Too many peanut M&Ms

365 Project: Day 55 I bought a small bag of peanut M&Ms to set out when we had people over last weekend for Hannah’s birthday, and everyone must either have good self-control or be on a diet because they hardly got eaten. That never happens. I bought a small bag so there would NOT be any leftovers. The bowl sat out on the counter for a couple days after that, and I wasn’t even tempted to eat them, until one day as I headed out the door. Normally this wouldn’t even be a topic of discussion for me, but even while I’m being so good to take care of myself, I actually turned around to come back and dump a whole bunch in a baggie to take with me.  I left this much in the bowl, and the rest went with me. I hadn’t eaten a very good breakfast or lunch that day, so I was hungry… and apparently, weak. I ate every single one of them, and enjoyed not a one! I regretted it even as my hand came up to my mouth–time after time. That seemed like a bigger waste than if I had taken them and dumped them in the trash. To eat something so high in calories and fat… and hate it?! It would’ve been different if I actually enjoyed myself, even a little bit. Well, I overdid it, so that night for dinner, I made a better choice. I ate a huge plate of steamed broccoli, had some clementines later, and other such things that grow from the ground. And then I got on the treadmill. Sometimes it seems worth it, but this time it wasn’t–from the time I grabbed the baggie out of the drawer. The lessons I learned are many: Don’t buy peanut M&Ms for your guests… especially if you’re not going to enjoy the leftovers. Be willing to throw things in the garbage. Eat healthy meals so you don’t want to eat crummy snacks. Don’t bring junk food with you in the car. Try to enjoy your food and snacks at all times. Don’t beat yourself up when you make a mistake. MOVE ON, and purpose to do better next time. Life is full of choices. …just to name a...

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The First Rehearsal

365 Project: Day 54 Monday night was the first rehearsal–and parent meeting–for the next CB Productions play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare. I couldn’t even fit everyone in the photo. This is the largest cast Hannah’s ever been a part of. There are 29 cast members and 6 crew members. With all the parents and some siblings there, there weren’t even enough chairs for everyone to sit down at the meeting. Hannah continues to be the Stage Manager for CB Productions, so this will definitely be a growing experience for her to manage that number of people, alongside Carla. It will be magical… and a work of art… THAT I am sure of! Carla Barwineck is the best director there is. I’m not bias or anything. It’s just true. 🙂 Jon and I are blessed that both of our daughters have grown up under her tutelage in the arts. She’s a gift to our family–and the WORLD. The life skills we’ve all learned from her are priceless. Her love and passion for theater and her students is a beautiful thing to...

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It’s her sweet 16th…

365 Project: Day 53 My youngest daughter, Hannah, just turned 16 on Sunday. I took pictures of her with everyone who stopped by or came over to celebrate with her, knowing it will be a special record of that day to her later on. As I was looking through photos, I was saddened by the fact that I got pictures of everyone else with her except Jon and I. We see her every day, so I may just stick them in this post at some later time this week. Pay no mind to whether she’s wearing different clothes or not. 🙂 I wrote birthday greetings on this sign and on a big whiteboard in the kitchen, and Hannah apparently felt I went overboard, and proceeded to ask if I could erase one of them. I said no. I’m the boss. Just be happy you’re loved. 🙂   Allison and Nathan came for a couple hours, and then had to leave so Allison could go to work. She’s such a hard worker. We’re glad they could come for awhile, but sad they missed singing and cake. The food took much longer than I planned. No pictures of that, but Hannah asked for chicken wings and homemade french fries. This was a day when a double oven would’ve been helpful.   The boys found the hula hoop. Anders was pretty good at it!   Hannah got lots of fun presents. One of which was this…   …Star Wars – Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force. Her brothers know her well. 🙂   Hannah wasn’t very cooperative for the photo op, so Grandpa held the cake up for her. And me. You’d think I’d have decorated her cake a little more flashy for her 16th birthday, but I did my best. The candles tell the story well enough, don’t they? 🙂   I really like this one of her.    Hannah with Hans & Amy.   Hannah with crabby Anders.   Hannah with happy Anders.   I think I was supposed to crop this from the knees down. Oh well. Grandpa wanted Hannah to feel tall for 5 seconds on her birthday. 🙂   Hannah with Nyssa and Mary.    Hannah with Amy, Mary, and Nyssa… three of her closest girlfriends. They hung out for the night after the family left.   Then they didn’t want to say goodbye. ♥ Happy 16th Birthday, Hannah. I love you and am so proud of you. You are beautiful–inside and out. I’m glad God chose me to be your...

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Thoughts out of nowhere

365 Project: Day 52 I went to a beautiful wedding this weekend, sat on the inside end of the pew, and looked up at this.  I was completely fixated on it, even at times I probably shouldn’t have been. It was so lovely. It was also very tall in its cylindrical, mile-high (maybe more like 3-4 feet) glass container, and full of water. I had a few fleeting childlike thoughts, wondering if I could behave myself long enough to not make it fall over. I don’t know where those tempting thoughts came from. All of a sudden, they were just there. Can you imagine how humiliating it would be to do something like that, and then years down the road, when anyone thinks about that particular wedding, they still talk about and think of how you made such a fool of yourself, wrecked their decor, and made a huge scene? That would be so horrible.  Have you ever had random thoughts like that? We all have thoughts that come–whether positive, negative, crazy, a little cooky, or whatever. That’s why 2 Corinthians 10 tells us to ‘capture our rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ’.  It’s always what you do with your thoughts that count, so I’m glad when all was said and done, that I didn’t wreck the wedding, and no one will be saying bad things about me today–or a hundred years from now–when they think about that special...

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