Errands, book progress, assumptions, and beauty
- Today, we completed four errands in just under three hours: bank, library, Costco, and post office. We got back in time for lunch, which was my goal. I am now exhausted. It’s the heat, I think. And just having five kids in tow, two of them in carseats. It just wears on me. But, it was a good outing, and only one of the children got into any significant trouble, which, by the odds, isn’t so bad. 🙂 I can’t wait until it’s cooler, and we can add hiking, or at least a trip to the park, back into to our Fridays.
- I’m finishing up the additions to the manuscript I’ve been working on. The “book acquisition” guy at our publisher liked the draft, but wanted more of it, and had several good ideas to expand the book. His suggestions, plus some other stuff that the Holy Spirit “downloaded” to Marietta (as she describes it), have accounted for some wonderful new content. Every year, my church hosts an international leadership summit. In its first years, when it was smaller, Marietta (the book’s author) would paint a watercolor with the theme of the retreat, one for each attendee. The last few years, as our numbers have grown to 50+, she has done one watercolor, and given everyone a nice, framed print. This week, she mentioned that she is so hoping that the book will be published by the date of the next summit (late January 2011), so that she can give a copy of the BOOK to everyone. I got so excited about that, I squealed and was giddy.
- Note to self: Assume less, check first. I completed a whoppin’, time-consuming blog entry with all of my friend Kathy‘s recommended teen books, with about 75 links in it. Then, just as I was about to click “publish” I thought, “Maybe Kathy would like to give this a look-see before I post it!” It turns out my sweet friend is working on a series of posts on the same thing for her new blog, complete with mini-reviews of each book… My heart sank, as I realized that I hadn’t even considered, while I was writing, that the list might be “proprietary”, so to speak. So, I offered to hold off publishing it here, and I will happily link to her posts, when they’re completed. 🙂 Ah, humility… You’re a hard one for me to learn!
- Perhaps this should be a separate post on its own; I hate to see it get buried in the bullet points, and I truly hope that a number of you click on these: On Wednesday, I read my friend Nicole’s post on “The Wonder Woman Syndrome” or, women turning 30, and growing up — or not. Yesterday was her 30th birthday. Earlier on Wednesday, I had read a post that deeply resonated with me by my friend Kathy, about the treasure of having older friends — there’s more to it than that; it’s hard to describe briefly, and the Miss Talaaant parts are priceless. AND, related to those two, rolling around in my mind, was a real nugget of truth that was shared (via video) in the final session of the Beth Moore Bible study on Esther I’ve been attending on Tuesday nights at my church. Beth said, “In man’s realm, time diminishes beauty. In God’s realm, where we will spend forever, time perfects beauty.” (Eccl. 3:11) In a culture that worships youth and beauty, and wants us to deny aging, it was helpful to me to be reminded that His priorities are so opposite the world’s. He sees beauty in maturity.
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