Me: (reading a book to Riley) "And then everyone in the audience said, 'Encore! Encore! ... Encore! Encore!'"Riley: "Why? They really wanted corn?"
Wow, it's been a busy week already and it's only Tuesday!
Some random thoughts today:
- During church on Sunday, one of the members gave a testimony about his life and his relationship with God. He spoke about his initial questions about how people "talked with God" or "heard God speaking to them." He said he just didn't get it as a new Christian. Finally, he got the courage to ask friends at church just how it was they "heard God." One of his friends told him that he might consider changing his perception of "coincidences" that happen in his life. Perhaps they are not really coincidences after all? The message was: keep an open mind and heart. Later that day, I was driving to meet a friend for lunch and I saw this rainbow (above pic) in the sky. It was nearly 70 degrees out and had not rained at all that day. In fact, the rainbow started fading almost immediately after I took the picture and it was gone completely in just a few seconds. Perhaps it was just a coincidence. Or perhaps ... just maybe ... it was something else!
- Thank you so much to all of you who donated for the 5K walk on Saturday for Antioch Adoptions. I had such a good time with Riley and my long-time friend Amy. Although our pace was "Riley pace" (which means stop to pick many flowers, chat up all the walkers passing by, or just plain old stop and sit down), we didn't come in last! (But I'm pretty sure we were second to last.) We had a great time and, even more importantly, raised $600 for Antioch! Thank you for helping support this cause. I should have pictures to share soon.
- I have a new focus this month and that's to support my friend Shari's guild called the Circle of Hope Guild. I have so much to tell you about the Circle of Hope Guild. It is so close to my heart because the team there is focused on ensuring all children at Seattle Children's Hospital are cared for regardless of their families' ability to pay. I love Shari's heart and her compassion for these sweet children! I will be helping to gather donations for the goodie bags for the guild's upcoming golf invitational on July 23rd. More to come on this but if you are interested in helping me with this cause, please just send me a note!
- Today, a fellow Hope Mommy, Diana, had her rainbow baby. I held my breath to wait for an update when I knew they were headed to the hospital but I was all smiles when I saw the picture of her beautiful new daughter on Facebook. Diana was one of the first people I met online (forum) who had also lost a baby. I can't believe it has been so many months since she first told me she was pregnant again. I can't believe how many months we have all survived this. What a difference nine months make. And what a tremendous story of hope! I am so happy for her and her whole family.
- Riley had her dance recital today. It was hilarious and sweet all at the same time. Wrangling a group of 3 and 4 year old's into any type of coordinated dance is a major feat and it's fair to say that Riley had a little bit of trouble keeping focus. But overall, I think she had a lot of fun and it was so funny to watch. I have lots of pics and even some video, which I'll try to figure out how to post on here. See below for one of the pictures I managed to get on my phone.
- Ok, final random thought for today. I few blog posts ago I started a daily list of things that I am grateful for and somehow, I forgot (read: neglected) to keep that up. Here is my attempt at getting that going again...
Five things I am grateful for today:
- Rainbows - of all kinds
- All of my friends who dedicate so much time, love and effort into giving back to others. They truly inspire me and I am so grateful for them!
- Summer - it officially starts next week, right? That has got to mean there is a good chance the sun will come out in Seattle - ha.
- Coffee - I tried to give this up a few months ago and failed miserably. I just love it too much. And I cannot even begin to describe how much I adore my Keurig! I am hopeless.
- Our overweight dog is finally losing weight! Official weigh-in at the vet today has him down more than 15 lbs since a year or so ago. Wow! I honestly never thought it would happen. Wish I knew his secret...
"Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12