Tuesday, May 26, 2015

life in the South

The South.

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20150526_125952-1 It is a world all its own.
The tea is crazy sweet, cows sell chicken, and "bless your heart" is not necessarily something you want said to you.
I, like many others, am a transplant to this world.  My dialect and word pool is a confused mix of Midwestern, Northern, and Southern.  I say one thing and instantly I get asked by those who don't know me, "So, where are you originally from?"  I still struggle to understand "Southernese".  I often am asking people to repeat themselves for one reason or another when they have a deep southern accent.
However, after 14 years, it's home.
I even have a T-shirt to prove it.
Toward the end of my birthday season, a gift from nature springs forth here in the South...the magnolia trees bloom.  Nothing says "Welcome to the South" quite like sturdy, yet beautiful magnolia trees full of blossoming flowers.  And this year, our magnolia did something wonderfully sweet...it bloomed a couple of flowers close enough to the ground that I could easily photograph them.
Another gift from today, was literally a gift.  Due to a conflict in scheduling, I won't be with my in-laws on my actual birthday, so we celebrated my birthday early.  A wonderful light jacket to keep me warm in the well air conditioned buildings, a book from a favorite author, happiness inducing/smile producing balloons, and lotion that smells like sugar cookies.  My mother-in-law nailed it!
20150526_210713 And, it rained today. Thunderstormed, actually.  Thankful not to be out in it, but thrilled to get to hear the raindrops hitting the rooftop in their melodious fashion, while thunder and lightning danced across the sky.
As the 26th day of my birthday season comes to a close, I can honestly say it was a good one.  
#blessedbeyondmeasure  

a day off

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We had a busy, but quiet, day at the house today.
Rare event when we are all at home all day together. A gift.
IMG_20150525_211241 In between projects and rain showers, there was plenty of time to fish, swim, and play Phase 10 together.
And, there's always time to smell the roses.

i miss you

Sunday, May 24th
There are those moments when something reminds you of someone and all you really want to do is be back with them again.
I had a few moments like this recently.
Okay, recently...meaning today.
IMG_20150524_082442 Take, for instance, this morning. I wanted to do something new for rest day, so I pulled up Beachbody on Demand.  As soon as I saw Shaun T's picture, I instantly thought of a friend of mine who is doing one of his programs, whom I haven't seen in what seems like ages, and immediately wished we could be in the same place for a few minutes again just to catch up.
I ended up choosing "Recovery" from Insanity for my workout.  If that is recovery...Insanity is an appropriate name for the program.  That was crazy.
Totally awesome, but absolutely crazy.
Funny thing, though...I'm finding myself slightly less intimidated by ST's workouts.
I have survived two individual workouts now...this is something, right?
Go ahead and laugh.  I am.
Trust me.  I have a healthy respect for the intensity that lies before me.  I have to since I am seriously thinking of taking on the challenge of completing one of his programs once my current round of P90X is finished.  I am counting on some major accountability to keep me going the entire time if I do accept the challenge.
IMG_20150524_230943Another moment that had me missing someone dear to my heart was when I was prepping some rhubarb for baking and freezing.  It made me miss Grandma Miller.  She grew rhubarb and made it into delectable delights.  She made the best rhubarb pie ever...but she made the best everything ever, rhubarb and otherwise. ♥  
Moments of remembering like that are wonderful and hard at the same time.
Today's gift is having amazing people in my life to miss.  These two brought to mind today and so many more.
You don't miss casual acquaintances.  You only miss those people with whom you have shared real life moments.  Family and friends whom make life so much better.  Because they are walking with you through it.  Because they make memorable moments with you that are worth reliving over and over again.  Because they leave you wanting to make more amazing memories together.
I am blessed beyond measure.

Monday, May 25, 2015

It's the little things...

Saturday, May 23rd
This birthday season just keeps becoming more and more my favorite!!!
Today's gifts include:
Relaxing by the pool in the warm sunshine...

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Enjoying some fishing with the family at the cabin...

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Eating a snack...
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Saturday, May 23, 2015

What's the best that can happen?

Friday, May 22rd
Today I am grateful for the choice I made to act last year. To try something unlike anything I had ever done before in my life was a major step in the right direction for a healthier, happier me.
1432351905862 That choice has led to many other choices as I learn more about this new lifestyle of nutrition and exercise.  Little things add up to make a big difference.
I know all the excuses.  I used them all for years.
It came down to the fact that I could stay the same or I could change.
Both are equally difficult.  Both require energy.  Both can be painful.
Only one shows strength.  Only one demonstrates courage.  Only one exhibits hope.
It's an individual choice to begin.  However, along the way, a support system begins to grow and one day you see that you are no longer doing this on your own.  The encouragement, the motivation you need shows up in many ways, from many sources that you never saw coming.  And, it's awesome.  Really, really awesome.
Go outside your comfort zone.
Be intentional.
Do something different.
When you do, you are going to see some of the best that can happen to your life.

Friday, May 22, 2015

trust the process

IMG_20150521_220255 “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing,
the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.” ― Anne Lamott

Thursday, May 21st
To some, it's Thursday.  To me, it's "Yogaday".  So thankful for the gift of learning to love this day for what it is and not fear it because of what some make it out to be.  I did Isometrix and X3 Yoga for my workout today.  I am amazed at the progress I have made.  A year ago, I thought yoga would be the unconquerable hurdle on my fitness journey.  
As my coach reminded me this week, I have to trust the process.  
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Each week, as Yogaday arrives, I have a choice to make.  Sometimes, I just show up.  Others, I knoick it out of the park.  Still others, I do what's before me, pushing myself to do a little better than the previous time.
The process will only take me as far as I trust it to take me.
So far, so good.
#progressnotperfection

Cannot believe it's day 21 of Birthday Season already...10 more to come! Stay tuned...more adventures are ahead.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

final game

Wednesday, May 20th
This year's Birthday Season has been filled with numerous baseball games.
Tonight was the final game of the season.
I had responsibilities at church, so I arrived a little late to the game.
We were ahead when I arrived. Then the opposing team tied up the game.
Our at bat brought a run across the plate.  It was an exciting game to watch.
Top of the final inning found the opposing team with the bases loaded and nobody out.
We changed pitchers.
He came in and struck out the first batter he faced.
On a passed ball, the player on third base tried to make it home, but our catcher tagged him out in a close play at the plate.
Two outs...no runs scored.
Our pitcher's next throw was a strike.
On the second pitch, the batter swung and missed.
The third pitch...swing and a miss!
Three outs...no runs scored...The Reds end their season with a WIN!
What a game!!!
Alex was walked and made it around the bases to score a run with his first at bat.  He struck out his second at bat, but he wasn't down about it.  I am so proud of the progress he has made this season and of the way in which he has handled himself on the field.  He has made his mama proud. ♥  There is no better gift.