Wednesday, January 21, 2009


I'm getting a Bernese Moutain Dog puppy and it is supposed to be born next week. I won't know for sure until then that I am getting one but I am beyond excited at the prospect. Besides if it doesn't happen with this litter there is another one coming this fall.

I'm stuggling with a name for the puppy if it is a girl. It needs to be a city name, that's the litter's "theme", and I have too many really that I could potentially like. I've created a survey that is linked to here. Click Here to take survey Please take a minute to give me your feedback. I'll let you know the final results of and course will have picutres!


Monday, January 19, 2009

The young and the old

Last week I was pushing myself somehow through an incredibly long and tiring week and I hit Wednesday. Wednesday nights are basketball nights. I get to coach the best group of 3rd grade girls I have ever met. So, we haven’t won a game but we sure have fun doing it.

I was stressed when I showed up at practice this week. I was beyond exhausted and knew I had a couple of big days left ahead of me in the week and the last thing I wanted to do was be in the noisy Boys and Girls Club trying to be heard over the din. About five minutes into being there I was suddenly rejuvenated. I was running with the girls and they were daring me to do things and then when I couldn’t (or didn’t on purpose but that’s between you and me) they had me doing pushups, while sitting on my back. (Thank goodness for Shaun and her obsession with making me do pushups!)

By the end I left totally energized and in a fit of laughter at Kate and Katie’s offer to charge me an arm and a leg for a drawing that Katie was going to make. Oh, and Kate who was doing the wheeling and dealing was planning to keep the profits for herself even though she was doing none of the work. They are hilarious and I would say Kate is going to be quite an entrepreneur when she grows up. “Someone and Somebody” as I have taken to calling them during practice. They answer to it too. ha

Later in the week I had a Rotary function where I spent some time with people on the other end of the age spectrum. This group of people, while more straight faced for the most part, are also rejuvenating to the soul. You can learn a lot from people who have been on the planet longer than you have and I think they look at me in the way I look at my 3rd graders. Anyway, I again walked away from that event feeling rejuvenated and ready to somehow finish the week.

I relearned an important lesson last week. I learned it’s important to remember we all need balance in our lives in every way. Balance in rest, work and play. Balance in teaching and in learning. Balance in leading and in following. Balance in letting go and in holding on. Without that, we’ll get out of synch and things just don’t go as well.

If you’re interested in catching a Shooting All Stars game and are in the Seattle area we have games at 11 the next three Saturdays at the Alderwood Boys and Girls Club. Let me know. We would love to see you there. Watch out though “Somebody” might charge admission.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Extrovert? Introvert?

We all have them – those weeks where you feel so tired you aren’t sure you are going to make it through. The last seven days have been that way for me. Even this last weekend I was tired and couldn’t rest enough to get over it. The last thing I wanted to do last night was drive half an hour to church for Bible study. But I did it anyway. I hadn’t been there for a while because of the holidays and work getting in the way. I’m so glad I did. I didn’t realize that part of my problem was that I had been missing the energy my friends give me. I slipped out quickly at the end to get home and try to get some sleep, which has been disjointed at best for the last week, but I definitely drove away feeling thankful for my extroverted tendencies that allowed me to get energy from my friends at YAG. I’m at work today, tired again, but at least I had a few hours where I felt like my eyes were open and I was able to enjoy some good old fashioned rejuvenating laughter.

Monday, January 12, 2009

White Horse

Sarah sent this song to me the other day because she said it made her think of me. She is right on. I don't want you to have to suffer through a live Taylor Swift performance - she is NOT good live - so I'm sorry for the cheesy video.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Thanks to my trusty old Jeep I was able to make it to Spokane for Christmas this year. They have had an incredible amount of snow. I was blessed with two good weather days on the days I planned to travel over and back. They have broken records in snowfall this year and everyone is a bit stir crazy. It was fun for me for five days but I was glad to get back to Seattle where we still had snow but snow which was rapidly vanishing.

Christmas was wonderful. It was a great time to remember why we celebrate and to be thankful for a few days to recharge before the New Year. I spent a bunch of time with my parents (and Maddie, their Newfie pup) and my sister and her family and even had a day where I didn’t do anything but read a book and take a nap. I know, lazy, but I was tired.

New Years Eve, as any of you who are long time readers should know, is not my favorite holiday. This year Adrienne was in town from Colorado and we went to a party at Jeff and Julie’s place. It started with me in bed about half an hour before we had to go, lamenting to Adrienne that I didn’t want to go, but ended with a wonderful time with some wonderful friends as it always does.

I always try to make some New Years resolutions. I have two this year but one of them I have forgotten already so I guess it is out the window. Anyway, the one I can remember is that I want to see more of Washington State this year. I don’t know how long I will live here (maybe forever, maybe not) and I would be very disappointed with myself if I left here feeling like I had missed areas that people always talk about.

I should hopefully be getting a puppy in March/April. I’m hoping to use the dog as an excuse to go places locally. It will be a good hiking dog and I plan to use him or her as an excuse to head over to the Olympic Peninsula for a weekend of camping and hiking or to southern Washington or the coast to do the same.

Ah – I remembered my second resolution. Each year I renew my effort to be home at least one evening a week. With the dog coming this Spring I’m going to have to change that to far more evenings a week or I am going to have to try to find ways to be involved in activities I can bring the dog to. So my second resolution is to be home for dinner two nights a week. That means on those days I will come home and stay home – whether it is on the weekend or the weeknights. It seems like it would be such a simple thing to do and it would be if I wasn’t such an over scheduler.

A lot of people have complained about 2008. 2008 was a good year for me. I feel somewhat settled, fairly secure financially despite the economy and excited to see where endeavors I started in 2008 will lead me in 2009. More than anything though, in 2008 I felt the presence of God in my life. I felt peace in his presence and I had many moments of “resting” in him. 2007 was harder. I felt more distant and as though I was going through tough times on my own. 2008 was a year to feel God’s blessings in my life, big and small and 2009 has already started in that same path. I’m excited to see what God has ahead for me.

Happy New Year my friends. Here’s to 2009.