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Everytime I get on this blog I feel the need to apologize for my lack of blogging. But, really, I don't care. I've been tired and drawn. I needed a break from something and unfortunately, the blog is an easy thing to let go. But I do realize that some people, maybe, like to keep up with what's going on. Well, to suffice it, a lot and not so much.
Christmas is coming up. We are having and open house on friday, so all the prep that goes along with that is mounting up on me. I'm not sure if I ever cleaned my kitchen that deeply before, although I should every spring. But spring cleaning is lost on me. I mean, really, people, around here spring is busy! I am trying to put the garden in and that takes up most of my spare time. So, I've decided that January, February and March are really great months for spring cleaning. I'll call it Winter Cleaning. The time when I can deep clean every wall, window, drawer and closet. Too bad we don't have deep winter before Christmas. I'd really like a nice clean house for Christmas, but, well, if I get it done once a year, that's good right? I do clean my house once a week, don't get me wrong, but the deep deep cleaning doesn't get done near enough.
And the not so much? Well, since Nadia has had her asthma diagnosis she's had two colds. And I'll tell you, they have been almost nothing. A nuisance, a bother, a minor woe. Nothing like the week long vomiting sessions we would have before. I am so glad. The girl eats, everyday, for days at a time. Before she'd go a whole week barely eating anything, one week out of the month. It was miserable. You could count on the kids and I missing a sunday at church once a month. She's healthy. And I'm so happy about that.
Nadia is flourishing in school. She is such a social butterfly and loves school! And everyone at school loves her. Sending her to school was the best decision for all of us. I can see that now. I do miss her, but that is so good! I'm glad I have time to miss her! It has drawn us closer, I am more calm at home. It's good.
I've been struggling with some 'stuff' for the past year and it's finally come to a head. I'm still trying to find a good time to tell people in real life, so I'll wait to let the cat out of the bag here.
I'm still enjoying reading God's word. Oh it is my life, my joy, my substanence. I need it. Daily. I thank the Lord for His provision through His word.
And I'm missing preaching. Oh my heart aches within me to preach. Sometimes I get preachy in my Sunday School class and I don't see myself as a teacher there, just a facillitator, but it happens. I've been bringing this up to the Lord again and again to lead me to the right time and place to use my gift and I leave it there. I want His time, His place. I don't want to rush ahead of Him. But this scripture from Jeremiah speaks so much to me
But if I say, "I will not mention him or speak any more in his name," his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. Jer 20:9
Another passion of mine is running. I ran my first 5K almost 3 months ago and I cannot wait to do another. I'm still running, months after completing the Couch to 5K program. I'm so proud of myself! I love the feeling I get when I'm sailing on the treadmill or the road. If I haven't run in a while I can feel it. It's like a drug. I need my fix! I'm currently in a challenge to run through the holidays on Sparkpeople. I know I'll complete it. I still want to do a triathlon. But I have no place to swim! So I might have to settle for a duathlon. We'll see. I love being a pioneer. No one in my family has willingly run. I am the first. And I'm definitely the first woman in my family. My dad and uncle did mandatory running in the service. But they avoided it when possible. I have NEVER seen my father run. Not even a trot. I love knowing I'm changing labels.
And I've stopped selling my bread. It was getting to be too much. I was so stressed out trying to get it all done in a week. And I wasn't getting it done. I was falling be hind on my house work. Not good. So I let it go. But I am still making bread for my family and my friends. I love that better.
That's what's what in my life. Till I feel like blogging again. Hugs and kisses all!