Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Good Morning

I really love this morning time.  Most of the time.  Sometimes I stay up too late and my head is too fuzzy to enjoy any part of my peaceful morning.  But last night I went to bed on time and so this morning is glorious!  It is still dark out.  We got about 3 inches of new snow during the night and the clouds are just rolling out.  The patchy black and gray sky is such a beautiful contrast to the fresh white covering everything.  It looks cold, but I get to be cozy inside sitting next to a warm fire and having read some comforting words about Jesus Christ.  I feel warm inside and out. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Can I learn something from this dream?

My dreams have been a little more vivid the last couple of nights.  And the one from last night, or really probably just an hour ago, is making me think.  Basically Naomi and I needed to get home and got on a bus, but that turned out to be a very wrong decision, so I quickly got off just before the bus drove away but couldn't convince Naomi to get off.  The rest of the dream was spent trying to get to that bus to get Naomi but being constantly delayed because somebody wanted to chat with me or needed something and I couldn't be rude and say, "No" or "I've got to go!" I just worried and stressed instead. 


Friday, February 24, 2017

Friends

Next question from 52 stories:

What has been your greatest physical or athletic accomplishment - an endurance race, a difficult hike, a personal health goal?  How did you stay motivated to reach the finish line?

I feel like I have already written about this in more than one blog post.  I think for this one I will focus on that last question.  How did you stay motivated?  Motivation is something I struggle with, and it would be great to understand myself a little better there.

I'm not sure which single "event" I would consider to be my greatest accomplishment.  There are a few things that come to mind, that I feel like were real accomplishments.  I rode 80 miles on my bike, I ran 11 miles, I deadlifted 200 pounds, even the fact that I exercise regularly feels like a great accomplishment!  Most of them were done with my friends.  The one thing I can think of that I did all by myself, was because of my friends and I received a lot of encouragement from them. 

So, there is my answer.  Friends.  Really great and amazing friends who I adore, and often wonder why I am so blessed to have such dear friends.  They are positive, helpful, loving, fun to be with, and they make hard things a pleasure.  I hope I can be such a friend.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

One Kitten for Kim

I used to write about the books I had read, and I think that would be great to do again.  So I'm starting with One Kitten for Kim, by Adelaide Holl. 


I loved this book when I was a kid.  My parents still have it, and it made me so happy to see my kids enjoy it when we would visit.  I finally decided that we should have a copy too.  It came in the mail yesterday!  Spencer did not recognize it, so I was extra excited to read it to him.  Ellen did recognize it and sat down with us to listen.  That made me happy too.  It brings me a lot of pleasure when even my big kids will stop what they are doing, or even come sit down with me, to listen to what I am reading out loud.

Spencer liked it!  He liked all the kittens and the new pets as they came along.  He also liked being able to help me read the list of animals Kim was carrying in his wagon after every stop. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Half

I'm having another "hmmmmm" day.  I'm not sure what to write about, and my time is short because it took me so long to get the fire going this morning.  Some days it is really quick and easy, and some days it just is not.  But I really like to have the fire in the morning, so I think it's totally worth it. 

I'm running in the Snake River Canyon Half Marathon next Saturday.  I'm feeling a bit nervous.  I know I can do it, but I think it's going to be kind of hard.  Not terribly, but I think it will stretch me.  My body is ready to be done with it, I think.  Ready to be back on my bike.  Anticipation is such a strange thing!  I'm not dreading it, but I am wanting to be done with it.  I'm excited and nervous. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Rain

I can hear it raining right now.  Such a nice sound.  Nice because I'm safe and dry in my house.  No leaky roof or flooding basement.  A fire to keep me warm.  Such basic, but really amazing blessings.  And it's a comforting sound.  During the night I woke up from a strange dream, heard the rain, and was able to focus on that and not the disturbing scenes of my dream.

On Saturday I went running in the rain.  I almost went to the gym to run on the treadmill instead, but I didn't.  And I'm so glad I got to run in the rain.  It was actually very enjoyable and gave me a bit of a boost.  How funny that rain can be soothing in one instance and energizing in another. 

I'm not saying I would love to live in Seattle, because I do really love seeing the sun after several cloudy days, but I am saying that I do like rain.  I think it is an amazing gift.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Then and Now

Last night I got out an old journal and read through the first 7 years of our marriage.  I didn't write a whole lot during that time so it didn't take all that long.  I think I spent about an hour reading it.  As my kids are getting closer to leaving home, I sometimes find myself wishing I could go back to the time when they were little.  I often think life was much simpler then and I would like for life to be that way again.  But after reading my journal, I've realized that I really don't.  I really like life now.  I like having big kids.  I like little kids too, but it was stressful.  And very tiring.  I only wrote a little bit about the time after Naomi was born.  But it was very hard.  I really don't want to go back to that. 

I'm so thankful that life carries on.  That we get to keep progressing with it.  And I'm thankful that I don't look back on those years and automatically think they were terrible.  I'm glad my first reaction is to remember the sweet and simple times.