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What A Week!

Glad it’s over!

A week ago today, Elliot got stung on the eye by a bee and swelled up like a great big red and purple balloon. A couple of hours later, after who-knows-what-the-whole-story-is, Chloe had to be on the school bus for TWO HOURS. I was not a happy mama.

The next day started with Chloe and a stomach virus. Elliot later joined her in the fun of the virus.

Paul was the next to fall, coming home from work and going to bed.

Then came me. I am not one to miss a party! I spent a day in the bed with the virus and the next day in the bed with a migraine — probably from dehydration.

Elliot and Chloe were home all week from school. Ugh. Makeup work won’t be fun.

And then yesterday, one of my children got provoked by a particularly maddening student in his class and responded in a way that was unwise. (Being vague purposely for protection’s sake. ūüėČ Some of you detective-types may be able to put the pieces together, I realize!) My child was devastated by his choice and by his pronounced sentence: detention during recess and lunch. He literally cried himself to sleep after school. While inside I think this particularly maddening student got what was arguably deserved, I mostly just hope this terrible experience will keep my child walking the straight and narrow for a long time. Like forever.

To top it all off, today it’s cold and rainy. I’m a wimp and don’t like the cold.

But it’s Friday. And next week is spring break.

I love Fridays. And I love spring break even more!

Bring. it. on!

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Delight!


Update on my Word for 2012.  I am delighting in:

  • spring-like weather!
  • Chloe’s throwing a big ol fit to express her frustration
  • basketball season with my boys
  • watching¬†Wheel of Fortune with the family
  • the boys playing together
  • Chloe dribbling, dribbling, dribbling the basketball
  • an evening with nothing to do
  • a freshly-mowed lawn
  • finally discovering what was stinking up my fridge!
  • new air fresheners
  • new batteries
  • a clean bathroom
  • a new shirt
  • friends who “get it”
  • celebrating my nephew’s graduation from Basic Training in the Air Force!
  • bedtime ritual with Zippy of reciting a special poem while rubbing his cute face
  • holding Zippy’s hand while walking across a parking lot
  • hearing Elliot practice drums/bells
  • Chloe voting NO! to going to her brothers’ basketball games
  • making progress on some goals that I set for this year
  • speaking of, feeling like I’ve conquered the new “one space after a period” rule!
  • playing Words With Friends with Elliot

… Yes, I’m delighting! ūüôā

DELIGHT in 2012

DELIGHT

It’s my word for 2012.

In thinking about my life and my time and the people I love, I chose the word DELIGHT to be my focus for the year 2012.

Today, the first day of 2012, I begin my focus and my meditation and my aim for delight.  Finding delight, acting in delight, claiming delight.

So much of my life is consumed with making sure things are covered, making sure things are done, making sure things are thought through and accomplished.  So much of my life is often stressful, often un-fun, often serious, often daunting.  So much of my life tends toward serious, life stuff.

And so often, I am bogged down in the seriousness of life.¬† So often I realize I haven’t laughed in too long.¬† So often I realize I am not enjoying my children.¬† I often realize that I am too busy or too stressed to have fun with my husband.¬† When I stop and think about what brings me joy, I hesitate a little longer than I wish I did as I try to think of my answer.

I am setting out to DELIGHT in things I love this year.

Delight to me includes:  happiness, contentment, joy, laughter, sunshine, fulfillment, yellow, bright, pleased, blessed, joy, smiles, fun, enjoyment, deep-heart happy.  Delight is also going to involve some action for me this year.  Not just feeling it in my spirit, but acting on it!  Acting on it to the point that people notice it.

I will delight in Paul, my husband of nearly 20 years.¬† In fact, we celebrate our 20th anniversary this year, and I would love nothing more than to celebrate it right in the middle of my Year of Delight actually delighting in him!¬† I want to bless him and be blessed by him.¬† I want us to have fun together — even spontaneous fun! ¬†Not too many years ago, Paul and I had the type of relationship that people looked at with envy and commented how it was so obvious that we enjoyed each other so much and were such good friends. ¬†Seems like the hardness of life has zapped some of the joy and the fun from our relationship. ¬†We have a strong bond, but perhaps some of the joy and fun are MIA. ¬†I am aiming to change that this year — change it by starting in my own spirit this year.

I will delight in my children.¬† Elliot will become a teenager in my Year of Delight. ¬†A teenager!! ¬†My years with him are limited — he’s growing up.¬† He’s a great kid, and I want to relish in him and take time to stop and listen to him more.¬† Zippy is a lover, and I don’t stop and cuddle with him as much as I should.¬† I want to delight in my time with him. ¬†I want to delight in the sound of his voice! ¬†So much of my time with Chloe is consumed with therapy or stretching or practicing a skill — all of which are important.¬† But this year I want to enjoy being Mom when I’m with her.¬† In thinking of how to delight in my children, I want to laugh together and play together more in 2012.

I will delight in other people whom I love.¬† Life is oftentimes too busy, and I neglect the rest of my family and friends with whom I truly do want to connect.¬† As cold as it sounds, sometimes you just have to make it a commitment and mark it on your calendar in order to make it happen or else it just won’t happen.¬† So I would like to delight with some fun people — and commit to doing so. ¬†(Dear friends, you know who you are! ¬†So call me soon to schedule our fun times together! ¬†LOL!)

I will delight in the Lord.¬† I will delight in my relationship with God.¬† In the past I have found such comfort and peace and joy in relying on the Lord, with time spent in prayer or reading the Bible or in worship.¬† Lately, it seems life has hardened me to the point that I am too cynical about many things — including things of the Lord.¬† I want to again delight in time spent with God.

I will delight in fun things — in having fun just for fun’s sake.¬† I can hardly type this with a straight face because it seems so forced.¬† But it’s important for us to have fun, and I want to make it a point to do so.¬† Not sure what this will look like for me this year.¬† Maybe playing games, maybe watching fun movies (I’ve become such a movie hater because I feel like it zaps a ton of time from my life for no reason whatsoever!), maybe reading books just for enjoyment, maybe saying yes more often when someone asks me to join them in something just for fun.¬† (I realize this makes me sound like quite a stick in the mud, but perhaps that is indeed exactly what I’ve slowly become.)

And those are my thoughts so far on Delight in 2012 and what it might mean for me.¬† I am excited to have a focus.¬† I know it will be a struggle at times as things occur that will temporary zap my joy and my delight, but my goal will be to always focus on some things in which I can delight — even in the midst of trials or frustrations!

Have you picked a word or a theme for 2012?  I would love to hear about it!

DELIGHT in 2012

A Word for 2012

While I am not a jump-on-the-bandwagon type girl, I am jumping on the bandwagon.¬† While I am not one to join in on the latest thing, I’m joining in on this latest thing.¬† While I am usually one to watch others follow along while I just roll my eyes, this time I am following along.

I’m joining up.¬† I’m doing it.¬† Even though everyone else is doing it.

I am picking a word for 2012!

A theme.  A goal.  A focus.  One that I can revisit often during the year, reminding myself to keep up the action and the meaning of the word.  One that I can share with you throughout the year and share how I am doing with my word and with my focus.

I’ve been doing some thinking . . . some reflecting . . . and I have my word.¬† I have chosen my word for 2012.

Check back January 1st for the big reveal . . . . and meanwhile, why don’t you join me in picking a word for 2012.¬† It’ll be fun — everyone’s doing it!!¬† ūüôā

Thankful

 

Today I am thankful.

I am thankful for a family who loves me unconditionally and untiringly. 

I am thankful for a husband who supports me and upholds me.

I am thankful for a God who saved me and redeemed me.

I am thankful for friends who are interested in hanging out with me and listening to me.

I am thankful for people who pray for me and for my family.

I am thankful for a warm, dry, and comfortable house.

I am thankful for my clean carpets.  (Thanks, Dad!)

I am thankful for a fun and special other family — my in-laws — who entertain us and love us.

I am thankful for lots of yummy food to fill my tummy.

I am thankful for the children’s ministry and the youth ministry at our church — love that people of God are speaking into my children’s lives.

I am thankful for a dependable vehicle. 

I am thankful for the good health of my family.

I am thankful for a happy home and a close-knit, life-loving  family.

And I am thankful for you.  Thanks for reading my blog.

I pray that your thankfulness list goes on and on and on . . . just like mine could.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Milkshake

milkshakes

Image by Rakka via Flickr

Ok, remember the analogies a few days ago?  The jacket/vest, the box of chocolates, and the music box?  Well, I found the perfect one for me on another blog that I sometimes read.

I. am. a milkshake.

Yes, a milkshake. ¬†I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Read the post here

, and picture me with lots of straws!  Love it.

The Music Box

What a beautiful box!

Looking at the closed box, you’ll see beautiful colors. ¬†Sometimes the box is painted with beautiful flowers or ballet slippers. ¬†Sometimes the box is beautiful, smooth, shiny wood. ¬†Sometimes it’s even a shiny silver box. ¬†These beautiful boxes are so lovely to look at.

Just holding that beautiful box makes me feel a little bit like a princess. ¬†The beautiful box makes me feel good. ¬†It gives me a full, happy, and peaceful feeling. ¬†It’s so very, very girly.

The latch is always especially pretty, and lifting the latch makes me feel like I’m unlocking something delicate, something special, something valuable — something treasured.

Opening the box, I let out a gasp. ¬†The box is even more beautiful inside! ¬†It’s shiny and soft and delicate and beautiful. ¬†I’m amazed that someone would make a box so beautiful and special.

The box holds beautiful treasures. ¬†The more you look, the more treasures you’ll find. ¬†There are hidden compartments, special compartments reserved for the most special treasures. ¬†If you take enough time exploring and enjoying the box, you’ll surely find deep treasures.

Oh, and listen to the song! ¬†What a beautiful song! ¬†And the dance! ¬†There is a captivating song and dance. ¬†You can’t open the box — not even a crack — without hearing the song and enjoying the dance.

And before you close the box, don’t forget to peek in the tiny mirror. ¬†Because it seems like each time you spend time opening the box and enjoying the dance and listening to its song, there might be something new revealed in you — in the mirror. ¬†Yes, you can learn about YOU in the music box.

My music box?  Chloe.

Chloe is beautiful inside and out. ¬†She’s a treasure . . . and she holds many treasures. ¬†She is a beautiful song and dance. ¬†And you are guaranteed to learn something about yourself when you slow down enough to enjoy her song.

Beautiful one!

 

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