Praying For...Oakley that she will learn to love the Word of God and prayer and worship...nothing in the world can approximate the peace and joy that come from these...also that families with children around the world can find safety, security, faith, and hope in this frightening, contentious world.
Ponderizations..."For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts," Isaiah 55:8-9. When I remember this, it is much easier to be content. Boldly, I go out and make all sorts of plans. Then I remember who is in charge of it all. While it is important to move forward in one's life with goals and such, it is also important to thoughtfully listen for inspiration and direction.
Cucina Fresca...I ate the most delicious Thai Pumpkin Yellow Curry over brown jasmine rice the other day. Now I want to replicate it (in a fat-free way). If I'm successful, I'll post the recipe.
Scholarship...It was slow getting started with algebra again, but this week I found my groove. Studying is ever so much more fulfilling than watching movies. Learning about Tyndale again reignites my gratitude for all who paved the way for religious freedom. Scripture study continues to bless my life; I highly recommend it. Other studies begin soon.
Puppy Prattle...I don't know how she does it, but dash is a master at finding and destroying my pens. In the two weeks we've been here, she has ruined all but one of the pens I brought. Now I keep them on a high shelf. She really detests it here. Because she can't see out to bark at golfers or chase birds, she is a bit grumpy. This means she must be walked a few times a day. With her long hair, wet sidewalks and rain drench her to the bone. Thursday, we have an appointment for a puppy cut. Maybe we should have stuck with the name Pixie.
Super Kids...I love watching my children find success as adults. E has a fantastic job AND is a great mom. J loves his work and is growing into a fine, compassionate man. Sp is a natural in the tax business and has overcome his too reserved nature. S diligently supports her family. El loves homemaking. L coaches swimming and interprets for the deaf. All are different but do the best they can with what they have at this time in their lives. They try to raise good people and be loving spouses (except for Sp who is unmarried). Nobody is perfect, but each of them progress. I'm pleased to call them mine.
Sound of Music...Now that my hands aren't so stiff, I've begun playing uke again. It's so fun. However, my violin will have to wait. Sooooo...after watching this cute dad and daughter duet, I looked for chords and lyrics to Tonight You Belong to Me. Serendipity reigns. DoctorUke.com is now my favorite practice site.