To the Parents Who Don't Have a Clue:
Last Saturday, you saw a young man cheering on his friends and classmates at a middle school basketball game. You probably noticed he was wearing the school colors and was surrounded by lots of friends. You may have noticed his big poofy hair. He's actually quite well known for his hair. If you take the time to ask your kids about the poofy haired kid you would probably hear that he's a fun guy that loves life and his friends. You might also find out that he tried out for the basketball team but didn't make the final cut. However, he doesn't let that stop him from going to the games and cheering on the team. Why? Because he cares about his friends.
By the complaints that were made, you obviously noticed that he was waving a large flag while cheering......it's the same flag that he wore as a cape on the last day of 7th grade. Do you even know which country's flag he was wearing?? Or what meaning that flag has to him???
Nope. You just assumed that since it wasn't an American flag that he was being unpatriotic.
You really don't have a clue. So let me educate you.
The flag was the Dominican flag...as in the Dominican Republic. It's a Spanish speaking country that borders Haiti. It's the country where several of this young man's brothers live. He also has brothers who are Cuban and Venezuelan. Oh and did you know that this young man is Puerto Rican??
Nope, didn't think so.
This young man is blessed to be part of a diverse family. A diverse family that opens their home to young men from the DR and other countries who are following their dreams playing American baseball. A diverse family that welcomes others no matter their race, ethnicity or religion.
He wasn't being unpatriotic. He wasn't protesting or making some political statement. He had no intentions of offending anyone. He was being a 14 year old boy having fun at a middle school basketball game. I think you need to take a step back and realize that current events have clouded your judgment.
So many people are in a tailspin over walls, immigrants and refugees. These are all important issues that require sensitivity and understanding. I don't know where you stand on these issues but forcing your viewpoints on the student section of a middle school basketball game shows that you really don't have a clue.
Today was the last day of my nine day vacation. When I originally chose this as my first week of vacation for 2017, it was for a possible trip to the Dominican. That didn't work out so I thought I might just go away for a day or two. Maybe go visit my mom or the beach. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I just needed some downtime. Time at home just relaxing and resting. Time to just rest.
I've been going non-stop for months with football season, my daughter's illness/surgery and the holidays while working the late shift at work. I was physically exhausted and fighting a cold. I wasn't consistent in my daily prayer and quiet time. My spirit was parched and thirsty. I was barely making it through each day. If I was going to get a good start to this year, I needed to put away everything else and focus on resting.
Over the past nine days, I have slept in, napped and lounged around. I have baked yummy cookies and tried new recipes for dinner. I have completed a few organizing projects but I have fought the urge to be more productive or tackle big "to do" lists. I have spent lots of time playing and training our new puppy. I have taken bubble baths and watched a few of my favorite movies. There were days that I didn't even change out of my pj's.
I've enjoyed reading books and encouraging blogs. I've spent time reconnecting with God and sharing my heart with Him. He knows what's been going on in my heart and mind. Even when I couldn't find the words He's seen my hurts and struggles.
This has been a much needed week to rest and recharge my batteries. I can think clearly again and I'm ready for the challenges and adventures of the new year.
Now it's time to set aside a day or two for a Mom's Retreat to plan and set goals for myself and my family for 2017.
.The new year is here. Time to make your list of resolutions for the year. A few years ago I stopped making resolutions and instead began choosing a word that represents what I want to focus on. In the past I've chosen words like joy or shine or intentional. It's not always easy to narrow it down to just one word. In fact this year I couldn't. So I've decided on 2 words that I feel go together for 2017.
My first word is PASSION. Passion is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it. It is more than enthusiasm or excitement. Passion is when you put as much heart, mind, body and soul into something as is humanly possible.
This season of my life is full of change and growth. I've started a new career. My husband has started a non-profit. Our oldest son is engaged and our youngest will start high school this year. There is so much life going on in our house everyday. I sometimes find myself just going through the motions....going through the lists and agenda for the day...the week....the month.....taking care of all the urgent needs and barely surviving.....then before you know it another year is GONE!! I don't want to just barely survive, I want to thrive. I want to experience life to the fullest.
There are many things in my life that I'm passionate about but I don't always pursue them. I will feel a pull or a little voice telling me to do something but I will ignore it. That's where my second word comes into the picture.....FEARLESS.
Too many times I allow fear to take over and convince me not to do something. I forget that I am intelligent, gifted and created by God for a unique purpose. I allow the opinions and noise of others to discourage me from pursuing my passions. I fear what others might think. I fear taking a risk. I fear that the lies about my abilities are true. I let the fear control me. But not anymore. I want to be fearless when it comes to life and careless when it comes to what people may think or say about me. I want to be brave enough to be me everyday. I want to keep showing up with love, joy and grace in the real everyday mess of life.
This year I want to be FEARLESS as I live life with PASSION. want to listen to the small voices and promptings from God in my spirit and act upon them. I want to live out my purpose in small ways everyday. I don't want to live each day waiting for something to change or waiting for something to happen. I don't want to live another year weighed down by doubt or fear. I want to live fully in the freedom, hope, joy and promises of Christ.
And when 2017 brings challenges or even disappointments, I want to face them with determination and gratitude for the growth that they will bring to my faith and my character. I will let them make me stronger, smarter and kinder. I can trust that God is in control and His plan never fails.
I'm excited to see what this year brings as I focus on being fearless in pursuing my passions.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.