It’s taken me the better part of the school year, but I have finally started making a habit of going to the gym right after I drop off my kids for school in the morning. Apart from the health benefits I get from working out each day, I have discovered three external sources of joy from this new routine, too. Man’s Best Friend Instead of heading home after I drop off my kids in the morning, there is a new[Read more]
If you are just joining me, you can read about my first day and why I am doing a sugar detox here. I started my day at 5 a.m. and drank a big glass of water while I read my Bible, before heading out to fulfill some mandatory volunteer hours from 6-8:00 a.m. with my son (they are a requirement for playing soccer). With five other volunteers, we cleaned up our local dump park after the Bodeans’ outdoor concert the[Read more]
I had the pleasure of going to a house concert last weekend. The featured artist was Joy Ike, a young woman with a rich, resonant voice and captivating presence. She exuded joy in keeping with her name, and her music, which she played on both keyboard and ukulele, held us in rapt attention for over an hour. One song, in particular, fit perfectly with my theme of simplicity for this month’s Blogging from A to Z Challenge. It’s called “Everything[Read more]
Your smile. Laughter. Rosy cheeks. Clean lines. Good posture. Confident steps. Hydrated skin. Soft hands, whether gnarled or smooth. Eyes bright from a good night’s rest. Honesty. Humor. Humility. A reverent spirit. Words of praise. A heart filled with love. Outstretched arms. You. What would you add to the list? What makes you feel beautiful, or what do you see that is beautiful in others? Let’s engage in an uplifting, inspiring, simple dialogue about beauty.
Our local Family Christian bookstore is closing next month, and everything is 50% off, so I took the kids there last week in search of a couple of children’s bibles. That search proved fruitless, but I did stumble upon a fascinating book that I was so tempted to buy, called The Brainy Bunch: The Harding Family’s Method to College Ready by Age Twelve by Kip and Mona Lisa Harding. I reluctantly left it on the shelf, with hopes that our[Read more]