

With every friendship,
I am working for the Lord.

With every conversation with one of my kids,
I am working for the Lord.

With every struggle in life,
I am working for the Lord.

Psalm 73:28

But as for me, it is good to be near God.

    I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Snaps of Real Life
Keeping it Simple
Day 166 ~ Year  3
Team Zybko
November 12, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Thank you LORD for the GLOOMY days too!

Rainy Days Make Everything Better
Day 165 ~ Year 3
Team Zybko
November 3, 2015

Rainy days make pretty puddles for the next days sunshine.

Rainy days give you practice and remind you to smile through any season.  

Rainy days let you show off your cool water proof boots.

Rainy days bring us closer together.

Rainy days give everything a well needed cleansing.

Rainy days make the colors in nature pop. 

Rainy days allow for different types of kid fun.

Rainy days create beauty in every drop.

Rainy days make that 3pm cup coffee taste better.

Rainy days make snuggle time a lot more cozy.

Rainy days make left over soup taste like home.

 Rainy days make lazy movie watching awesome.

Rainy days make board game time more fun.

Rainy days make special time with the Lord even more special.