Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Nacht Spaziergang - II

As I have mentioned before, I love walking at night. With the addition of our wonderful new dog, Daisy, I have been able to do this again. I am starting to question whether or not this is a good idea, or if I just have poor coordination. I am thinking it is the latter. I have a history of falling off sidewalks (most notably on my 30th birthday, but that is a story for another day...). Last night I took another tumble. It really hurt. I landed hard on my knee and hip, pretty much jarring my whole body. Now I am very grumpy and sore about the whole ordeal. It didn't help that I was still about a mile from home with a very sprightly dog. Anyone know how to shake this off? ;-)

Monday, December 29, 2008

January Membership Moment

As some of you may know, I am the Volunteer Membership Coordinator at my congregation. I am new to it this year, but it is something I very much enjoy. As part of my responsibilities, I write an article for our monthly newsletter. As I finished my latest installment, I thought, "why not share it with you all?". Therefore, I will now start posting them on this site. Following are my January thoughts (I did edit out some identifying marks):

Membership Moment

I hope by now the bustle of the holiday season has worn down and the quiet(er) calm of January has set in. For me, this is often a time of personal reflection. It is a time to take stock of the past year and look to where I want to head in the next. While I don’t generally make resolutions, I do try to take an honest look at my life and the direction that it is heading. What is going well? Where do I want to make changes? How do I want to shape the coming year?

An important aspect that is often overlooked in our New Year’s review is our spiritual life. How are we growing in our spiritual development? Rare is the person who has “finished” their spiritual growth. Are you taking the time to meet your spiritual needs? Is F. meeting your spiritual needs? Spirituality has many manifestations. Some of us find it in nature (F. Hikers), others in small group ministry (Covenant Groups). Maybe being an active steward of the Earth (F.’s Green groups) fulfills you or study of historical texts (F. Bible Study). Perhaps human dignity (Room At the Inn) and social justice (Family Alliance) are what brings you closer to living your faith. These are just a sampling of the variety of ways that F. can help you on your spiritual journey. I encourage you to look at yourself, your family, your life and follow that path that brings meaning to you.

Tracey
Volunteer Membership Coordinator

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Who Knew

that Guitar Hero/Rock Band could bring a family closer? Fun was had by old(er) and young alike. Now, if I could just get past "easy", maybe I would feel more like a hero!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas can never start too early...

Especially for three kids who were up at 2:51am checking out their stockings. Fortunately, mom heard her little mice chattering and sent dad to shoo them back to bed!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Loss

I am not sure what it is about this time of year, but it seems like death is especially devastating. Last night, a cousin of mine passed away. He was significantly older then me and really was a great friend of my moms. While we were not very close, I always enjoyed his company. He had a wonderful sense of humor and lived life to the fullest. I feel for my aunt, his family, and my mother. I know how much they loved him and how greatly he will be missed.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Shalom

I wish you all Peace and Love during this festival of Light!
HAPPY CHANUKAH!
This is one of my favorite stories. I love the symbolism of people fighting for religious freedom, bringing hope to their oppressed people. I encourage you all the be flickers of light in your communities!

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Gifts

Just in case there are any sewers or crafters out there, here is a picture of the gifts I made. Unfortunately, I am not a photographer, so the pictures are not great. There are better close-ups on my flickr account. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24941279@N03/

Cat Tunnel: Amy Butler's "In Stitches" book

Nightgown: Simplicity 8488

Reading Pillows: Sew Liberated - http://sewliberated.com/

Coloring Wallets: JCasa*Handmade - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=36900


Soap Buddies: Plumppudding - http://myplumpudding.blogspot.com/2008/04/soap-buddies.html

I have officially maxed out my sewing patience and am planning to take a little break - at least until January!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Stuck

Do you ever feel entangled in a situation that you have no ability to straighten out? That is where I am tonight.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Flawless?

No, but definitely perfect. We had our annual Christmas pageant today. It is the first year that all three kiddos have been in it. It is fascinating to watch their personalities come through on stage. My daughter, an angel, took great care in making sure she did exactly what was expected of the Angels. Middle son was a very reluctant Shepherd and spent the time glaring at the audience, but grudgingly gave me a very nice picture. Youngest son was very excited to be a sheep and played the role to its fullest - cute ears and all.

What I love best about pageants is watching all the children shine. I have at one time or another taught most of the kids in the pageant. Some I thought would never participate and there they were singing a solo! speaking lines! participating! Just like with my own children, I enjoy watching them bring themselves to the part. This is one of the aspects of coming together in community that I love. Even though those are not my children, I care about them and I know other parents care about my children. I want the best for them and I want them to be able to confidently spread their wings. I want our church to be part of this process. I want our church to matter to our children.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Environmental Question

I have awful eyesight. Not only am I very nearsighted, I also have a weird issue where my eyes don't like to focus (even though they are perfectly able t0), thus causing lots of headaches whenever I spend too much time reading, typing, sewing, etc. Anyway, through the many years of needing glasses I have been bouncing back and forth between glasses and contacts. Because of yet another issue, I have been almost exclusively wearing glasses the last couple of years. But, I tend to keep a back-up supply of contacts for "special" occasions. In my ever increasing efforts to become more environmentally friendly, I have been wondering what is the best option. I don't ever hear people really talk about this. I am assuming glasses because of the long life they have, but I really don't know the whole process of making them versus contacts.

Any thoughts out there? I imagine it will always come down to personal preference, but maybe there is such a thing as "green" glasses and contacts?


Gift Update: I am making steady progress. Some have been moved down the list while others up!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Sensible?

Today I was called very sensible by a women I admire. I am taking this as a compliment. I imagine to some it is not exciting to be called sensible, but I consider it to be a very high form of flattery! I think my parents would be proud.

Friday, December 5, 2008

So busy...

Not much blogging will be happening in the next week or so. If you check out the list on my sidebar, I am in the midst of making several gifts for Christmas. Once I feel that is under control, I will be back!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Bah Humbugness

It is already December 1st and my yearly bah humbugness has returned. I just don't like the Christmas season. I don't like the running around, the gift buying, feeling over extended, etc. I do like being with family, snow, and the quietness of the winter season. Every year, though, these positive aspects get lost in all the brouhaha that is Christmas. I try to simplify the season, but have family members that like to go all out, no matter how hard I try to reign them in. I also have a romantic for a husband who is very intent on creating the perfect memories for our children. He was very fortunate to have a wonderful childhood, and, of course, wants our children to have that. Hard to argue with that. I do too, but, honestly, I don't remember very many of my Christmases. Mine mostly entailed traveling West into huge snowstorms, hoping a semi wouldn't knock you off the road in the blinding storms. I have LOTS of memories of that. What really came through in my memories of Christmas was that you spent it with family, not what was under the tree.

I would love to hear what stands out in your mind about Christmas.