Monday, June 16, 2014

A Church Lady

Our Church, Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Rochester, MN

Last week I asked my kids what they hoped they saw when they looked back at the end of their lives. Some things they said were things I expected.

But one thing my daughter said surprised me. She said she hoped to be a wife, a mom, a good teacher...then she said she hoped she would be a 'church lady.'

When I asked her to explain, she said she had always wanted to grow up to be a church lady, helping in the kitchen, helping in the nursery and Sunday School, always in church, a part of a congregation.

This made my heart happy.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Tweaking the routine

 I love my routine. I love the rhythm of my days. I love that things are fairly predictable around here.

And when I get thrown out of my routine, or there is a significant change, I feel out of sorts and uncomfortable.

Recent changes include a college graduate moving back home, and a child graduating from high school and no longer being formally home-schooled. 

We've also finally transitioned from winter to summer here in MN, with more daylight, warmer temps, and an overall uptick in my outlook on life.

All these are good things, but they've created a need to change my routine a bit. I've found I've got more time and energy than I've had in quite awhile. 

I'm not sure that this will translate into more writing time. I've added gardening to my activities list during the warmer months, both to enjoy and to get me outside more. And I've rediscovered my love of cross-stitching, which is time-consuming.

How about you? Are you a creature of routine, or do you thrive on spontaneity? Do you find yourself better able to focus during the long, sunny days of summer, or during the shorter days of winter? 

Monday, June 02, 2014

Planning a trip

My husband and I are planning a little road trip to Florida in a few weeks. The vast majority of Civil War sites lie between me in Minnesota and the Sunshine State, so many that it's hard to pinpoint where we should stop and what we should see.

I'd love some help. If you have a favorite Civil War site or museum, share it with me here. Our schedule is wide open for some adventure!