Saturday, March 22, 2014
Okay, so, my daughters were both in gymnastics for a while. Then my older daughter decided it wasn't going to be her thing, but my younger daughter stuck with it. That was over a year ago. In the meantime my youngest has made some real progress with her skills and all. At the beginning of this year, she was invited to join pre-team. As the name implies, it's the level before they are invited to join the competition team.
Pre-team is a little more expensive than all the levels prior to it, but team is where you start paying the big bucks. In anticipation of the ever-growing expense, I had offered to "work" the front desk or teaching a lower-level class at the studio in what they call tuition exchange. They called and ended up needing help at the desk a couple days a week for a few hours at a time. So now I work in exchange for my daughter's tuition. The timing of all this was impeccable, since it turns out the lead instructor/owner disclosed to me on my first day of training (yesterday) that she will be moving the pre-team girls up to team in June.
Now instead of freaking out and wondering how on earth we're going to be able to afford that, I can just excitedly celebrate with my daughter on that accomplishment! I can't tell you what an incredible relief that is. Such a wonderful blessing!
Monday, March 17, 2014
Over the weekend, I went to another scrapbooking retreat. It was wonderful even though I didn't really know anyone there very well. There were a couple gals I know a bit from other retreats, so I visited some with them throughout the weekend. I got some good pages done and was able to get more photos organized as well, but my one of my highlights came when I WASN'T scrapbooking.
I had signed up for a 15 minute massage from a lady who comes and does them throughout the day on Saturday. She's been at other retreats I've gone to and I know everyone raved about what a great job she does, so I figured I'd give it a try. I've had massages from others and find them a pleasant indulgence when my muscles are particularly sore. Anyway, after giving it more thought, I changed my appointment to a 1/2 hour massage later in the day. In short, it was WONDERFUL. Definitely the best massage I've gotten. The neatest part was that, as she finished working on my arms, she said, "You sure do have strong arms!" I was so thrilled!
I've always been built more sturdy than slender and I actually love that about my body, so it was cool that she commented on it and then went on to say how important it was to appreciate that strength and not fall for the messages we hear all around us about being skinnier and skinnier. She was such an encouragement, I can't tell you. It was just a soul-refresher in addition to being physically refreshing. God knew I needed reminding that I am made to be me, nobody else. He blessed me with that experience to renew my desire to be my healthiest self.
It just so happens that the pictures I was scrapbooking were those of when I had reached my goal weight back around Christmas 2009. Let me tell ya, that did a number on me too. I just stared at those pictures. That 6 months or so was the only time in my adult life, I've not been overweight or obese. It made me realize how incredibly happy I was at that healthy weight and how very much I look forward to being there again. It IS worth the effort. No doubt in my mind.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Thought this was a funny title because it means 2 different things to me, both of which I mean WHOLE-heartedly!
First I have this annoying cold that is so weird. I don't think I've ever sneezed this much with a cold before. It's crazy. My poor son that I homeschool has pretty much grown tired of the "bless you"s since they been so over used. I've tried a couple OTC medicines but have come to the conclusion that this will just have to play out. That's just as well. I'm not a fan of taking medication anyway. I had just grown a bit desperate. So, we'll let this baby take it's course and hopefully it will go away VERY soon! Like now would be good...
Second, we have had the coldest winter on record here, like many other places. They have canceled school more this year due to extreme cold than due to snow. We still have SEVERAL feet of snow on the ground since we've not had warm days to melt any of it. It's NOT okay. I'm SO not bred for the weather here anyway, but this has been flat out NUTS! I stay because my sweet honey has a good job here and it is a lovely area for a good portion of the year (May-October), but I already fantasize about being somewhere warm during the cold months when DH retires. I'm thinking missions trips to Mexico or Central America during those winters...yeah, that sounds nice! I am very ready for that cold to go away, too! Thank the good Lord DH said he saw next week we're supposed to have a couple days in the 40's. Hallelujah!
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
The Bible study I'm hosting in my home this winter is one focused on the fruit of the Spirit. In other words, what our lives look like when we allow God's Holy Spirit to rule in our lives.
"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness,faithfulness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22
This week were looking at patience; the difference between patience with people and patience with circumstances.
I'll admit I'm not super patient. Right now the challenge is to grow in this area, but most specifically in patience with people which is the type of patience indicated in the fruit of the Spirit. Patience with my kids, patience with mean or inconsiderate people, patience with myself...you get the idea. It's HARD!!!
Patience in circumstances, sadly, is no easier for me. Here we are only a couple weeks after submitting our home study for one of the children available for adoption and we wait. We've submitted our study for a couple siblings groups now also. Our worker said it's usually around a month 'til you hear something...whether or not your family was chosen to meet with the children's worker. She said sometimes you NEVER hear anything. They pick the family they want and that's it. So we will learn to wait. I have a feeling we won't like it anymore than we do now.
We'll just get more used to it. In fact, I already have. For the first week or so it was hard to think of much else for very long. But now, I've purposed to be fully present in my current life and enjoy it as I honor God in the day-in and day-out stuff. My kids and husband deserve a fully available mom and wife, thankful for the blessings already in my life. We relentlessly work toward teaching our kids to live with a heart of thankfulness, so I should certainly model that very thing, not always be longing for future things, but be eternally grateful for today's blessings.
Here's to a life in progress....May God be glorified in the outcome!
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