Sunday, January 20, 2013

Seen and Pondered Sunday

The last two weeks, getting back to the boys' schooling, my schooling, and my job, have been super busy.  But in the midst of all the hubbub, I've found a few things to ponder.

1)  I'm still blindsided by aching for my mama sometimes, even though months have passed.  I had a mini-meltdown the other day when I went to a training, on time and everything, but a week early:) When I arrived home in completely irrational tears, undone by my mistake, I punctuated my tantrum with "and I miss my mom!"  And Lyman, being his completely wonderful and understanding self, said "Of course you do.  She's who would call right now.":  He was so right.  And so I was gently soothed reading these two posts this week, one about a mother lost, and one from someone embracing her mother through the aging process:
"Losing A Mom Soon After Becoming One" and
"Tea, Cribbage, Popcorn and My Beautiful Mother"

2) I'm currently taking a women's studies course on international women.  Readings for it have aroused my interest in this book, The Enemy: What Every American Should Know About Imperialism and this documentary, Half the Sky.

3) On a lighter note, I made this pie today for our 3rd Annual Pie Auction and Social at St. James, in support of the Peace through Pie movement, and indulged in my friend Linda's amazing Lemon Sponge pie, choosing not to track the calories on SparkPeople.

4) Finally, I found this photo from The Sartorialist beautiful and inspiring:  Such grace.

Have a wonderful week!  Look and ponder.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Word of the Year

Although I was at first daunted, I've decided I like the idea of picking a word for the year - SHINE, MOVEMENT, COURAGE.  These are all words, and I'm inspired by the choices.

I've chosen EMBRACE as my word for 2013.

From the online MacMillan Dictionary:


 - definition 

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1
    [TRANSITIVE] to completely accept something such as a new beliefideaor way of life
  2. 2
    [INTRANSITIVE/TRANSITIVE] to put your arms around someone in order to show love or friendship

From Merriam-Webster online:


 verb \im-ˈbrās\

Definition of EMBRACE

transitive verb
a : to clasp in the arms : hug
b : cherishlove
a : to take up especially readily or gladly <embrace a cause>
b : to avail oneself of : welcome <embraced the opportunity to study further>
a : to take in or include as a part, item, or element of a more inclusive whole 

I mulled over many possibilities on my walk yesterday.  Last year was good, and it was hard.  This year I'll continue to take classes working toward my degree, I'll continue to homeschool my two boys at home, I'll try to be a better wife and create a haven in our home, I'll continue to explore and learn from my ESL students I want to stay mindful of my health and accomplish some fitness goals, and I want to develop spiritually and soak up the community at our church.   And at the end of this summer, our family plans on embarking on a year-long adventure traveling across the U.S.  I want to cherish and accept all these things, to "take up gladly."  I'm ready to EMBRACE it all.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

on the arrival of 2013

Especially after spending several days with my father's side of the family in Georgia and North Carolina, we had to bring in the New Year with Hoppin' John and the basic cornbread recipe from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.  After grabbing some exercise at the YMCA and a small afternoon date at the Galaxy Cafe, we had a quiet night at home.  The bigger boys enjoyed watching basketball and car shows on TV.  The youngest became totally engrossed in one of his books he got for Christmas, The Mark of Athena.  And I indulged in a little House Hunters watching, and reading, falling asleep way before the ball dropped.  (No surprise at all to Lyman.)

Starting the morning and 2013 in a quiet house while everyone else sleeps.  Setting the intention to care for myself this year with time with family and friends, adventure, good healthful food, good work, and light, in all its wondrous forms.  It has been quite the year, and this coming one holds much promise.  Blessings in 2013.