(f)amily fun

23 09 2012

Once the nest is empty, it’s rare to have all the offspring back in our home at the same time.  In September, not only did we get everyone here at the same time, but for a period of about 4 hours, it was just our family of 5 – something that hasn’t happened in years.  We didn’t plan it, and only when we were all together sitting on the couch did we realize it.  I immediately grabbed my phone for a photo.  Nothing has changed.  Getting a normal picture of my three is slightly impossible when Ryan is one of those.  Oh, how I love that boy! Rodney is obviously no help getting them to get it together for a photo.  In fact, I believe he’s an enabler! : )

It was the weekend of our house show with Jenny&Tyler so our home had been arranged for a show with a “stage”.  Katie and Clair decided to give it a test run.  This is only one of the reasons I love my girls so much!



20 09 2012

That’s not fair!

If you’re a parent, you’ve heard those words and probably in a voice filled with indignation and quite possibly belonging to a three-year-old or a fifteen-year-old.  In the world of education that phrase is said more than it should be; by students, by parents, by teachers.

What is fair?

According to someone higher than my pay grade who has earned my great respect:

Fair comes in October – it has elephant ears

I really laughed out loud when I read that yesterday and smiled to myself at the wisdom.  In life, fairness all depends on your perspective and is highly subjective, so I’ll go with what my boss says and check out the elephant ears!

(f)ifty is the new thirty

19 09 2012

I will be your God throughout your lifetime—until your hair is white with age.  I made you, and I will care for you.    I will carry you along and save you.          Isaiah 46:4

I was thinking today about that TV show Thirty Something.  Some of you may remember it.  I was actually twenty something when it aired and would imagine what it would be like to be in my thirties.  I laughed when I thought of that.  What happened to my thirties – and my forties while I’m thinking about it?  Doesn’t matter now because apparently 50 is the new 30 since so many baby boomers are now 50 and beyond.  I’ll go with that!

In my blog absence, I turned fifty; the big 5-0.  And it didn’t bother me.  Really, it didn’t and I felt strangely proud to say I was 50.  Just so I could remember my big birthday weekend, I did this

and this

Team Sworth beasted the USMC Mud Run.  Okay beasted may be a stretch and I did end up with a black eye for my efforts, but it was an incredible experience with my three children. (Thanks Ryan for getting me over all those logs!) I can’t imagine spending a milestone birthday doing anything better.  And I’ll never do it again.  Mud Run = one and done!

I also went skydiving.  Yes, for those of you who will ask, I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane at 14,000 feet and had the ride of my life.  And I will totally do it again – in just a few weeks, actually.  I had fun watching this video again and reliving my experience.  All you have to do is enter your zipcode and come along for the ride!

Skydive Carolina Video.

Would you believe me if I told you I had never really taken risks until I was in my forties?  It’s so true.  Don’t wait that long if you’re younger than me.  What are you waiting for if you’re older than me? Take some risks.  Step big outside your comfort zone.  It’s frightening and exhilirating and it grows you.

I’ll be fifty-one soon.  Can’t wait to see what’s next!


17 09 2012

refresh: verb  make like new; give new life

Exactly.  My blog needs new life.  It has been neglected way too long.  I truly had good intentions to keep it current, but somehow it was quietly swept aside and almost forgotten.  My friend Debbie recently began blogging.  Her posts have been great; inspiring even.  Inspiring enough to reset the password I’d forgotten and freshen things up a bit.  Over the next few posts, I’ll try to catch up on faith, family, friends, fun, fitness and food.

I’ll leave you today with a scripture of hope and a beautiful song:

And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5