Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thankful Thursday 06/28/12

Lake Doniphan

  • Family Camp....enough said.
  • Spending the last 36 hours discussing/reflecting on Family Camp with Troy.  I love when he asks me random questions like "Which person surprised you the most at camp?", because I know the wheels in his head are turning, and we are about to have a good conversation. 
  • Air Conditioning.  When's it's over 100° I am thankful each time I walk into my house and the air conditioning still works.  I'm always worried it's going to quit on the hottest day of the year.
  • Sleeping in my own bed again, next to my husband.  We spent 4 nights in seperate beds, and I missed cuddling with him.
  • Romantic dates on The Bachelorette.
  • Suitcase unpacked, laundry done, ready to start repacking...this time for a much bigger trip.  9 days until Jamaica!
  • A blog about "Sacred Creation" that I have filling up the empty spaces in my head right now. 
  • Fighting a cold and feeling like I'm winning the battle.
  • Angry Birds and Draw Something...I'm completely addicted to both of them right now.
  • Kids -of all ages- who knew my name at Family Camp.  I wish I knew more of their names.  Kids, hollering at me from across the campgrounds "Hi Misty"...and most of the time I didn't know who they were.  What a huge reminder that people are always watching you...and I need to always be someone I'm proud to have being watched from a distance. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Thankful Thursday 06-07-12

Pinned Image

On the way into work I was listening to a Christian radio station, singing along to a song I've heard hundred of times.  The song mentions the scars on the hands of Jesus, and for some reason this time those words stood out to me.  How painful it must have been to have a nail hammered through the palm of his hand.  That was one of many things he went through for us, but today that nail was the image I saw every time I closed my eyes. 

What do I believe in so strongly in that I would let someone put a nail through my body?  Who would I give my life for?  Those are big questions, and while I would like to think the answers are easy, I know that it's also easy to say "not me" when someone stands before us with a bag of nails and a hammer.  Reminder to self: be strong like Jesus!

I found myself touching the palm of my hand many times throughout the day, and as I did I would say "thank you".  Thank you for my life, with all of it's wonderful blessings.  Thank you for being the ultimate role model.

Here are some of the things I'm thankful for this week.

  • Three little boys who are eager to spend time with us.
  • An impromptu t-ball game on the front lawn.
  • Kids who ask to hold my hand during prayers.
  • A friend who reassures me about a concern I have not yet told her about. 
  • Realizing the cousins you once viewed as little kids are now adults, just like you.
  • Pictures of a friend's baby arriving in the mail. 
  • Swimming laps in the pool until my legs feel like jello. 
  • Cooking dinner together with my husband.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

A mental clearing

Multi-colored "Mosaic" Necklace
A necklace for a good cause!

I'm feeling overwhelmed by the amount of  things I want to write about, and not knowing where to start.  So here is a quick list of the things I lay in bed thinking about at night. 

  • I really want to read this book.  I have a hard time spending money on books, and this one cost more than I normally spend.  I will buy it....eventually. 
  • I leave for Jamaica in a month for the Young Adult Mission Trip and excitement is being replaced by nerves.  I'm sure excitement will take over again at some point, but right now I'm stressed about every little detail. 
  • I'm putting in 110% at work and it's wearing me down.  I'm finding ways to sneak in extra work, off the clock, without my boss knowing.  I've been dreaming about Excel spreadsheets - more than once.  Working hard while at work is great, but I have a hard time letting it go when I clock out for the night. 
  • Family Camp is coming up soon and I'm really looking forward to it. 
  • I love my church family!
  • I do not have to do everything, and know everything.  Hard, so hard.
  • There are not enough hours in the day.  I need to make a plan for my day and stick to it.  This plan needs to include time to unwind before bed, and 8 hours of sleep. 
  • It's been too long since we visited Iowa and we need to plan a trip soon.
  • My new haircut is a lot of work.  Yes, I think about this when I'm setting the alarm clock at night. 
  • I'm getting old.
  • I need to R.A.C.K. someone. 
This morning all my troubles were forgotten when this happened: Levi, Issac, Brylly, Troy, and I standing in church, arms around each other, singing "Here I Am Lord".  I love those boys!