I’ve been wanting to sit down and write all week, but it’s been full of the unexpected and slightly challenging. Now it’s Thursday afternoon, and I can’t go an entire week without posting! Here we go – in bullet points.
*Yesterday I gathered a fraction of the 1,000 paper cranes given to us on Kalkidan’s birthday, and put them in a large vase with some small lights. It looks so pretty and makes my heart glad. I’ll post a picture soon.
*When I showed it to Russ, a wave of “this can’t be true” washed over me and I grabbed hold of him and cried.
*Tomorrow morning I fly to Oregon for the Called to Love retreat. My friend, Darlene, and I are speaking together, which is an honor and blessing. Last year it was an amazing time.
*A pumpkin candle is burning nearly every day on my kitchen counter; it’s comforting.
*From now on I want to do most of my Christmas shopping during Veteran’s Day sales. So many years I’m shopping late into December and it makes me miserable.
*Claire and her puppy graduated from their first dog obedience class. She is such a dedicated dog owner; I’m proud of her.
*Noah and Katie went to church in Seattle and discovered they were sitting behind some good friends of ours from high school. How crazy is that?!
*A large bag of orange tulip bulbs that I intended to plant, is still sitting on my kitchen counter. Gardeners, am I too late?
*Yesterday I wore a sweater that Russ gave me last year for Christmas. With my broken shoulder, I wasn’t able to pull it over my head; this was the first time I was able to enjoy it. Sometimes I forget how much healing my body has done.
*I need to finish up a handout for a breakout I’m giving at the retreat, Giving Voice to Siblings. I am so passionate about this topic and thankful to present my thoughts. I wish you all could join me – maybe next year.
Love to all of you, friends.
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