Thursday, December 31, 2009
I am looking forward to reading it in light of my son's recent struggles. As well as, my own struggle with depression/mood swings due to insomnia and PCOS. Not sure what I will find in here but looking forward to the read. The title itself could cause some conflict :o)
It might take me awhile to read it but I'll tell you what I think. Anyone else read it?
Obviously this will be one of the first books on my 2010 reading list.
Another I plan to read is Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman.
Full list coming soon. Is February still considered soon?
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Saturday, December 05, 2009
We still haven't recovered all the pictures, school stuff or address book but haven't given up hope. We don't have the means to run out and buy new or fix these quickly.
We have to wait. Waiting is good as we are being reminded in our Advent devotions daily. Waiting causes us to yearn and be more grateful. Anticipation is so God engineered to make us curious, excited and joyful.
I anticipate a well working computer (that isn't slow...this one takes FOREVER to load a page) at some point and a New Year around the corner. Most of all I look forward to celebrating again Him who is amazing grace, born in a barn so that I could be whole and free.
I won't be around much, between broken computers, moving house and celebrating Christmas life is full. I look forward to regular posting again in the New Year. Pictures of the new house to come (when we have them ).
Have a Merry Christmas.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I started blogging and writing to record, reflect and remember the gospel in everyday life. It wasn't until about 7 years ago that I understood the gospel in its entirety even after being a Christian for almost 12 years. I had heard only part of the gospel. The cross was not central, it was my ticket to salvation but not my sustenance for daily life.
As I have grown in the gospel, doctrine has become my friend. The sound teachings of God's truth are an ever faithful and safe companion in life's ups and downs. What I am finding as time goes on, is there is more to this then just doctrine and clear truth. Not an addition to the truth but a widening of it. There is a beauty to the gospel that I have not seen so clearly. I have been equipped with truth, with sound thinking (most of the time and not perfectly), and a love of His ways but there is something more. Where Ann speaks of the one seam life, the lack of divide between the scared and secular; seeing, being and worshiping in those mundane moments of life.....this is grace, beauty....the gospel in the everyday. Being thankful for THIS moment, being present right NOW. Relishing in a child's story instead of thinking about my next chore, seeing the task before me as worship instead of dread.
Tonight I had a small glimpse. As I cleaned plates after dinner I was overwhelmed with gratefulness over those four dirty forks and plates. My cleaning them meant we were full, my children are here with me.....they are content and laughing in the other room. Beauty in the mess and dirt of life.
These moments are few and far between. That I see clearly the gift of God's goodness and grace in the mundane repetitious moments of life. I long for more of it...am asking to see more often and more clearly. For the gospel, for truth to run so clean and fresh through my life that there is no sacred and secular....that all would be worship.
I can know all I want about doctrine and the word. But living it out and the application of it is where life gets ugly. Finding the beauty and grace in each day, in each moment is making things mesh between what I know, how I live and who He is.
This particular part of Ann's post struck me:
Too often I fear I miss the burning bushes and just eat blackberries.
“Earth is crammed with heaven,
and every common bush afire with God;
but only he who sees takes off his shoes.
The rest sit around it and Pluck blackberries.”
~Elizabeth Barret Browning
Do I see the presence of an ever-present God in the now and take off my shoes? Or do I sit around eating blackberries, oblivious to the holy ground of this moment?
Exasperated, I raise my voice to holler for kids to come... and stuff my mouth with blackberries. As I mutter over mittens and boots dropped at the back door, I tear the seamless weave. As I lecture in disgust over beds unmade, juice runs from my mouth, dripping on the torn scraps of my life. Do I not think that God is here, present with me? Do I forget that this moment is worship, as meaningful as Sunday morning in the sanctuary? Why do I rip up the fabric of my life, tearing God into a scrap there, so I might do as I please in this fragment here? Sunday mornings find me unfolding my seamless white prayer shawl, spreading it over bowed head.
I yearn to be done with the insidious plucking of blackberries off burning bushes. They stain the white of one pieces. I desire to live bare foot: all is holy ground. Time to forsake the scissors and give up cutting and piecing. I am taken with the wonder of white stitches on seamless white cloth.
With a one piece shawl wrapping me, I set out for a one piece life.
Reading the entire post is well worth your time.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
When I mention a form of daily worship don't think I've gone off my rocker. What I mean is how we eat and what we eat has a direct effect on how we function and live. Should we not see those choices as part of an opportunity to do the best for our bodies in order to do our best for Him? In North America especially, Christianity and food have no connection except that there is food at every event ( at least in my church). I would say this extends to North American culture as a whole. We have so much food, that little is considered about that food. We have what we want, when we want it and in abundance. We of my generation know little of food except the food industry. Food comes from the store and fast food restaurants. We consider little how far it traveled, if it was ripe when picked, or how the animals we eat were treated or raised. We have no clue where our food comes from or who is growing it.
Now, Mr. Pollan's book has nothing to do with Christianity and food. It does have much to do with knowing where your food comes from, how it is processed and those effects on your body. He also very effectively addresses the marketing plans of big food companies looking to make food about money and not health.
My eyes were so opened to how I view food and it's packaging at the store. Though I buy our meat at a local meat farm where I see the cows living in fields and eating real grass and buy our produce at a spray free local farm (as much as possible) I still was being swayed by the marketing ploy of "nutritionism". I was not looking at food as well....whole foods but the little parts they might contribute to my health. So I would be sucked into buying a food that tauts a certain type of nutrient instead of realizing that eating whole food is more important. If it has more then 5 or so ingredients then it probably borders on the line of being a food product and not real food.
His advise is too shake the hand of those that feed you. This got me to thinking. Though I do this in some ways there are still more ways to work on this. Like eating in season instead of buying green house grown modified distance traveling food. How this will actually look day to day I haven't totally figured out. Now that we are moving much of this will be delayed till we get settled.
But over my retreat weekend I did make a 4 week rotating menu plan that I come across in blogland. More on that later and the link to where I found the idea.
I do recommend reading this book if only for the eye opener. To be more aware. I also want to add that I don't think you are missing heaven if you eat beef from the grocery store and processed food. Just last night I was trying a new recipe...it failed disgustingly and we went to Wendy's. Aaron was working late, we had just spilt hot chocolate all in my silverware draw, all over the floor and stove top and everyone was just grumpy. I was done...those are the times we eat junk because it's easy.
Bit by bit I hope to make more changes. For me there is such a connection between living wholly for Him and eating whole food. It's not the gospel by any means but it's important to me and a gift I can give my family. Especially my one child who seems more sensitive to additives and preservatives. I have a long way go especially with my carb and chocolate addiction and my tendency to eat when bored or stressed. All material for another discussion. :o)
Let me know if you do read or have read this book. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I am still in shock myself.....we are moving again. This is our 4th move since 2006. As a renter you are forever at the mercy of other people's choices. Our landlords want to live in their house so we move on.
I was planning to start a new series of posts related to the book I mentioned reading on my retreat. Now that chaos has descended I will postpone that till things settle.
Things will probably be quiet around here for a while. Not only do I have normal life to live, which alone can be challenging, now I am in hot pursuit of a place to live.
Oh...to own! That is my dream.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thess. 5:18
33. hard work
34. good friends
35. good books
36. time to think
37. watching the wheels of discovery in my children
38. yummy homemade bread
39. community worship
40. sturdy apple boxes for my beloved books (see next post for why)
To start at number one.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
My weekend away was a great time to rest and think. This is my first time ever going away alone. My husband has gone to visit his family with the kids so I can school plan and get some house cleaning projects done. This weekend was for me to just be and wait on the Lord. A real gift!
One of my favorite parts was the uninterrupted reading times in the chair above. I devoured a book in three hours with out having to stop once except for a bathroom break :o) I plan to share about that book later this week. It is something I have been working to change much of over the last year or two and really enjoyed this read.
I also enjoyed extended times in the word and prayer. Something I so miss in the early mornings and late nights of homeschooling, small children and long houred jobs.
To simply wait on the Lord. To listen. To pour myself out.
I have come to understand that I spend little time asking for help. I have a helper who is ready. A helper that is willing and waiting...whose sole job is to show up for me and provide what I need for whatever is in front of me. I am on a learning curve to access that help. There is something in the asking, in the needing, in the letting go that comes in no other way. It isn't since the death of our son Jonah that I have felt so desperate, walking with Isaac in his struggles. Even though I can still despair at times.....God IS bigger!
Monday, November 09, 2009
21. Hard morning hugs from my son
22. Eli's baby dancing
23. My cozy blanket in my favorite chair
24. The branch and twig shelter my kids built in the front yard
25. Chocolate milk
26. Early morning boy smile
27. Powerful impacting quotes
28. Nice pens and paper
29. The beauty of cursive writing
To start at the beginning go here.
For an opportunity to be thankful with your kids this month take a peek at my friend Cara's blog.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
My father in law is on the mend. They took the vent out almost two days ago. He sat up in bed and called us on the phone last night. Nothing but the kindness of God. Thank you for your prayers. We are grateful to have more time to spend with Papa.
We finished up our Occupational Therapy appt. this week. On top of ADHD and ODD Isaac has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). This understanding has been the most helpful to date in affecting daily life. I am just beginning to understand what is it, it's triggers and how to help him. So much more to this but little time to share right now. Honestly, I am overwhelmed on a day to day basis but fully trust that God in his kind wisdom has a plan in all this. It is SO difficult to watch your child struggle like this. Please pray for our family.
Eli is REALLY walking. He does an awesome crab walk across the room. He still falls over but is becoming a toddler minute by minute. Where has my baby gone! He is such a happy and cuddly baby. He has a very soothing effect on us all. No matter the kind of day we have, we all gather at night to laugh and play and giggle with him. He is a true joy!
My sweet Journey has decided she wants to be a Zoologist or Animal specialists of some kind. She wants to volunteer at the shelter and a place called Dog Town where they rescue dogs who need help. She also is a blessing to her brother Isaac. She has amazing patience with him and tries very hard to help him succeed. Not a hint of resentment so far...and trust me she would have grounds for it at times.
Aaron is working LONG hours building his department at work. I miss him but in due time things will settle down. Grateful he has a job.
Me, well I am off tomorrow afternoon on a 2 day personal retreat. I am going to a place that has solitude rooms...doesn't that sound nice. I will add more tomorrow if I have time, if not see you next week.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
11. 1 Peter 1
12. The availability of God's word at my fingertips and eye shot EVERYDAY!
13. Color ~ especially brilliant earth tones
14. Tomorrow's filled with fresh mercy
15. Isaac reading ten sentences with ease and joy.
16. Drooly baby faces
17. The bright red and orange of fall leaves. Just so peaceful to me.
18. The wind as it blows those fall trees
19. My husbands job
20. My local church (they are a bunch of amazing god loving people)
To start at the beginning go here.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
My father in law is in the hospital. He was taken via ambulance yesterday for breathing problems they found were related to pneumonia. He also has H1N1, Supra ventricular Tachycardia and his kidneys won't function.
They had to put him on a ventilator a few hours ago.
Please pray for him, for my MIL , my husband and his sisters.
I just dropped my husband off at the ferry to go see his father. He was told to come now.
It's pretty serious.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
We were reading from page 62.
It's like when your mom or dad lets you have a tiny piece of turkey or dressing to sample just before the Thanksgiving meal. It's not enough to satisfy you, but it's good enough to help you think about how delicious the whole meal will be!
All our lives, even if we don't know it, we've been dreaming of the New Earth - the heaven that will last forever. Whenever we see beauty in the water, wind, flower, animal, man, women or child, we see just a sample of what heaven will be like.
My daughter immediately piped up and said "There's our little sample of heaven", pointing at her baby brother. I could only smile and agree.
She then went on to ask me if I would rather be here on earth when Jesus returns or be with Him when He returns. This started a beautiful conversation. She has really been paying attention!
Our little sample of heaven.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Edited to add:
All was recovered including my precious pictures!
Desk top crashed.
Hopefully haven't lost my pictures....I could cry.
My whole Homeschool world is in jeopardy too.
The computer is off to the doctor. Even my computer geek (very handsome) husband can't fix it.
I will now back up weekly....learned my lesson.
Amazing how much of my world is in that big black box.
Thankfully not the most essential part!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Sarah Grace ~ gone to heaven March 2005 @ 12 weeks
Abraham ~ gone to heaven September 2007 @12 weeks
If you would like to join others mothers remembering their babies join them at She Looketh Well.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
This is day three and we see progress. We do our morning routine the same and then do some read aloud depending on Eli's noise level :o) When he goes down we get to work....or I should say "I" get to work. The older two are off to Playmobile, Lego or stuffies for the next two hours. This is turning out just as good for them as me. They are getting to play for hours at a time which doesn't happen much during regular school weeks. Playing is so important.
These are the areas I am tackling this week:
- Switch winter clothes in/summer out ~ done
- Clean behind computer desk ~ done (largest dust bunnies this side of the border)
- Organize toy area in garage ~ done
- De clutter baby toys (where do they all come from anyway) ~ done
- Pack up outgrown baby clothes to sell on Craig's list ~ almost done
- Dust and organize my room, hang a picture or two (can you see the running theme that I dislike dusting on a regular basis)
- Organize school shelves
- Vacuum couches, under couches and stairs
- Clean behind change table in upstairs bathroom (fearing large dust bunnies there too)
I enjoy simplifying and decluttering. It just feels so good.
The more I have, the more I have to move it and clean it.
Less stuff, less work, less thinking, less time!
I always ask my self when I used something last and unless it has a good reason for sitting idle....out it goes.
This is the garage prior to cleaning. I haven't taken the after picture yet. I should hurry up before it looks like this again. I find bins for each type of toy helpful for storage but not the best for little hands to put back by themselves. Small space requires stackable storage but also daily maintenance.....that's why I need every 7th week off.
Off too vacuum the garage for the finishing touch.
Oh, and our fun field trip from our week off is actually next Tuesday. Aquarium here we come!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
And not immediately panic.
Between the dishes, the bread maker and the craft bin the blood pressure is rising. What you can't see is the Tupperware cabinet contents all over the floor courtesy of my very cute 12 month old or the craft all over the table.
In the past a scene like this would have invoked much internal stress that would then, in a less then loving way, spill into the outside world. I have found going from two children to three has done me in :o). I surrender! I have read all the rules of housekeeping and organization and implemented many of them.
In the past, to accomplish the clean organized exterior I would become military no fun mom. I'd have a clean house but grumpy unhappy family. So not worth it.
Until I can get a grasp on doing both I will choose the messy counter top over the messy heart.
The stuff on the counter isn't what they remember anyway, it's the smile on my face and the things we create.
And just so you know I can't go the bed with it there....so it will get addressed at some point :o)
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
As for Isaac's 1st grade year....we are still figuring some of that out. Due to the recently diagnosed ADHD, ODD and possible sensory processing struggles we are doing basics only. He tags along with our Zoology 3 and loves it. Facts are his thing and trust me he doesn't forget any of them.
For math we are using Right Start Level B . It is going well. It has a lot of hands on activities and very few worksheets at the level. They make much use of the abacus and Asian based math instruction. We really like it.
The following is what I am most excited to share. I have found some fun supplemental material on line.
I am making these letter puzzles too. I print them on card stock and cut them out. He so enjoys taking all the different pieces and making the letters from the pile. I started with the lower case letters because the feet are upper case. I plan to make the puzzles for all the lower and upper case letters.
This is our traveling school file box for Isaac. I figured since he is on the move, his school stuff would need to be as well. We can wheel this from the kitchen to the living room and then store it in the garage when needed. Everything we use is at our finger tips.
The bonus is, it was free. Gotta love a bargain!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Journey is 9 years old and in 4th grade.
- Rod and Staff Bible (she loves doing this)
- Rod and Staff English Grade 4
- Rod and Staff Cursive Writing
- Spelling Doo Riddles
- Still undecided on Writing (any ideas?)
- Horizons Grade 4 (we did first 50 lessons last year~was a breeze after Singapore 3 but starting in the middle of a curriculum this year has proven not a good idea)
- Spelling Workout Book D
- Story of the World Volume 4 Modern Times (we are really liking the mapping and outlines)
- Apologia Elementary Science Zoology 3 (this is our favorite science curr. She is coming out with an Anatomy book~ Jan 2010 that we plan to start in February. I think a Chemistry and Physics book is in the works. )
- Typing free online (I like using this :o)
- Chronicles of Narnia Novel Studies by Veritas Press
I plan to make a lap book accordion time line with our SOTW this year. We are also covering some Canadian history by watching a BBC series and making notebook pages. The big change for this year is the 6 weeks on and 1 week off rotation. More on that when I post about Isaac's grade 1 year in my next post.
Baby is awake and due to piano tonight dinner is at 5pm. Gotta get crackin'
Saturday, September 26, 2009
is doing a series of post on allergies to milk and diet changes they have made as a family. Several of her children have struggled with allergic reaction's to dairy including her recent newborn. She also shares about behaviors related to food additives. I am just beginning down this road with one of my own children. The first post is titled Beauty and the (food) Beast and the next second post is here. Well worth the read.
Heather @ Stepping Heavenward
posted an article she read entitled The Cloistered Homeschooled Syndrome. We need to train and teach our children (male and female) to be thinking responsible adults. The influence we will have in their lives has to transition to an adult relationship and not stay parent child once they are grown. I am not there yet with the adult child but I know I need to be making choices toward them being ready for adulthood at 18 ish. That starts now while my oldest is only nine.
I don't typically read much by the Pearls because I don't agree on many points but this article is well worth some thought in my opinion. I see it as a healthy warning and a means to check our own heart motivations. Though I do admit I might have trouble sending my 22 year old daughter into an unreached tribe by herself.
I have also recently started reading Neil Postman's, "Building a Bridge to the Eighteenth Century How the Past Can Improve Our Future". Not Christian worldview at all but interesting all the same. History, the past has always been intriguing to me. Not just the facts but the thoughts and ideas that influence us today.
Monday, September 21, 2009
The foot work with buying one van and scrapping another
Visiting friends who are home from overseas
A baby who thinks one nap a day is a good idea even though he's still tired
Feeding and educating three kids
A husband on call all weekend and working late
I've been a little preoccupied. :o)
Still planning to share what we are doing with school....one of these days?
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
2. Confessions! The picture to the right, of Aaron and I is ten years old. Now to my credit I couldn't find a more current picture of us together, alone and actually looking presentable. Maybe we will take a new pic one of these day but of coarse I still look just like that :o)
3. Circle Time this morning in school was a disaster. It was chaos and not because of the struggles my 6 year old has with self regulation and hyperactivity....oh no! The culprit this time is the littlest male in our family who has decided that the playpen is a prison and not a play ground. He made it very clear this morning he would not be caged. So we sang and played with the baby instead. Let's hope he doesn't think that's the new plan everyday.
4. I think my PCOS is back......Grrrrr!
5. We are making some diet changes around here related to helping Isaac (more on that later). I have discovered that my all time favorite indulgence chocolate milk has of all things, color and artificial flavor. I never read the label before and I am disappointed. So what did I do? I bought a litre of it last night to drink all by myself as a formal goodbye. I will have to make my own recipe now but I am very picky about my chocolate milk.
6. Do you know that I was well on my way to becoming a Marine Biologist. I was accepted in a Marine program at a college in Delaware and was fulfilling a childhood dream. But I never went, something fell through ...like the $$$. Long story. But anyway, I bet you didn't know that about me. There are some days in this stay at home homeschooling calling and adventure that the ocean seems much more appealing then the kitchen sink.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Melissa has a weekly feature of her blog called Show and Tell. You take pictures and share. It's pretty simple but helps me be more purposeful about getting interesting and creative shots.
I love playing with a mirror in my photos, We have big mirror doors in our entry way which has caused me to play around with it a bit more. All the smudges on the mirror don't help much.
Note to self...clean mirror before picture taking!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
So armed with this we move into the next chapter of our story. A place that I do and will need much faith as I walk what He has laid out for this family, my family.
I am bit of a wimp. A controversy wimp to be exact. I started blogging to share, to grow, to write and encourage...to be encouraged. As I became more involved in the blogging community I began to see that strong convictions and words often were rewarded with criticism and sometimes flames. People due to anonymity were willing to say things they might not be wiling to say face to face. This really bothered me. I wouldn't call myself a people pleaser but I definitely don't like unnecessary conflict so I avoided any topics that might stir the pot. I see the possible conflict involved in this topic as necessary. In order to grow and learn there must be pressure, stretching and yes, conflict. I see this with my kids, my marriage and friendships, even in my relationship with God. I as a parent need to find and give the best I can to my children and train them up in the way they should go. What I am learning has changed how I see some things that I was pretty sure about.
As I have briefly mentioned before our son Isaac has been diagnosised with ADHD and also ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder) along with some possible sensory issues. In the Christian community there are many different ideas and thoughts on psychiatric diagnosis. Are they real or just entrenched sin and lack of gospel centered thinking? Is a disobedient bratty child simply due to permissive parenting? If we discipline more consistently and diligently the child will turn around right? Is first time obedience the be all and end all of parenting? If it is, are you a failure as the parent of the difficult child? What is inability to understand the consequences of your actions compared to childhood folly? Could diet really have an impact on behaviors? Do we use drugs?
These are all questions I have been grappling with for along time. In attempt to grow and process I will start to grapple with them here in this little space in cyber world. I do so with some reservation. I can only trust that the differing opinions and conversations would be based on a desire to encourage one another and learn. I don't have all the answers, not even close.
As we start this conversation and I begin to write this chapter of our story, pray for my son, for our family and please share your own experiences. I find such beauty in the sharing that takes place from one life to another. I believe that is part of God's story for man as we await His return.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Yesterday kicked of the new school year. With tradition we headed out as a family for a big pancake breakfast. Considering both boys rise around 6 am we got started bright and early. We then took a leisurely stroll (to walk off the pancakes no doubt) and headed home.
Each year we have a treasure hunt in our house for the fresh new school supplies. I am a sucker for new pencils, markers and our new obsession Twistable Crayons. I like these because my son Isaac can press hard and not break them, as well as, not be tempted to peel them instead of pay attention :o) I had fun shopping! This was the first year I could buy most of what we needed in one shop. I bought enough white cardstock to last the entire year.
I love the smell of new paper! I know.... a bit nerdy.
To put our new supplies to good use we sat down and made our notebook covers for each subject. They have fun tailoring the covers to what they are studying for the year. We use stickers, makers, printouts, etc. Isaac's notebooks inevitably have cars, bugs and dinosaurs on them because we all know they transcend every subject of study.
Today we worked through our first full day of academics and it went well.
Of course we couldn't leave little Eli without a notebook.
He didn't really decorate it but simply tried to eat it.
Boys will be boys!
(Stay tuned for more of the changes we have made for this year. I had intended to post that before the start of school but battled a nasty cold all weekend. )
Thursday, September 03, 2009
- Being organized in each room for the cleaning (paper towels and spray bottles)
- Staying on top of the laundry (a momentous task for me)
- Cleaning when the moment presents itself
- Sticking to the priorities and not getting caught up doing other cleaning (that time is coming)
- Continue to train my daughter and son in helping around the house.
Just a little picture of the mighty mobile mess maker of the family.
You can't put anything down with out risk and he is a huge threat to my book collection right now :o)
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
This has in part contributed to not planning like a fiend this year and getting all my "ducks" in a row. I don't have ducks anyway, who by instinct follow their mother in cute little lines. Rather I have three very distinct, different and unique kids. I've always had this idea that order would fix all the problems. It is certainly a tool to get from one place to another but not the be all and end all. I am discovering the real "fixer" is in paying attention to the relationship (w/Him and them) and being at peace in each day as it comes. If peace comes from skipping math that day, so be it. I can't skip math everyday but stopping to get to the root of that lack of peace solves the real issues. I would tend to push through and finish. But finish at what cost?
So I look to the priorities this year and not the plan though it serves it's purpose. My hope is to see all the "interruptions" to the plan as an opportunity to stick to the priorities.
Over the next few posts I am going to hash out some of the practical things I will be doing different this coming year.
Monday, August 31, 2009
As you'll see above my header picture has changed. Same location different picture, and different time of year. The cliff in the picture is where we released the ashes of our son Jonah, who would now be seven years old. I visit that cliff each time I return to the Island. It is absolutely beautiful and peaceful. It is one way of remembering, acknowledging and embracing Jonah's life and the grace that it brought us.
I am finishing up school organizing this week, as well as, having my two nieces visit for a few days.
I leave you with a sunset I enjoyed from my time on the Island. My soul finds such peace and refreshing in the solitude and beauty of nature.
The city just doesn't cut it for me!