My number one rule of blogging is to never start a blog post with: “Sorry I haven’t blogged in awhile; I’ve been soooo busy.”
My number one rule of conversation is to never say, “I’ve been soooo busy lately.” Sometimes I dip into dark water and talk about my life being full, though.
My number one rule of parenting is to never be in a hurry.
I don’t know if these are actually my number one rules of anything, but they are high priorities. It’s good for me to write them down, so as to remind myself.
Last week Ellie and I were walking outside, and she held my hand and said, “Why does everyone always need you?” She is quite intuitive, but I wasn’t sure what she meant so I asked for an example. She launched into a story about people knocking on our door a lot and someone asking for cupcake pans.
It made me realize it has been awhile since I’ve done a “yes week” where I say yes to my kids and no to everything else. This time it was harder than I anticipated, and today I feel a little restless. I feel middle-aged too, because it feels like a discipline to play games on the floor, to hang out at the pool for hours without accomplishing any work on the side.
Monday morning I said they could pick a fun thing to do and Ellie chose Trader Joe’s. She got her own miniature cart, she looked for the stuffed giraffe hidden in the store so she could claim her lollipop, and she sampled the peach jam and watermelon juice. I even let her pick out a treat and she chose various flavors of extra creamy yogurt.
Last night we went to a baseball game with friends. We didn’t last through very many innings, since baseball is not an overly exciting sport to watch unless you are “very American,” as my husband says.
I’m not here for anything important, just saying hello.
Hj spends his free evenings recording his Dutch radio show or working for Kairos Traders online. He has a good excuse for not showing up here more often.
Lisa Bevere came and shared with the ladies of our campus the other day. She talked a lot about the importance of writing down what God is saying and doing, recording our visions and dreams and then working towards them. When she was young and wished for a mentor, she wrote down everything she wished a mentor would say to her. She wrote down how she wished a spiritual mother would treat her, and challenge her. Then she took the things she had written, found a young girl and applied all the things she had written. She called it living backwards or something like that.
I believe in theory in the importance of writing things down, but actually making the time and space to do it requires some steadfastness.
Steadfastness is not my natural bent, but this year has been all about learning to do things I’m not naturally good at. Watch me grow!