afternoon sun peeking in and out from behind the clouds.
I am thinking:
about the difference, if there is one, in being "judgmental" and "making a judgment". Many an article I've read online makes me nod my head in agreement and then I read a slew of comments to the article slamming the author for being "judgmental" and sometimes I nod my head in agreement there as well. But, can we not have opinions about certain behaviors and actions? Aren't we to teach our children to make sound judgments/choices/decisions and sometimes does that not involve judgments regarding individuals? Perhaps the difference is in making a judgment about a person's behavior, but not about that person's worth/motives/soul? Thinking a lot about this. Maybe writing more on it later.
I am thankful:
for this bracelet and the reminder it gave me today. Someone in this house woke up with a
In the kitchen:
cough drops, orange juice, triaminic
I am wearing:
jeans, sandals, white button down shirt
I am listening to:
The Berenstein Bears: Episode: The Gimmes
I am reading:
I finished Unbroken which was just so good that I can't even find words for it. I am still reading Wonder to my boys each night that we are able to pull it off and it has been one of the best things we have ever done together. Just starting Blue like Jazz by Donald Miller.
I am hoping:
for some writing/blogging inspiration this week. I found myself last week with loads of time as the kids went to school and yet I couldn't form a coherent thought which really wasn't any emergency. It's not like this blog is a job. But I realized that without the writing I felt both too empty and too full. It seems weird, but that is what this space does for me. It empties me out and fills me back up.
I am looking forward to:
starting a new year of Community Bible Study this week with a study of Romans.
I am learning:
that I got a lot more excited about Joe's Freshman English reading list than he did. Romeo and Juliet! To Kill a Mockingbird! Squeal!!!
I am praying:
for another little boy, Mathias, whose mom I met at a fundraiser for the Gavin Rupp Medical Fund. Mathias is fighting osteosarcoma. His mom is beautiful and faithful and so is Mathias. I'm praying for all the children fighting cancer again because there are too many children and there will never be too many prayers.
On my Ipod:
I Will Hold My Head High by Third Day
I am wondering:
how it is that the Texas Longhorns, based on their humiliating loss to BYU Saturday night, CANNOT TACKLE ANY BETTER THAN MY 8 YEAR OLD NEIGHBOR WHO IS PLAYING HIS FIRST YEAR OF ANKLEBITERS FOOTBALL! DEFENSE!! LOOK AT ME WHEN I AM USING CAPITAL LETTERS AT YOU! BOYS, PUH-LEEZE! ARE YOU DRINKING TOO MANY MARGARITAS BEFORE THE GAME? BECAUSE I REALIZE THAT'S WHAT I DID AT TEXAS, BUT THERE WAS NOT A CRAZY WOMAN IN VIRGINIA COUNTING ON ME FOR HER WEEKEND HAPPINESS! YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY, BOYS. DO YOU WANT ME TO START SURFING THE LIFETIME CHANNEL FOR THE WEEKLY VENGEFUL-WOMAN MOVIE RATHER THAN WATCHING FOOTBALL ON SATURDAYS? IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT, GENTLEMEN???? Thank you. I will always love you. Next week, boys, next week.
A quote for today:
"...I am early in my story, but I believe I will stretch out into eternity, and in heaven I will reflect upon these early days, these days when it seemed God was down a dirt road, walking toward me. Years ago He was a swinging speck in the distance; now He is close enough I can hear His singing. Soon I will see the lines on His face" - Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz
A verse for today:
"I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God" - Isaiah 41:9b-10
One of my favorite things:
my friend, Brian, who makes me laugh so hard during baseball games that I am doubled over laughing, streaming tears and missing the next play. Our sons spent a year on different teams after playing together for about five years. It was as if my year at the ball field was lived in black and white and now suddenly with the boys back on the same team, it is a brand spanking new Technicolor season of baseball again where I have to be careful not to spit out my drink on the person sitting in front of me. (By the way, so happy to have Mrs. Funnyman Brian's wife back and I'm not just saying that because she is the best Pre-AP History teacher that a freshman named Joe could ever ask for!)
A few plans for the week:
golf, baseball, Back to School night and Community Bible Study
A peek into my day:
Daybook idea from http://www.thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/