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Weather, So Good, Truth and Bubbles

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You see I told you I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the themes of the day – sometimes I wonder why I even try.  But then I think, well trying is better than not trying.  Plus who knows maybe one day I will surprise myself and actually stay with the program.   Today’s post (post #1 hopefully) will be full of the 4 day’s I missed, so it will be a little eclectic in nature.

The weather here in North Carolina has been a little bit “frightful”.  It started snowing on Tuesday evening and we got about 7 inches before it was said and done.  Now that’s a lot for North Carolina.  So my little man has been out of school since Wednesday and to top it off has a teacher workday on Monday.  Ive enjoyed some time with him but I think we are both ready for him to go back to school.  I must admit I laughed at the school system’s announcement about there being no school the first day it said “Due to the threat of winter weather, school will be closed for students and staff on Wednesday.”  I laughed because of the wording.  Yet I also laughed because I remember the days in Canada when school never closed unless it was -40 and then sometimes it was open for those of us that could bundle up and walk.  Before you get upset, I completely understand that we close schools in NC when the weather gets bad – I know we don’t have all the equipment to clear roads, people aren’t used to driving on them, more children ride school buses, and children don’t have the type of clothes we did to keep us safe in the deep cold.  Nothing we can do about weather, except deal with it as it comes.

Sometimes, the weather that keeps us inside, prompts us to do the things we often tend to put off for another time, another day.  I tackled ,using the steam cleaner, cleaning the sofa and chair in the livingroom.  They were long overdue for such a cleaning.  Although, they didn’t come out looking brand new (how could they after 10+ years of use) they certainly do look a whole lot better.   I also managed to get all the laundry done and take a nap or two.  All of these felt SO GOOD!  Things feeling so good, is like taking a deep breath that refreshes and calms your very being. So Good!

When I hear the word TRUTH, I immediately think of the scripture reading from the Gospel of John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  This has been a significant verse for me as I’ve gone through years of counseling.   Coming to terms with the truth of what happened as a child into my young adulthood, has indeed begun to set me free.  I’m far from being completely free but each step I take I become freer and freer from the pain that was inflicted upon me.  I believe that everyone who speaks their truth will begin to see the bondage that holds them, slip away and they to will be set free.  I further believe that Jesus longs for each of us to be set free from whatever holds us hostage – be it our own sin, abuse, addiction, fear, anger and the list could go on.  I encourage folks to step out of their comfort zone’s and allow your truth to begin to set you free.  What a glorious day it will be when we are all set free.

I love lots of things but there is one thing that allows me to be a child and that’s blowing bubbles.  What fun they are.  I love to watch the shapes they take and wonder why some fly so far and so high and yet others pop in just seconds.   I love bubbles so much that on our 16th Wedding Anniversary, we spent at least an hour blowing bubbles off the porch.  We laughed as we tried to see who could blow the biggest bubble or who could make theirs go the furtherest.  Blowing bubbles is also a great way to teach children and adults how to breath, as a form of stress release.   As you breath out slowly the bubble begins to form in a more sustainable way (usually), reminding us that that we breath in through our nose and our slowly through our mouth our bodies and our souls are also sustained in fresh and new ways.  Our anxiety levels come down and hopefully we can go back to doing what we’ve been called to do.

There you have it the most eclectic post ever –  Weather, So Good, Truth and Bubbles.

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Springing Forward – oh I wish!

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Over at Revgal’s it’s time to play Friday Five again.  This week we are looking forward to Spring (and after such a harsh winter who isn’t?).   

Here in Nashville the annual Antiques and Garden Show is getting underway.  The temperatures are more cold and windy than is typical, and the garden displays with colorful spring blooms are going to be tonic for many of the souls that visit the show this weekend. Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted another six weeks of winter when he saw his shadow, but spring is on the minds of many!
With that in mind,
1) What do you anticipate with the coming of spring?
2) Is there anything you will miss about winter?
3) Is there an occasion on the horizon to which you’re looking forward?
4) Do you have a favorite spring memory?
5) Do you have a favorite spring flower/bloom, and if so, what makes it special to you?

So here goes my attempt at Springing Forward:

1.  Spring is a  beautiful season.  One that is often warm enough to be outside without a jacket during the day and cool enough to build an outdoor fire at night.  Pleasant days to “play” outside and soak up some natural vitamin D.

2.  One thing I love doubt winter is the opportunity to curl up with my heating blanket and take a nap or read a book.  When spring arrives I usually have to put away the heating blanket for a little while.

3. A trip to Chicago at the beginning of May.  I’m on the Moravian Lutheran Co-ordinating committee and this years meeting happens to be in Chicago.  So I get to experience spring in a different part of the United States.  Plus since it’s a bucket list place for hubby, he’s coming along and we will try to extend the trip a couple of days so we can enjoy the windy city together.

4. Favorite spring memory?  Hmm that’s a bit tougher of one but perhaps the ability to jump rope, blow bubbles and ride bikes again oh and fly a kite.  All things I’ve discovered having a little man in the house.

5.  I love all flowers and blooms and would love to have a lens on my camera and take a class on how to take better pictures of some of them.  The colors in contrast to the bleak winter are stunning.  Here are just a few of my favorites:

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It’s Playtime – Friday Five Style

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It’s Playtime – Friday Five Style
You guessed it, today’s Friday Five from the RevGalBlogPals is all about play.  I know I’ve promised many of you a post or two about my journey of becoming a United States Citizen and I promise I will get there but first lets play Friday Five!
1. Tell about your favorite outdoor play:   Being a mom of a little boy who loves to be outside but also being a mom who is at times limited to how much physical activity I can do, I’m often trying to strike a delicate balance.  Allowing myself to free enough to play with him and yet taking care of my body.  Last summer at the beach our family bought an Angry Bird kite (yes at one if those cheesy beach stores).  My husband groaned a bit about the $5 kite and another $5 for a nicer reel.  That night we headed out to the beach as a family and I can’t tell you for certain who had more fun (my husband, my then 6 year old or me).  Guess what we did the next day?  Yup went back and bought another kite.  I LOVE flying a kite it’s so freeing for me .  Theres no better way to describe it than its FUN to fly a kite.  The butterfly kite that is pictured is one I took at a recent family adventure to a Kite Festival in Salem, VA (one of the best days we’ve had as a family in a long time).  Perhaps one day I will own a more girly kite but first I need to find a good spot locally to fly them.
Another simple and childlike thing i love to do outside is blow bubbles.  My husband and I spent the better part of the evening of our 15th wedding anniversary blowing bubbles off the porch of a cabin in the mountains (so grateful for church members who share).  It was so cool to sit and blow bubbles out of a variety of wands and bubble toys and watch them take on a life of their own.  Blowing bubbles with my dear husband was great fun and its equally fun to blow them with my littleman.  I also experience great joy watching him blow them and our dog jump to try to catch them.
I love to take pictures when I’m out and about.  I’ve never taken a class, my pictures aren’t perfect, but seldom a day goes by that I don’t snap a picture (with my phone or my basic Fuji Finepix).  Anything that catches my eye becomes a picture in my rather expansive digital collection.  Pictures of flowers, pretty sunsets or cloud formations, pictures of people playing (especially my Littleman or those who I love), and life in general.  After all there is a famous saying “A picture speaks a thousand words!”
So in short:  bubbles, kites, attempts of taking pictures and occasionally a creation with colorful chalk.
2. Tell about your favorite indoor play:  knitting, sewing, crafting, coloring.  Yarn brings me a sense of deep peace and there’s not much better than a comfy place to sit, something to drink, and a groups of like minded fiber loving friends.  Ahh I miss my Friday evenings at a Tea House In the metro Atlanta area.  A well loved hymn of mine has these words “What brought us together, what joined our hearts….” For this group of fiber loving friends it was the fiber and knitting (ok and crocheting) that brought us together and it was the fellowship, the laughter, and the friendship that emerged out of an otherwise unlikely crew.  It is this group I miss the most since our move to NC in 2011.
 
Coloring is another favorite indoor play activity.  I am a happy girl with a new set of Crayola crayons, markers, or pencils (or any variations of them).  What’s even better in the last couple of years is coloring and creating with a littleman who has certainly stolen my heart.  I have a great rolling tray in my office loaded with colorerful goodness waiting to be…..
3. Tell about a game you (or your friends) created:  Not sure I’ve ever created a game.  Except variations of games to teach church history or to try to help my child master spelling words or math facts.  I know those are lame games but that’s all I’ve got.
4. Tell about a game that is new to you:  I love my iPad and therefore love discovering different apps.  Recently I took a break from Words with Friends (which I love but am not all that great at) and Gems with Friends.  Not sure why I took that break but if anyone is interested in a new partner – let me know. I’d love to play a few games of words with a few of my revgal pals!
5. Tell how you would like to incorporate play into your workday:  Another tough but good question.  I think about coloring, knitting, sewing, etc but I seldom have the discipline to work them into my work day. I encourage others to play and to make time for themselves.  Truth be told I need to pencil in, no use a bold sharpie, more time for play throughout my day, my week, my month, and my year.  Time to play in silence and alone, times to play with my husband and littleman and time to play with friends.  For with play comes laughter and joy and that would be good for my soul!   Play date anyone?