Wednesday, August 29, 2018

introducing Max 🐾 #WW







Max joined our family this week....
it's about time!





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Until next time,

~Chris

     
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Friday, August 24, 2018

When loyalty becomes a weapon #FMF ~ Loyal

no editing  or overthinking...
Just  writing.

This week's prompt~~~~


loyal

.
She stayed loyal because she believed this time it's for real...
that he'd finally be the caring person she wanted and needed.......
and .....well, deserved.......
......and that they two can move forward as if all this,
this storm, this icing out,
 was just a temporary setback.
He created a mess in her head
and
worse, in their children
He did it proudly, without fear of harming them
   because he knew she was loyal........
he assumed...he took for granted this gift.
These lives he thought he'd always have to ruin and control....

Even as he stepped on their self confidence and twisted their self worth
He set a fire and watched it burn
Playing innocent victim, himself
 thinking they'd always be his supply...
not knowing she'd gather the strength to break free
Through prayer.

He thought her vows would keep her loyal to his indifference...
his offenses....
allowing him to be puppet master always.

He was wrong.

Steel chain with broken link, close-up


She found...to no one's surprise but his......  
that her loyalty blinded her to the difference between existing and living
.....between knowing the path and walking the path
....between possibility and peace

“A person's rightful due is to be treated 
as an object of love, not as an object for use.” 
Love and Responsibility  ~ authored by one of
my heroes ~ Pope St John Paul II


If these scenarios sound hauntingly familiar,
please consult this site
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You can always always contact me.
This is a no -  judgement,
what-you-say-stays-here zone.
I mean it.
< Hugs. >


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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Loved ~ Five Minute Friday 💜

no editing  or overthinking...
Just  writing.

This week's prompt~~~~

Loved

She loved without question and trusted without reservation.
She was open and honest.
She g-r-a-d-u-a-l-l-y though,  
slowly and without realizing, entered a coma.
Many years in.
She compromised, appeased, acquiesced,  honored her vows....
She lost herself.

Outwardly, she functioned daily, weekly...yearly.....
she met obligations....she birthed and raised their children.
Her loves..... damaged too.

Inwardly, she  almost died a slow  agonizing death, 
almost murdered by his poison.
His cruelty.
His silence.
His anger.
His rage.
Almost killed by an evil she couldn't see or comprehend.
The man she loved, who vowed to love her, honor her, protect her...
was the one she needed protection against.
She gathered the resolve..... she prayed......

Cross and cloudy sky

...she found courage on the other side of that fear and  that anxiety.
She awoke from that coma.
She took action.........and found relief.
....happiness.
....support.
...approval.

......Life.

..... She found Love

........She found normal



If these scenarios sound hauntingly familiar,
please consult this site
for more information and this site for tangible, practical help 

You can always always contact me.
This is a no -  judgement,
what-you-say-goes-no-where zone.
I mean it.
< Hugs. >


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here at my home on the web.

Until next time,

~Chris

   
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Life & blogging during the tough stuff ~ Just be brave


My friends, my readers...
my people.....!
This is so long in coming.
Sounds cliche, but wow, I've missed you.
You have no idea how much I've missed you.
While I can't detail these past months since 
my last contact with you ......yet........
I am finally achieving some clarity and I'm ready
to reach out briefly to say simply ~ 
I'm here  ~  I'll be back soon ~  And I love you guys.

Okay, sigh....a little backstory? 
  Campfires and Cleats started out over six years ago 
as a small homeschool blog
where I'd share some curriculum, ideas, crafts,
theater, liturgical year tidbits, fun.
The homeschool life.

Gradually, I broadened scope and
 began blogging toward home.
Writing regular memoir type poems and prose on childhood,
family, summer, the seasons of life,
 the making of a house into a home.

Then......a gradual evolution toward  family travel
became the focus here.
Recounting our cross country treks, adventures,
partnerships with companies and brands as we journeyed
through 47 states and too - many - to - name national parks,
monuments, cities, historical and natural wonders.

Through all my chronicles, I've met remarkable people.
You are not "just" readers.....you're friends...
you've become part of my life.
Yup, my blog became my happy place where friends
across six continents ...yes six continents!!!.......
stopped by, shared lives, loves, stories.
.
As you can see, I've had a hard time
niche-ing my blog and I think my home on the web will just have
to keep reflecting life in all its
blinding beauty and its messy broken pieces
and un-niched, uncategorized-ness.

So....... a  new transition...a new focus? Sort of.....
Because  I find that when my life transitions, my writing does too~

Because authenticity  is what I'm all about
in "reality" as I am here on the blog.

Because support for one another should be accessible and present
and should not be silent.

Because not everyone who needs strength appears to be in need.

Because strong women silently build and support one another.

Because when the hard things happen
over and over and over like
the relentless pounding of the surf with
no relief and seemingly no way out...........take a breath,
say a prayer and make a move.
There is always a way.
Especially with the Lord and your people in your corner.

Because your tribe is key.
Once you let them in, they're there for you more than you know.



Because some will disagree with the steps you take.
They are not you........
You  know what you need to do.
And step one is blocking out the noise and following your instincts.

Because you can only practice forgiveness and mercy 
for so long before you break.

Because you'll get that miracle you prayed for.....you will.
But... you might need help recognizing it.
 God is good and He does provide and you know this already.
He may not give you what you ask for but 
He'll give you what you need.


Because when tough stuff happens, 
it'll be more clear than ever that
 fear and courage are two sides of the same coin.

Because no one has a monopoly on that courage or on that fear.
 You can do this.

Because you have what it takes.

Because  I'm here if you need someone.

Because these words are truth: 
He knows not his own strength who has not met adversity
~Samuel Johnson

Because of transition in my life  now and 
the  offer of  condolences are prevalent
 ........... while that's generous and seemingly appropriate......... 
 relief and happiness are in order.
And more is forthcoming.
Soon...............
I wish I didn't have to shroud but I do.

Because JPII's words mean more now
than ever......"Be not afraid."

As an aside, in terms of discretion......
 If you want to talk, comments are moderated
 and only posted through my approval.
If you need to communicate with me and don't wish your comment 
published, it will not be published.
I will reply privately.
Alternatively, email is an option: campfiresandcleats@gmail.com

And friends, thanks for sticking around.....💛




Thank you for spending some of your precious time today
here at my home on the web.

Until next time,

~Chris

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Monday mashup & links I love

                                                         A gathering of thoughts, 
                                                   links, news, highlights, funnies,
                                                                      and / or
 the latest goings - on here at the blog.
Sort of a weekly dumping ground of updates and features.........:
Here goes: 


You know we love travel around here....
when we're not actually out and on the road, 
the next best thing is reading about it...new places, old places.
Doesn't matter.

I've recently fallen for Kristin Hannah's latest,  The Great Alone,


based on her real life experiences living in Alaska!
I'm a huge huge Kristin Hannah admirer, but this, 
when paired with Krakauer's Into the Wild, is a perfect match.
The latter title's about a young man from a 
wealthy family who ditched his life, donated tons to charity then burned his cash
 determined to adventure through nature much like
his heroes, John Muir and Jack London.



I won't give away more of the plot, but it is a must-read.


I've seen this gem in a few places on social media
and since I love it and believe it,  had to share here!:





I've a giveaway coming up for this wonderful 
sacramental prep book.
It served both my kids well as they prepared for confirmation years ago
and I'd be delighted to offer a copy to one fortunate reader 
lucky enough to win!
Once "sacrament season" is upon us, after Easter, I'll be posting!
So come on back soon!   😉


Since we entered Holy Week yesterday,
I thought I'd share my post from the archives on 
making all sorts of lovely palm crosses, rosettes and more.....✝️







Baby chimp = adorable co-pilot!
Pilot Anthony Caere transports sweet little Mussa from
poachers in the Democratic Republic of Congo to the
Lwior Primates Sanctuary....Watch here!


photo credit: Animal Planet










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Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday Flashback & Weekly Wrap

A weekly walk through the archives
where past posts re-emerge!

I feel like I wrote these only recently and for some, 
it's been years.


A month ago on the blog:

Authenticity and Loss in the Blogosphere ~ 
Rest in Peace, Denise

St Gabriel Windows


A year ago on the blog~~

Defeat, Endurance, Loss: The Stuff of Lent



Two years ago on the blog 

"Surprise" ~ Five Minute Friday




Three years ago on the blog~

The 5 Best Moments: Doctor Who Season 1


Tardis Dr Who Doctor Who Undergrowth Leave


Four years ago on the blog~
 Glow in the Dark Eggs, St Joseph's Feast Day & the Annunciation: 
"And the light shines in darkness..." 




Five years ago on the blog~
Artful Friday: Yeats, Joyce and Watercolor
 with a Little Vivaldi Thrown In!

                    
             

This week on the blog~

 What's Your Jerusalem? 




Monday mashup & links I love
'
Message In A Bottle Post Bottle Sand Beach

Lengthening Shadows:  Adirondack Haven








Return to product information



...and with Holy Week almost upon us, you might like to visit my
Palm Crosses, Rosettes, Knots and Scripture Verses  from the archives!
Enjoy!



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