Christmas shopping, thanking soldiers, making each day count, and other good stuff…
1. Wow, what a week. Between a trip to San Francisco, and Christmas parties and get-togethers, it’s been craaaaazy around here. Lots of fun, too. I’ll post pictures and tell you about everything next week, when I have a minute to upload the photos to my laptop. The only glitch with all the festivities (not to mention trying to meet some writing deadlines) is that I STILL haven’t gotten my Christmas shopping done. With the exception of one online purchase, and one trip to Target with Mike for the kids, I haven’t even really started. It’s not like me to wait this long; I need to get on the ball! Please tell me you haven’t finished your shopping, either. Then I’ll feel better. :)
2. My daughter started a winter swim program recently and all I have to say is… talk about dedication! I’m amazed at these kids and coaches. The swimming is at an outdoor pool (in the freezing cold) at night (in the freezing cold). Never mind the fact that it actually snowed this week or that the parents get to sit on the bleachers and watch (in the freezing cold) for an hour (in the freezing cold) four days a week (in the freezing cold). I know, I’m a wimp. And, truthfully, I’ve loved being out there watching my daughter. Seeing all the swimmers working so hard and getting in and out of that water in this weather… I’m impressed!
3. I happened upon a post by Stephanie Nielson of the Nie Nie Dialogues that I just had to share. Stephanie survived an almost fatal plane crash last year and has made appearances on Oprah and the Today Show. Take a minute to read her post Thinking about… and be reminded of how precious each day is.
4. A friend forwarded me an email about something very cool that Xerox is doing. If you click here, you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and send it to a soldier that’s currently serving in Iraq. It’s FREE and when I did it, it only took a few seconds. Click on over and let some soldiers know they are appreciated!
5. For all you bakers, stop by my friend Amanda’s site and check out her Faith Cake tutorial. She’s super talented and creative, and her cakes are amazing.
6. I got another email recently that I thought was pretty cool: The Foundation for Environmental Education and solarpower.org are partnering to raise awareness for a Nationwide Solar Schools Program. For every badge like this that gets posted,
solarpower.org will donate $10.00 to the Solar Schools Program. Every 72 hours the badge updates to reflect added support. Click here if you want to get the code and join in.
7. And last, but not least, Jennifer had a great post this week titled How I researched my way into Christianity. In it, she talks about the fact that one of her biggest roadblocks for believing in any kind of spiritual realm was a lack of repeatable, systematic, observable results. She takes readers through some of the research she did and the questions she asked, not just of Christianity, but other religions as well. I love her intellectual approach and how she shares the answers she found. And I especially love what she concluded at the end of her journey, that “God is not something you prove; He is Someone you come to know.”
Have a great weekend, everyone. I’ll look forward to seeing you on Mom-Monday!
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