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I’m sick.  Just a little head cold but I’m feeling it.  It has been a long while since I’ve been under the weather.  There are days I would give an appendage to just laze around the house and watch TV but Lilly and Willow usually have a different plan.  Today, when the alarm went off for me to start the morning routine, Wil touched my shoulder and he got out of bed while I fell back asleep.  I would wake up periodically worried that he’d forget something or not be outside when Lilly’s carpool ride came but she went to school fully clothed, teeth brushed and with a healthy lunch.  If that wasn’t enough, he got Willow ready for school too as I went in and out of sleeping.  As the day progressed and as I got tired of reading and napping, I was ready to get up and do stuff.  With a dull throbbing in my head, the cold would remind me that I needed to sit down .  I realized that I didn’t want to just sit all day.  I wanted to run and clean the house and go to the beach.  I had to force myself to just sit.  I’m hoping all this sitting I did today will make for a healthy beginning tomorrow.  I am so thankful for Wil today and little girls who can lead him in their daily lives.

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Willow and Lilly have been taking swim lessons at the Georgetown YMCA.  Lilly is doing a great job but Willow is a bit more reluctant.  I remembered that Lilly didn’t really get comfortable with the water until her 4 year old summer.  I’m thinking this time with a life guard will help Willow along her way.

We had to wait three days before using our computer because Willow beat the mouse so hard against a table out of fury that it broke.  That girl has got a temper so I’m thinking after swim lessons, we try boxing. 🙂  Boxing with snuggles because she is really good at that too.

Lilly has been at her big sister awesomeness once again.  She is extremely patient with Willow when she wants to be and likes to show her the ropes when it comes to stuff she has done before.  The other day, she was teaching Willow her letters from a book she had brought home from school.  It was a sweet moment.

Last Sunday, the message I heard was “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  It’s a classic and it resonated with me.

I don’t always treat myself very kind.  I have some major things I would like to change about myself and some days I am trying to be better and some days I’m not.  I can be very hard on myself and as a result I try to stay away from those “mom guilt” articles or too many nutrition based articles because I just end up thinking I’m not good enough or I don’t do enough.  To love my neighbor as myself means for me to know that they are flawed and they don’t always do the right thing but each day brings a new chance.  It’s okay to question your neighbor if you think they might be headed down the wrong road and it’s even okay to not want to be friends with your neighbor because it just isn’t working out.  If we all love ourselves more then loving our neighbors more might just fall into place.  Love can mean not agreeing but still respecting.  So, I make some bad choices one day, I have to own it and do better the next and I expect nothing less from my neighbor.

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It’s fall here and the air is a little cooler and the sky is a little bluer.  The mountains whisper to me on the wind and they make me miss them.  I still put out fall leaf decorations even if they do seem out of place. I guess roasted pumpkin seeds and pumpkin muffins will have to do for now.

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