It seems to be the least-liked day of the week: Monday! Now, you may be the minority of the crowd and actually look forward to Mondays, every week. But it seems that the overwhelming feeling about the day can best be expressed by a big groan, with a hint of, “really?” thrown in. So how do we resolve this predicament, seeing that we can’t just erase a whole day? Thanks to writer Amy Shearn, there are a couple of ways to seize the day and see it in a softer light.
I’ve been in Tyler now for about a month. It’s a great town and everyone has been so friendly. The experience, however, hasn’t always been easy– For me, or for Tyler!
I’ve already met three of Tyler’s finest. First, for listening to my GPS and turning onto a One Way street that wasn’t going my way! That officer was so very nice and it was so very obvious that I wasn’t from around here that he simply made sure I was reoriented to go the right direction and he bid me good afternoon.
Second, I found another of our men in uniform astride a motorcycle a block from where I was hoping to find an apartment. Apparently, my expired inspection sticker caught his attention; his lights and siren caught mine. My eyes teared up when he asked for my current address to fill out the ticket because , at that point, I’d been searching for weeks and still was homeless. However, he was not moved by my despair and simply used my last known address on the ticket — and bid me a good afternoon. (for those concerned, I’ve already remedied the inspection sticker issue and am compliant again)
So, the third time to meet an officer? I had decided to give my friend a tour of the station on the weekend. I unlocked the door and then couldn’t get the alarm code correct and … “AAAAUGH”! The siren starts blaring and by the time I got the right code in — the officer was at the door. I had to convince him that I worked here and was just too new to know the correct code fast enough. He looked at me like I was not rowing with both oars – if you know what I mean – but then bid me a good afternoon.
So, let me see…One and a half months in Tyler – three encounters with the men who keep law and order in the town. I’m thinking I may be making more of an impression on my new hometown than I’d intended! I’m hoping to do better as I get more used to Tyler and Tyler gets more used to me. But, for now, I bid you a good afternoon!
Susie O –
** (just to be clear, all three of the officers were very professional in their dealings with me and justified too)
School Delays and Cancellations:
Big Sandy ISD - 10 a.m start Tuesday
Bishop Thomas K. Gorman - 10 a.m. start Tuesday
Brook Hill School - 10 a.m. start Tuesday
Central Heights ISD - 10 a.m. start Tuesday, buses run 2 hours late Continue reading →
Some have said that working out, just like other routines in life, can become easier and easier to do as time goes on. I’ll be honest, I never bought into this thought. It’s exercising: I’ll be sore for days, tired, and let’s face it, an excuse will come up that’ll make me “forget” to put yoga pants and sneakers on. But then, the whole idea of working out with someone made the statement become truth! At first, it was the hubby who went with me. But as work threw our schedules for a loop, I’ve found myself still going to the gym, but attending classes with other people (technically “working out with someone”).
Now, with Nathan, he loves me for me, and all the quirks that make me who I am. But when it comes to a room full of strangers, things could go down a wrong turn FAST. Thankfully, it’s been a smooth ride so far, but I’m always open to tips to keep me on the path of Gym Etiquette. And if you’re in the same boat, here’s are a couple of thoughts and advice from personal trainers around the country that you maybe never would have thought about:
They’re warm, gooey, and I have to control myself in eating just one: Cupcakes! For my personal obsession to them, I have to really thank mi amiga Ashton, who actually has a bigger love for the my-size cakes that create a buzz.
And it wasn’t until I moved to northern CA for a few years that I found myself enjoy these tasty treats more and more. So naturally, from eating them, I began to make them, especially with the help of a Cupcake Calendar my now MIL (Mother-In-Law) gave me for my first Christmas with Nathan’s family.
Right under Jesus, Me, and his family, the hubby could probably spend every day talking to Dave Ramsey. I promise you, Nathan’s not a crying guy, but I have a feeling he would probably shed a tear of joy if he met the man! And yes, I would at least take a mental picture of that moment. It’s not that he’s a uber-fan or anything, but Nathan feels there’s a lot of wisdom he’s gained from listening to his Financial tips, practices, and tools, and would enjoy getting the chance to say, “Thanks.”
If you’ve never heard of Dave Ramsey, then one of 3 things may have happened:
- Your church has never done anything with the Financial Peace University classes
- You don’t deal with any of your finances
- You don’t want to do anything with your finances…because the idea of saving and such scares you. Continue reading →
They go and they come, back and forth, on the same bus with the same kids. It’s the everyday school routine that, if you put yourself in their shoes, would feel as monotonous as it sounds like. You wouldn’t think the same-day routine would get old for your kids, but just ask them, “Did you learn or do anything new at school today,” and wait for the response…or then, lack of response. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked younger cousins, family friends, and my nephew this same question and the response is the same: “Nothing.”
Yep, your child is burning out FAST! So what do you do to make moments and days POP for your child? It could be as simple as some ice cream after school, and more, as blogger Mary Fischer points out:
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One of the things I’m trying to learn in my new place in life is that you cannot reach out and take the gifts God is trying to give you if you are clutching all of the old stuff YOU think you should have or need. You want to be open to what God may be offering you, but sometimes it’s a matter of putting down what lifts you up. The things you’ve wanted, thought you needed or had to have are in the way of what you have coming that is new. In order to get what God has ready to hand you – you’re going to have to be willing to trust Him enough to believe it’s more important to have this new thing, than to grasp the old to your chest like it’s a life vest and you’re leaving the Titanic!It’s like God is saying, ” You’re gonna have to put that down, Baby, or you’ll drop all of it and not have any of the wonderful things that are yours too!”On one hand, I get it…but sometimes …I feel like I’m having to pry my hands off of things I WANT.. instead of just letting go of them so I can open my hand (and arms) to the things God would lay into my life. Even when there’s a part of me that knows that He promises what He has for me is better than I could even imagine for myself! – I stand with my arms filled with all of the “old” stuff I want to hang on to, as bits of it and chunks of the “new” – even better stuff – drops to the floor and shatters!You see, we can’t carry all of it. We can’t keep piling more into our arms with a defiant – “MINE!” and remain open to “HIS” for us. We have to put down the old to pick up the new. But, here’s the rub, it’s not just once or twice in our lifetime. We may be called to put down even the good things we’ve held dear that have lifted us up in tough times. Otherwise we can’t reach out for the new that God holds out to us. One way or another something will drop away.Before you start to think I’ve achieved some sort of new wisdom for me, even though I understand this concept – it doesn’t mean that I’m getting this right in my own life yet. As Paul said in Phillippians, “Not that I’ve already obtained it, but I press on….”