Monday, May 16, 2011

Random Update and Thoughts

A lot has happened since I last updated so I am just going to write random updates and thoughts as they come to me. Not edited, not planned, not proofed.
  • Josie has been out of her cast for over a month now. She is doing pretty well. She is taking steps in her gait trainer but nowhere NEAR where she was before surgery. Her hips are straight and she doesn't cross her legs anymore, but she has definately lost some of her mobility. Not sure how I feel about that.
  • The man with the yellow tractor has been back. If you don't know what I am talking about, see a post I made about a year ago. Jon talked to him and he asked about Josie. There are a few more houses going up so he will be around this summer. Praying for the words to speak to him...or more importantly, praying that he can see God through my family.
  • Our house sold in Orange City. Bittersweet. It sold for less than we purchased it. Hard hit to take. However, we are thankful that the house is sold and we can move forward.
  • My kids amaze me everyday. Mary continues to excel in school, but what I am the most proud of is her humble spirit. She quietly and confidently goes about her day and patiently nudges her peers. I have something to learn from her kindness and even temper. David is a goofball and can't wait for school to be done. He is playing soccer, flag football, and baseball this spring. I feel like a taxi driver. Hannah is finishing up her last week of preschool. She has informed me that when she grows up she is going to be a Princess Geologist. I am looking for a university that offers that major. She loves, loves, rocks and dirt and fills up every container she can find with rocks and dirt.
  • I am extremely thankful for our public school system. I have three kids in school with very different needs and academic levels. Their school goes above and beyond to meet their needs. I appreciate the fact that others are able to bless my children and in turn bless me. Josie has brought out the best in her classmates and teachers. I have had more dicussions with her teachers leading to my faith because of Josie. The principal told me that my three kids have made their school a better place. Way to go Nelson kids! Public schools sometimes get a bad rap but they do a lot of things right, too!
  • I ran my first 5K a couple of weeks ago. I ran it in 28 minutes. I had no idea what to expect. This was something I never thought I would be able to do. I will do another one and hopefully improve my time. Moving has given me a chance to reinvent myself. I have taken to exercise and eating better. Who knew I would be instructing cardio kickboxing classes at a gym...and liking it! I have met so many interesting and unique people at the gym that I would have never met otherwise. Most are not Christian and church is the last place they would be. I love these people and have learned so much from them. I have had many faith filled conversations with some of them. The best is when out of the blue someone asks me a question about my faith or what I believe. Makes me smile.
  • I think I may put a sign up in my yard stating that this is the neighborhood YMCA. There are kids here everyday. I honestly don't know where they come from. Their language isn't always appropriate and I have to remind some of them that we do have rules, but I am glad they continue to come back. I am glad my kids are exposed to families and cultures that are different than ours. Our hoop is going up this week so I am excited to see who that will bring.
  • Since moving I really haven't joined any type of small group, prayer group, or Bible study group. I miss it. I need to connect with other women. I need some accountability. It is hard to start or join something this time of year but perhaps in the fall I will actively look to find or start a group.
  • If you got this far, thanks for reading. If you are still reading you must care for me or my family, thank you for that. I need all the help I can get, even just knowing that someone cares means a lot to me.
  • Have a great Monday!