How’s everyone doing today? It’s Friday, and I know a lot of folks are excited about that. There’s a special energy at the end of a week when we can wrap up work, slow down, and enjoy some time with friends and family. It’s been a while since I wrote one of these Friday 5 posts, so here goes. Here are five thoughts and five photos from my week.
1). Last weekend was the best I’ve had in quite some time. The boys and I flew up to spend the weekend with my sister and seventeen-month old niece. We didn’t do any sightseeing or Metro riding or museum hopping. We hung out at my sister’s house and in Old Town Alexandria and just spend time together. It was special and memorable, indeed.
2). I’ve decided that quiet time is a must for me. With my mom’s passing and life in general being a bit overwhelming these days, I’ve come to rely on some quiet time each day, even if it’s just 20 minutes. I just sit with my thoughts and read, pray, and journal. When I give myself that time, the rest of the day goes much smoother.
3). It’s really hard to believe that Christmas is only nine days away. December always flies by, and this year it’s flown even faster than usual. I guess I’m ready. It’s going to be a very different Christmas, but I plan to be mindful of the small moments and help the boys embrace the wonder and true meaning of the season.
4). I’ve got to start exercising again. Not long ago I ran a half marathon and now I can’t even do basic yoga without being sore for a couple of days. I’ve been having back issues, and I think much of it is sitting all day working on the computer and not counteracting that with enough physical movement.
5). This past Wednesday, December 14, was a really hard day. It was my parents’ wedding anniversary and would have been their 54th year of marriage. They had an amazing life together. They stuck it out through everything for more than half a century. Their marriage has been such an inspiration to me. My dad, sister, and I all lit a candle throughout the entire day in remembrance of my mom. They’re candles the funeral home gave us with my mom’s picture on them and when lit, her face glows. Makes me think of her in the sky looking down on us, our own personal guardian angel.
Happy Friday, friends! I hope you have a great weekend.