Friday, December 19, 2014

All the Pieces of My Heart~ Five Minute Friday: Adore

 Christmas preparation, decorations, photos, early morning twinkling lights, pre dawn and before the house awakens. All the pieces of my heart.:

 The handmade ornaments, the sticky foamie crafts, the felt and glitter, the spilled glue, the most glorious ornaments on our tree, yes, more so than the crystal and the storebought........and the  long days of childhood we knew would someday be a memory, but not so soon. Not yet.  

And the photos, our memories in print, that line, that grace, that adorn our walls, our stairs, our counters, that spiral us back in time ...... Spilling the stories......  

Of laughter and fishing and mountain trails and docks at the lake. You  almost inhale the aroma of a barbecue starting up........ motor boat gasoline, too. 

You feel the tippy canoe under you as you gaze into the smiling faces. You remember the sand in the sheets and the sunburned shoulders under your heavy sweatshirt that night roasting smores.

   There is laughter and there are lingering summer suppers. Citronella candles burn to stubs as sun dips below horizon...

 You know that no matter what gets done on that last-week-before-Christmas to do list, it will all be okay because, truly, this is the important stuff of our lives. 

And with that, my 5 minutes are up....  I'm so happy to join Kate at FMF and the tribe of writers, who scribble, or type ( ! ) on one word each week. Please visitAll the  Kate for more glimpses into FMF.

Friends, while you're here, 
may I ask that you whisper a prayer for 
a dear friend? 

Mary is losing her daughter.
Her time this side of heaven, as Mary says,
 is numbered in days as of now.
~Thank you~
Our hearts are breaking for sweet Courtney.

Before I close, may I share some good news and ask a favor!?
Campfires and Cleats has been nominated in THREE categories
 at the Homeschool Post Blog Awards #HSBA2014 and
I. Am. Thrilled!
It is truly an honor and I'm blown away!
May I ask you to please click over and vote?
It's quick and easy. 
I promise.
Here are the three links...
just click my blog name and then scroll down a touch to 
click on the "vote" button.

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  1. I love when you write about your family fun and your beautiful memories and how they are so much more important than anything else! What you say is so true...all the hustle and bustle of the season should never replace what matters most...time with our precious families! Thanks for the reminder! Have a blessed weekend Chris!

    1. You too, Tracy; enjoy these alt few days of advent! Thanks so much for visiting and your kind words, friend!!

  2. Will be praying for sweet Courtney's final days....and just jumped over and voted - you really have the gift of encouragement!!!! Have a blessed Christmas!

    1. Thanks so much for the vote, Debbie and the kind words!!
      Isn't it wonderful that so many are praying for Court and the family??


  3. Prayers for your friend. I love the memories your making and the blogging to remember them even more!

    1. THank you, CassiE!!

      I appreciate your visit from the FMF hop and thank you so much for praying for Miss Court. xoxoxoxo

  4. Nice post! I love the concept of the 5 minutes of writing...maybe I'll join in ine of these weeks! Keeping Courtney and family in my prayers! Thanks for all the support, prayers and encouragement you do, Chris!

    1. Yes,please do join in'd be great to have you!!

      And thanks for the kind words....

  5. So true that it matters little what gets done in these next four days. Hope your Christmas is blessed and beautiful!

    1. Yes! Agreed, Martianne!!!
      You too my friend and thank you for stopping by!

  6. You sure brought me back to summertime---such wonderful memories! :) Praying your family has a wonderful, relaxing, Merry Christmas!

    1. Aw, thanks Jaime!!!

      And thanks for visiting...we wish the same for you and your family as well!!

  7. Hi Chris! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! I took the past month off to hang out with my family and focus on "the important stuff" :). My daughter just moved out, making me realize how quickly time flies.
    I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's precious daughter. What a tragedy! I can't even imagine the pain. Praying for you all.
    Congrats on the nominations. I voted for you in all 3 categories :).

    1. Candace! So great to see you here! Wow, what an exciting time for your daughter! It must be bittersweet for all of you! Good for her, taking that big step!

      THANK YOU Candace, for praying for our sweet Courtney. It's just terribly sad

      And thanks too for the votes! So sweet of you, my friend.

      I'll be stopping by; I see you have a new post up and I'm happy you;re back in blogland after your break!

      Merry Christmas and thanks for visiting!!

  8. Those memories of Christmas are so special! Glad you made it in to the link-up! ;)


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