Today did not go at all like I planned, but it was good, nonetheless. I learned a few things. #1 Take time to build a tent with all of the blankets in your house and all of the chairs available. It might be a pain in the butt to pick up, but the smiles it creates are well worth it. Watching old Popeye episodes with an eight year old in a tent is also fun – it will bring you back a few decades!
#2 Decoupaging tiny pictures of One Direction members on a teen daughter’s nails is a creative project that brings out the giggles in the painter and the paintee. The nails surprisingly came out pretty cute. #3 My daughter also showed me how to make a swim suit cover-up out of an extra-large man’s T-shirt. A few snips, ties and some fabric paint – Whalla!
#4 When you have writer’s block (my post for NOLA Catholic Experience is due June 1st!), just ask the Holy Spirit for help. I went from nothing to an article in 30 minutes – ONLY after prayer. My daughter thought that the topic I chose to write about was stupid – translation – adults will probably like it:)
#5 The readings from scripture reinforced for me the need to tithe – to give to God (time, talent, treasure) by giving to others, including the Church cheerfully – in gratitude for all He provides for my family daily.
#6 I also learned that green coffee bean extract is not the miracle-working weight loss supplement that I hoped it would be. I lost 3 pounds in 2 days, then have been at an impasse for the past 4 – no change! I’m not throwing in the towel yet! It took years to create my “muffin top” (I hate that analogy!), and I expect to get rid of it in a few days. REALLY? More sit ups for me!! Anything worth having (like a firmer stomach) is worth working for.
#7 I learned that low fat, certain brand, smoked sausage makes red beans a bit sweet instead of spicy. My children don’t like sweetish beans. Next time, I will buy the more expensive sausage so that they’ll actually eat the dinner that I took time to prepare.
I wonder what lessons are in store for tomorrow.