Thanksgivng

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It was a different kind of Thanksgiving this year. ¬†My two daughters are out of state and my son went to have Thanksgiving dinner with his in-laws so Michael and I were on our own. ¬†So breaking from our tradition of having a meal at home, we went out to dinner with friends. ¬†It was the first time we’ve ever done that and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. ¬†I didn’t think the food would be as good as mine. ¬†ūüôā ¬†But it was very good!!

God gives good gifts and even though the season of my life is changing and will continue to change, I can rejoice in those good gifts.

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” ¬†(Psalm 118:24)

Here at Home/Friday

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Fridays are usually quiet here at home. ¬†Today was no exception. ¬†The sun was out after 3 days of heavy rain and I think it washed most of the inch worms away. ¬†Happiness and joy!! ¬†They aren’t as bad as two years ago but close. ¬†I’m hoping they won’t be back.

My days here at home are ordinary. ¬†Cleaning, organizing, reading, working on crafts, Bible study, listening to music or podcasts, and many other things. ¬†It’s not exciting work but I always remind myself of what Elisabeth Elliot said: ¬†“Ordinary work, which is what most of us do most of the time, is ordained by God every bit as much as is the extraordinary. All work done for God is spiritual work and therefore not merely a duty but a holy privilege.” ¬† I can do my ordinary work here at home to His glory. ¬†Being a homemaker is a holy privilege. ¬†It’s a high and holy calling! ¬†And I can be thankful that He has called me to this and He has sustained me in it.

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” ¬†(Colossians 3:17)

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” ¬†(1 Corinthians 10:31)

A Good Start

On July 1st a good friend of mine, who had lost some weight, told me about My Fitness Pal. ¬†It’s a site where you keep track of your calories and your exercise. ¬†And it’s free! ¬†I started using it the next day and in one month have lost 7 lbs! ¬†When you first sign up, you put your goals in and it calculates how many calories you should have each day. ¬†By keeping to that number, you will lose weight.

I also added exercise to my routine. ¬†I joined our neighborhood pool and go when I can. ¬†Although this summer it has really been rainy. ¬†I do something called “water jogging”. ¬†Basically I am running and/or walking around the pool and, believe me, it is hard! ¬†But my feet and ankles are really weak and this has been a way for me to exercise and not put a lot of pressure on my joints. ¬†Plus it’s a lot less sweatier!

Counting calories and watching portion sizes has really been great for me. ¬†It was hard at first but now I’m used to it. ¬†I knew that I needed something that was not a big change from what I’ve been doing but a slow, gradual change that I could incorporate into my daily routine.

I also purchased a Fit Bit Zip. It’s a little device that I wear all day long that counts my steps. ¬†When I first started wearing it, I only logged in 1000 steps. ¬†Ugh; what a slug! ¬†Now I am between 3000 and 4000 but am working on the goal of 5000 a day. ¬†This little device has been a great motivation for me as I’m always trying to add a little more. ¬†I park far away to add more steps, etc. ¬†One of my friends has it and she has challenged me each day. ¬†She does 10,000 steps each day. ¬†I am nowhere near that but I hope to be someday. ¬†Frankly, I’m not into a competition like that but is fun to see how much I do each day. ¬†My competition is with myself.

Why after all this time am I getting in shape? ¬†I guess I just got tired of being tired all the time. ¬†I also have two events that I would like to look nice for. ¬†One is my nephew’s reception in September and the other is our church’s ladies’ retreat in October at the beach. ¬†I want to be able to walk along the beach w/o huffing and puffing!!

Lord willing, I will keep up to date here with my progress. ¬†There’s a button on the right-hand side that lets you know how I’m doing!!

Try to Catch Up or Begin Again?

It has been a long while since I’ve been here and my posts have been few and far between. ¬†I think a lot of that is because I’ve been on Facebook. ¬†I’ve come to realize that I miss blogging and that I’m spending too much time on FB. ¬†Last week I remedied that. ¬†I added Chrome Nanny to my browser and have FB blocked for most of the day and evening except for a couple of hours. ¬†It has really helped! I also deleted the app from phone, which was a huge time waster.

I have debated whether to catch up everyone (those of you that are still here)or begin again.  I thought I would add some highlights from the last few months and then begin again with, Lord willing, more regular posting.

Now that I have a lot of free time, I want to use it wisely.  I especially want to help young moms.  To that end, I have babysat the children of two moms while they went out (on separate days). One mom went shopping for clothes she needed for a wedding.  Another mom went to the library and enjoyed the quiet.  I hope to do more of this in the coming months.

I took over 1,000 books to our local homeschool used curriculum sale and our state convention’s sale. ¬†What a blessing to have those out of the house!! ¬†I still have many more to go but our “schoolroom” (I’m going to have to call it something else now) looks so uncluttered. ¬†A breath of fresh air!

Our ladies’ Bible study finished up¬†The Afternoon of Life: Finding Purpose and Joy in Midlife. ¬†If you are in the afternoon of life (children gone, etc.), I highly recommend this book. ¬†It helps you navigate some of the changes impacting your life and it does it from a biblical perspective. ¬†The main premise of the book is pouring our life into others; now that I have time what am I going to do with it? ¬†Serve self or serve others?

I attended some weddings, graduations, showers, and parties; had lunches with friends and dinners out with my husband; went to the movies with my girls, and shopping with my son.

I also had many quiet days at home where I am in the middle of various organizing/de-cluttering projects. ¬†I’ve also been working on my embroidery. ¬†I’ve decided I want to embroider quilt squares for our bed but I’ve purposed that I will not start it until I finish ALL my other projects.

I went to Williamsburg for a weekend retreat with our Women’s Leadership Team. ¬†It was a time of planning for the fall. ¬†We had a great time of fellowship, prayer, devotional, discussion, and food!

Michael and I took a quick weekend trip to NJ.  We went to Wildwood with my brother-in-law and his wife.  We rode bikes on the boardwalk in the morning and in the afternoon walked around and had all our favorite foods.  Good memories!

Well, that’s enough for now. ¬†Lord willing, this blog will not be too quiet anymore!