- - Jesus loves my children so much more than I do. (John 3:16)
- - He sees their every move. (Psalm 121:3-4)
- - God has a plan for the lives of my children, and it is good. (Jeremiah 29:11)
- - He directs their steps. (Psalm 37:23)
- - He knows what their future holds (Psalm 31:15). I do not.
I would never let her take unnecessary risk, but a certain amount of risk (in which I'm watching from the window), at the appropriate time, I think, helps build confidence.
- There are no age or height restrictions. They just ask that children be supervised at all times.
- Pregnant mothers can make their own choice about whether to go up, but they should be aware that there are 118 stairs.
- The handrails are 1.3 meters high.
- The structure is designed to flex slightly in the wind, as I can attest.
Sitting . . . in my comfy writing chair.
Drinking . . . water, in hopes that it might kick the dull ache in my head off to the curb.
Feeling . . . physically tired from a busy weekend, but excited to be finished with classes and officially on summer break!
Cooking . . . salads and burgers and dessert for a group of Kate's friends who are coming over tonight. One last bash before they leave for the summer (although some are sticking around this year). I really love these kids and will be really sad next year when it's time for them to graduate.
Reflecting . . . on the past semester. Things I could have done differently, some things I could have done better, and some I'm glad I did the way I did. Teaching, I have found, is a constant evaluation of myself and my students.
Looking ahead . . . to summer. Oh boy, is it going to be a busy one! All three of my girls will be home for most of the summer, which is awesome to me because it very well could be the last time all five of us live under the same roof. Not going to cry about that . . . yet.
Devising . . . a scheme to fix up the town home that B and I bought this year as a rental for college students. My summer involves painting, fixing up, decorating (on a very limited budget!), and furnishing (again, the budget) that place. If you need to get ahold of me this summer, chances are very good I'll be over there.
Enjoying . . . warmer temperatures. Finally!
Getting excited about . . . a trip I'm taking with my mom and sisters this summer. More on that later. (Just to keep you in suspense.)
Thanking God . . . for the way He has grown and changed all of us this year. The school year was not without its challenges for each one of us, but God has been so faithful to use each experience as a way to draw us to Him. It really is a wonder that He loves us so much.
Musing . . . about the blog . . . again. Some changes are coming that I'm really excited about! Hoping that will motivate me to keep going. More on that soon.
So tell me, what's on YOUR mind?
"That's all you have to do today: Pay attention--being a writer is about paying attention."
Today will not be one of those deep-post days.
Today will be more like a here-sit-down-and-have-a-cup-of-coffee day. It's just one of those days that I need to get my thoughts out so I can move on and write other stuff.
I've realized that I don't let you in too much. As in, into my life. And I don't like that. I really want you to know me and to know what's going on in my life. I flatter myself to think that maybe you read here because you're interested. I don't know.
Or maybe you just like my recipes--who knows?
Anyway, maybe this post is a way of letting you know some things about me. It's not like my life is some huge secret or anything. There are, however, people in my life who would prefer that I keep some things to myself. I get that. And I try to.
So here we go. Some things that I want you to know about me.
** You know I teach, right? Thinking about teaching and actually going into work three days a week are probably what consume most of my thoughts these days. It shouldn't feel as busy as it does, and that frustrates me sometimes. Here's what my Monday/Wednesday/Fridays look like:
5:30 a.m. - wake up, stumble to the shower, get ready for my day
7:00 a.m. - take Julia to school, then head into my office
9:15 a.m. - teach my class
10:30-? - read, grade papers, prep for next class
I usually try to finish up around 12:30 when I either head home or meet my friends for lunch (a regular Wednesday thing). Afternoons are my time to run errands, walk the dog, write (oh, the ongoing angst about THAT), make dinner.
Right now I only teach one class, but in the fall I'll have two. Which will make my thoughts even more swirly and discombobulated.
But it's all good because I love my job and get to teach the most amazing group of college students ever. I'm confident that God has called me to it for now, and that makes it all worthwhile.
** One bummer about my job is that my spring break doesn't line up with Julia's, so every year we have to figure out what to do about that. This year we decided to pull her out of school for three days and high tail it out of here. (She's still making up the work she missed!)
But it was so great to be in the Florida sunshine, even for a short while.
Here's my honey and me. Twenty-eight years--totally worth it.
** In other thought-consuming news, B and I purchased a rental home near the college this year. We haven't done much with it yet since we still have renters, but the townhome is in need of, shall we say, a leeettle bit of work. This summer my job will be to completely restore that house, including replacing all of the flooring on the first floor (don't worry, it's not that big) and painting the entire place. And, yes, I plan to do much of the work myself in order to save money.
Call me crazy.
Just do. Because I think I am.
And I'm spending way too many hours thinking about paint colors.
** My sister had a baby! Amazing and delicious all rolled into one. And so sublime because we haven't had a new baby on my side of the family in, oh, 15 years. It's all very exciting.
I'm especially excited because this weekend I'm flying to Dallas to meet my newest niece, Gracie (do you not just LOVE that name?!). I'm not sure you'll be able to pry her out of my arms for the 48 hours I'll be there.
** I spend a lot of time thinking about and praying for my kids. Both of my college girls came home for Easter weekend and we all had a great time together. It gave me a glimpse into what our summer will be like since, for the first time in about four years, everyone will be home. Just a hunch, but it's going to be loud, boisterous, talkative, and full of laughter.
Here's our little Easter brunch right before church.
Easter was a little different for us this year because it was also Kate's 21st birthday.
Happy birthday, lovie!
So we said we'd celebrate Easter in the morning and that after noon it would be all about Kate's birthday. It worked for us.
** Speaking of birthdays, I have the next birthday in our family which is something that consumes way too much of my thought life. I don't have time to write about right now--this birthday is going to take a post of its own because it's a big one and I have thoughts.
** As I write I'm listening to Julia practice piano. Difficult strains of an unfamiliar Debussy piece are floating through our house. She's struggled with one line for weeks now, and last night, after her piano lesson, she cried out in frustration that she didn't think she would EVER get it right. I told her to hang in there, to not give up, and that one day it would just click and she'd get it.
Just now, over the music she shouted, "That's it!"
These are the moments I love being a parent the most.
**Last thing: be sure to come back on Friday because if you're one of those don't-care-about-your-life-but-you-give-me-good-recipes people you are really going to be happy. AND it involves a book review. Bonus!
There. Brain dump is completed. Maybe now I can move on and actually write something.
That's what's on my mind, what's on YOURS?
Little did I know, an hour later, all hell would break loose in Connecticut.
I'm not sure I'll ever look at a traffic jam the same again.
"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." C.S. Lewis
Linking to Richella's Grace at Home party.
“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” Matthew 25:40
“But God showed His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
I’ve been thinking a lot about digital distractions lately.