Sleepy Morning

Yes, I am sleepy–after 9am. Because I’ve been awake for about 4 hours now.

(Also carbs, probably!)

Today is a special day because I get to see a special friend I haven’t seen in a long time.

It is also special because the LORD has seen fit to bless my husband and me with four new friends staying here for a conference of Latin American church-planters!

We have been enjoying lots of table conversation with folks from Santiago, Chile, from Chula Vista, CA (and Tijiuana, Mexico), from Santa Ana, CA (and Bogota, Columbia) and Oklahoma (Tahlequah), and the Pacific Northwest USA (Idaho and Washington state and SF, CA and Dallas!).

Fortunately, everyone speaks English, even one who has just learned in the last year!

Ages range up to 71 even for these world travellers!!

Time zones span about 5-6 hours also!

So, we are having quite the party in our townhome this week–but they are soon gone and oh-so-familiar solitude returns, but even moreso for the stark contrast after all the socializing!

Perhaps some of you fellow empty-nesters out there can relate to that?

But, as I said last week, no matter how solo, we never truly walk alone, in the LORD.

May His peace be with you today!

Lois, near Chicago


New Year Thursday

What, a second post in the same week?

Yes, and other marvels, actually.

I set a goal for 2017–get my immediate physical environment unstuffed!

(This is triggered, partly, by the coming–on Monday–of 4 overnight visitors for a whole week. More people means we need to make more, livable, attractive, uncluttered space–quickly!)

But, in fact, that is just a convenient goad to help me take action on a very ongoing, lifelong challenge. It is not accumulation so much as wanting to be able to see stuff. I want it out in the open enough to find it–or, if put away, put in a predictable “default” place.

Yes, I’m certifiably ADD. Can’t really change that but can tidy up–moreso with a deadline!

(If you read this soon, and want to help, let me know!)

Here’s to the lovely spaces, surfaces, de-cluttered home we get to enjoy when it’s done!


New Year Tuesday

Yes, I realize that was a week ago for most working people. But we had an extended holiday season that ended less than 48 hours ago.

Yesterday I woke up a mere twenty minutes prior to an appointment to meet a friend at the nearby gym to walk the track. I not only walked, I went in the heated pool, also the whirlpool, and the dry sauna! So, a record for me on several counts.

At 62, with a new knee, still battling my bulges, I am thrilled at signs of progress in the right direction.

Also grateful for encouraging words from the Bible and other sources too. We do not walk alone.

The Waning Year

Ten days left now in 2016, and to be honest, I’m not sad to see it go!

I am glad though that my husband insists on keeping the tree up until Epiphany–those 12 days of Christmas only begin on the 25th!!

So, when all the crazyness has passed, we can still enjoy quiet hours making puzzles, drinking hot chocolate, being together, in deep gratitude still (always!) for God coming down to us, becoming one of us.

I want to cultivate a closer daily dialog with that One who is with us. Happy Holy Days!!

50K Done!!

Amazing, but true–and, admittedly very, very rough draft, with tons of personal notes, rabbit trails!! I got that many words out–2 days before deadline!! I am quite surprised and grateful to find out how much I still care, can actually invest, in a stab at fiction!  Thanks to all you encouragers!!

By the way, it could take a lot longer to turn what I have into presentable form, but it’s on my agenda! This one is the “Drew and Lily Story” and no good working title yet.