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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tired, Running Late, Busy Morning?

Adam (my son) and I were driving to Grandma's this morning, where he would stay while I subbed as a 7th Grade English teacher, and I couldn't get over how beautiful the sky was - just before the sunrise.  Tired, and not especially excited for work, I didn't mention it at first, but as we kept going, I had to point it out (despite lack of energy). 
 
We observed that it was pink, orange and purple and he pointed out the clouds he thought looked "cool" (one of his new 2 year old words :).  I told him that God gave us the sky this morning, the orange/red/yellow trees, the corn, the cows, the grass - all of nature (another word I'm teaching him); God was all around us.

On my way out the door I encouraged Grandma to take a look, mentioning how amazing the sunrise was.  Adam chimed in to matter-of-factually explain,

"God made the sky pretty", 
"God is up in the sky". 

Both ideas that I had introduced for the first time this morning and didn't think he could even comprehend.  At that moment, I was overcome with emotion - adoring his child-like faith.    
I am so glad that I shared my awe and appreciation for the simple gifts that I often overlook or take for granted.

Can I do this every day?  Moments like these make me want to...

I ask: What do we focus on (and teach our kids) on the way to work/daycare/run errands; even when we're tired, running late, contemplating all we have to do? 
  

Monday, June 24, 2013

What Brings Joy?

In a conversation with my husband, Erik, I discovered something about myself... I take little time to reflect on and appreciate the daily joys that I experience before moving on to the next item on my "to do" list or event in my schedule.

So, this week I ask myself at the end of each day:
What brought me joy today?  To focus on and appreciate God's simple gifts.

I'll share some things, but am curious as to what brings you joy?!

Sunday:
  1. Leading music in church/worshiping through music
  2. Seeing my brand new niece (and my sister and her husband as parents)
  3. Playing volleyball and softball with family 
 Monday:
  1. Mornings when Erik is home :)
  2. When Adam greets me with an enthusiastic, "Hi Mommy!" 
  3. Messages of appreciation from family/friends 
Tuesday:
  1. Good conversation.
  2. Sunshine
  3. Brainstorming/Planning 
Wednesday:
  1. Playing in water on a hot summer day
  2. Hitting the softball with Adam
Thursday:
  1. Time with neighbors
  2. Seeing those I love succeed and reach goals
  3. Watching Adam take care of his teddy bear like a baby
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.  - Psalm 126:3
Joy is not in things; it is in us.  - Richard Wagner

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Strongest Dad in the World by Rick Reilly

I will let this one speak for itself.  A new inspiration to me. 

Dick Hoyt is an amazing father who at 65 years old ran the Boston Marathon pushing his son, Rick, in a wheelchair.  They have also run triathlons and Ironmans together.

Read more, you'll be glad you did! 

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1111767/1/index.htm

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Just a Substitute Teacher

Had one of those - that's a great point - moments today.  A friend Josh shared this:

You don't need a title to be a leader.

I'm reminded that we are leaders in all of our actions at work, in our community and home.  Even as someone who's titles are "substitute teacher", "mom", "daughter", "wife", "neighbor" my actions impact.  I desire only to impact positively and bring others to life and love. . . so I ask, am I working towards this in the activities I do each day? 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

LOVE YOU FOREVER - Great Children's Book!

From the back of the book Love You Forever, written by Robert Munsch:

"A young woman holds her
newborn son and looks at him lovingly.
Softly she sings to him:

I'll love you forever, 
I'll like you for always, 
As long as I'm living 
my baby you'll be.

This is the story of how that little boy goes through the stages of childhood
and becomes a man.
It is also about the enduring nature of parents' love and how it crosses generations."

I've always loved this book because my mom read it to me as a child and I knew that she felt the same way about me and my siblings as the mother character in the book did for her son.  Now, I read it to my son Adam, hoping that some day he knows the depth of my love for him.

To me this book illustrates that the innate bond between parent and child is made of a pure, simple and timeless love.

The book's Website: http://robertmunsch.com/book/love-you-forever#

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Use It or Lose It

Ever have something you used to do pretty well, then all of a sudden 3, 5, 10 years went by and you haven't done that something for so long that it seems like you've lost the ability to do it?

BASKETBALL: I am 28 years old and haven't played basketball in a structured setting since my freshman year in college - 9 years ago... I was never a professional by any means but could handle my own - I'm not even sure if I can dribble and run anymore :)  I would love to play again!

WRITING: A skill that I used to use all the time is creative writing.  I would do poetry, short stories, prose and song lyrics mostly.  Hours of my time was spent writing, usually for someone or to express myself in another way.  Working the last 5 years, I haven't taken much time to write creatively.  Instead, I'm usually writing professionally.  These two styles are very different.  I'm going to start making creative writing time again because this is something I LOVE, it makes me feel complete!!!

I am sure no skill is lost, and with practice and determination it can be regained (it just might take time). 

The challenge is finding time to practice - and realizing that I may not be able to keep ALL of my skills at top excellence because there are times in my life where something has to give.  More time with my son Adam means less time writing/playing basketball - and it is absolutely worth it!  

Of course I must also appreciate the new skills I have developed in the last 10 years as well!

I'm curious what skills others used to have and would like to rebuild again?
And, what they're doing to get there?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Endorphins!

I sang the song Only Hope (Fun Song to Sing!!!!) for church.  After practicing and performing the song, I noticed a distinct feeling - simply singing this song left me feeling REFRESHED, POSITIVE, and PRODUCTIVE!  A feeling comparable to the way I used to feel after a 45 minute run or workout.

Turns out singing can lead to the release of endorphins, explaining my "lifted" feeling and relief from stress.  I have never attributed this feeling to singing in the past, but have started to recognize and appreciate it lately (likely because I make less time to exercise).

So, sing MORE! - in the car, the shower, and don't hold back - belt it out to your heart's desire.  You will feel fabulous!  If you don't sing, perhaps try: biking, dancing, gardening, laughing or dark chocolate for a similar experience.


Related article: http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/singing-happy1.htm

 There's a song that's inside of my soul...