I discovered how strong my mind can be when I decide to get over a matter. Yesterday as I closed up my computer and walked to the exercise room there was a visible lightness in my spirit. I don’t have to carry the whole load all the time. And I don’t have to walk around like Chicken Little thinking the sky is going to fall on my head any minute.
I ought to note I don’t always feel like exercising, but it is one of those things that just has to be done if I really want to manage stress and feel good. So I do it. And if I may be bold here, speaking as a former fitness instructor, if you’re not exercising, you need to do it too. And it’s as simple as just getting the deed done without much thought.
Anyway, off my soap box now. I took a good stretch by the pool listening to the water fall enjoying the cool morning air and feeling deeply thankful the horrible Houston humidity has not yet dropped on us to stay. My gardens were looking their best in the early morning sunlight. I had to fetch my camera, a bowl and a pair of scissors. If I could paint I would study morning light on a garden. It rattles me up when I can spend the time appreciating it before the sun climbs to midsky and casts dark shadows.
Kira woke up as I returned with my bowl of cut flowers. She inspected my treasure for a few minutes before having breakfast while I arranged fresh flowers for my kitchen table. Honestly, I didn’t think once that I was going to miss my gardens while I enjoyed them. That’s the beauty of being in the moment.
Healthy eating was on my list so instead of giving the cinnamon rolls a second thought I pulled out the vitamix and made a smoothie. I hope you don’t mind if I share a tip about making a smoothie in a minute. We assembled smoothie packs a while ago. In the freezer we put blueberries, strawberries and half a banana in individual Ziplocs. In the fridge I combined all the dry ingredients in bags: spirulina, pomegranate powder, oats, flax seed and protein powder. So all I need to take out are the liquids and either tofu or yogurt. It’s a good tip for training kids to make their own healthy smoothies.
Anyway, Kira screamed for mine so I made one for her using her own ingredients. After breakfast I tackled that one thing I’d been putting off for a while: laundry. There’s always so much of it in my house. The pile in my personal closet was out of control so it was time to be free from the nagging burden of it.
Playing with Kira was my final agenda. Lately she is content to practice walking around the house and she jabbers the whole time. Her other favorite activity is to find a book and bring it to one of us to read for her. All through the day if I’m not the one reading to her, I find someone else who has given into her request. Simple joys.
We had an afternoon bike ride around the neighborhood, some play time with Lucy and then early to bed for the girls. Donny was in charge of all the driving around in the evening. I tried to read a little before I fell asleep. I’m reading about a woman who rowed a boat up the Nile River alone. Last week I read Ashley Judd’s memoir about her global work helping the poor. This morning I woke up late and I feel great.
One of my goals yesterday was to have a few laughs. The funniest thing that happened all day was that Lucy kept following Whitney around, leaning against her leg hoping for a rub which pleased Whitney, until Lucy repeatedly passed horrible gas. Lucy wouldn’t leave Whitney’s side until I took her for a car ride, which then made me suffer. She never had gas until Kira began tossing her food to the floor.
There was one wonderful surprise in the day, one of those great moments that leave me open mouthed and wondering if it is really true. I received an email from someone who read my blog. She is adopting a boy from Uganda. Her homeschool group wants to buy a goat for our kids at the orphanage! How much fun will that be? I contacted Elitia and she is now investigating the costs of keeping a goat and then my new friend will know what the goal for their fundraiser will be. I imagine the kids treating it as a pet. Goats are everywhere in Uganda but usually only the wealthy families have them. A goat can provide milk, make babies, and offer a good amount of meat to the kids in the future. I can already see the Christmas celebration serving goat. It will be fun for us to document the purchase, arrival and care of these goats for the homeschool group. They can learn that a little bit of sacrifice here goes so far to help others there. That’s a vitally important lesson in life that is best learned early. (because when you really have money then you’ll know what to do with it) It is my pleasure to participate in the project with them. Woo-hoo Go God.
I hope you enjoy the short clip of kira walking around in her diaper.