"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Thursday, March 24, 2011

the poem that just happened

Allow me to share with you the depth and richness of my creative mind. :)

I've been a bit shy about sharing my poetry.  I'm going to step out on a limb here. For several years my family has joined together with other families from our church to build a home for a family in need in Mexico.  This particular year, I believe it was 2006, was an especially moving trip as we had already been the year before and were excited to return and connect with the friends we had made the previous year.  If you've never had the opportunity to share in this way I strongly encourage it.  The great need was so evident yet the oneness with those of faith was immediately moving.  They had "nothing" yet they had hope and joy and amazing love because they knew their Savior.  I don't have any pictures on the computer and I don't have a scanner which really is a shame. I'll post about this again when I do because a picture really is worth a thousand words.

So, this poem was written by my daughter and I in the van on the way down.  It was obviously inspired, as it's title hints. :)  Hillary was in the back of the van and I obviously had a hard time hearing her.  This is exactly how the conversation went.  Hillary first, then me.

The Poem That Just Happened  
by Hillary and Debbie

I want a beagle.
That's illegal.
To have a beagle?
I thought you said eagle!

Touching I know.  If I were with you I would share my tissues.

Blessings, Debbie


  1. This post--and your poem--put a big smile in my heart :-)

  2. I love your last sentence...I needed a laugh this morning.
    How wonderful to go to Mexico and help people. We have been able to help with Habitat for Humanity here and have found that to be rewarding.

  3. What a delight...sounds like my husband and our kids making up stuff...and what memories are made. I haven't been to Mexico in years, I went on youth trips decades ago, but our daughter has been.


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