Dive | Five Minute {Friday} Monday

Does it still count? I wrote this post following the 5 Minute Friday Guidelines on Friday. But, am only now finding the time to post it.

We have had lots of illness in our home over the past week. I am still nursing my youngest back from the flu {a minor strain because we had the flu shots}. But bless his little heart, he still tries to crack jokes and be silly even with a 101+ fever and an occasional trip to hang his head over the toilet. I love that his spirit shines through his ruddy, warm cheeks.

The 5 Minute Friday word last week was DIVE.

Here are the rules:

So, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.

2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

OK, are you ready? Please give me your best five minutes on:




You know that moment as you are standing on the diving board. Looking down at the water. No matter how high you are, whether a few feet or ten, there are a bit of nerves at the bottom of your belly anticipating the fall.

Then, you muster up your courage and take the leap. And, for a few seconds, that to me feel like several minutes, you free fall.

No sooner have you left the safety of the diving board, than you are hitting the water with a force that takes a moment to reckon. Shocking it may be if the water is cold. You scramble to find your direction in the water. Instinctively, we know where the surface is, somehow. And, we take a moment to coordinate our limbs, our muscles, our focus and swim to the top, breaking the surface for the cleansing breath.

Falling in love is like that. We take time on the safety of the diving board sharing pieces of ourselves with one another. Than, there comes a time when we take a deep breath, pause and wonder if we should jump. Once we muster the courage to jump, the free fall is the best. A surge of warmth, head-over-heels in love. We free float with one another, not anticipating the shock that is to come.

One day that shock comes.

Marriage can be like that. We marry answering yes to the deep love we feel. But, yet, we one day realize we have only broken the surface. There comes a time when we struggle to find our footing, have to coordinate our hearts and minds, and will ourselves to surface as one.


Love that you are a part of the jana’s three dresses community, dear friend.

Happy Monday.

newly purposed,




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