I have no shiny resolutions for 2019. I don’t think it’s that I’m jaded; I think I’m just in a day-to-day survival mode. After 10 or so days with not more than 2 consecutive hours of sleep, it happens. When small children are sick it consumes your life. I’m not so much pessimistic as I am tired.
I realized this morning that I passed the 10th anniversary of this blog last October/November. That’s a long time in blog years. I haven’t been the most faithful to it and there have been ups and downs. And yet, here I am. I got in the habit the last few months of micro-blogging on Instagram, but I need to periodically collect my thoughts and write in a quiet space.
The rain is coming down. Again. I know we have had some lovely weather, but those sunny, breezy days never have time to dry things out before a curtain of rain descends again. I do like storms, but endless drenching rain is not the same thing. The property our church buildings are on is perpetually covered with extensive puddles. It has been this way for months. My suggestion of installing a koi pond has not received universal acclaim, however, we do have a body of water close at hand to bless on Theophany: Lake St. Cyril. Step out onto the deck and throw out the cross.
My friend Elissa has invited me onto her live radio show on Ancient Faith (Everyday Orthodox) in a couple weeks. I need to provide her with a short bio and photo (oh, the horror) and I looked back at the announcements for the last few guests to get an idea of content and brevity. I felt very inadequate when I read the extensive lists of accomplishments, degrees, published works, etc. Lately my biggest accomplishment has been getting children to church on time. I mentioned this to her and she wrote an example, off-the-cuff bio based on her knowledge of me over the years. She pointed out that her guests have all been surprised at how their bios look once compiled. Looking at my own, it feels like I am reading about someone else, because I don’t feel anywhere near as accomplished and put-together as the bio would suggest. But there it is. Between all of the diaper-changing, pacing outside church, laundry, doctors’ appointments, shoe-shopping, algebra-teaching, and driving, I managed to accomplish a few things. Surprise!