I find that when I stop writing, even simple things or things about myself, it’s really hard to start again.
But it’s a day I’ve coined “Hurricane Saturday,” which means I plan to stay in my pajamas, drink lots of coffee, watch Isaac dump a bunch of rain on the outdoors, catch up on the DVR and read a book I need to finish before a conference I’m attending later this month…and probably do some laundry and cleaning, too. And before I start all of that, I thought I’d check in.
The Durhams are doing well.
Jonas started 8th grade!
And then Jason and I left him behind and went to Florida to celebrate our anniversary!
When we came back, though, I hit the ground running. August is a month of starting the school year ministry schedule and kicking off the Christian Education year at the church. Youth group, after school club, Girl Scouts, ACT at South Middle School, Sunday School, a new 6 week adult class on Sunday night…and the possibility of starting a Kids’ Running Club with the Youth Group (pretty excited about that one)! I love my job and I love the people I work with and I love being busy most of the time, so it’s all good.
I’m reorienting my schedule to get back to making my time in prayer and Bible study each day my first priority and not something I eventually get around to doing (which I often got around to doing it…but after I was already stressed out or distracted or tired or just checking it off my to-do list). I’m also back to walking (with some jogging) 3-5 times a week. I’m having some health/pain issues I’ll see my doctor about…soon. For now, Aleve is my best friend on work out mornings. It”s funny–there’s a time I would have loved to have pain as an excuse to not work out…but now I’m just dealing with it so I can keep my work out schedule. This week, I’ve been carefully counting every calorie in an attempt to undo some of the damage the wild summer schedule and my lack of discipline in all things food and exercise caused.
This Fall, I’ll be doing some travelling and doing all of my continuing ed hours in one season. I’ll head to Montreat in September for a Healthy Congregations Conference with Rev John and his wife, Pam. In October, I go back to Montreat for a Leading With Bold Imagination workshop. In November, I’m going on a adult mission trip in Sheffield, Alabama and driving straight from that to Atlanta for The Summit, a conference with Youth Cartel. And driving straight from The Summit to join our youth group at the Fall Retreat (which will be halfway done when I arrive) at Camp Loucon in Leitchfield, KY. It seems like a lot, but I’m excited about all of that.
I’ve been reading all of your blogs (well, if I know you and I know about your blog, that is. If I don’t, leave me a comment and a link, okay?) and keeping up with your lives! Have a happy Hurricane Saturday!