Saturday was the return of college football. Well, actually Thursday night was, but I really only like watching on Saturdays unless it's Bowl Season. Any more than that, and I do actually grow tired of it. I was thankful our Sunday School class always holds a fantasy football draft party for the guys, and they watch the first game together. L and I had fun dancing together and playing Princess Party, something we haven't done in ages.
Back to Saturday, we signed up for a free trial of Sling so we could watch the Razorback game on TV. Probably the only channel we truly miss after cutting down our cable last winter is ESPN U. It was awesome watching the Razorbacks actually play well again. The OU game was pay-per-view so we just kept up with the scores on our phones. I'm just going to say, thank goodness they won!!! After the way last season just fell apart, I wasn't holding my breath. Alas though, I love football season! I love fall! I love the cooler weather! At least I will love the cooler weather when it arrives later this week.
Sunday I was well enough to go to church, but L was still pretty snotty so Bart stayed home with her. We had a small group in Sunday School, but L's friends asked where she was. I love that her friends miss her, even the young man who calls her his "girlfriend." Thankfully at this age "girlfriend" has the Sheldon Cooper definition of "a girl who is a friend."
Labor Day for me just meant that I did my Monday chores with Bart at home for the most part. Sometimes it takes a lot to make sure every Monday is Clean Sheet Monday. All three of us went to Sam's and grocery shopping together and somehow ended up buy SEVENTEEN boxes of facial tissue. After last week's nasal olympics, we needed another six-pack of Puffs with lotion, Bart needed some slim boxes for his truck, then he picked up three boxes of Puffs with Vicks because L loves them and three boxes of Kleenex with some sort of cooling sensation. We got home and had two bags of groceries and three of facial tissue - I kid you not. I've had to get creative on how to store it. Ok, it's not as much creative as just shoved in random places in the upstairs linen closet.
Yesterday was a blessing to me, as it was the start of our new year on 4W Tuesday Morning Bible Study. This semester most of us are doing a six-week study by Margaret Feinberg called "Fight Back With Joy." Focusing on Joy has been a goal of mine this year and has carried me through some difficult days where otherwise I might have faltered. I love this quote,
“The reason we can experience joy is because of God’s fierce love. Joy flows out of God’s affection for us.”
Excerpt From: Margaret Feinberg. “Fight Back with Joy (Bible Study).” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/9Avk5.l
I'm already seeing differences and "joy bombs" all over the place. We're always being asked to scale our level of joy from 1 to 10. I'm going to be honest. Tuesday morning it was around 2 at most. L was not in the mood to get ready for church. She whined, she cried, she spit medicine on me, she got in trouble. Once we were finally out the door and on our way, we had a discussion about her attitude in the mornings. Between that and really praying for God to expand my capacity for joy, for patience with L, and for L to have a change of attitude, she got around great and was the sweet girl I love so dearly. Right now I'm at around an 8 in joy. There are far too many blessings around to let circumstances and little things steal my joy.
I still try to remember each day to right down or at least tell myself, "This is the day The Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it." After all, if we count each day as the blessing that it is, it's far more difficult to be pessimistic about it.
Today I started bringing one dog to each car line. Since Dory is my morning girl, she got AM duty. I had to force Lucy in the car, but she enjoyed PM duty as soon as she realized I wasn't taking her to the vet, the groomer, or to be boarded. It's good for them to know that L is somewhere safe while she's away from us. Both also love to people-watch and be told how pretty they are.
Well, I should feed my child something for dinner, so I'll bid you adieu for now. Just appreciate the outfit my child wore to school today. I love that she enjoys fun things like her shirt!
I wanted to add this little pic of part of our sunset. God knows what He's doing. There's no doubt in my mind of that. Take heart y'all! The God who creates the sunset and the little ladybugs on my weeping willow tree is the same God who loves you!