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Dear Blogging Friends {Spin Cycle}

December, 2014

snow cave
Remember last winter’s polar vortex?

Dear Blogging Friends,

It hardly seems possible that another year is almost over! In order to write this letter to you, I’ve been looking back at some of my old writing. There were things that happened back in January that I barely remember, like the time I was sick and had to sleep on the couch. Isn’t it wonderful that the virus that made me so miserable can be forgotten so easily?

Looking back makes the year flash by; last winter I was writing about the polar vortex, and then all of a sudden it was summer and the girls were selling lemonade. It’s true what they say; the years really do go by fast.

Lemonade Stand

In January, I was also vlogging more. I don’t even remember the last time I vlogged; I seem to have given it up. But I still think I could be Molly’s best friend.

In March, I told a story about how each time I rented a car in California, I was rear ended. I wondered what would happen this summer, since we were renting a car! Fortunately, no one rear ended us and we returned the car back to the rental company with no dents. There were probably some extra crumbs under the seats and possibly an escaped crayon or two. Not bad for a two-week vacation.

Remember when I baked cookies with Lily and Emmy? In the end, I had to leave the kitchen and let them finish the job without me! Even worse than that, however, was when the girls gave me a facial and I ended up with banana in my ear! Although I was irritated at the time, I can laugh at myself now!

I’m also laughing at the Word of the Year I chose for myself. I had big plans to have a “schedule” in 2014, but our word of the year seemed to be “crazy” instead!

Roller Coaster
Crazy steep roller coaster!

After our crazy busy summer with swimming lessons, swim meets and vacations, I was ready to settle back into our school routine. Lily started fourth grade, and with fourth grade came orchestra and choir and HOMEWORK–I didn’t think it was possible for life to become more hectic, and yet it did! Emmy started second grade, and fortunately homework is a breeze for her. It took a few weeks to settle into a routine, and now winter break is going to mess it up all over again! Crazy!

However, it will be nice to spend time with Lily and Emmy. They, along with Ed, are my happy place. With them around I feel centered and just a little less crazy.

We have less snow than last year; in fact, we have no snow right now. On Wednesday, I told my preschool class that the next time I saw them, it would be 2015! A brand New Year, all ready to unwrap and see what’s inside.

A Merry Christmas to you, and a Happy New Year!

Love,

Ginny

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Here’s what’s coming up on The Spin Cycle:

week of December 22: NO SPIN CYCLE! Merry Christmas!
week of December 29: Blogger Tag! Answer the blogging questions below.
week of January 5: Word of the Year: How did you do with last year’s word? What will you choose for this year?

Blogging Tag questions:
1. What do you love the most about blogging?
2. How do you find the time to keep up with all the aspects related to blogging (posting, reading, commenting, responding, etc)?
3. Does your family know about your blog and does this affect what you blog about?
4. If you didn’t blog, what would you be doing with that time?
5. Have you been in a blogging rut and how did you pull yourself out of it?
6. Have you ever considered leaving the blogging world and why? What stopped you?
7. Show some blog love: Name another blog that you adore.
8. What’s your favorite social media outlet for sharing your blog posts?
9. What’s one thing you’ve learned about yourself since you started blogging?
10. Any new blogging plans or ideas for the new year?

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Unprepared and Overwhelmed {Spin Cycle}

As I sit at my desk, I can hear the squirrels digging and rustling around in the leaves outside my dining room window. They are getting downright tubby, those little squirrels, as they prepare for winter.

It has been a very strange week, and I wasn’t prepared for most the of the things that happened. Sometimes it is so overwhelming, the things we are unprepared for. Friends of mine have had their lives change suddenly this week, and it makes my little problem seem trivial. We had something unexpected happen that I was completely unprepared for–little visitors in one of my daughter’s hair. After years of having lice in my classroom and not being affected, one of my children finally brought them home. I’m not going to write too much about that, however, because it makes her feel bad. To be honest, I feel bad about it, too. There’s still a stigma attached to having lice. I can’t help but feel that I’m a bad mother and a terrible housekeeper. In my heart, I know that’s not true and several of my friends’ children have also had lice. I’m happy to report that we are all lice-free as of Tuesday afternoon. (The washing machine has been going non-stop since then!)

Yesterday, however, my co-workers and I were completely prepared. I’m talking about more than lesson plans and project supplies. Our license from the state is due for renewal, and the state rep came to visit our preschool. We had prepared by filling out all our paper work, entering our continuing education hours online, and reviewing our CPR and Epi pen skills.

It was about time for preschool to start, and we noticed something strange. A taxi pulled into the parking lot. We wondered; did someone have car trouble and need to take a taxi to preschool? Was it the state rep?

Nope. It was neither of those things. An unshaven man carrying a paper bag stumbled out of the cab and headed across our parking lot to the woods in the property behind us. He wasn’t walking in a straight line, either. In fact, he was a little wobbly. This was unexpected.

Despite our fears, he went on his merry way and we didn’t see him again. Our license renewal went perfectly and our preparations paid off (mostly due to our director’s hard work)!

And now, at last, the week is almost over. Tomorrow, Lily, Emmy and I will prepare to sing in our church’s Bethlehem Walk, which reenacts Christ’s birth. We’ll dress up in white robes and fluffy collars, and maybe I’ll curl the girls hair. After this overwhelming week, we can begin to prepare our hearts for Christmas.

Bethlehem Walk Angels

What are you preparing for?

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There Was This One Thanksgiving…

There was this one Thanksgiving when my mom tripped while she was carrying corn to the table. The corn flew everywhere, and even stuck to the ceiling. We joked when we moved that there was probably corn still stuck in the rough, textured surface.

As a pastor’s family, Thanksgiving was a little different for us. My dad always had to work on Thanksgiving morning and preach a sermon. Three out of four of my uncles were also pastors, so they were also preaching on Thanksgiving Day. After church, we would load up the car and drive to the Midwest town to the family that was hosting Thanksgiving that year. Sometimes we drove to Detroit, Michigan. Other times we drove to Canton, Ohio. Sometimes we were lucky and got to stay put because we were hosting Thanksgiving. That night, as our relatives all met up in one place, there were hugs and kisses and lots of noise. The moms and aunts would start preparing for our big meal the next day–the Friday after Thanksgiving.

There usually wasn’t a bed for all of us. The cousins would sleep on the floor with blankets and pillows and the rare sleeping bag. The grown-ups got the beds. It usually took a while for us to go to sleep, with all the talking and giggling we did. The aunts and uncles yelled at us to be quiet and go to sleep!

The next day, when everyone else was eating leftovers, was our big Thanksgiving Feast. Turkey and green beans, mashed potatoes and corn, cranberry sauce and oh so many good things to eat!

Our extended family has grown and our traditions have changed. We no longer get together on the Friday after Thanksgiving. But the memories of those Thanksgivings past stay with us always.

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There Was This One Thanksgiving… {Spin Cycle Prompt}

On Thursday we’re celebrating Thanksgiving in the U.S. and I thought it would be fun to remember past Thanksgivings. This week on the Spin Cycle, share memories from past Thanksgivings; traditions, family gatherings or recipes, or write about one Thanksgiving that was really memorable. There was this one Thanksgiving….

Link up your Thanksgiving Spin any day this week!



 

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Light Pollution {Spin Cycle}

We were stopped at a red light. The soccer fields next to me were dark, but I could the lights of the planes lining up to land at O’Hare Airport. Every time I see the twinkling of those artificial stars, I’m in awe. To think that hundreds of people are up in the sky, traveling here for business or pleasure or are just coming home, is amazing.

Straight ahead of us are all the lights of Lutheran General Hospital, with the cross shining at the tip-top of the building. My children were born there. The parking ramp is also glowing. I can even see a huge house across the field that is decorated with an abundance of Christmas lights.

I’m surrounded by artificial lights. As I sit in the car, Ed is in the driver’s seat waiting for the red light to turn green. I look up at the sky, wondering if I’ll see any stars. I don’t. Is it because of the clouds, or because the bright lights are shining too loudly to see any stars?

I’ve been to places where the lights don’t shine so bright. Where you can look up and see the stars in a dark night sky without the halo of the city ruining the view. Where I can see the Milky Way and it really does look like spilled milk. Where I can imagine Abraham being truly awestruck when his God told him his offspring would number the stars.

I’ve made my children stare into that space, that milky, twinkling space full of stars. We were at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and it was way past the girls’ bedtime. But I kept them up anyway. We stood in the middle of the courtyard by our cabin, tilted our heads back and simply gazed at the stars.

Back home, I teach them the rhyme: Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight. We strain our eyes to see that first star after the sun sets and twilight descends on the city.

The wishing star is very difficult to spot. We’ll try again tomorrow.

Grand Canyon morning

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