Exercising in the Cold

So, I decided, as I over a long illness, that I am going to exercise in the early mornings again. As it is too cold lately to do that for this Florida gal, I started doing my exercise time on thr eluptical machine in the comfort of our home. Lol Baby, yes I am, when I can. Lol. And I am watching on Netflix during that time the series AD about the early church development from Jesus death on. And I am really enjoying the visual of their environment at the time and what they had to go through. It is quite good. I may or may not agree with some of their Hollywood drama, but I believe the Bible speaks for itself on the details and see the scene on the screen as historical context and it serves that purpose well. Good stuff. ❤

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A Tale of Fishing 

Today, I took my kids fishing. In coats, all bundled up. We caught nothing. We used a lot of time. We were chilly. All worth it. You cannot bond properly with your children without spending tech-free time with them, where God’s nature is the only distraction and it is a calming, welcome one. It enriches their lives and gives them an option to other unhealthy habits they may come across. ❤

Making Fun

So, today, after the work and breakfast were over, and after catching up on house keeping (which my host mom used to call “domestic goddess duties”), I kidnapped my children to race over to the clubhouse and play pool. We made fun in the day. It could have been a long, cumbersome day. I could have just plowed through and accomplished everything. No, that is not what we did. That is not my legacy to my children. My kids will know that I balanced work and play, with equal fervor, while loving God out loud the whole while. And so we make fun happen. So important. Remember the fun. 😄❤

Tennis & We

My son and I play tennis well. We both love playing, we talk while we play, it is great one on one time. Being 12 and having grown taller than I now, his blessed little hormones have started us all on a roller coaster ride of sorts, sometimes fun and sometimes very scary. Normally a good, steady boy, he now is mostly that but sometimes suspicious, contrary, volitile, interested, not interested, narcissistic, giving, sacrificial even, weepy, austere. It is intense because he is definitely my son and whereas my daughter inherited my fun living side, my son inherited my drive and ambition. Wowzers. BUT I have three tools in my pocket: 1. My fun loving side, 2. God and the knowledge that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, and 3. Tennis. As long as I can play, we can still communicate and bond doing something. Oh, and I also have food. Never underestimate the power of food to a teenager. I know if he gets angry, I must feed him for he is just hormonal hangry. So thank you, God, for all your help and how uou made me and for tennis!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ 

Music, Music, Music

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, the busiest gig and biggest payoff night of all for bands. And rightly so as live music is the best way to bring in a New Year! 😄 So, it is crunch time. We sang and practiced four hours together today and 2 hours before that independently. Amazing stamina, our band has. Lol. And we hit it again Saturday and pack up and off to gig Sunday for a thrilling 4 set gig to bring in the New Year with our band family and good music. So exciting. Only one year did we not have a NYE gig, when they cancelled due to construction not being completed in time. And that NYE was boring, watching a ball drop and punk kids “singing” non-melodic track-laden, lip-synced “songs” (but apparently I have nothing to say about that lol). So if you can, do go see a live band to bring in your New Year and you will be glad you did it right. Just a bit of friendly, unbiased, unsolicited advice. Lol 😄❤

Pool Therapy

My children have been wanting time with me. Today was a clear day so my hubby took us to breakfast at IHOP and then I took the kids to the pool for some time together. We played, we enjoyed, we spent quality time. It has been too long since we have. We all needed it. And now I have happy kids again. And I am happy because I realized the important truth that I have to make time for my children, even if it is letting something else go. There are always a million things to do but I only have two children and one husband I am responsible for personally. God and then they come first. That is how it has to be. It is good. ❤

Serving Together

My answer to the selfishness that attempt to sneak into us all is service. I force myself and now my kids (my peroggative) into a position of being humble enough to serve someone else. This forces focus onto someone else and you reap the internal rewards of joy God gives you for it. We just started delivering food and commodities to the needy elderly through a wonderful local organization. We drove to very beat down areas of town and some smelly situations and destitute people and gave them needed things and warm hugs and smiles. Immediate gratification: we felt good for having helped and loved and were honored by being Jesus for them in that moment. Also, my kids felt genuinely amazing for having helped and us doing it together. They also were able to appreciate our seeming riches in contrast to the humble we saw. We were humbled at ever grumbling or wishing for more than we had for it was obvious that in the scheme of things, we are so so very blessed already. I challenge you to serve the community somehow as a family if you can and aren’t already. When you help anyone, you help God. There is nothing like it and no beauty so clearly true than doing so. ❤