I feel a little guilty having not posted recently.
I started several posts, and wanting them to be polished, I never got the time to finish them enough to place here.
So, I'm doing something I rarely do... I am typing directly into a post, just to let folks know what is going on.
Summer for a teacher (at least for this one) is packed with all the stuff that doesn't get done the rest of the year. Remember when I shaved and grew back the beard?
Well, trimming that fuzzy growth has not been a priority:
We decided to replace the floors in the laundry, kitchen, dining, and bath rooms. We have an older house, built in the early 40s or so, and wanted to get stuff that matched the house.
So, we painted the rooms in colors that seemed to fit, as the temperature set record highs.
The best part was doing things with my kids. There are many things they can't do, but we tried to be patient, and gave lots of instructions, and bit our tongues when things didn't go quite right.
And it is done! We are exhausted, there are a lot of little touch ups, but the appliances are back in place, the paintings are rehung, and we no longer are squeezing through tiny paths in a crowded living room to find an spot to eat pizza or hamburgers.
The cupboard doors are painted, latches are replaced, and have been emptied of 15 years of accumulated junk.
We replaced the door and drawer knobs with pre-WWII glass knobs...
And got an old wooden medicine cabinet.
Meanwhile... the garden went unattended, and grew like crazy!
The tomatoes crushed their cages, and the sunflowers grew, and grew and grew (the tallest is over 11' 6"!).
I know this isn't the sort of post I created this blog for (LOOK! I'm ending this sentence with a PREPOSITION!!!).
As for my spiritual life, it is thin. I am tired, and not praying like I should. I still pray each night with and for my kids. I pray for Brenda as I'm drifting off into sleep. We do the meals thing of course.
But I'm not getting out into the woods to pray and praise. I'm not reading the Bible regularly as I should. I'm not painting prayerful images.
Worshipping at church simply isn't enough. I need to discipline myself to be regular in all the elements that help me grow spiritually.
My spiritual buddy says he is going to hold me accountable, and I am looking forward to telling him that I need him checking on me.
We had our moon howlin' last Monday and that was good as well.
This coming week is another busy one. I'm taking a class at a university about an hour away on robotics.
I'm going to get into the discipline again.
Would you care to help?
Tell you what...
I will reply to each comment that appears here. If you ask how I am doing on my prayers and scripture, I'll be honest. Let's see if I can put in some prayer and reading time each day this week!