Tuesday, July 21, 2009
It took avoiding all online communication other than tracking fitness and nutrition for me to accomplish some things that had been piling up, but they're done. I love that sense of accomplishment! The only problem with that is falling behind in the Spark activity emails, but I'm catching up now.
It's so nice to have running water and a stable internet connection! Today was spent catching up on dishes and laundry that had stacked up while the water was out, doing online banking and bill paying for our family and for my mother-in-law who is unable to tend to her financial matters.
I kept my foot elevated much of the day, with my shoes off, trying to give my foot time to heal again. It's not hurting at all right now and I am so thankful for your prayers over me! I know God has brought that comfort and healing. I am so aware of my need to MOVE. It feels good to walk or dance around the house while folding clothes or other chores. I pray God will keep that fire lit for me and keep nudging me to move more and more and more.
My heart is so heavy tonight for the NOPD. One of their K-9 officers left his dog partner locked in his police unit and the dog died. I cannot imagine the anguish of this officer's heart and the reactions of his fellow brothers in blue. So tragic in so many ways. I pray that God will intervene in that man's life in a big way. The story is here:
I am so blown away, so awed, so melted by the dear, dear friends I've made here on SP. The outpouring of encouragement, motivation, creativity, and affirmation is so humbling, so exhilarating. You are the most wonderful friends anyone could ever imagine and I am thankful for each of you.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Living through a natural disaster, like we did with Katrina, teaches us to never take the simple things of life forgranted. My appreciation for electricity and running water rose dramatically after a week of neither folling the Big K. And we were among the very fortunate who had those things restored quickly. When our water quit working due to a faulty pump on Saturday, I had no idea it would be Monday before it was repaired. Since the folks who provide Parish water (like city or county water for most of you) won't be able to get here until Wednesday, my landlord caved and hired a plumber to repair the pump with a temporary fix. I could have done a happy dance around the pump when the man had it fixed! Thank you, Jesus!!! No wonder water is mentioned so many times throughout Scripture. It's such a maginficient thing!!
I've spent the better part of the last two days with my foot elevated and with my shoe OFF. I'm hoping this will give the wound time to recover. The pain is manageable with Motrin now, thank God. I'm not crying in pain anymore. That's a wonderful thing.
The cable company has installed their home network equipment, so no longer will they be able to tell me it's my router, not their modem, causing my problems. From henceforth, it's all their issue if I lose connection. Accountability is such a good thing, isn't it?
I was sad today to have to back out of one of the few teams I'm on. I found that I was sitting here Sparking instead of doing what needs to be done, and that's not good. I will miss the interactions with the dear folks there, but I'm hoping my emails wil be more manageable now. There are so many teams that sound so wonderful! I want to sample a bunch of them. Maybe in time I will be able to do that.
I'm missing my baby! This is the first time she's been away from me other than one trip to Florida with her dad to see her grandmother last year. I'm sure she's having a great time. Our son has attended the same church camp (for the older teens) several times and his life was greatly impacted. These kids truly experience the presence of God in those evening worship services. It's an awesome time of renewal and revival.
Thank you so much to all of you for being so encouraging, so compassionate... so YOU. You bless me beyond words!!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I won’t be home tonight before midnight to get a blog in, so I’ll do a quickie now.
My kids are at the Rock the River concert out at LSU. Before they left they went up into the attic to get collapsible chairs to bring along and the spring from the attic door came loose, flying across the hall and living room. UGH I hate when stuff like this happens while my husband is out on his ship! NOW there is no water anywhere in the house. UGH again! lol I am not letting these things get me down. I am so excited about going to this concert and just being OUT, away from the house, and with no kids even! SO rare for me. I just so wish my honey could be with me instead of slaving away for our family.
I’ll fill you in on the concert next time. I hope each of you is having a GREAT Saturday!!!
Friday, July 17, 2009
I am SO excited! I have been so inspired by DawnRobin and her water aerobics. She is so happy doing it, so looks forward to going again, makes holes in her busy schedule to get to her class and to do extra exercise time. Huh? Happy… exercising? This does NOT compute in the mind that once bore the title sluggard!! I looked at Dawn and said to myself: I WANT some of that!!!
As most of you know, I’m recovering from severing my toe in a treadmill accident. I had wound care (seven days a week up until the very end) for almost five months. This took place at our local rehab center, so I called them to see if perhaps they knew where any water aerobics classes might be held. I was just going to price them, dreading to learn what the cost would be. Turns out that the rehab center has a wellness program, including aquatic aerobics classes! For $25/month (with no contract involved, strictly on a month-to-month basis) they offer two, forty-five minute classes per week. WOW! If I want to upgrade later, after going from being almost completely sedentary to classes twice a week (makes my tummy flutter to just think about it!!), for $50/month they make all ten of their various classes available and offer unlimited use of the pool to swim laps or water jog, etc.
I had a decision to make. On the one hand is me, every ounce of my obese body, in a BATHING SUIT, in front of people, STRANGERS, no less, holding myself out for disdain, horror, ridicule, snickers, pointing. On the other hand is my dignity, my rather fragile feelings, my mortification and embarrassment. Is the risk worth it? CAN I withstand knowing what others will see and think and feel and say? Can I handle it when they are not expressing those things but knowing what must be in their minds? Yes, yes, yes, yes, YES, and yes AGAIN. My health is worth it. Meeting my goals is worth it. I AM WORTH IT!
THANK YOU, DAWN!!!! Thank you, God, for Dawn. The number of lives that have caught the fire of her enthusiasm is untold.
There is a project called Playing for Change. They have traveled the globe in search of very talented street musicians. Tomorrow our closest friends and I (sadly, my husband will still be out at sea) are making the trek to uptown New Orleans (the Garden District as many of you heard it called post-Katrina) to hear them perform at Tipitina’s. This place has a special spot in my heart. In my junior year of high school, for my ring banquet, when all 92 of us Catholic high school girls were receiving our class rings for the following year, Gary Pike of The Letterman sang “Put Your Head on My Shoulders” to each of us. *major swoooooooooon* lol It is a very rare thing for me to go out to any kind of concert. I’ve been such a homebody. This is a very special treat for me. You can see a clip of Grandpa Elliott and some of the performance from last time they were in New Orleans here:
And you can see Grandpa Elliott performing alone and some of the beauty of my beloved city here:
If you like R&B music, browse around their episodes a bit. What an extraordinary group of talented musicians. What a grand project it is.
Thank you again for your comments yesterday. You lift my heart and make it take wing. I appreciate each of you so very much.
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