I think I've figured it out. I have blogger block. Every time I think about posting, I just can't figure out where to begin. I think it's that I let a week go by and so much stuff has gone on that I can't figure out what starting point would be good.
Let me start out by saying that this switch to Blogger Beta has been great. I think blogging is a whole lot easier now. (Just for the record.)
Since last weeks' post the following has taken place:
1.) Josh had his first game, which they won, though he didn't get a whole lot of playing time. He's in the learning process. He's working hard and he'll be improving and growing with the team.
2.) Jess and John broke up. Then got back together, then broke up again. Now they're just talking as "friends." Who knows where that will end up? Jess has been reconnecting with some of her old friends since the split. I hope she continues to make those friendships a priority even if she and John get back together. John is a really nice boy, but she needs more in her life than just John to occupy her thoughts. She has a Christmas concert tonight, so I am hoping that keeps her mind off of the breakup.
3.) I did get two Christmas gifts purchased. 19 days left 'till Christmas and I have two items wrapped and under the tree. Boy, am I on top of things! ;)
4.) We shut our toy shop down. Business was slow, and our lives are just far too hectic for it right now. I am so relieved! We can actually make plans to do stuff as a family again....including going to church. It's such a big stress off of our shoulders!
5.) Rob's tests came back fine. Nothing is wrong with him, other than his cholestorel being slightly elevated. "Diet and exercise, check back in six months" was the recommendation. Oh...and "Cut down on stress". Wise doctor! I am rejoicing in my heart, grateful to God for this good news.
6.) Got my hair cut and colored, thanks to Holli! I am happy to have a new look for the holidays. Many thanks for taking the time to do that for me, Holli.
7.) Have been finding a few spare minutes to read here and there while waiting on Josh's bball practice to let out. He had an away game last night, which they lost. They have another game Friday.
8.) Last night, going through the attic in my imaginary spare time, I found a bunch of pictures of my brother and I when we were little that I didn't know existed. Also, I found about ten letters that my dad wrote to my grandparents while he was in prison. I cried when I read them. He really seemed concerned about us and our future as a family. I couldn't help but wonder where that went awry. I am glad I found the letters and pictures. I also found a bunch of artwork I did as a young child, as well as the wedding announcement for my parents' wedding. That too, was bittersweet. I guess I'll add this to my ever-growing list of stuff I need to get into scrapbooks.
9.) The tree is up at home. I love that tree. It was a holiday blessing last year...brand new....given to us by one of Rob's aunts. It looks just like a department store tree. It's white with white lights, full and tall. I found a big box of old ornaments from my childhood, as well as my dad's childhood. I have to smile whenever I look at them. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
10.) We've been driving around, looking at lights as we run here and there and everywhere. Jo gets so excited when he sees the houses that have impressive holiday light displays. It's fun to see things through his eyes.
That's about all I can think of for now. My anxiety is pretty much touch and go. Usually it's okay, as long as I force myself to count my blessings and not dwell on the stuff I have yet to do for the season. I know that I have the power to control my thoughts, and if I start letting worry consume me, I just get bent out of shape. I'd much rather focus on the beauty that surrounds me, and the many things about my life that I love. Why waste time thinking negative thoughts? It just robs me of hours far too precious to squander.
Hope you're having a good day where you are! More later.