Saturday, January 31, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
I have a book I bought as a bargain book for $5. It is a good book, I only want 2 pages. I could write out the sections I like--or I could tear them out. The latter seems evil to me, but easy. I tear up magazines with no worries.
I photocopied the pages and passed the book on to a friend. I hated the idea of the two great pages being ripped out. I sort of worry about some sort of copyright issues, but I am letting it go for the most part. It is for my own personal use.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
--attributed to Francis of Assisi, Italy, 13th century
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
"Let it be told to [the] future world ... that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive ... that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet" it.
America: In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested, we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.
Thank you. God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America. President Obama
I love politics. I have for as long as I can remember. I think it is in the Griffitts blood. My dad, brother, and I all talk to each other on Election Day. I love to watch the election results come in on television. I am eager to see what happens today. I think it is exciting--I love the process.
Today, I took the day off work to enjoy it all.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
My daughter Delaney is now a church member. She talked to the pastor, and she went forward this morning to make it official in Baptist tradition.
I like when our pastor talked to Delaney, he told her that God loves her. God has always loved her. Making this decision is a good one, and She will continue to learn more as she grows up.
She will be baptized in a couple of weeks.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I fell in love with a dress in a shop in Hot Springs, AR over the summer. This photo is the closest I can find online. It is this style exactly (same brand). The print is similar, but orange and browns.
I debated buying it, but decided it was sort of expense for what it was. Today I was at Shoe Fly in Huntsville. They had it--for 40% off their price (which is discounted to begin with).
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I lay out my clothes the night before. I think about the shoes, socks, and pile it all on the cedar chest in my bedroom. More often than not, I have to try it all on to see if I like it all--if it works.
I have done this for as long as I can remember. I am sure I was already doing this when I was Delaney's age.
One good thing about this is that I can sleep a few extra minutes. I like my sleep.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I have been really into exercising. Much more so this past year than ever in my life, but I decided to step it up in the new year.
In addition to all that, I went to an aerobics class last night. I, uncoordinated me, did ok. It takes me a while to get the hang of some of the combinations, but I made it through.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Claire had some friends over for her birthday. It was so fun. I was able to hang out with some of my best friends who happen to be the moms of Claire's friends. The little girls played, and the mom's (notice I didn't say big girls) drank tea.
It was a great afternoon.
I am lucky to say I usually keep friends a long time. I have some friends that I have had since childhood--really as long as I remember. I don't really know what to do when friendships evolve or end, like I know sometimes they do.
Usually in my life, these things happen due to logistics. I have moved, or they have moved. When I started working, I wasn't able to go to playdates or out to lunch. These things changed some friendships. Typically, I am a committed friend. Once committed, I am stick around.
Even if I don't see a person often, there isn't any oddness. I can pick up and chat like I had seen them yesterday (I am a talker, so that helps).
What about when it isn't that way? What is a friend seems distant and cold out of the blue? It's an odd situation for me. I know it shouldn't bother me, but it does. I have gone over in my head what I may have done---I can't figure it out. I don't think I am to blame for this one (I know I have messed up in relationships and thankfully have been forgiven.)
This time I am at a loss--
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I am waiting for new shoes to arrive. They are in Huntsville, but not out for delivery. I think it may be tomorrow. If it wasn't for this tracking knowledge, I would be content to wait.
Knowing that they are so close to me, it almost more than I can take!
They came today, they came today! They came, and they are beautiful!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I often feel misunderstood. I hope that my writings on faith, prayer, and the like don't imply that I do not know God. In my struggles, my faith has remained. I am changed, and I feel strengthened though the process.
I feel so fortunate to have friends who encourage me. They bring me articles to read on prayer, they admit their own struggles, and listen to my own. I am one who talks through things. If I am troubled, I have probably talked myself though it with one of you.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
In the new year I have a few goals.
1. Run a 5K and regularly train for this event (probably Memoral Day Weekend).
2. Keep up to date in my journal.
3. Focus on Prayer
4. Strive for Peace
The latter two are ongoing, and harder to define as done or not. I think there is something to be said for goals. Without them, I doubt I would accomplish these things.
Peace to you all in 2009.