Recently, we were spending the better part of our afternoons outside, in the hayfield, playing baseball. I’d hit the ball, the boys would practice catching it, throwing it, catching it again, etc. They figured once soccer ended they needed to get right on practicing for their next sports season…
And then something has hit my stomach for the past week and beyond what I need to do, I pretty much just want to lay on the floor. I’m not sick, just have a nauseous-all-the-time-gut and I can’t quite figure out why.
So the boys played in the field on their own for a few days until the faucet opened and the Oregon rains came and came and are still coming.
Thus begins the long, yet shortened winter days. If I sound meloncoly about that, I certainly am. I usually enjoy this time because I can find plenty to occupy myself with in the dark evenings of late fall and winter, but this year feels different and I wish I could blink and it would be spring again. Long, dark evenings don’t mix well with the 4, active, outdoor-needing men in my life and I may be joining them in that. Hopefully this pooey attitude of mine will soon vanish along side the pooey ache in my insides.
Moving on! Other than the above, here’s what is going on around here lately:
It is November, known as ‘Movember’ to some, and we have therefore seen a growth in Matt’s mustache. So much so, that this was the name he got on his coffee the other day:
I’m teaching the Mastering Manual Exposure Workshop for Click Photo School right now and this always reminds me of how I can have about 2 things on my plate at a time. So, teaching the workshop and teaching homeschool it is. Photography, extra fun things, reading books, blogging, meal planning, etc all takes a back seat. ♥
In an attempt to lift my mood away from my stomach and onto much brighter things, I’ve began Christmas Shopping. With a vengeance. We’ve also started watching Christmas movies but I’m digging in my heals about starting to decorate… as always, I feel like Thanksgiving needs to have its day before our house explodes with lights and greenery and all things Christmas.
Speaking of Christmas, I’ve decided to spark up a new tradition of getting the boys 5 new Christmas books that I’ll give them each Sunday between Thanksgiving and ending on Christmas. I’ll wrap them, and they will open them, and we will read them. Together! The thought of that lifts my mood. 😉 One thing is for sure, my boys still love being read aloud to and who doesn’t love a wonderful Christmas story to read together as a family? I’m sure I’ll share more about this when the books arrive and the giving begins.
I’m taking a class at church right now about angels and demons. Boy or boy is it eye-opening! So much makes sense now and if you haven’t studied spiritual warfare yet, I’d say now is a pretty good time to start. ♥ Surprisingly, I do believe it will bring you a great deal of peace during this particularly turbulent time in our country.
One of my boys is currently tucked away in his room, reading a book series he’s gotten into. Him doing that is a source of joy for me, because it hasn’t always been this way. ♥
I’ve been watching a lot of Gilmore Girl reruns while I lay on my back thanks to my tummy discomfort. But, I’m finding that the show is adding to my discomfort. I used to love it, and everyone and their sister seems to be joining in that love now that it is on Netflix, but … now? So much of it brings me discomfort. I suppose I only share this because I’m realizing that when I feel discomfort in my life I try to find a place to be distracted from it. But distraction seems to only more discomfort lately, especially when the distraction is meaningless and noisy. I’m seeking meaningful calm and I don’t think we can find that through tv … or social media … or the stories and lives of other busy, noisy people. I’m sure this is not new news to most people, but I needed the reminder.
The boys are learning and loving Checkers. It is the first game that both G&C enjoy playing together. Or, rather, that Cooper enjoys playing at all. They’ve been playing on a little bitty travel checkers board with magnetic pieces the size of an eraser head. And … there it is…. another Christmas gift idea!
By the way … never before in my life have I been so grateful to be studying the history of our world. So many think we have it so bad right now, but sheesh … it just doesn’t even compare to what’s gone down in the past. However, it is a fallen world we live in and there is no doubt about it. It is a backwards, me-focused country we live in that opposes God and His love and favors our own agenda and ‘rights’. I’m so thankful to have my identity be in the Kingdom of Heaven rather than the Kingdom of this World. I find peace in that, hope in that, clarity in that, purpose in that. Without that, we’re left with the chaos and disgust that we’re currently wallowing in as a nation. No president, government, protest, activist, whatever will bring us out of it. Only turning to God can. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” says Proverbs 32:12. Our nation is not worshiping God as the Lord. Our nation worships itself, our citizenship, our rights, our agendas, our savings accounts, our success, and our choice … these are our gods that we worship. It is no wonder we are where we are right now. Our prayer has to continue to be, first and foremost, that the hearts of our nation would turn to Jesus and that it would begin to follow him. It is the only way.
I didn’t expect to post that, but when I ask the Lord to guide me through my day, I suppose His message is likely to pour out. 😉
And because it feels necessary, here are a few images of pretty light and the sweetest goats you ever did meet:
Blessings on your days, friends. I’ll be here praying, researching probiotics, Christmas shopping, trying to figure out our plans for Thanksgiving, and hoping to get outside and hit some fly balls to the boys soon.
I hope your week is filled with His love and wisdom. ♥
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