How do you like the new fall skins for my blog? I hope it makes you wanna take a hike through a gorgeous forest, toss a football, or roast a marshmallow!
I am really hoping autumn truly is here to stay, and I'm not just being teased. I would be bummed if the temps shot back up or if we just by-passed the perfect fall coolness and hit freezing cold!
NO! I need fires and hayrides and orchards and pumpkins and leaves and cinnamon and colors..............
You've probably guessed which season is my favorite huh?
*Favorite of the day: FALL!* (I know that doesn't really count since it doesn't help anyone with word-of-mouth review of a product, but this is my blog so I'm saying FALL! Ha!)
Okay...now with that excitement out of my system, I will tell you about my super-special, amazing walk with my Trey today.
It started off a "normal" morning around here. I forgot to set my alarm and didn't crawl out of bed until 9:30! Yes, sadly, that is normal for me when Tom is out of town. I don't sleep as well and end up awake until the wee hours of the morning it seems. I hate it. But, at least homeschooling allots me some extra shut-eye. Thankfully I have trained my boys how to start their morning if I am not quite ready to jump up when they are! (smile)
Because I haven't been feeling the best lately, I am determined to get back to a workout routine as well as a steady daily schedule. I totally slacked over the summer.
Today my intention was to awaken early and get our day started, but it just didn't happen and that's life. I decided I was going to take the time to read a quick devo, stretch out my muscles, and take at least a 20-minute walk before I tackled teaching.
Alex and Trey wanted to join me, but Alex discovered there are no tennis shoes anywhere in our whole house that will fit him. Guess I will need to shop this weekend! (Oh darn!!!) (smile)
Trey was able to tag along, and we had the sweetest time. He talked my ear off! It wasn't even anything major...just completely random topics that popped in his head, but he held my hand...which he had grabbed for...and I don't know, it just felt nice to be wanted and loved, ya know?
I don't often get much one-on-one time with any of my guys. We kinda just flow as a unit! It was just really precious, and I tried to cherish it, even wondering when it might all change. I just want to take nothing for granted!
In passing, I spoke with another mom at martial arts tonight. I was supposed to send her some photos, and I had just plain forgotten with all that has been going on. She was telling me it was okay...that she understood busy. She was telling me all the stuff her son is involved in and then said, "And it's all on me because my husband is terminally ill with ALS."
SCREECH! STOP! STAND STILL!
And just like that, everything about how I saw her and her son was changed forever.
We just never know what our days on this earth will hold. There isn't time to be selfish! There isn't time to play games...to manipulate and wallow in self-pity!
I was talking with a friend the other day, confessing that I was struggling with my love growing cold...especially toward other believers. I was sharing with her how there is a verse in the Bible that says, "In the last days the love of many will grow cold." I find myself teetering on the edge of this!
I don't want to feel this way. I don't want to feel impatient and lack compassion for others. It's hard though!
I'm just so over seeing people assume, accuse or back-bite, and manipulate. I'm weary of it. It's on the news, on T.V. shows, on Facebook. I feel smothered!
I know it's just people's insecurities and defenses, but ugh! And, I know that I am supposed to love them all like Christ does, but it is getting increasingly harder to not get frustrated. How does God do it?!!!
So...I fell asleep writing this last week, and I am just now posting it so update: *ANOTHER FAVORITE: ZAPPOS SHOE OUTLET* where we found Alex new shoes for a GREAT price!