Had: a lovely summer including two weeks of a house sitting holiday close to the beach. House sitting holidays are the best. Ever thankful to our family members and friends who let us live in their houses at odd times in the year. And while we were at the beach on Australia Day we saw a television team on the shore collecting footage for the evening news so #2 son got himself interviewed and had his five seconds of fame that evening.
Four films...lots of maltesers. Happy days.
Sent: #1 son off to high school after the holidays. He is doing well. It is lovely to see them growing up and thriving and getting all big and independent. Such a gift and a blessing.
Thankful: to God for His loving faithfulness. I feel like my prayers have been very small lately (not praying the big prayers at the moment at all) and yet God has answered all of my prayers in all of their smallness in more abundance than I could have ever imagined. More so, He has answered the prayers I haven't prayed as yet but meant to get to at some stage. So encouraged. And ready to pray bigger again.
Feeling good: about a less structured year. I have two days that are fairly full and three days that may be filled with relief teaching a bit later on in the year when the teachers are so not freshly out of school holidays. And if not filled by teaching these days will be filled well and appropriately depending on what's on the TO DO list or whether I need to have a quiet one. Even now I still find myself easily wearied. Not quite recovered from last year as yet. God in His kindness has given me some space to rest and also the space to live and respond a little more spontaneously this year.
Loving: the old Bible reading plan. Behind already. (Could I have been distracted while on holidays just a tiny bit???) But will catch up again.
Looking forward: to my Bible study/reading groups starting up again this coming week. One group will be studying John. Another is reading through the minor prophets in one-to-one Bible reading style. And the group with lots of kids, distracted mothers and one or two enquiring about the Christian faith is going to have a go at a terrific new Matthias Media study called You, Me and the Bible which looks like one-to-one Bible reading meets Two Ways to Live.
Reading: At Home by Bill Bryson still. I was trying to think of a word that sums up his writing style and finally it came to me. Endearing. That was two pages before I hit the chapter about rats in homes. Now I am even more certifyably, scream-like-a-girl scared of them! Rats aside, a brilliant brilliant book.
Reserved: One Day by David Nicholls at the library. The summer reading continues it seems.
Growing: my fringe out. I'm sure you all wanted to know that. I made that decision on a whim last week. It was already getting annoyingly long and I think I will past the truly annoying stage in five to ten weeks at current rate of growth. That's not that long...
Apologising: to landfill. The great two house clear out of 2014 has seen me launch a pitiful assault on landfill. More and more I am committed to the decluttering movement - have only what you need and what is beautiful. Get rid of the extra. And then don't replace it. Fortunately I am not much of a shopper and while we are dealing with the volumes of stuff, we are paring down our own possessions as well. Op shops have done well too but there has been so much that just had to be junked.
Becoming addicted: to Gumtree and another online buying and selling site. Not that I am buying anything. Just selling. And it is going well. Although I do have table that no-one seems interested in.
No: progress on the Philippians project or the crocheting project. Did write some short letters to send with our Christmas letter - the ones that finally went out by snail mail. I well and truly crossed over to the darkest part of the dark side at the end of last year. No Christmas cards in the post. Christmas letter written and EMAILED out on New Year's Eve. Those that needed to be sent out via snail mail posted, I think, on 28th January. And yet, despite all these things, the earth still seems to be turning.
Off: to watch the end of The Hundred Foot Journey newly out on DVD. A beautifully filmed, intelligent, feel good movie. It's gorgeous. No maltesers. Ah well.