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Writing Me: In This Family Prose {Sarah}

In this family, we hold hands.  For playing and loving and laughing and crying, we hold hands.  We grab the baby’s fists and jiggle them until his grin widens into a squeal.

In this family, bedtime is a four-letter-word.  We speak it gently, so as not to anger the sleepy ones.  We speak it lovingly, because oh yes, bedtime is sacred.

In this family, little girls can be rock stars and pirates and princesses and fairies and ladybugs, all in the same twenty-minute span.

And daddy can be Superman.  And mommy can be the Evil (but super sweet on the inside) Queen.

In this family, kisses sometimes require instructions: no licking, please.  But eskimo kisses and butterfly kisses and bumblebee kisses and fishy kisses are serious day’s-end requirements.

We are

a mess

a noise

a feeling

a burst.

And we show our love with wildly silly attitude.

With imperfect apologies.

With knock-down hugs.

With mis-kneaded dough and mis-applied glitter.

In this family, we show our imperfect love without restraint.

Because in  this family, we are bigger than this family.  We swell and pulse with glowing light until we become more full and promising than the sum of our broken parts.

And in this family, the broken parts are a whole lotta fun.

Writing Me: In this Family Prose {Hyacynth}

Welcome to part two of Writing Me, our community writing project intended to inspire our creativity collectively and individually.

We are just finishing up our In This Family prose.

To learn more about this Community Writing Project, click here!

Today’s feature is Hyacynth from Undercover Mother.

In this house

we share germs

but also love.

We wrap arms tight around necks

and squeeze and squueeeeze and squueeeze.

We say sorry

as well as forgiven

We do loud

a little better than whispers.

We love hard

when its hard to love.

We celebrate what’s right

instead of only seeing what’s wrong.

We  whole-heart love the Lord our God

and love the whole-heart mess.

We go deep —

deep laughs, deep thoughts, deep feelings, deep joy.

And, most important,

we go it all together.

Because in this family

no goes it alone.

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Writing Me: In this Family Prose

Welcome to part two of Writing Me, our community writing project intended to inspire our creativity collectively and individually.

During the next eight weeks — through the end of 2011 — we’ll be writing our In This Family prose.

First inspired by a piece of Etsy artwork pinned on Pinterest and then Emerging Mummy’s brilliant staircase, we thought it would be a wonderful idea to take the intents of our hearts and write them out into black print against white — etch them not only on our hearts, but also in the most visible of places. {If you want to dig really deep into family mission statements, Simple Mom has a great post!}

So let’s jump in. If you want to get started, begin thinking of ways to elaborate on the following:

“In this family {house} we …”

The beauty of this open-ended prose project is that you have the freedom to write your heart’s hopes out into a pretty free structure.

The only real guidelines are to keep it short, keep it punchy {think six word max per line} and keep it brimming with active words instead of passive ones.

Example:

In this house

we share germs

and also hugs.

We say sorry

as well as forgiven

We do loud

a little better than whispers.

We love hard

when its hard to love.

Why the guidelines?

Mostly because we don’t want to stop at just writing the statement on paper or your computer screen; we want to transfer those words onto a medium that can be seen by everyone passing through our homes — most importantly, we want those words to be seen by our own eyes and our kids’ eyes.

After you are pleased with your statement, you could:

*transfer the words onto canvas

*type them and frame the printed paper

*paint them above a door way

*write it across your living room walls

*transform a white board

*or even stencil them on the stairs like Sarah at Emerging Mummy did

The only real requirement for linking up with this meme is to write out your In This Family prose.

Also, we’ll be featuring three In This Family prose pieces here! Please email hyacynthworth{at}yahoo{dot}com if you would like to be featured here.

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