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January 14th

This morning, Tony, the 3 younger kids, and I ran in our favorite little no-pressure race.  It's no pre-registration, amble parking, decide at the last minute how far you feel like running affair.  And we love it.

Today, Coralynn, Camilla, and I ran one mile while Tony and Carson took on 3 miles.  Carson ended up with a personal best, and Coralynn beat Camilla and me for the first time ever.  It was a super fun time. Chloe was doing a 2-hour bike ride with her triathlon team, so she was unavailable to join us.

As I was running behind my little girls, watching them put forth enthusiastic effort, I was struck my how much I like my people. I often read other people's Facebook status when they are trashing their kids or husbands or wives.  It makes me sad that there doesn't seem to be a general liking in so many families.  (Or people just post their worst feelings online?)

For this Sunday's blog, let's look at the three things this week that make me really like my peop…

January 7

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It's Sunday.  I'm blogging.

I thought, staying in the name of new goals for the new year, I'd share the 3 trips I'm most looking forward to this year!




1.  Cruise with Camilla!

Each child gets to go on a parent and me trip in either 5th or 6th grade.  Chloe and I went to LA.  Carson and Tony went to North Carolina for football.  Camilla and I have come up with lots of ideas, but we had trouble settling on one.  Finally, we decided that we'd head to the Bahamas this spring!  Once I get all the paperwork in place, we'll book our trip, and I'll fill you in with the details!

The next two trips require your help!

2.  US Summer Tour

We've tentatively decided this summer to try to see as much of the US as possible.  We're thinking the East Coast in June and the West in July.  Anyone try this before?  We're not road trippers which makes the whole plan ridiculous, but everyone is surprisingly excited.  We think we'll flying into NYC mid June and do th…

2018 Word. Of. The. Year.

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But first!

We have a little announcement to make.


Say "hello" to Chicheme Jordan.
He was my Christmas present that I got on Thanksgiving Day, and I couldn't be anymore grateful for his fluffy self.  Cosita is less thrilled, but we're confident that they'll be good friends some day!



With that out of the way, it's time to get on to the business of new years and new words.
2017's year was BEYOND  And it suited the year perfectly.  I did ugly love.  I did lose fear and try new things.  It was a year of highs and lows I never expected.  It was truly beyond expectation.
As I thought about this year, I was trying to decide between ponder and joy.  Neither word excited me, but I felt drawn to choose between the two of them.  As I asked the Lord, He gave me a new word.  I told him, "no" to his word because no one picks a word like that.
Since I refused to go with His word, He told me to ponder joy.  Really, Jesus- ponder joy?  First that sounds completely clich…

Camilla.

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(This is bragging.  Be forewarned.  I like my kids.  They're not perfect, but I am a huge fan of them.)


(She's standing in front of a drawing on her poster.  She doesn't have a hair thing on- just looks like it)

Today, Camilla's class did a "wax museum" project where they presented about their leader.  The leader they chose had to come from their home country.  When she was originally assigned the project, Camilla was kind of stumped.  She doesn't have huge American history knowledge, and she was having trouble coming up with people.  I mentioned George Washington.  She wrinkled up her nose and said, "Mom- he's great, but he's so George Washington."  Seems like a reasonable argument??  So, she thought a bit more and decided she wanted to be the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I told her that I thought it was solid choice.  (Had I known she had to dress like him for the presentation, I might have gone with someone different...)

When I g…

I HAVE MY COMPUTER BACK!!!

Finally.  Died on October 5th.  Just got it back which sounds terrible except the process required a friend taking it to the US and sending it to my mom.  My mom sent it to Dell who fixed it and sent it back.  My mom then sent it to Florida to my friend who I was visiting over Veteran's Day weekend. 

In light of that, I got my computer back really quickly!

So much has happened.  So much to blog.  Stay tuned!!

Gratitude

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So, I missed blogging on my birthday because my hard drive on my brand-new-in-July computer crashed.  It crashed on my actual birthday.  That's just not ok.


But the day ended up still being super great, and the computer is under warranty, so we'll probably all be ok.


Speaking of being okay, I've learned something over the past few weeks.  Gratitude breeds gratitude.


I'm Captain Obvious, I know, but it's just become so apparent to me that the more time I spend thinking about being grateful, the more I realize there is to be grateful.  And, the more time I spend thinking about gratitude, the more I realize that I'm really so very minute in this world.  My life is total vapor-rific.  And, the more I recognize my own insignificance in the grand scheme of life, the more my heart opens to see more clearly how great God the Father is.  It really is the coolest paradigm.


And, today, I had another opportunity to sit back and just try not to explode with gratitude.


Today…

38 364/365

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Tomorrow's my birthday.
I love celebrating birthdays and not just mine.  I love making a big deal out of birthdays.
This year, I have a special appreciation for the milestone of my birthday.
And, I can't really explain it.  
Maybe it is looking at the heartbreak in Las Vegas, or
Maybe it's seeing the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, or Irma, or Maria, or the earthquake in Mexico.
It could be just an "I'm getting older" thing.
Also possible is that the Lord has spoken to my heart in a different way.
But this year, this birthday, I'm walking into October 5 with a sense of total amazed gratitude.

You know those moments when your heart is so full that you are fairly convinced it will explode, and you are totally okay with that because the love is too much to carry?  That was this picture. As you can see, Carson is in his basketball uniform having a piano lesson.  Pretty mundane, yes?
It's what you don't see in this picture that makes my heart happy.  …