Monday, June 18, 2012


What's going on? Isn't it supposed to be T.G.I.F.? 

Sure, that is the traditional acronym that many of us are familiar - whether in the context of casual Friday, or the traditional after-work appys to be shared with friends, or in my case - the drop-in swimming and gym time at the YMCA for my kids.  Or maybe you simply sigh it in relief: THANK GOD, it's Friday.... and you're just thankful that tomorrow you can sleep in, and relax, and zone out.

So here I am, blogging: Thank God It's Monday! Why?

Monday is probably the day where you get back into your work week and know you've got 5 long days ahead of you.  Or maybe it's the start of a hard week of studying and writing papers... Or maybe, like me, your days and weeks blur.  My schedule changes so little whether it is a Tuesday or Saturday - I still have little kids to care for, diapers to change, meals to cook, and important lessons of character and virtue to instill in my lovely, active brood. Yet there is something about Monday.  It is symbolic - the day we are expected to plunge into our regular (non-weekend, non-relaxing) activities.  Monday is the day that we roll up our sleeves, whether we like it or not, and say "Alright... better get at it!"

Okay, so if you agree with my above statement, then here's the reason for T.G.I.M.:  Monday is your chance to get started on a new week, a new habit, a new way of living; a new YOU! Every week, Monday rolls around and you get another crack at it, another chance to live this new week really well. Consider it a "Happy New Week" not at all unlike the freshness of a new year.

What does this week hold for you?  What would you change and do differently than you did last week? Whether it involves working harder, breaking habits, living more purposefully or just relishing the fact that you never have to go through last week again, TODAY IS A NEW DAY (and Monday, the fresh start of a new week)!
"Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.  Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." -Isaiah 43:18,19

Sunday, June 17, 2012

My Dad

A little tribute to my dad:
I grew up knowing a dad with rough hands, usually stained by grease from working on our "newest" older vehicle, or from helping fix a friend's broken down vehicle. If it wasn't grease, it was drywall dust or paint from a reno job that he was working on in the evening, to help pay the bills of putting his kids through Christian school or helping us pay for a youth group event or other needs we had.
He's always been very generous and I'm looking forward to my Papa coming this weekend to visit... and, as usual, helping us work on our house!
Happy Father's Day, to all the hard-working Dads out there...!