Friday, August 22, 2014
:: My foot has been giving me grief. Worse than ever. I was feeling so desperate the other night. Pleading with God to help me to know what I should do. I want to walk. I want to start my practice up soon. This whole ordeal has been incapacitating, to say the least. Well, yesterday the thought of trying acupuncture kept coming into my mind. Intuition, Spirit, inspiration that I felt so deeply, to the core of me. So I went this morning for my first ever experience. I never imagined I would overcome my fear of needles and be so willing (even excited) to try this treatment. Easier after the deeper understanding and appreciation I gained in massage school of Chinese medicine/philosophy/acupressure.
I'm telling you, I've never before felt so relaxed, so calm throughout this amazing experience. Its effects on me even now. It wasn't at all what you'd expect. These needles were as thin as a strand of hair. I had them on my face, on top of my head, five of them on the fleshy area beneath my thumb, and several on both legs. I had them in for about 45 minutes, laying on the table, eyes closed-- that place where you aren't quite asleep, (I didn't feel sleepy)-- but like I was in a state of deep meditation and stillness. I'm very anxious to see what happens in these coming weeks, and so grateful for another opportunity to try to heal my foot.
:: You should have seen the cabbage I picked the other night. I'm not kidding you, it was a foot (or more) in diameter and I'm sure, weighed over 5 pounds. After two meals, I've still got half of it left in the fridge.
Oh, and the ongoing tomato harvest has been grand. Salsa making, of course, but the bruschetta, or just some slices (with little slivers of basil) on top of a hummus smeared piece of toast has been so good.
:: Thankful to have received a brief email Wednesday night from Sam. Safe and sound at the Mexico City Missionary Training Center where he'll be for the next six weeks before flying to Arizona, Extremely tired after not getting any sleep the night before and the long flight, but meeting lots of nice people and happy to be there. My heart continues to ache, but hearing from him makes it a little easier.
::Wonderful news yesterday. Gary got hired on working as a teaching assistant/office receptionist in the religion department (ancient scripture) at the university. A dream job while he's in school. Amazing that the professor he'll be working with is the aunt of a good friend of his (a fellow Finnish missionary. Her husband served a mission in Finland, too. What a coincidence!), and without even knowing these things, as well as the fact that this professor has an interest and specialty in Middle East studies which is Gary's own major. Wow!
So happy that the apartment Gary is in the process of moving into is so nice. He called me when I was at the bookstore yesterday and wanted me to come check it out. Too good to be true. It's been wonderful having him here this summer, but I know that living near campus and his friends will make it nicer for him. And I must say that I'm looking forward to having my "creating"room/office space back again.
We'll be doing some rearranging of bedrooms this weekend. Packing up Sam's bedroom, too. I'll get my massage studio back and all put together again, and maybe even paint the bedroom Isaac and Jane will be moving into this next week. It will be so good to have things put back into order around here.
:: Speaking of jobs, Jane couldn't be happier getting a full-time job at doTERRA (essential oils, wellness products). Her plan is to work, save money, and possibly go back to school in January. This job has so many perks; the beautiful, brand new campus is within walking distance and gives their employees a generous 70% discount on all products.
:: Isn't it great when just the right book turns up? That's what happened to me yesterday at the bookstore and the thrift store. Not one, but several. Sure looking forward to my new stack of goodies!
Happy Friday, friends!
As always, it's so good of you to stop by.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
As you will not be in our home for the next two years, not under my own close, daily watch care, please know and always remember that I will be with you. It's not really a goodbye, Sam! My heart will be with your heart. My spirit will be with your spirit. This will never change, even as I now turn and trust you over to God.
I'm so happy for you, Sam. For this opportunity you've been given to grow, to serve and love others, and to understand more deeply about yourself and God. You are leaving a boy, and will come home a man. You will never know how much your sacrifice, your determination, your hard work, and your commitment to God means to me.
You are loved. You are supported. You are good. You will be dearly missed.
Until the day when we will again hold and hug each other so tightly...
Your Mom xoxo
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Here we go.
Another school year for us.
A return to rhythm and routine.
New beginnings. Fresh starts.
Book learnin' and life learnin'.
Uniforms, backpacks, and homework for you.
Love-notes on napkins, "Make it a great day!" hugs,
and afternoon carpool runs for me.
All these things and so much more.
Let's make it awesome, guys!
Sunday, August 17, 2014
I wish you could have joined with us today.
That you could have sat among the congregation and heard
Sam bare his sweet heart.
And soon after, experienced the absolute beauty of Jane on her violin and Averi accompanying her to "I Need Thee Every Hour".
That you could have parked your car on the street where we live and walked on into this blue house for a bite to eat.
Packed like sardines (someone guessed over sixty, easily)
we would be.
Plates piled high, a Mexican feast (of course)
and maybe a treat or two.
And as usual, there'd be some friendly chitchat,
many smiles and much laughter.
So much support, so much love
from all these family, friends, and neighbors.
And to you, like them, I'd send you off
with a warm, tight hug.
Until that next special occasion where we'll
gather and meet again.
Hoping your Sunday was filled with beautiful moments, too...