Outside my window...drizzly, gray day. We got some much needed rain last night with a cold front that's moving through.
I am thinking...that I've packed just about everything that can be packed until the day or so before the move.
I am hearing... it's quiet. For the first time in weeks!
I am thankful for...hope, hope, hope. The family that has been here to help, the church family that has loved on us so much, the family that is waiting to welcome us.
I am praying for...God's continuing guidance, vision and provision. For the church He will be bringing us to, and the one we leave here.
Toward a healthier me....is on hold until we arrive in California on the 19th. I'm so anxious to get back to regular exercise. I'm so anxious to get back to a better diet. I've gained 12 pounds over these stressful months and I'm not happy about that one bit. I'd love to lose 50 pounds in 2011. I'm praying we can find a way to join a gym - the elliptical machine has been calling my name.
Inspiring me this week...empty cupboards and closets.
From the kitchen... a whole lot of randomness. Trying to finish things up, and making rather strange meals out of odds and ends.
I am wearing...ancient sweats and a grey t-shirt. Trying to slowly pare down and pack up clothes.
I am creating...plans for health when I get home. Lists of where things need to be. A stash of snacks and gluten-free eating options for the 6 day drive across country.
I am going...to try to enjoy this last week as a Floridian.
I am reading...Crazy Love by Francis Chan (just started - finally!), The China Study (but I don't want to be a vegan! darn my inquisitive, open mind), The Hangman's Daughter (for fun) and Jesus: 90 Days with the One and Only (which should take me to Lent...I think).
Toward a lifelong education... reading and pondering through The China Study. It goes so against so much of what I've been reading and learning about traditional nutrition over the past few years...but I can't deny that I feel better when I eat a predominantly plant based diet. I'm still anxious about the soy issue that comes along with a more vegeterian/vegan diet. I'm thinking I'll try a week or two totally veg once the move is done and then determine where to go from there. It's how I started with my gluten-free diet, and 5 months later I still feel better than I have in years.
On keeping home...hmmmm.....it's a little easier when 90% of anything is in boxes, but I still can't figure out how it can get so messy when it's mostly packe dup! There's a bit of deep cleaning that still needs to be done.
One of my favorite things...I talked to my grandmother the other night and was able to say "I'll see you in two weeks!" and not know that there was a leaving date after that already set. It was awesome.
A few plans for the rest of the week: dinner tonight with one of our favorite families and a moving sale, a wedding (and rehearsal), the last youth group and Hanna's birthday this weekend. Tom's in class Monday through Wednesday all day long. We pick up the moving truck next Thursday. We leave next Friday. And I expect there will be a fair amount of tears tucked in there.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing...
A photo by Hanna I found on the camera. Love the colors, the circles, the bit of styrofoam texture behind the buttons. She's been taking lots of really close up pictures lately and I'm finding I really enjoy them.