I haven’t gotten nearly as much done as i thought I would with a week off my feet. You see my mind hasn’t been able to focus much more than to color a bit off and on and to re-read parts of on of my new favorite books. I’ve been blessed with lots of flowers two sets you see above and lots of wonderful food. So not only have I been taken care of but my boys have also.
Let me explain the pictures above — the top left corner is me holding my new favorite book. It’s a book put out by REVGALBLOGPALS and is short essays about the joys, challeneges and even the laughable moments of ministry. If you are a femaile in ministry, support a female in ministry, are a female thinking about ministry, or want to know what it’s like to be in ministry this is a candid book about life as a female minister and you need to get your hands on a copy and start reading it. The picture next to that is my big new boot that is my latest and greatest fashion accessory for the next 6 weeks or so. It’s not the greatest but life could be worse and once it’s gone so shall all the pain that came from my bunion. Then there’s the two pictures of flowers that loved ones have shared with me. Next comes coloring — one of the few things I’ve been able to focus on. I got me a new set of markers — i love these pens/markers and 10 colors weren’t quite enough so as a surgery gift I bought a set of 20. Something that even my littleman is enjoying as I attempt to write this blog post. So in between the flowers and the new markers is a stainglassed butterfly I’ve started to color. I’ll try to remember to post the finished product but please don’t hold me to that because I’m not that clear headed these days. Now give me a few days and Ill be able to take on the world.
Thanks for the many ways you have cared for me and my family during this surgery. My husband told me last night he was mighty impressed with how well I was doing — so I say lets keep that up! Until next time, blessings, my friends.
It’s hard for me to believe that today is the last day of being 40. Turning 41 seems like a bigger deal than turning 40. I guess because I feel as if I have been through a year of physical challenges and the emotional ones that go along with it and at some level hope this isn’t what all years will look like. But I’m taking this day to begin a New Years resolution of sorts – making changes in the way that I handle life around me. Some of those changes may be a bit scary and some of them come with a sense of relief. If I want to live another 40 years I know that it’s time to put into practice some of the very things that I tell those I pastor on a regular basis. It’s time to do some things that refresh me and allow my energy and God’s love and grace to flow throw me.
During the past year my life seemingly fell apart, childhood trauma hit me again and this time as a flying brick coming out of no where. I wasn’t expecting it to rehaunt my life but it did and it forced me into a major depressive episode which led to new meds and a new therapist. It also was the leading cause in a medical leave of absence from the church I serve. One of the toughest things I had to do was to stop being a pastor to others and allow some to care for me. It wasn’t long after my return to work that I had a hysterectomy and appendectomy – another tough and emotional event. As my 40th year was drawing to a close I returned to Canada to officiate at my grandfather’s funeral. This proved to be a time filled with great blessing and a time of sadness as I learnt new things about my family of origin and yet was blessed with a reunion of sorts with my Aunt, Uncle,and cousins and got to meet an Aunt I’d never met. I hope that these new and reformed relationships will grow as time goes by. I celebrated my 16th year of ordination and thus faithful service to the Moravian Church – service to a God I love and a church I deeply appreciate and care for.
So today I spent time not only looking back over the past year but more looking into the year that lies ahead. This morning I spent some time with my counselor and I can’t begin to emphasize how much of a life saver she was as I travelled through this past year (and I can’t help but say if you are considering getting a counselor – do it, it just might save your life too but at the very least it will enrich it). This afternoon I’ll spend some time learning about continued ways to serve the church and this evening will be topped off with some time of doing what I love to do most knitting!
As I enter a new year of life I pray that I may more fully become the person that God created and continues to create and call me to be. I know that takes a commitment on my part to tend to myself – my whole self- body, spirit and mind. I make this commitment and look forward to watching the ways that will help me to grow. I look forward to creating more (hopefully finishing my first knitted sweater), coloring more, taking time to take more pictures and letting the spirit recreate and create a new in me. I certainly look forward to enhancing my ability to minister and going on my first cruise in February with other revgals. Lastly, I look forward to a more uplifting year filled with the peace and hope that comes when claimed as a child of God!
Spring flower pics taken from the parsonage yard. Photos taken by PKLM and are not to be used without permission
Over at RevGals the Friday Five is up. What is your favorite:
5. time of day
Bonus: Any favorite you haven’t mentioned above that you want to bring up!
1. Food: Ice cream and Nice bars
2. Drink: Coke or milk
3. Animal: Owl, sheep, turtles but to own a dog!
4. Color: Pink
5. Time of Day: nap time
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: