I am thankful for..this wonderful month of travel, sightseeing and work. We have had a phenomenal time. I think a few things have made it very different than other trips we have taken. Length of time with many different venues and purposes made a difference. We have traveled for more than a month on other occasions but they have been focused on a major holiday, or a European/family time or just sightseeing. I think the thing that made this time unique was a lot of time with just each other and then also getting to see family. Our time of exploring the east coast was just perfect. We loved the things we saw and learned about all the places we went. The things that made it most special were our times with our kids and then our days we spent learning about our ancestors and the time we were able to do research and walk where they walked and lived. That was inspirational and spiritual as well. It has been a nice blend of pleasure and purpose. There has been the perfect amount of time for relaxation and reflection. I don't think my b/p has been this low in years.
I am reading...William Bradford's Pilmoth Plantation~this is considered to be the first American History book ever written. Jim and I are reading it aloud together and it is excellent so far. Tomorrow we are taking a trip to Mystic, Connecticut together so will continue on with Governor Bradford's account of why the Loyalists from England and the English Separatists from Holland came here on the Mayflower It is about their heroic voyage and about the settlement they created when they arrived. It is a fascinating story.
Some spiritual thoughts I have been having...the thing that has been going through my mind as we have traveled is just how beautiful the majority of America really is. As we have passed through city after city, town after town I have felt a sense of peace that the Lord is still over all and that His presence rests upon the goodness in all of these places. I am thinking once again how the media has truly skewed our thinking about how this country is going to the dogs and it has robbed us of our peace. Yes, there are some really bad people and situations but there is so much goodness and righteousness too.
It has reminded me of when our Church leaders have expressed that we should be of good cheer, look for the good and stay close to the Lord. The Lord will not forsake the righteous. My faith in that has been reaffirmed on this trip. Travel affords us a tremendous opportunity to step out of our tiny world and see beyond our borders of the little triangle we live in of home, school, work and the grocery store. We truly feel blessed to have had this opportunity this month of broadening our conceptions and changing our paradigms. The consequence is we feel more peace.
I am hearing..birds chirping randomly to one another outside and classical music from the kitchen. And I am imagining that if we were just a little closer to the water I could hear the waves. Soon the house will contain the boys...home from school and the endless happy chatter of kids and all that entails. Cannot wait to see them and hear about their day.
One of my guilty pleasures...our children. Honestly, it is hard to get enough of being with them. I love that we have this opportunity to realize how precious this time is because we don't have it whenever we want. Absence does, indeed, make the heart grow fonder. That is the silver lining of living apart. Every time is a special occasion.
Pet Peeves..rushing. I hate rushing. I enjoy savoring, reflecting and being in the moment more and more as I grow older and learn how to do it. It makes me appreciate this time in our lives so much!
I am quoting...Elizabeth Gilbert author of Eat Pray Love: I love a quote that requires me to look up a word. "Oh, I just want what we all want: a comfortable couch, a nice beverage, a weekend of no distractions and a book that will stop time, lift me out of my quotidian existence and alter my thinking forever." Love that. This quote just reminds me of the perfect definition of the romantic, modern woman. Do we all not seek this from time to time...or pretty much all of the time?
One of my favorite things...that we have been able to go to three events at the boys' school and we still have one left. Ross is in a play and we get to go and see the dress rehearsal on Tuesday before we leave on Wednesday. Last night at the Sports Banquet Spencer received The Ultimate Spirit Award. This is a new award and Spencer is the first recipient. He helped his coach with la crosse, soccer and basketball and managed the teams all of this school year. The coach was very positive in his words about Spence and we were glowing grandparents! He was so cute racing to the front of the auditorium to receive his award at breakneck speed, grinning from ear to ear! Oh, and he is still in his full leg cast so that racing was on crutches.
One thing that made me so happy this week..being here for Grandparents' Day at the school! Getting Laura and Robert's master bedroom, bath and sitting room all redecorated. We just hung the last piece of art a little while ago. Grampa has been very helpful hanging curtain rods, mirror, paintings and other things and keeping everyone fed. I love working with the two of them on any decorating project. The rooms look so pretty and peaceful and fresh. Robert will be so surprised when he stumbles in from Virginia tonight after finishing his ten day class for work.
The most surprising thing this week...we got two beautiful chairs for the decorating project at half price and they are perfect.
As we drove by we saw a couple near the driveway so we passed by slowly and then returned after we thought they had gone so as not to get people in the photo. We came back and didn't see them so turned around and took some photos. As we drove on we saw them again on the other side of the property and we realized immediately it was their house. They waved and yelled out "thank you" to us. They knew we loved it and they were pleased. Fun!
Until we all return...happy day to you!