- Writing “Thank You” Notes– I realize this is a dangerous thing to put out there when there are MANY overdue notes yet yo be written, but the primary reason I get behind on thank you note writing is that I savor each one. That’s not an excuse; it’s the truth. This is not to say my notes are works of art, but I love turning over an act of generosity in my mind over and over again and reflecting on whatever occasion prompted it; I love holding a loved one in my mind’s eye as I think gratefully of them. In the case of writing such notes for gifts given to Caroline, I love thinking about how much she has grown and developed in the time that has elapsed since the gift was given. As you might imagine, then, or as you might know from experience, my notes tend to be a bit longer than the average “thank you”, because I savor them so. So if you’re owed a note, I likely haven’t forgotten, and I will LOVE writing your note some day, and if you want to remind me to be sure you’re included, I won’t be offended, but I will require your patience. I resolved this past week to try to write at least one note every day, especially on days when the weather allows a walk to the post office (20-30 minutes round trip- a great mid-afternoon activity with miss caroline) and it occurred to me that even when the baby thank yous are done, I certainly could find cause to write one such note a day, every day. Goodness knows, I’ve missed my share of such opportunities many times before. And what joy that would bring to every day!
- Leading Worship with my Husband– I haven’t written yet about my first pulpit supply gig last week. I don’t love preaching, but i remembered last week that I like it. But what I really remembered I love last Sunday was the joy of taking turns with Kev as we share our gifts in worship leadership. The new church development in which I preached and he played this past Sunday and in which he will play again this Sunday, has a lovely contemporary sanctuary (and I rarely attach those two adjectives to one another; they aren’t empty. i mean them both!) with a beautiful grand (baby? not sure.) piano and crisp and live acoustics. It was a fabulous space in which to hear Kevin give glory to God through his music and to give glory to God through proclamation song and prayer. And I LOVED giving glory to God together again. Loved it so much, in fact, that I started having crazy thoughts like “Maybe there’s a little country parish that JUST needs worship leadership.” That is crazy FOR SO MANY REASONS, but… a lovely craziness, no?
- When a Sermon Listener Draws a Picture on his Bulletin that Matches a Picture in my Head- When I read my sermon draft to Kev last weekend at one point I said “I’m picturing a Venn Diagram here. Do I need to be explicit about that or does that come through?” “It comes through,” he assured me. And then a parishioner drew a Venn diagram (actually two) on his bulletin as he discussed his thoughts about the sermon with me. LOVE THIS!
- Inspiration– A few days ago we had a gorgeous morning, a perfect morning on which to hang clothes on the line. I put Caroline in the bjorn and we listened to the birds and the neighborhood dogs as one by one crisp white diapers were pinned to the line. As I watched the line of diapers blowing in the wind I wanted to write a haiku for the first time in a long time. Bits and pieces were coming together… let’s see if it is there now: To a simple life* Diapers wave out on the line* Flags of surrender- Eh. I’m not a poet, but I love being inspired to try.
- A Cooler Than Expected Day- Yesterday we had lots of to-ing and fro-ing to do and the weather forecast called for “mid 80’s” which for this yankee is hot. So imagine my delight at cool breezes and a certain crispness in the air, all the day through. Love it!
- Pictures Mamie Sent in the Mail– Especially of Auntie Mieke and Caroline on baptism day! Love them!
- Elizabeth Edwards’ Resilience– I cancelled my Audible subscription this week (love Audible, but just not using it these days), and had several credits accumulated that I wanted to use up. It took awhile to find six books I wanted to listen to and I threw this one in on a whim. And I was riveted. It is short. It is worth a listen. Especially if you’re dealing with profound grief- I think. I kept thinking of the people I know who’ve lost children as I listened to it. And the people I know who’ve experienced infidelity in their relationships (though this is not a major portion of the book.) And the people I know with terminal illnesses. She writes beautifully. And she reads what she has written beautifully. I love it!