True confessions time: I am completely burned out on running. Like I think I could go the rest of this year without running another step and be perfectly happy. Now, I know that this is not true and I would feel rotten if I attempted this, but the notion strikes me regularly and most often at about 9:00 the night before I’m scheduled to run. And at 5:00 a.m (or earlier) when my alarm goes off.
One of my running partners has been gracious enough to walk with me the past couple of times we’ve gotten together and it has been so refreshing! My other running partner is training for a half marathon, so she needs to run, but it seems we’ve been having a hard time connecting to run lately. Still, I know she’s ready for a break too after months of training through injuries. I’m so proud of her for persevering!
In other news, Grace’s broken arm prompted me to follow through on an idea I had on my own and then saw again on Pinterest:
Grace has long been our family “sock folder”. Well, this became a little cumbersome when she spent more than a week not really able to use her right hand at all and with limited movement still. So, in our laundry cabinet each of the girls now has a hook with her initial on it and a mesh laundry bag hangs from the hook. They are responsible to put their socks and underwear in their bag. When the bags start to look a little full, I throw them in with the laundry that day and everyone gets to fold their own socks and underwear. Unfortunately for Grace, I hate folding socks, so she still gets to do Matt’s and mine. But since her work load has been cut in half, she’s not complaining. (In case you’re wondering, the bags run $.99 at WalMart.)
It has occurred to me that I haven’t posted about my 40 Bags in 40 Days experience since early in Lent. Well, let’s see…I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity and the experience and I will do it again, but I confess it did not take long to cease being about making room for Jesus and become about checking another item off of my “to do” list. Totally not the point, huh? As we neared the end of Lent and I realized what had happened, I did a major slow down on my plan and refocused my heart on why I was doing this whole thing to begin with.
In the process of clearing out space, I did go through a lot of stuff and move it out of my house. It also had a major impact on this adoption nesting thing I’ve got going on, so that + Pinterest have me in major “redecorate the house” mode. Matt’s totally lovin’ this as our garage is now full of furniture to be painted and I’m regularly coming up with new things I’d like to do around the house.
I honestly need to do the 40 bags again this summer, as I only made it through about half of the house before I realized I was missing the point. I like the idea of doing it for the 40 days leading up to my birthday, but that’s also the exact same time we are getting back to school. So, maybe the first 40 days out of school? Who knows… 🙂
In miscellaneous adoption news, IBESR in Haiti has recently closed to new dossiers in an attempt to “clear out current dossiers” by June 1. Praise the Lord, we are one of those in there now, and who knows what will actually happen, but we are praying that ours would be processed in the next month and moved on. How awesome would that be?!?! When we entered IBESR in March, we were told 4 to 12 months. To be out in less than two? Only God! Won’t you pray with us? As we look at the things He is doing in our hearts and lives we can’t help but wonder if He’s not preparing us for her to come home soon. We hope cautiously, as this road has been so treacherously long for so many. But we see movement in Haitian adoptions, in the adoptions of friends adopting from the same orphanage, and we can’t help but hope with expectation.
That’s it for me today. We finished up our school books today. All except for Grace and her Sonlight, but that’s no big deal for me. Thinking we may head over to KC and the Deanna Rose Farmstead tomorrow as a treat. Woot!
For His Glory~