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Saturday, January 16, 2010

If I lay here

I took/survived my first spinning class yesterday at our local YMCA. It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be, (pictures of me fainting and falling off the bike in front of everyone came flashing through my mind). I got my butt kicked by the 60+ year old instructor Larry. He and his wife Anna go to our church. He is a gentle man with fire in his soul. Besides my butt feeling like one big hemorrhoid I'm doing okay today. Can I get a special bike seat pillow?
Anywho~Larry had a GREAT play list for us to bike to. If you could have seen me pedaling my very legs off while "Highway to the Danger Zone" blasted over the speakers, you would have laughed yourself silly! But, it was quite motivating listening to that song and watching my sweaty self in the mirror only 2 feet away.....that and I kept thinking of Tom Cruise in "Top Gun." It was awesome!!!! So, during one of our "rests" he played this song. It's been a long time since I've heard it and it resonated with me in that moment. I don't think they are singing about Jesus, but to me it was a song encompassing my relationship with my God. Here are the lyrics:

"We'll do it all
Everything on our own
We don't need
Anything or anyone

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world?

I don't quite know
How to say
How I feel
Those three words
Are said too much
They're not enough

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world?

Forget what we're told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden
That's bursting into life

Let's waste time
Chasing cars around our heads
I need your grace
To remind me
To find my own

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world?

Forget what we're told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden
That's bursting into life

All that I am
All that I ever was
Is here in your perfect eyes
They're all I can see

I don't know where
Confused about how as well
Just know that these things
Will never change for us at all

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world?"

With all that has been happening in Haiti I guess I want to just forget about this world and all the suffering, destruction, pain, depression and hopelessness. I've been watching too much news, but why shouldn't's their reality and I don't want to just continue living my life with no compassion toward them. But, how do my hours of media intake even help them at all? Perhaps those hours could be directed toward more beneficial things like: prayer for the families in Haiti, giving blood at the local blood bank, donating $ to a charity, helping someone I know that is in need. Just a few thoughts.

In other news, (no pun intended):

* I'm going to be taking a 9 week writing course starting this Tuesday. It starts at 8pm which excites me beyond measure. The dishes done, house settled, Mama gone!! My cousin Shawn is teaching it, (author of Auntie Anne's book "Twist of Faith" and Jonas Beiler's book "Think no Evil"). I am so excited to learn more about the art of writing. "We write to taste life twice, one in the moment and in retrospection." ~Anais Nin~
*I drank the smoooooothest cup of coffee yesterday and better yet it came from MY kitchen. I took my cousin Martha's advise and double ground my beans. Absolutely amazing~try it yourself!!!

*Wawa has outstanding coffee creamer....for cheap!

*There was concern in my mind about getting the boys to say good bye to their beloved gingerbread house, (that was stale and falling to pieces as they tried daily to remove the glued on candy). And then I had a revelation......boys find great amounts of joy in destroying things! So, I gave them each a hammer and placed them outside with their house and let them have their Ty Pennington fix! It worked like a charm! I think they'll remember the destruction more then the construction of this little candy house!
*Luke counted to 13 the other week.....I didn't even know he KNEW how to count! See here for other amazing bragging about my 3-day-completely-potty-trained-boy!!

*The conversation in the kitchen earlier this week: "Tyler, that painting you made is beautiful!" You're beautiful too Mom!" OH~MY~WORD!!!!

*I found Paisley sitting up in her crib yesterday, I just about cried! What is happening to my baby??

*You'll never believe it: DONUT MAN IS COMING TO DUTCH WONDERLAND on June 5th. I'm so excited and pretty sure my heart is still 6 years old!!

*I was GIVEN a laptop in exchange for teaching bread lessons! I sit with it now on our new double recliner! I have to wonder at my luck in this situation! Pretty sure I came out ahead! Thank you Curt for giving me a way to waste even more time perusing the web and listening to Pandora. No seriously, it's a-w-e-s-o-m-e!!

*Tyler is really into letters lately and "reading." Driving down the road, "Oh Mom, 4-5, that's how fast we can go." "Mom, 8-9-6, that's the road we are on!" We've almost completed our first preschool book. It's really fun watching him learn. I'm thinking a lot about homeschooling him next year. The question isn't whether HE can do it, I'm sure he could.....the question is; CAN I DO IT?? I have fantasies about having a darling little "classroom" of sorts in the playroom upstairs. Teaching him the sounds of letters, days of the week, memorizing verses and watching him bloom into his own mind. Perhaps even being a part of a homeschooling co-op, (Tina? Jo?Shar? Ang? Jena? you game??) He definitely already has his social outlet down pat. Ultimately I want what's best for him and have to decide if homeschooling is just that.

*I'm going to be starting a series introducing you to my 7 amazing siblings. I'll be getting my questions together and begin interviewing next month, (Mel~you're first cause your the oldest and funniest....or so you would like to think)!!!

*I also have visions for a series called "Unsung Heroes" about some outstanding people I know that live their life to sustain the life of someone else, (and yes, that could be each Mother reading this)!!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND friends, maybe even an Ephesians 3:17-19 weekend. I hope you find some time to show those around you how much you appreciate them....and in turn feel appreciated yourself!

"Life is an art we are required to practice without preparation,
a score that we play at sight
even before we have mastered our instruments."
~Lewis Mumford~


Jena said...

so much to comment on, so little time(currently remodeling our master bath)
1.Haiti- a bloggy friend(actually, acquaitance, I am not sure she is actally aware of my existence...)compiled a list of blogs that are doing giveaways/fundariasers for Haiti AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS COMMENT!!!!!
here is the link to her blog:
2. I wish so bad I was in that spin class with you.- for the workout and the laugh :)
3.HOMESCHOOLING!!!! YES PLEASE!!! I have at least 2 friends that live in the Strasburg area that I am pretty sure would be in...I NEED to email share to have a "homeschooling/coffee/playdate" at my house so we could all hang out sometime in the next couple of months and talk and pick Shar's brain and see if/how to make it work:) want to help me organize the morning? Sam routinely talks about homeschooling and is REALLY excited about it...

4.ooohhh I am excited about reading about your sibs :)

Anonymous said...

What do you mean I would like to THINK i'm the oldest.......? it's a fact......!!! I am just so puzzled by how you are having such a hard time coming to grips with the reality of this simple historic fact. Luckly you have no such problem with realizing the humorous side of me. Looking forward to this process, sounds like fun!
Love you,
Bro. Mel

oh joy! said...

Hi there, Miss Lady. I continue to thoroughly enjoy visiting your blog. You are so blessed. Thanks for passing the blessings along via the internet!