Friday, January 29, 2010
If the years are so fast, then I want to make this day count!
Today I finished an amazing book, Greg Mortenson's Stones into Schools (you must read Three Cups of Tea first), and it is such an affirmation that one person can make a huge difference in our world. I want to make a difference in this world. I am so glad that Greg is doing what he is, I am so glad that people are fighting for children (especially girls) to be able to learn and go to school. May I be able to affect my little sphere, for good. John Wesley (the first Methodist) said it like this, "do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."
Madeleine getting ready to sing with the Spanish Club at Multicultural Night at Moss Haven Elementary.
(video of Madeleine in tap in her pink leotard, she starts soccer next week, so that will be two activities!)
and every day there are celebrations (video of Everett successfully using the hippity hop with big sister Madeleine cheering him on and Lee and I laughing behind the camera!)
May we all continue to strive for balance in our lives...
Monday, January 18, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
“What strikes me as I write this letter is how our lives are mostly filled with the ordinary tasks that never get celebrated at Christmastime! The fact that we get up most mornings and get two adults and two children fed, cleaned, dressed and out the door with computers, backpacks, lunches, folders (signed), library books, show-and-tell items and jackets (labeled) is, in itself, something of a miracle. That we reverse gears and actually get everyone bathed, brushed, Ovaltined, and in bed every night feels very much like a miracle, as well. So this year, more than trips or milestones, I’d like the celebrate the “ordinariness” of our lives.
My goal for the coming year is to stop segregating the “ordinary” from the “special” – to stop waiting for the perfect moment to arrive to stop worrying about getting everything done and start appreciating all that already is. I invite you to join me in 2010 in a celebration of the ordinary – may you find your deepest blessings there!”
Mary Spradlin, Christmas letter 2009, Pastor of St. Stephen UMC in Arlington Texas