Saturday, January 22, 2011

through the fog

Somedays

I get caught up in the fog.SundaysinmyCity   There is the fact that Gary works eleventy eleventy and four hours a week.

And the fact that Kaish despises Math and I can’t really figure it out either.

Definitely the fact that no matter how many kids we help in the city-

there are a zillion more to help.

OK, seriously….there are too many bad facts!

fog 3Today I woke up sad.

I mean, it’s a Saturday for goodness sakes.

christmas 2010 096 Saturdays are supposed to be happy.

christmas 2010 097 I could not find happiness no matter where I looked.

christmas 2010 098 Does that ever happen to you?david and tina After supper we decided to go and visit my parents.

We surprised them.   sunday citarfog 4 And it was the best.

It is bitter cold in Pennsylvania tonight,

but my heart is warm.sunday snapshotfog 1

Love makes every day a better day.

Tomorrow is a new day.

Gary will be working,

neither Kaish or I will understand his fifth grade math,

and there will definitely still be sad things happening in the city.

Life goes on even when it’s foggy.fog 2

Wishing you a week filled with lots of beautiful moments.

‘Do what you can,

with what you have,

where you are.’ 

~Theodore Roosevelt

58 comments:

Dot O said...

You are definitely entitled to those "foggy days". I'm glad you got so much joy in visiting with your parents - I'm sure they got just as much, if not more, joy from seeing you.

Unfortunately, life is about the highs and the lows - and the Lord is always there to lift us out of those lows. Just who do you think whispered that idea to you visit your parents?

Sarah Halstead said...

I am glad your day got better. Great photos as always.

noexcuses said...

How could you be sad after taking such awesome pictures? I hear you. We have had many gray skies lately and it is sometimes hard to be in a good mood.

Beautiful pictures!

Grace said...

I've decided it is those tough days that make the goods ones even brighter. I'm a fan of your photography and the beauty you find behind your lens.

Tracy P. said...

Aw, too bad Kaish can't come over and do math with Ben. Ben is a math whiz. Kaish could help Ben learn some social skills. It would be great. Glad you have your parents close enough to drop in. They are adorable.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Such a touching post...and I really LOVE the fog photos. I would've never thought of snapping those, but they are so lovely!

ladyfi said...

Gorgeous shots! That Roosevelt quote sums it all up - this IS what life is all about.

Nancy said...

Lovely! Just lovely and touching right in my heart! Yes, there are those days. And there is the hope and promise after those days that pulls us through to the wonderful blessed moments.
Thank you so much for sharing,
Nancy-Of the crazy 8

Unknown Mami said...

Fog is just a part of life. Thankfully, it does clear up.

Lisa said...

I hate the thought of you being sad my friend and because of you post and how I know you are always helping this quote by Mother Teresa came to mind: ""In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love." Boy! Was she a smart lady. Have a happy, happy Sunday and do all same things with the greatest of love. Yes, even math... :)

Love to you, Lisa

Joanna Jenkins said...

I'm glad your day got better.... And I'm not smarter than a 5th grader either :-)
xo jj

Heidi said...

Yes, I know those days. So glad your heart was happy by bedtime! Beautiful shots and such a great quote.

Ocean Girl said...

I am helping my son with his Physics and he's in college! Well, I am pretending to help by being a good listener and making proper comments!

Your photos are amazing and glad that it was a happy ending.

Suki said...

I hope you found a tiny bit of happiness on that foggy day! Big hugs!

Mari said...

Some days are like that. Glad your day improved!
PS - I don't get 5th grade math either!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Looking for and finding sweet moments makes tough day bearable.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Becky ((hugs)) to you! I wish Gary didn't work so much....foggy days suck and so does 5th grade Math!
I hope today the fog lifts and your spirits are high.
xo

apictureintime said...

Glad your heart warmed later in the day. Have you thought about hiring a tutor for your son? I used to tutor math when I as a university student. Parents posted ads on the student job board. I didn't get paid much but the experience was great to put on my resume as I wanted to be a teacher then. Great fog shots. Hope you have a better day.

myevil3yearold said...

Your pictures always lift my spirits.

Now, on the math thing I am a college graduate and I have a second grader and I had to look somethings up on the internet the other day when I was helping him with his homework. What?

Dysfunctional Mom said...

I had a day like that yesterday too. I just sat on the couch staring at the tv. The only reason I'm doing better today, is it's my baby's birthday so I'm forcing cheer upon myself.
I so rarely let myself get down like that; I'm a positive person and love our simple life. But I guess we're all entitled to our moments.

Lori said...

((((Becky)))) Over this past week you have been heavy on my heart for some reason so I have been just praying for you. I am sure between the bitter cold, gray skys, your husband working a lot,struggling with math,and a heart heavy for the children in need in your city, that these things would cause a fog for most of us. Thankfully you have your parents living near by so that you could surprise them with a visit and find some joy in this.

This quote is so true...sometimes I struggle with this wanting to do more because my heart aches with the pain of the hurting or those in need. It is very hard for me to see need and not have a heavy heart about it.

I hope that even if the fog doesn't lift today that you will see glimpses of it leaving. Sending you giant hugs, big love and huge happy thoughts to you my sweet friend. XX

Jim said...

Oh being human! You got to love it Becky! We must look at these foggy moments square in the face and proceed. We know there will be 'better' moments ahead. And you found them at your parents. Yeah!

Tara R. said...

Beautifully written and illustrated.

Kristy said...

Beautiful images!

apictureintime said...

I just wanted to add another comment about your issues with math ... It is very normal to feel overwhelmed by math even at Kaish's level. Children are learning more complex concepts at a younger age now. Don't get down on yourself for not quite knowing how to help with this very abstract subject. Even with my math training, I expect to be looking up concepts in my old textbooks when my boys get further along in school. And, if that doesn't work for us, there's no shame in asking someone else to tutor them. Kids, in my experience, respond really well to people closer to their age in tutoring situations. Good luck and don't stress.

Veronica Lee said...

Yep, I have those days too. Beautifully written! Love the pics.

Have a blessed Sunday!

Rick said...

There maybe a zillion kids in the world that need help but you can make a difference by just helping one.

A great week back at ya, may it be filled with joy!

Nessa said...

Love is always a happy surprise.

Diana...aka...MeMe said...

If their were not sad days, we wouldn't know to appreciate the happy days! There is always light thru the fog! I hate math too!

allenaim photography and design said...

‘Do what you can,

with what you have,

where you are.’

That's a great one...I need to keep that in my heart :) Thanks for sharing...

BTW,,,I am loving your foggy photos...I hate the foggy days, but love the photos...

As Cape Cod Turns said...

I am glad that your day perked up! Pictures are gorgeous (yes even the sad ones) and I love that quote!

Good luck with the 5th grade math, it doesn't get easier in 6th or 8th!

Briony said...

i love that you were able to find happiness. i love that quote too!

Shey said...

Becky I'm kind of sad too, okay I'm sad, very sad, I think it's the PMS, today is foggy and cold. Yesterday I was very happy and I guess today things changed...tomorrow will be better though right? We can choose to make it better. God bless you my friend. =)

jlo said...

Totally having on of those days today..when nothing seems to go my way and stress seems overwhelming. But, tomorrow is another day!

Daisy Dreams said...

I recently went to a talk by Maya Angelou. The theme was "rainbows in the clouds." If it weren't for the clouds, we would never see any rainbows. I remind myself of this often!

Mark said...

I look at Johnny's math and wonder how I ever graduated the 5th grade at all. I don't understand a bit of it. Seriously, how am I holding down a job and supporting a family of six if I can't understand my 10 year old's homework?
Don't worry, you are not alone.
Your Friend, m.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful way to express your feelings. I should have been more loving instead of yelling at the cat! Didn't really understand what a trying day you had experienced. What a nice surprise to see you both! Thanks for the scrumptious desserts!!! Mom

Mrs4444 said...

I have been very blessed to have not experienced gloom like that in your post. I'm glad you know a fix :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

Love your Mama's comment. :)
We all have foggy days...we just can't let them get the best of us.
I run when I hear the word: math.
Yikes.
So sorry Gary has to work so much. So sorry about all the sad stories/children you try to help.
xoxoxoxo

Rebecca said...

Beautiful - and you sure shared a lot of happiness with your photos to all of us.

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous post!

Maddy said...

I hear you, Becky!! I had one of those weeks last week where I couldn't find the "happiness" as much as I looked. I think it's just a case of the winter blues. Glad your day turned around! Tomorrow's a new day :)

Farmgirl Paints said...

i totally understand waking up sad. i'm sorry. you are blessed to be able to bop in and surprise your parents. i would love that soooo much. love to you sweet becky:)

qandlequeen said...

You found the key to happiness - make other people happy and then you catch it.

By the way, I'm one of those freaks that would be happy to see fog - I love to walk around in it.

Shey said...

Becky, I'm back from evening service, it was wonderful even though my attutide wasn't but as I was walking out the church building I noticed this verse framed on the wall: Weeping may remain for a night but his Favor lasts a lifetime, Psalm 30:5. That verse lifted up my spirit and I wanted to share it with you tonight. I will be praying for you tonight my friend. God bless you. =)

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I hate the fog and for some reason it feels eerie and gloomy. I try to see the beauty in it and in some ways, you've done just that in your photo. Sorry you feel blue.

Sarah said...

I'm so sorry you are feeling foggy, sweet friend :( Everyone has those days and moments and you are certainly entitled to them. Praying for clear skies for you soon!

Kelly said...

So glad you found the clarity and warmth you were seeking. Going "home" usually does it.

Alicia said...

You always "capture" those great shots!! It really inspires me to take more pictures!

Ashlee said...

We all have foggy days. Love the pictures this week!

myrelish said...

Beautiful pictures for a haunting post. I hope the fog has lifted.

Stefanie said...

So glad to hear your day ended happily... it's all about your perspective :)
LOVELY images, wow!

jen@odbt said...

Oh my gosh...what am I going to do? I already don't get 4th grade math. I can only imagine what 5th grade is going to be like. Help me now. PS: Thanks Becky for always taking the time to come by and comment. Your words really do mean a lot to me :)

Lolli said...

tThat makes me happy. Not hat you woke up sad, but that you got to spend the day with mom and dad. :) Those days are the best.

photowannabe said...

Thank you Becky. I wish you rays of sunlight bursting through the fogginess. Kiss some baby toes and keep plugging along. Just know
YOU ARE LOVED!!

Dan said...

It's always good when the day gets better.

Brooke said...

jay and gary must work for the same company cause he works eleventy-eleven and four hours a week too!

and Saturday was just pitiful all the way around.

Mom Taxi Julie said...

5th grade is the year I alwasy had to give up on trying to help with math. I'm thankful my oldest is really smart and can help the younger kids now!

My husband is at work a lot too. Then when he gets home he's so tired.