Monday, October 22, 2012

Spending Time

As I continue to try and not have such a hateful attitude toward fall, I have discovered something. It really is beautiful to play in the leaves, to gaze at the color exploding from the trees, and I think that my attitude and disdain for change is deeper than just the time of year we are now experiencing.

For weeks I have thought it might be nice to spend more time in the Word. It might be nice to wake up early and read my Bible, journal a bit, enjoy some time being still before jumping in to the day. I know this is true. It was a thought that persisted and I felt myself sharing it week after week as we met with church friends.

But I never did it.

This was clearly pointed out one week, when someone said, "Rebecca, didn't you say that last week?" Yes, yes I did. And every week before it.

But I never did it.

I am busy - but, aren't we all busy? This excuse is stupid. And I know it. And I took last Tuesday evening to be in the Word. I locked Maggie in her cage. She could not distract. The Mister was not home. It was just me. Me and several studies to get through.

"Don't rush it." I told myself. "Spend time here."

And just like that, spending a bit of time reading and a bit of time praying and a bit of time journaling - and I felt so much better.

I don't think we should pursue Christ for the sake of finding happiness - but we definitely become happier, when we do take that time for Him. Joyful even.

What a relief for my tired and cranky soul.


Enjoying the yellow forest with Maggie on a lunch break walk.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Seasonal

I have informed the Mister that I think I have seasonal depression. I think I was totally distracted in college by great learning and amazing opportunities, and of course the great friendships. But now that I am a working girl I can tell that I am in need of year-long sunshine. Retiring to Florida is totally in my future.

I am not a fan of the seasons changing and the weather getting cold. I am not a fan of getting up in the dark. And coming home to the dark. I am not a fan of having to pile on the layers. I have no energy when it is dark. I would have made a great bear, hibernating away.

To combat my hateful attitude toward this time, I have tried to focus on things I do like about the fall.

It is taking a lot of concentration.

I turned the heat on high as I drove south on a beautiful day and admired the many colors in the trees lining the highway.

I lit a candle called "Autumn Wreath" to put myself in a cozy mood.

I wore a few scarves. I do love scarves.

I pulled my moccasin slippers out. Maggie tried to eat them. Multiple times. I put my moccasin slippers away.

I bought red corduroys. Oh yes I did.

I hiked the trails with Mister. We earned a new shield for our hiking staff.

And I made a delicious apple crisp and savored every bite.

Still on the to-do list:
- Bust out my boots
- Drink apple cider
- Make pumpkin bread


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Puppy Love

I am in love with this little lady. She is proving to be just the dog for us, and has been quite a little buddy for some in the yard chores like harvesting potatoes, planting fall bulbs and raking leaves. She loves to play in the leaves, snuggle in her blankets and play fetch - it is adorable! She knows how to sit and to lie down. Good start right?





A quick update on my fears/concerns/what if statements:

What if we are not able to train her properly? And she is not well behaved?

So far, she has been very easy to train and incredibly well behaved. She has visited two homes, the vet, and had her first college visit. At all places she is very well behaved. She is a little shy, which definitely helps her to not be too jumpy or sniffing about in all the wrong places.

What if she likes the Mister better than me?

She does like the Mister better. When it is just me and my girl at home, she is my constant shadow. But when that man is in the house, she could care less about where I am and what I'm doing, even when I'm holding a treat out to her.

I am learning to be ok with this. Trying to be ok with this.


What if she eats my shoes? I will be so mad...

So far she has not destroyed any shoes. She has tried to chew on some slippers but we have caught her before any damage was done.

What if she bites people?
No worries here. The only people she likes to bite are me and Mister, and honestly, mostly just me. Bite my hair, my clothes, bite at scarves and jewelry. So if I'm not looking quite as cute as normal, it's because I have to dress down in scrubby clothes so my pup doesn't destroy my nice things!


What if she isn't good with kids?

My nephew has been over several times and both of them are rather disinterested in each other. I am hoping this changes and they become best buds.

What if she grows up to be ugly?

So far - she's just super cute. I haven't been able to capture her sweet face when she's looking up at us. It's the cutest little expression. I hope to get a photo of it soon. And then frame it. And spend lots of money to get it on canvas and hang it prominently in our house. Yep. I am well on my way to becoming one of those dog ladies.

We love her.