Thursday, November 26, 2015

turkey day 2015

This year's Turkey Day run was a 2 mile trip to the store for sour cream! Inspired by cheesecake baking with missing ingredients.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

an hour of dinner

Our family often eats together. But sometimes we're only together at the table for 5 to 10 food scarfing minutes. Tonight we went out to Wendy's (fancy!) and sat together for a whole hour. Here's what I learned.

Grant told us he was soccer captain at recess today. He picked both the goalies. He said the other team had trouble protecting their goal.

Oh good grief we all busted up!

Calli took the Talented and Gifted test this week...we think...
She said 8 kids took a test given by someone she didn't know. She said it was easy. One of the questions had people in it. She said she named one Calli and one Ailey (her best friend) and then that equaled Mom and she colored me with pink eyes.
And 10 plus 10 equals 20 and the sphere is a ball and a cube is like dice.

And she didn't turn it in.
I asked if she threw it away and she said, "no! I recycled it! It's PAPER!"
We were laughing SO HARD.

Almost gifted....except for the recycling of the test.

And no, I don't believe anything she said tonight. I think the test might actually be tomorrow.
But it was worth every minute!

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

the mud puddle

With my free time lately I've been thinking, reading, talking, remembering. I'm seeking peace and I'm coming up with fistfuls of...not peace. I'm learning not to compare and not to draw lines that don't need to be drawn. I'm encouraging myself to continue to be brave and put myself out there. It's like I've been standing in a mud puddle for the last few weeks - but in that same amount of time I've found a lot of people standing very close to me, in their own little mud puddle. Once again my pain is not wasted. As it grows so does my compassion. So does my hope in God. So does my connection with others. 

It's hard not being understood. It's hard not reaching your vision. It's hard to be slighted and put in a corner. It's hard to stay open after a mistake or a challenge makes you want to just plug your ears and run. I like distance from conflict. LIKE FAR FAR AWAY BEHIND LOCKED DOORS DISTANCE. But I'm trying not to run. I'm trying to live my own advice and I'm taking advise from those I admire around me.

I am not perfect - but I am valuable - and a little muddy. 
And I might not feel approval from others - but God loves me, so whom then shall I fear?

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you
something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson