Last week I had some not so random thoughts about Holy Week. This week I’ve organized my random thoughts to fit into the last 5 letters of the alphabet so that I can say I actually completed a full round of Alphabet Blogging. Next week, I plan on starting another round of Alphabet Blogging and I really hope to keep up with the hostess this time!
V is for Vegetable Garden ~ It’s spring. Time to think about yard work, flower beds, and vegetable gardens. Last year we had our first garden. It was my husband’s baby and it was wonderful! Well the stuff that grew did wonderful. It was a learning experience and I’m excited to try again. Last year we grew peas, green beans, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers of some kind, some kind of squash, and tomatoes. The plan this year is to expand the garden.
W is for Wasting Time ~ I feel like I do a lot of time wasters and then I get all grumpy and then I look around at all that I need to do, get overwhelmed and then waste more time. I get so frustrated when I feel like I have accomplished nothing and wasted all that time. Striving to do better with a new routine starting tomorrow.
X is for Excessive Candy ~ Pascha means candy. Well ok technically it means Passover but around here we tend to have lots and lots of candy. We have an excessive amount of candy after Pascha because nearly every member of the family participates in the All Ages Easter Treat Hunt at church *and* Honeybear and I tend to buy special Easter themed candy for our baskets. We have more candy at this of year than we do for every other holiday combined. Yes that’s right, Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s day all combined produce less candy around my house than Pascha and you know what? I’m okay with that. Pascha, the celebration of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith. Without the resurrection we would not have Christianity. But maybe next year we can celebrate with a little less candy.
Y is for Yoda Quote ~ I’m more of a Star Trek fan than a Star Wars fan but this particular quote from Yoda has been a favorite of mine for nearly 30 years. “Do or do not. There is no try.” When I was in high school I hated when my choir director would quote this. I would argue (in my head) that I there was too try. I could try but still fail. Now as an adult I find myself telling my children “Do or do not. There is no try.” They, like me at that age, do not appreciate the wisdom dished out by an ancient alien from a galaxy far far away. What I haven’t told them is that I do understand. I’ve learned though that Mr. B and Yoda are correct: there is no try. What??!!! Well, I can say “I’ll try.” That usually means “do not.” Think about it. You’ll either commit to doing it and fail or you’ll commit to doing it and achieve success. You’ll either do or you’ll do not. “I’ll try, mom.” is met with “No, you need to make a decision. You’ll either get up and do it, or you won’t get up and it won’t get done. Which choice are you willing to make?” What my babies do not realize is that I’m really lecturing myself. I need to make a commitment; I need to make that choice. I might still fail. I might give it my best shot, work hard and still not accomplish cleaning off the table. If that happens I can say, “I tried. I failed but I tried.”
Z is for Zero Sleep ~ That’s how it feels from Holy Friday to about Bright Tuesday. Zero sleep is fairly close to what I got from Holy Saturday Morning until Pascha night. I tried to take a nap. I tried to rest but essentially I was awake from 7am Saturday morning to around 5 am Sunday (Pascha) morning. Here we are a week later and I’m still not sure I have caught up on my sleep.
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