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Monday, February 18, 2013

Lent, Day 6

  • The sound of the rain on the windows (now that I am cozy at home.)
  • Thin mints for dessert.
  • My gym buddy especially on a rainy Monday night when I would totally talk myself out of it if I had to go alone.
  • My daughter progressing yet another rank at school. She's now a Cadet Chief Petty Officer. So proud of that girl!
  • That our friend D is fully funded to go on her Spring Break trip to India.
  • Friends who are spending the week in happy they have some down-time.
  • A night in with the vicar.

Lent, Days 3, 4 & 5

I kept track of my daily gratitude but did not post over the weekend, so without further ado...

Friday gratitude...

  • For making it through another week!
  • My daughter having the chance to get away for retreat with her youth group.
  • The struggle of giving control of my tongue over to Jesus, and being forced to pray (LOTS) instead of complaining, criticizing or comparing.
  • Shamrock shakes :)
  • Our niece's wedding today!
  • A quiet day with my boyo; nothing on the schedule other than karate class.
  • An out-of-the-blue message about a potential job opening.
  • The vicar and girlie are both home...all together again.
  • The three of us surprising the vicar at the airport.
  • The waitress at Outback telling us that we were one of the nicest families she had served, ever, and complimenting the kids on their manners.(Not trying to brag, but glad we stand out in the world as being different)
  • The parking employee who went to bat for me at O'Hare when I misplaced my ticket (even though I still had to pay the penalty fee.)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Lent, Day 2


Today, as I struggled not to complain, criticize or compare, I felt like almost every word that comes out of mouth must normally  fall into one of these three categories! Talk about having the flaws in your character brought to the surface! As I wrestled to keep my tongue, I grew more and more frustrated with myself. I was so aware that I cannot do this in my own strength. I think this Lenten season is going to be the most agonizingly, beautifully, amazingly difficult Lent season I have experienced. It’s going to be so good for my character!!!


grateful today for…
  • Home-made Valentine card from my boyo.
  • A sunny morning after many cloudy ones.
  • Getting everything on my to-do list done before it’s time to head to the gym.
  • Brakes on my car that are in perfect working order when I was convinced they needed replacing.
  • Phone calls at work from my traveling vicar.
  • Friendly faces at work that stop in to see me.
  • The realization how utterly incapable I am of “being good” on my own.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ash Wednesday 2013

It’s almost bed-time for me this Ash Wednesday, but as my habit has often been during Lent, I am going to be blogging daily gratitude. It’s one of the things I choose to “pick up” during Lent, rather than only concentrating on the things I hope to leave behind.

In addition to the daily gratitude, I am picking up this book with a group of people gathered (electronically) by my friend Doreen. I am really looking forward to reading this.

As far as giving up; this year I am “giving up” three “c’s”. Criticism, complaining and comparing. As I asked God what He would have for me this season, and listened for the response, this is what came to mind. The first two will be especially challenging for me in my job. Already today I was forced to bite my tongue more than once. It could be a loooooooooooong 40 days! Winking smile The comparing part is both not demeaning others or my own self.

Pre-Lent gratitude that I have been keeping track of since the beginning of 2013…
  1. Having someone to go to the gym with.
  2. A gym that is close to the house and very reasonably (about $15 a month) priced.
  3. A little looseness in the schedule lately with a day off from work here and there.
  4. A toasty warm home when the weather is dreadful outside.
  5. Knowing I'll get to see my Daddy in May.
  6. A bright sunshiny boy who turns 13 this week.
  7. Sunday lunch with good friends and our next "date" already on the calendar.
  8. Knowing my limits.
  9. Reading 3 whole books in January!
    …and adding more…
  10. A teenaged boy who gets excited about sweet potato fries and turkey burgers for dinner.
  11. A big sister who volunteered to help her brother learn the world of email and Facebook on his long-awaited birthday.
  12. Consistency in going to the gym and feeling my body grow stronger.
  13. How sometimes strangers are “friends not met yet.”
  14. Valentines Day cards left on the dining room table by a traveling vicar.
  15. Forcing yourself to stop counting because you’re solo parenting for the next few days and it’s time for bed.

Friday, February 1, 2013

7 Quick Takes 2/1/13

  1. I haven't done a Quick Takes for quite some time, but I'm hoping it will help me get back into writing more. One of the things I want to do "more" of this year is write. It has been out of my routine for quite some time, and although I often write posts in my head, they very rarely make it onto the digital page.
  2. I now have 2 teenagers. How did I get this old? The 13-yeard old slept until 10:30 this morning, so I know it's real :) The other one starts driver's ed this month. Oy vey!
  3. Since the holiday season ended we have been trying to stick to a healthier and more balanced diet and aren't doing too bad. But we both still have moments when we'd like nothing better than to stuff our faces with all manner of unhealthy things.
  4. The exercise issue is taking a bit longer...I did really well getting up before work to get on the rower. For two days. I am not really a morning person (I like to say I'm a lunch-time person :) ) so getting up at 5:15 is not sustainable for me, as much as I'd like to think it is. However I rarely feel like exercising when I get home, either. Especially once I have sat my behind down in my chair. My friend Karissa and I just signed up at a gym near the house, so we're going together. We have gone twice this week and plan on going tomorrow as well. Hurray for progress!
  5. I AM making progress with my "read" goal. A couple of weeks ago on Monday I had the day off, and I finished reading An Altar in the World, and I read A Child Called It and The Lost Boy. The latter two were fairly quick reads, although heart-breaking. They tell the story of one of the worst child abuse cases in California. I just picked up the third book, A Man Named Dave.. It's been a long time since I read that much in a day and I loved it. I don't usually give myself that kind of luxury because it means I'm neglecting all kinds of other things :)
  6. I love being at home with my family. There are things about my job that get on my last nerve, and there is nothing better than backing into the garage on Friday afternoon, watching the door go down and enjoying the feeling of sanctuary coming over me.
  7. I'm actually so excited that Lent is coming up. Ever since we began observing it a few years ago, I find it such a beautiful time in my spiritual walk every year. Yeah, kind of weird, I know, but there you have it!

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