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balanced life, heart, kids, life is good, living for real, love, marriage, perspective, prayer, run, suicide, thirst / 08.06.2017

I’m drained and exhausted. Tedious tasks scream to be tackled. Nothing is wrong. Nothing is really wrong. But the world around me is demanding my attention and time. And my attention is feeble. My energy and focus are depleted. I try to center myself, to embrace my mess. The segments of my day, the chunks of time, crumble. I try to sweep up bits and minutes for use, but scraps are all that are left. I walk away from the mess beaten.   Yesterday was my twentieth wedding anniversary. Going...

beauty, contentment, kids, life is good, living for real, love, parenting, vacation / 14.12.2016

  It was the trip of a lifetime, just like we had hoped! A ten-day vacation to Hong Kong and Beijing with our family was a dream come true.   I had lived a few months in Hong Kong before we were married. A year into our marriage, Lee and I moved there to teach in an international school. Our daughter Esther was born there, but we relocated to Pennsylvania when she was six months old. For the past 15-years, we’ve spoken of our fondness of Hong Kong to our children.   The...

acceptance, adoption, beauty, blessings, grace, kids, life is good, love, parenting / 28.07.2016

Recently I heard someone tell about an adoption of a special needs child from another country. He explained some of the parents’ arduous and expensive, heartfelt process, and then said, “Imagine the joy…” as he described how the child must have felt about being adopted. The little boy would be loved unconditionally and taken care of his whole life. He would experience privileges in this country that he would never have had a chance for in his home country.   Though I completely understood his point, all I could think about...

life is good, living for real, love, marriage, parenting, perspective, real life / 14.02.2016

  Oh, February 14. You're here again. I didn’t get any flowers and I’m glad.   Some things to know about my husband:   His work calendar is not predictable, and that causes us both a lot of angst. No matter how much he knows about the importance of setting boundaries, he is not going to be able to make a solid starting and stopping time when it comes to work. There are no boundaries.   He nobly carries the weight of our family without complaint. He works the way he does for us.   If everything...

adolescence, anxiety, beauty, courage, freedom, kids, love, make a difference, parenting, real life / 31.01.2016

[caption id="attachment_2800" align="aligncenter" width="486"] Photo by Marisa Albrecht[/caption]   Strumming starts and stops behind her closed door It’s a common sound Guitar chords Experimenting with sounds Lyrics follow Poetry Songwriting Digging masterpieces out of her stressed out, overworking teenage brain I don’t dare touch I soak in the artistry and accomplishment Songs are presented as precious gems Delicate Shining as they are At 15, she’s supposed to be full of angst. Confused and insecure. That’s what I was expecting anyway. She’s my first, so I have no idea what’s going on or what I’m doing. But, she’s completely confident in herself. She doesn’t wear...