a Friday list – breathe deeply

I have an extra long, long weekend.  We put a snow day on the school calendar this year and it was decided that we didn’t need to make up any days so here we go – four days to see if I can remember how to breathe (it has been a whirlwind at work).

Here is what is on my list:

  1. An early movie time
  2. Long walks on the trail
  3. A slow wander through the grocery store to restock the fridge
  4. A bit kitting, a bit of sewing, a bit of reading,
  5. Sitting on the deck with a lovely cup of coffee to start the day and a glass of wine at the other end.

Hello May

I am hoping for a bit more of this:

Afternoons at the trail with my running buddies,

Travel planning,

A few good books,

Knitting, journaling, maybe sewing.

And it would be icing on the cake to have more dry days than wet.  

Hello January

You really came in with a blast of cold that has me hunting for wool socks and mittens.  Those little piles of snow will not be going away too soon.  I am thankful for warm soup for lunch and an extra blanket at night.  

I’m not making a long list of resolutions January.  I have plenty of projects and plans that still need attention.  Mostly I want to greet each day with a heart that is watching for treasures and blessings.  It’s time to really live on the half full side of the table, to look for good, to celebrate, to listen, and to pause.  I think we are going to have a good month January!

Be still. God isn’t going to try to shout over all of the noise in our lives.  Bob Goff

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Slipping out of 2016

I finally jumped in with an Instagram review of 2016.  I have been inspired by Louise (knitbritish podcaster).  While she admits that 2016 dumped a fair amount of rubbish into our lives, there were also moments of love and joy.  So, let’s focus on the good.  In my little part of the world there was news of a Indy person, traveling to New Orleans, San Francisco, and New York City, hard work done at the gym that let me run another half marathon, a trip to Oregon and quilting with my friend Lori, and of course the arrival of our tiny person. 

My one little word for 2016 was SEE.  I actually had to go back to my old blog to find that words so I guess it wasn’t a great choice.  This week, I have been auditioning possible words.  JOY, CHOOSE, and REST were all rolling around in my head.  Last night, my daughter sent me a link to a podcast where Ali Edwards talked about choosing a word.  She talked about not choosing a word that will change your life.  Instead, choose a word that lets you ask the question, what does this look like in my life.  Almost immediately, the word TREASURE came to mind.  I love this verse, “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:19‬ ‭ESV‬‬. I’ve been thinking about this a lot this month, the things we ponder in our hearts, the gifts but also the trials.  And then this verse, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:21‬ ‭ESV‬‬.   This is what I want to explore in 2017, what does treasure look like?  

My new hat is on the needles and I am watching videos to learn the picot cast on for a new (and probably challenging) shawl.  Plans for travel are in the works.  Dad is on the mend.  I am making a list of books I want to read and projects to knit and sew.  I have a beautiful family and work that I enjoy.  There is much to treasure.

Monday, monday

Have I mentioned that I love my job?  The hard parts (budgets, discipline, paperwork) are easily set aside when a small person brings me a hand written note.  There are times when I miss the day to day teaching, having a special connection with one group of children.  But I spend a lot of time in the classrooms and do a monthly storytime with each class so in the end, I do get that connection.  And, I get to work with parents too.  This time of year I am hosting parent meetings to talk about development, what to expect in the next few months, and making decisions for the next school year.  I have a deep desire to help parents listen to their hearts and their guts about their own child.  It seems a bit counter cultural these days.  

It looks like a wet and meeting filled week but I know there will be #tinytinymoments to bring a smile to my face.  Happy Monday!