“Where have you been? ” you ask.
It’s the time of year of Lent and increased church activities. It’s that time of year when I am itching to get my hands in the soil and begin cultivating, tending, and planting my gardens. It’s the time of year when soccer begins and I affectionately refer to myself as a “soccer widow” and support my husband as much as I can with his crazy schedule. It’s that time of year when the creative spirit is reawakened and I long to create anew. It’s the time of year when I am inspired to drop a few extra pounds and get ready for bathing suit weather. So, I’ve been busy.
The Lent excuse-I am not the type of person who gives things up for Lent, but rather the type who adds them. I select something that I know I should be doing and I do it. What criteria do I use? It must be something that benefits another person, while making me a better person at the same time. Last year, Little Man and I read from his Bible each night. This year, we are still reading, but from a chapter book. We’re reading one of my favorites, so we are both enjoying it. That’s at least 30 minutes each night and more when he asks for two chapters.
The gardening excuse-Two weekends ago, we bought Coach a very romantic and loving birthday/Valentine’s Day present…a chainsaw. That lead to a Sunday afternoon of clearing brush and burning. We had another warm afternoon last week, so I was able to work for another two hours while the monkeys napped. Since we moved in, we have been working to clear the brush and small trees around our home. This is the year to finish it! We want to get everything cut back and cleared before the new growth of spring is upon us. And once it is all cleared, we can then look toward a joint birthday gift for the boys of a swingset!
The good wife excuse-Soccer officially began on Monday, but Coach was out on Sunday after church running a goalie practice for our keeper who is still playing basketball in the state playoffs this week. Their first scrimmage is Saturday. Coach is an amazingly dedicated coach, hence my very appropriate nickname. He spends hours each week preparing for practices, watching game footage, and reading coaching journals. And then he goes to practice and games. Needless to say, we see a lot less of him. And when we do see him, he’s often on the sideline or working on his teaching responsibilities. Spring is always hectic for him with soccer and APs. This year is no different, except for the fact that our car repairs are a bit more than we expected. Isn’t that always the way? In order to afford it, we are trying to make as much extra money as possible. Coach tutors online, so he has scheduled more hours than he normally would this time of year to help the family finances out. So to help him out, I am grading math 😦 while he tutors, so he can still have enough time to invest in soccer! That’s love, my friends!
The creative excuse-The day that I worked in the yard clearing brush for 2 hours by myself, I had to think about something. My mind wandered from topic to topic for a while, but finally settled on my novel, an extrapolation of a short story that I wrote last year. I began crafting more plot lines, fine tuning dialogue, and getting more inspired. Over the past few days I have written a few more pages and am poised to write a lot more. I have also done some historical research into the Berdan sharpshooters and am deciding whether to ground the novel squarely in history or simply not make any historical errors. No decision as of yet. I’m excited once again to write and create beyond myself. It’s a good place to be!
This fitness excuse-This is clearly the weakest. I have only worked out twice-once was clearing the brush (that was quite intense on my own, because I usually have a 6’5″ strapping man to help me) and once was yesterday with the soccer team. And both kicked my butt! It is, in fact, sore and hurts to walk today. Coach hires an amazing instructor to do aerobics with the girls for an hour the first four days of practice. I couldn’t keep up, but feel good about myself today and have already dropped about 3 pounds since I started watching what I eat a few weeks ago.
There is a lot going on in my life and I’m sure in your’s too. And while these are excuses for not having blogged, they are also proof that I am engaged in my faith, family, and hobbies.