From the learning room....the joys of aging are balanced with a bags of things that make living as we once did not quite possible. I have learned I cannot run all over a campus going to classes all day for a week without damaging my knees from so much fast walking. So I have learned to compensate for that and still enjoy a rich experience at Education Week at BYU when we are able to go.
There are over 1000 classes taught on just about any subject one might be interested in from law or finances, to better family living in all stages of life, parenting little children, teen or adult children. You can also take religion classes, history classes, music classes, travel classes, you name it they've got the classes. It is such a fun and rewarding place to spend a week. We always feel so enriched when we leave.
Now when I go I try to pick a location or two and go to classes in that building rather that bounce all over the place. That helped so much. The knees are a little sore yet but nothing like they would be if I hadn't learned to compensate and adapt to my situation so that I can continue to enjoy things I loved doing in my 30s. Just a little tip for you younger people as time goes by, discover adaptive techniques to keep on going.
I am reading...several books on my Kindle but one little snippet at a time. Right now I am reading The Ensign Magazine from cover to cover.
I use to be sad we had missed out on those youthful experiences but now I realize you can have a very enriching experience in all aspects of church life. If you are just willing to say yes to any calling that comes along we will be blessed with a fullness. If we do our part in service to him and his children he more than meets us half way. He gives us all of it. What an amazingly loving Father we all have.
I am hearing...Jim's outside radio playing some classical music through my open office window. Other than that it is very quiet this morning as it is still early.
One of my guilty pleasures...home grown tomatoes. We cannot grow them here as we do not have fencing around our property and the deer think we are encroaching on their land. They love to eat our flowers and tomatoes and anything else we have tried to grow in the past. But last night our neighbors gave Jim some tomatoes that were still warm from the vine and yesterday's hot sun and we had tomato sandwiches for dinner. Yummy. I have missed the usual amount of tomatoes we consume in the summer due to traveling so much. It was heavenly last night! I think I have probably said this every summer in August that I have been doing these Daybooks.
And that Hazel will have a good transition to kindergarten that didn't really start out well with them letting her out of the classroom on the first day and not accompanying her to the bus. She got lost and was found crying on the playground all alone. That nearly broke my heart and that of her parents as well. But they had a big meeting the next day and things have improved. It is going to be a process but I wish she didn't gave a first year teacher that is 50 and overwhelmed and not the greatest at classroom management. Hazel has so much to contend with and it is so hard for Jen to have sent her out into the world on her own so to speak. But you know what? The silver lining is that she is so resilient and each day she has been excited to return and try again. That is our little Hazie for ya! She is always teaching the rest of us how to be!
One thing that made me so happy this week...that our son, Chris, got a distinguished award at the BYU's beginning of the new school year meeting for the faculty and we were invited to attend. He also published his first book last week. I will be devoting a post to these two things sometime in the coming week. That boy always keeps us beaming and amazed. He is such a joy!
I just realized that since I had to get a new iPhone this week upon our return that all my photos are not transferred over yet so I only have a couple for now. Sadly not the best ones but you will get the idea!
Three teen grandies and more on the way!
(Teens not grandies!)