Monday, November 30, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
- Get some of my work published again in devotional or other format
- Bake healthy loaves of bread in my bread machine on a regular basis
- Get 30 minutes of exercise 3+ days a week
- Learn to play progressive rummy even if it kills me
- Get over my fear of failure and try new things no matter how much it embarrasses me
- Jump out of an airplane without breaking any bones upon landing
- Tell my husband I love him every day
- Learn some conversational Italian and/or Spanish
- Go to Italy to visit my relatives before it is too late
- Truly love those who have wronged me or my family...and then pray blessings for them
- Read the stacks of books beside my bed and then pass them on
- Accept my body for what is it; accept my looks and grow old gracefully & avoid plastic surgery
- Cultivate a deep sense of peace and contentment, knowing that GOD is in control
- Refuse to let my physical ailments define who I am and what I can do
- Sing again in church or other group
- Learn to use all of the features on my iPod, computer and cell phone
- Be able to take naps at any time, any place, like my husband
- Learn to grow indoor plants and develop a "green thumb," rather than a "black one"
- Wear only the clothes in my closet that fit; give away the rest. Same with shoes I never wear
- Blog, blog, blog...
- Collect sea glass every time I go to the beach and make something beautiful out of these pieces
- Love unconditionally because God first loved me
- Work on my critical spirit~ask the Holy Spirit to help me with this one
- Try scuba diving at least once simply because Allen enjoys it
- Go on a short-term mission trip outside the USA
- Support missionaries and sponsor a child through CMF
- Decide what I want to be when I grow up!!!!!!!!! A medical assistant or something better?
- Keep in touch with out of town friends in PA, Maryland, etc. Send cards to those girlfriends!
- Switch to fair-trade coffee (got that one from Bethany)
- Eat more whole grains, fruits and veggies
- Wear sunscreen on my face and hands every day, not just sometimes
- Learn to make an incredible Tiramisu!
- Go grey (gray) just to see what my hair really looks like without all the harmful color and highlights. This will be a major challenge as you can imagine--I am working on this now. Please do not be shocked!
- Give to the poor in my community/serve them as often as I can
- See no race or color. See people only as God sees them
- Read my Bible more often and memorize scripture
- Be more politically aware and write my senators and leaders when it is important to speak up
- Tell my son & daughter that I love them every day
- Build bridges in any broken relationships I have in my life. Life is too short to sweat the small stuff
- Join the YMCA again
- Invite people into our new home and practice hospitality
- Organize my office and papers that clutter my life~
- Give away any books I do not need
- Switch to organic or natural cosmetics & hair care products that are not tested on animals
- Get an old, scruffy dog. Yeah, what Beth said.
- Learn to drive, park and tie up the boat all by myself! Did this 3 times last weekend. Yahoo!
- Visit Chicago and maybe get tickets for the Oprah show-going to Chicago end of Oct. No Oprah tickets!
- Visit Brian in northern VA
- Watch the sunrise over Lake Greenwood
- Update my calendar yearly with the birthdays of friends and family
- Take more pictures and put them into photo albums
- Help out in a soup kitchen more than just once in a blue moon
- Babysit for a couple or single mom who cannot afford a sitter
- Clean a friend's house just because--I like cleaning so this one was easy. Thanks Jenny!
- Lose 10+ pounds. Oh, that's just depressing!
- Spend time getting to know the teens in my church and the seniors too
- Visualize World Peace
- Help Aunt Lori move to South Carolina in 2009--May happen in 2010.
- Help my inlaws move to South Carolina in 2009--May happen in 2010. Neither have house on market.
- Attend and celebrate Bethany's college graduation in 2009!
- Learn to bite my tongue a little more often
- Never go to bed angry if I can help it...or don't let the sun go down on my anger...
- Really keep a journal; it doesn't matter how often I write just so I write
- Make batches of homemade meatballs and Italian soup more often
- Get back on my bicycle so I can enjoy rides with my hubby
- Work at listening and not interrupting others when they have something to say
- Dream big dreams for Jordan and Bethany and believe God for the outcome!
- Be a good parent and a better friend to my children
- Kiss my husband good night whenever possible!
- Watch all of our Rob Bell nooma DVD's
- Give flowers to a friend who is sad or lonely
- Camp out under the stars for a night
- Stop biting my nails when I am stressed out or nervous
- Floss at least once a day
- Use the good china for everyday meals, not just special occasions like X-mas or Easter
- Shop for a month using only cloth or reuseable bags
- Tip a waiter or waitress who really tried to get my order right but didn't for whatever reason
- Go for a glider ride
- Take a cooking class with Allen
- Stop all ordering stuff via the internet for one month--done this summer it was tough.
- Replace old lightbulbs in the house with newer energy efficient ones
- Visit Asheville, NC and Athens, GA soon!
- Practice gentle yoga and meditation
- Get up and sing a karaoke song
- Catch fish in Lake Greenwood and throw em back. I've caught one fish so far all summer!
- Make stuffed grape leaves, lebanese style
- Attend a Clemson, USC or Georgia football game--USC game Oct 10th, 2009 going with Kevin &Julie!!
- Make a snow angel while living in SC
- Read Pride and Prejudice again and other Jane Austen classics
- Start working crossword puzzles again to stimulate my brain
- Get to know Ashley better and pray for the best in her life
- Take my own sunset picture over Lake Greenwood and frame it
- Take a meal to a neighbor
- Find a used elliptical machine I love
- Recycle as much as I can
- Learn to laugh at Myself!
- Shop at my local produce stands and farmer's markets
- Tell my niece how much Jesus loves her! I am praising God that Baleigh asked Jesus into her heart in 09.
- Participate in a Walk for Life or Relay for Breast Cancer awareness
- Write a love letter to Mom--
- Post this on my blog~P.S. I roasted my own salty & delicious pumpkin seeds too.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Mother, Mommy, and then my Mom
Sunday School at Hope Lutheran
Summer camp where I learned to love Jesus
Swimming at Aunt Julie’s, Drive-in movies and Kennywood Park
Best cook in the world—homemade sauce & meatballs, grape leaves & stuffed olives
Anise bread for the holidays
Mancini’s Bread every day, provolone cheese and Beto’s pizza
Rough years in Jr. High, temper tantrums too
Carnegie Assembly of God got me straightened out
Apology letters to each other. Do you remember those notes we’d write?
Confidante in High School. Bruce, being at Gram’s house, love & graduation.
A new beau, this Allen from
How will you support my daughter you asked?? A ring and a promise to care for me
No worries Mom cos I’m sure he’s the One and I’m going to be Ok
Allen, my lover, my soul has been all that and more
Baby on the way, JD the blonde haired blue eyed peanut. You all came to take care of me. Colicky child #1
Toddler and Bethany kicking in the womb. Again you came. A boy and a girl, both within 2 years; colic again!
More trips back & forth with Megz in tow. Wave pool,
Kids are growing up too fast. High schoolers now and graduation looms.
2004—JD graduates; 2005—B graduates. Colleges far away. Heartache over
Our relationship is changing; Can you feel it? What can I say? I’m a grown woman too. Not always on the same page, but the love is always there Mom, it’s always been there. Respect and love. Remember that you pointed me to Jesus. Remember that you loved me no matter what I did or said. And I love you all the more…