Monday, February 8, 2016

52 Lists - Ways In Which I Can Love Others

List #6

Ways In Which I Can Love Others

I can love others with my words...
saying I love you
not using my words at all... but listening
standing up for them when others put them down
sharing who I am 

I can love others with my actions...
give them my time
and full attention
do things they like
forgive them when they hurt me
give them the benefit of the doubt
serve them
give gifts

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Our school has skate parties at the local roller skating rink. Once a month it opens for the families from our school for two hours and the kids just love it! Liza and Jason eventually started asking for their own rollerblades. Their wish came true at Christmas and they each got a pair from their grandma and grandpa.



The hard thing about getting something like rollerblades in the middle of winter is that you want to use it right away but the weather isn't always right. Thankfully we had a day that was cold but dry and could just go up the street for a few minutes so they could try them out.










They are still a bit shaky on the skates but their confidence grows each time they have them on their feet. They are looking forward to another skate party this week!

Monday, February 1, 2016

52 Lists - Things I Am Grateful For

List #5

Things I Am Grateful For
the way I was raised
experiences working at different summer camps
the ability to be a stay-at-home mom
cars that work
my home
my new chairs
I have more than enough

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Path Appears

Not too long ago I shared a post about human trafficking. After reading it a friend recommended the documentary A Path Appears... so I looked it up.

A Path Appears
The title coming from a quote that goes like this...

Hope is like a path in the countryside: originally there was no path—yet, as people are walking all the time in the same spot, a way appears.

A Path Appears addresses gender-based oppression and human rights violations... situations that seem like there is no hope and no way for the world to over come them. However, the documentary also shares strategies that are in place by great organizations that are combating these offenses against women... people walking toward solutions... in the same spot... over and over... creating a path. A path of hope.

This film can be watched through Amazon or Netflix. It has three episodes, each an hour and a half long. This is a hard film to watch. It's not one where you are going to sit and relax while eating your snacks. There is a good chance you will shed some tears. I cried several times as I listened to women share their stories of abuse... and then I cried again as they shared their victories and what they are doing to help other women today.

So many times in the 4 1/2 hours of watching this, my heart broke for the women, the young girls, and the injustices that have been a part of their lives.

So many times my heart rejoiced at the success stories.

It was emotional.
It was necessary.

It is something I want to watch with my kids when they are teenagers.

The first episode focuses on human trafficking here in the United States. That is rare. So often it is talked about as something that happens in other countries. I appreciated seeing the perspective of what it looks like here on my home turf. And I loved hearing about organizations that are working to do something about slavery here.

The second episode focuses on poverty here and in Haiti and again ends with people that are doing great things to help women and children overcome the hardships that they face because of poverty.

The third episode focuses on domestic violence. It was interesting to hear things addressed like why women stay in abusive relationships and how hard it can be to leave. Sometimes we think we know everything... but we don't. Taking time to listen to these women share their stories... listen without judging... it opens the heart and the mind... and a path appears.

I am so glad that I took the time to watch A Path Appears. It was good to see the gritty reality of what goes on in our world instead of a sugar-coated picture. It was good to also see hope. There are two sides to the issues... those who are a part of the problem and those who are a part of the solution. There is no middle ground.

I hope you take the time to check out A Path Appears.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

52 Lists - #4 Dreams and Goals

List #4 is about dreams and goals. I've never really been a goal person... I just try to stay self-motivated and always better myself or the situation I am in. I haven't needed goals to motivate me to move in a forward direction. I remember struggling through a job review one time. Boss asked me what my goals for the next whatever amount of time were and I came up blank. I couldn't come up with anything measurable... because I'm not a "set a measurable goal" kind of person. He was, so he didn't understand... but assistant boss was like a giddy little kid as he sat with us in the meeting saying that I was saying exactly what he had been trying to get the boss to understand for a long time.

So there are goal people and there are non-goal people in this world. I'm in the non-goal category, so this list is a little challenging for me... to look ahead and say what's my goal? What's something I need to do in my life and my future? These aren't things I often sit down and think about. I guess there are things I would like to do if the opportunities arise... but none of them are musts or things that drive me.

Anyways... my attempt at this list...

Current and Future Goals and Dreams
see the Grand Canyon and other parks in Arizona
raise my little people to be successful humans
crochet every day
travel to every state
be a good friend
pay off the house early and remain 100% debt free
forgive those I haven't yet been able to forgive 
help my kids pay for college
save a life

Save a life... not necessarily physically with cpr or whatever... but I will find someone who has potential... the nature, but not the nurture... and give that person a safe place to grow into his/her potential. Basically... to give someone a chance at a good future that didn't originally have one. (Think Blindside... I watched that saying to Mike, "That's it! That's what I am always talking about! Don't be surprised if you come home from work someday to some extra person pretty much living with us.)

That's about it. I've thought about this for two days and that's all that comes to mind. Maybe that makes me lame in the eyes of some... but not having a huge list of things that I feel I must do in my lifetime... it allows me to be content right where I am... most days. :)

Are you a goal or non-goal person?

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