Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

We're keeping a quiet holiday here.  John is on call for work (and spent most of the night at work!) and friends have invited us over for dinner.  I have a pumpkin spice bundt cake in the oven (much like the one in the above picture) and will frost it with a cinnamon glaze just before we head out the door in a bit.  Our plans for the rest of the weekend include lots of R&R - board games, movies, and throwing a miniature football around the back yard.  If we are really ambitious, there will be some work on a installing a closet system and cleaning out a filing cabinet, but that's on the back burner unless we just feel like it!

Whatever you holiday brings you, I hope you take a minute to think  about what you're thankful for. 

One of our Sunday sermons a while ago, talked about St. Paul's letter to the Philippians:

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all things through him who gives me strength.   - Philippians 4:11-13

Our pastor went on to say that we tend to think of the tough times - the times when things aren't what we want them to be, when we're ill or hurting or so deep into a situation we can't see the way out.  It's very easy to be grateful when we need help, don't have much or are hungry and in want. 

The challenge, the pastor explained, is to be content when we have everything we need. 

How many times do we open our closet doors, look at the overflowing contents, and proclaim we have nothing to wear?

How may times to we open a full cupboard or refrigerator and declare their is nothing to eat?

How many times have we spent the day on the Internet or watching TV and look around and wish we had a different house, a different living room, different face, different body, different job or different spouse?

We live in a land of "much" and it is very hard to be content.

As you celebrate this Thanksgiving, take a moment to be thankful for what you do have, whatever that may be.

I guarantee you won't regret it.

Soli Deo Gloria.
Always.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Work Home and Family - A Little Boy's Vision

Starting in late September, Buddy complained almost daily of headaches.  Terrible headaches - the wake-me-up-at-night kind of headaches.  He would hold his head and sigh and sometimes cry and ask for us to "Please make them stop!"

Obviously, we were concerned.

They were in what we thought was a 'weird' place for a headache - not obviously a tension headache or a sinus headache or anything like that.  He was going through some issues at school with another child and we thought maybe stress was the cause.  But they kept getting worse.

So we took  him in to the doctor and had an exam and a head CT.  Nothing.

Except a call from the doctor's nurse telling us that we "needed to be better parents" and "manage his stress better".  Yes, she actually said that.  And she was nasty about it too. 

I was having a horrible day and it hit me really hard.  I mumbled something about Buddy wearing glasses for reading and wondering if maybe he needed his prescription checked.  She said, "Oh, well, do that.  And let us know."

Ugh.  Thanks a lot!

Anyway, we took him in to the eye doctor - in the middle of the school day since that was the only open appointment between the beginning of October and the end of November. 

His eye site has changed drastically.

My baby boy has his Daddy's degenerative eye condition and it is progressing rapidly.  They're talking about hard contacts by the time he's in 3rd grade to slow the progression. 

His Grammie had that done too.  In the 1950s, when contacts were new.

I talked to the doctor about the headaches and he said that was normal.

Especially at this age, when the kids are learning to read and the brain has to work extra, extra hard to understand the signals that are coming in. 

I could see when he was doing his vision check, letters like C and G, b and d, p and q and other similar looking pairs were getting mixed up and he would guess.  Since he had no context (word, pictures, etc.) he got very upset very quickly.

So, now we have really cool new glasses.
And a really cool hippo glasses holder to put them on.
And no more headaches.

And a little boy who can finally see.
Hurray!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Healthy Habits in 2011 - Certified!!!!

It's official!

I'm officially a certified Jazzercise instructor! 

Whoo hoo!!!!  (And I have the official microphone belt to prove it!) :)
Boy, can I tell you that it's been a process and one I am so glad that I've gone through.  And, my, has it been humbling, as well!

I have been "Jazzin'" for 11 years now.  I thought I knew what I was doing.  Boy, did I have a LOT to learn!

I learned that even though I have a small amount of dance background, I really needed to learn a fair amount about dance.
I learned that I really can push myself a little more than I thought.
I learned that I am stronger than I thought I was - physically and mentally.
I learned that I really and truly don't embarrass easily - that is a very good thing!
Interestingly enough, the thing I learned the most was this:  I'm not giving my life my "all".

At workshop, my trainer said "I really don't think you're giving this everything you've got."  She was absolutely right. 

And you know what, I haven't been giving anything my all for years now. 
And she is the only person who's called me on it!

So, I've been trying to dive in with all barrels loaded for the last few weeks, since I was certified.
It's been busy.
It's been great.

I've been taking a hard look at my life and my goals and what I feel I "need" to accomplish each day and each week.
I'll write more about that on Monday (God willing!) next week.

In the meantime, things are busy.  And I'm okay with that.  We're in a season of life when life is busy right now. We're working on changing that for spring semester (yes, we live life in 'semesters' here!). 

For right now, I'm trying to eat right, exercise daily (necessary to be "on" for the classes I teach for Jazzercise), and get enough sleep.

Oh, and the weight thing?  I've lost 2 clothes sizes and gained 5 lbs.
Something about muscle being more dense than fat.
Because I know I have gained muscle mass - I can see it and I can do things I never thought I could do before!

I'm not that worried about the weight - honestly, I never have been.  I do hate going to the doctor and having them say "Well, technically you're morbidly obese according to your BMI and the numbers on the scale, but you don't appear to be obese. But you might want to think about that."  So I'd still like to loose those "extra" pounds. 

For now, I'm content with getting stronger and making manageable changes in my sleep and eating habits.

What about you?  How are you doing?  I'd love to hear....