Beccalynn married a Counting Mutant. Together they created a Renaissance family. Wild Oat found them in his 20s and now is married with three kids. Ase and Zany, former dancers who now bravely face life as emerging adults. Girly dances, collects dead things and faces her teen years with superpower logic. Creatively they navigate life through Jesus’ gift, asking uncomfortable questions to discover the deep love that awaits us all.
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Ten Things of Thankfful #81
has been quiet here at the Lily Pad the past few weeks. In Real Life sucked me
into all the Holiday Glories.
patiently walked through Advent #1 and welcomed Christmas. I had no feelings of
dread or anxiety-which was different. Some due to writing through the things
which make Christmas difficult. Advent gave me the time to sit with those achy
parts of my heart and make room for healing. However it wants to flow.
Nutcracker Mouse joined us for Christmas
was different this year. Ase didn’t dance, but Zany, Girly and Mutant did. Ase
did help with props back stage with me when his schedule allowed. After three
years of very emotional Nutcrackers, this one was delightful #2. The symphony
had a guest conductor from the San Francisco Ballet. The orchestra was giddy,
the dancers were relaxed and hardly anyone fell. To the amazement of many, I
was giddy and bubbly and full of Sugar Plum sparkles.
first semester is over! #3 Both boys hit that stuck in the mud transitional
phase. If there was a degree or an award or some form of compensation for
online gaming, Ase and Zany would be able to pay for college. The last three
months were filled with starts, stops and complete Mom meltdowns as they
figured out how to exit the land of Swamp Ass and into the land of young adult.
With full ON CAMPUS schedules, I am hopeful a real change is around the corner.
first semester is over as well. #4 Taking two classes at the private school our
homeschool is associated with is perfect. She is managing the homework, making
friends and watching her grades online. Along with projects, funny anecdotes
and a growing love for the marginalized. Thankful for the private Christian
school experience, she is looking forward to public high school next year.
Girly snapped this while longboarding
got me a REAL laptop and a tablet for Christmas. #5 I danced around it for the
last week and this is its maiden voyage in writing, editing and posting. The
tablet was an add on, because he felt sorry for me playing Candy Crush on my
itty bitty phone screen with Old Lady glasses. The whole thing still makes me feel a bit intimidated.
friends. #6 A friend from Jr. High and his family came into town for the
holiday. The stars aligned and we were able to hang out for the day. Tell
stories, watch kids skateboard and feel a bit of adventurous nostalgia.
Girly snapped this while I was busy talking.
Mutant’s official CFO job is keeping him very busy and learning ALL the things
#7. They launched a new accounting system and he’s been driving back and forth
between offices. Because of it, we weren’t able to celebrate his birthday the
traditional way, but had presents and ate cake on New Year’s Eve instead. Of
course the kids and I had cake for brunch ON his birthday. OF COURSE we
instagramed it. Because if it isn’t on social media, it didn’t happen.
on boundaries in difficult relationships. #8. In writing about my sordid story
in a safe place and the feedback, pockets of peace are emerging. Freedom is
appearing in odd little places. Boundaries are finding words that at some point
will be written out for my own clarity.
#9 Over the last two weeks, permissions granted to cancel things, lie around
and eat what I felt like. The whole thing beautifully paced without pressures.
Fun was had. Obligations fulfilled with boundaries. Moments of recuperation
carved out. I am sad it’s over.
#10 is Monday. I am embarrassed to say that it is my favorite day of the week.
Especially in a New Year. Monday is good for starting things. Monday is nice to
reboot a project. Monday is the great mystery which leads into a week of
adventure. It is a starting place for goals, cleaning the food regiment or
beginning a new workout routine. So…
here we go folks…