The Adventure for Today
Monday, October 22, 2007
10/17: Meg sang "We're Marching in the Light of God" to a friend of mine in rehab. The friend told me later that she had lost her connection to God since having a stroke and feeling "why me," and Meg's song helped her to feel His presence again.
10/22: Laura and I reached our furthest point in our sunrise morning walk when it started to rain.
10/30: Got a physical!
10/31: Took Eye of Newt pasta, slime dip for carrot sticks, and Dracula's blood for dessert to a friend's house before out daughters went trick-or-treating together. My girl said it was the best Halloween ever.
11/2: Got my hair cut VERY short yesterday; I was a lb lighter on the scale this a.m.!
11/3: The smell of homemade bread baking in my kitchen.
11/4: Teaching 4-6 year olds about Jonah and the whale this morning.
11/22: Thanksgiving meal with mom and my brother; he showed us a gorgeous bowl he's turning from a 100+ year old limb from an olive tree.
11/23: Took the girls to see "Enchanted" this afternoon. We all thoroughly enjoyed it.
12/2: Organized our church's annual Advent wreath workshop. What a pleasure to enable other members, most especially those with children, to take this beautiful tradition home with them to mark the season together.
12/4: Annual Christmas lunch with a dozen other women, hosted by an 80+ year old woman whom we all admire (she will be receiving her second bachelor's degree in the spring).
12/8: Ventured back on my bike for the 2nd time since my fall.
12/9: Walk with my husband and 11-year-old to a nearby nature trail in gorgeous weather.
12/24: Listening to my 16-year-old daughter sing solos at the 11pm service. As a gift to my 11-year-old dolphin-loving daughter, my brother painted a 4' dolphin on the wall beside her bed.
12/25: Lovely Christmas day with my family, mom and brother. Thoughtful gifts all around.
1/2: Al-Anon meeting and lunch afterward with Ruth and Sharon.
1/5: Our family took my mom out to lunch for her 79th birthday.
1/7: Weather was warm enough for my first bike ride of the new year.
1/8: I get to lead the discussion at my Al-Anon meeting this morning.
1/16: Our first snow of the season!
1/19: My weekend meeting out of town was cancelled, and I got to play in the snow with my 11-year-old.
1/25: Dinner with Lori & friends, then to Carolyn's play.
1/30: Tell my story at an Al-Anon meeting
2/9: Lunch with Mom to celebrate my birthday, then shopping with her a bit.
2/15: Photo shoot for Regina; surprised me with free admission for me and a friend to one of her workshops.
2/18: Birthday lunch with Carol, then wandering among the shops in Madison.
2/23: Brunch with Harmony staff and parents.
2/28: My eldest has accepted her first date, the Junior/Senior prom. He's a terrific guy, too.
3/9: Laura sang a lovely, lovely solo in church today,
3/11: AFG meeting with my friend in town from Nevada.
3/12: We sold the last of the 2832 boxes Meg's troop ordered - on the main street in front of the church where they meet. I'm the cookie chairperson, so I am especially happy to see them gone.
3/28: Told my Al-Anon story at a meeting this afternoon.
4/4: UGA Vet School Open House.
4/19: I got to take care of 10-week-old Grace for much of the day.
4/14: Attended Godly Play workshop. (Remember my student's comment re "safety first.")
5/2: Laura turned 17 today.
5/8: Our family went to "Shake at the Lake." Even tho it rained here and there, the performance continued, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. This has to be my very favorite venue for the GSF.
5/9: Laura went to the Jr/Sr prom. She simply glowed. I got some terrific pictures of her and Ben.
5/10: Hosted Foyer's dinner.
5/11 (Mother's Day): We all went out to lunch together, then Meg walked up Stone Mountain with me.
5/17: I led a discussion on the Service Manual at Assembly that went very well. I was really pleased with how responsive people were, and we all seemed to walk away from it with new info.
5/20: Traded in our 12-year-old RAV-4 for a 2007. Yippee!!
5/26 (Memorial Day): We all went to see the new Indiana Jones movie together. Fun!
5/27: Meg had her first swim team meet. She gave each heat everything she had to give.
5/28: Went with Laura to see Carolyn's play at Horizon, The Clean House.
6/2: Got back on my bike for a 30-minute ride for the first time in a while. I'm a fair weather exerciser, I fear.
6/4: Lunch with Linda and Grace. She was so complimentary of the girls. It did my heart good.
6/5: Laura fixed a delicious dinner last night. I love the benefits of homeschool home ec classes! She's becoming a better cook than I am!
6/6: Laura wrote an essay for a college scholarship about the most influential person in her life. It was me!
6/12: Made communion bread with VBS kids at church this a.m.
6/15: Meg sang with Harmony at the High Museum, and we all visited the museum as part of our day's activities to celebrate Father's Day with Craig.
6/27: Went rock wall climbing for hours with my girls, Laura's boyfriend, and a friend of Meg's. Fun! Meg's friend said, "This has been the best day of my life!" I wonder, how can I create that feeling for myself, too?
7/3-6: Attended the Al-Anon Internatioinal Convention in Pittsburgh. What a blast!
7/4: Watched fireworks all along the river from the rooftop of the conference center in Pittsburgh.
7/7: Haven't seen my kids since 7/2; we talked and snuggled together in the a.m., then shopped and went out to eat together in the p.m. It felt great to focus on them and be in today; tomorrow I can take care of final preparations for Meg's birthday party.
7/9: Celebrated Meg's 12th birthday with her friends. I had great help and she had a great day. The dolphin theme was a hit - dolphin birthday candles, balloon with 2 dolphins inside, dolphin lollipops...you get the picture.
7/13: Celebrated Meg's birthday with adult family and friends. I had fun, too!
7/17-18: Spent 2 nights in a lovely home on a lake in the mountains. Ate fresh blueberries on my cereal picked from my friend's garden. Took it out to the dock to eat it while I watched the birds cavorting with complete abandon over the lake. Life is good.
7/19: Attended a great Al-Anon district workshop in the mountains. Best speaker I've ever heard; she illustrated some of the more poignant moments in her story and distributed dollar store sunglasses as momentos; "Sometimes my life is so bright, I just have to wear shades" was her closing remark.
7/22: Meg has discovered that she loves rock wall climbing, so as an incentive to get us back over there, we gave a day of climbing as a birthday gift to triplet friends of hers. It was a great success; even the triplet who is afraid of heights made it to the top half-a-dozen times!
8/9: Attending an Al-Anon state convention this weekend. Decided to camp instead of renting a room, and discovered probably the most beautiful camping site I've ever had: 15 yards from a lake, and I'm the only camper around. The view is lovely, especially the pink sunrise reflecting on the water.
8/13: Meg and I are taking our annual camping trip together, this time to Florida, where she will swim with the dolphins. A dream come true for her, and what a gift to me to witness it. The joy on her face will be a lasting memory for me.
9/5: Yellow Daisy Festival. Made serious headway on Christmas gifts. Yea!
9/6: I biked for 3.25 hours; the longest time I've ever biked. (I am VERY proud of myself.)
9/10: Meg and I went kayaking for 2+ hours with her girl scout troop. Neither one of us had been kayaking before. The scariest part beforehand for her were the rapids. Her favoite part afterward? The rapids.
9/19-21: Meg and her dad with on their annual fathe/daughter camping trip to a girl scout camp.
9/28-10/3: Off to Massachusetts to visit colleges.
10/5: Laura performed with the Meridian Chorale at the Salem Camp Ground. Gorgeous weather for a 'camp meeting' style service.
10/9: Meg has discovered a love for rock wall climbing, and in order to follow through on a regular basis, I decided to volunteer as our homeschool support group's rock climbing coordinator. So...I organized a wall climbing afternoon with the homeschool group today. 23 kids and 10 adults. We had already trained at least half of them to belay. The staff was very complimentary of our kids; said they had never had such a large group of kids who were so well behaved, and who were so helpful of each other, making sure those who belayed got plenty of ops to climb.
10/11: Laura recorded "He Shall Feed His Flock" from Handel's Messiah for her college portfolio. My girl is growing up.
10/25: Hosted a pumpkin carving potluck party. Tons of fun
10/31: Meg was Dax from Star Trek. My friend made her costume, and I painted her face. Took dinner to our friend's house and gave out candy while Meg when trick-or-treating with her buddy.