Since I missed yesterday… let’s see if I can… 13…
- Air Conditioning- Perhaps it is gauche to admit it, but… friends… walking into our air conditioned home from the sauna that is our city right now… I LOVE IT.
- The Healing Wonder of Babies- If you don’t follow me on facebook or don’t read the other blog then you may not have heard that it turns out that Caroline broke her leg in that fall two weeks ago today. I spent a portion of yesterday feeling terribly about not having her x-rayed sooner, and about falling in the first place, but… when we got word that she was healing just fine on her own and that at this point a cast wouldn’t add anything to her healing process though they would have casted her had they caught it sooner… I was relieved and in awe- AWE. A broken femur? And it will likely be healed in just one more week, with no intervention whatsoever? And Caroline hasn’t even been especially fussy, nor evidenced much change in movement- she has protected the leg- preferring not to stand, not putting weight on it when standing, etc, but she has rolled and kicked and lifted and jumped and scooted… Never once wincing. With a broken leg. When I explained all this to my sister she said “She was healing herself!” Indeed she was. And I LOVE that.
- Witnessing the Joy of Strangers- While waiting for x-rays yesterday I chatted on and off with a mom, grandma, and three kids that were sitting near me. At one point a cell phone call came in and both adults became VERY excited. The grandma scooted over to me to tell me what was going on. Her other daughter had just received a picture of the little girl she will soon bring home from China. She has been in the adoption process for 4 years. As of moments before that call came in she didn’t know who her daughter would be. Now she knows her age (9 months), and knows she has no hair, and knows she’s rolling over, and I imagine knows she’s absolutely beautiful. The aunt-to-be was beside herself with joy- tears in her eyes. Grandma was overcome. And I got to see it. And hear it. LOVE IT!
- Having a Strong, Healthy Baby- A few hours at a children’s hospital brings the magnitude of this blessing sharply into focus. I love it! (Though I know I would love a sick and struggling baby just as much, I love that Caroline, as of yet, does not have such struggles.)
- Catching Up and Hearing Good News- Friends are back. And I LOVE IT!
- Building New Relationships– I received an e-mail this week inviting me to join in a new walking ministry among the women of congregation number 2. The plan was for as many women as possible to walk together EARLY Saturday mornings and to encourage folks to find a walking buddy for doing the weeks. The hope was that we could encourage one another along on fitness and weight loss goals. Maybe form a team for a 5K or 10K in the fall. As I am nearing my goal weight, and have been steadily increasing my daily activity level the past several weeks as activity will be key to maintenance and as I have a lot of growing to do in the fitness department, this was a well timed invitation for me. And as I’ve been realizing my need to cultivate community more intentionally ever since the accident two weeks ago, this was also well timed for me. Normally I would balk at doing anything before 8 a.m. (closer to 7 a.m.) on a Saturday morning… we’re up anyhow with Caroline. So, why not? Love the initiative taken by another new mom in this church and love the conversations I had with two women I only kind of new as we walked for an hour and a half this morning.
- Walking First Thing in the Morning- This is the ONLY time of day that I think it is wise to walk in the southern summer. There were cool breezes, and I never once felt overly hot. Kev and Caroline actually came with this morning just because I wasn’t sure where I was going and this was a park close to home, a good place for all of us to explore. And Kev and I both agree that so long as he isn’t working (his temp job ended yesterday), a daily walk at this park, first thing in the morning, most mornings anyhow, could be REALLY good for all three of us. So I think we might try it. Love it!
- This Park- So I’m getting a bunch out of one experience, it was a great experience. This park is about 4 miles from home, and has a nature center, and wonderful paved walking/running/bike trails. The perfect trail, i.m.h.o., is lined with blackberry bushes. And… this is the first such trail I’ve found in our new home! Blackberries EVERYWHERE!!!! We didn’t walk the whole park so there is yet more to explore. And as we were leaving one of our dear friends whom we haven’t seen in awhile pulled up right next to us. She was pleased to bump into us. She said it made it feel like she was living in a small town. Lots of people were out walking first thing this hot Saturday. It did feel like a great way to enjoy creation, build community, and get fit. We will definitely be back- SOON. Daily? We’ll see. Love it!
- Blackberries Right Off the Bush- LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THEM!
- Doing Things I’ve Been Meaning to Do for Some Time- For example, vacuuming the upholstery on the living room furniture- I keep thinking it would be good to do that some day. And now it is done. Lots of such things got done today. Love it.
- Having Days on Which We are Spending NOTHING- We have so reined in our expenses that we often have one or more “buy nothing” days in a week! And I LOVE THIS.
- First Zucchini Harvested- And being prepared along with green beans from the garden and some leftover produce from the farmer’s market in a sauté to accompany dinner tonight. Love it!
- A Great Idea– When Kev was exploring at the park this morning he saw a sign up at the nature center saying the next Saturday was “Camp Out In Your Backyard” day, encouraging folks to not use electricity for a night and spend quality family time with one another. We have a great backyard for this. We think we’ll try it! If anyone in the area wants to join us in our huge backyard for an urban camp out next Saturday night you are more than welcome. We’ll have a fire. And we’ll cook dinner outside on the coleman stove. And Caroline will have her first night in a tent! Love it!