I am so proud, too, of my daughter!! She has been involved in gymnastics since she was 4, and this year, she wanted to try competition. It's been a real challenge for her as her coaches are demanding much more from her. Needless to say, she really has become very bitter about practices and a bit discouraged as she thinks her coaches are "yelling" at her (but we all know better, right?), but last weekend was her very first meet. She won 3 place in the "all-around" division for her age group. YEAH!!! Here is a picture of her with her coach. Can you tell she's pretty excited?
I have also begun planting some seedlings for spring. I know. It sounds crazy to start in (actually) January, but I can't wait, especially, for home-grown tomatoes. Love them!! I remember when I was a kid, my Dad and I would go out to the garden and just eat them like apples. Store-bought are disgusting, in my opinion. Gotta go with home-grown every time. I'm also planting herbs, like rosemary, sage, thyme, basil, oregano, marjoram, and flat-leaf parsley. Fresh herbs are so yummy when I cook, and growing them yourself is WAY cheaper than buying them at $4.50 per plant in the spring. Again, can't wait to get in the garden. Besides, being outdoors gets me in touch with the LORD. What a miracle to see life from one little seed, and let me tell you, some of these are so incredibly tiny, it's impossible to plant just one. Some of them are literally as tiny as a large piece of dust. Being in the garden always makes me think of an awesome passage of Scripture:
2 Chronicles 7:13-15"When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place."
(This is watermelon above.)
Our family has decided to join our local YMCA. It's a fairly new facility, maybe 3 years old...maybe. So we've really enjoyed going there, too. I've started a few exercise classes when it works, and the instructors are awesome. Hubby enjoys racquetball, and the kids love just about all of it, mostly swimming and the game room. Can't tell too much of a difference yet, but I'm hoping for that 26-year-old body once again. (Who am I kidding? Can I ever get that back?)
Well, with all that is going on, I decided to take a break today from it all and just relax at home. (I did mop the kitchen floor, though. Does that count as relaxing? With all the baking and cooking I've been doing lately, it REALLY needed it.) So, here is my submission for KWerner's Color Inspiration. I know it is totally plain, but I really like it for some reason. Clean and crisp, and very simple and fast for a beginning stamper. (No snail adhesive, which for beginners can be a challenge I've learned.)
I know it's usually not what she looks for, but it was fast. Needing to finish getting ready for the stamp class I'm having for tomorrow, and my boys are needing me. Gotta go.