2007-11-08

Doin' the Mess Around

The last school day of the week has transformed itself into "Doin' The Mess Around" Day. It started out with us saying that after school the kids could goof around (no homework). Nic was always gleeful on Fridays, saying "Today we get to goof around!"

One recent Friday Troy went to get the kids and I had Ray Charles ready on the CD player so that when the kids walked in it started playing. Nic loves it and it has become our Friday (or the last school day; it's another Madrid holiday tomorrow) anthem. This morning he crawled into bed with me and started singing "Everybody doin' the mess around."

Here's to family time, relaxing at home and messin' around. Enjoy!

2007-11-07

So True

I get a daily joke from the Good Clean Funny List, just for kicks. I just had to share today's with you, because really, it's so true.

"A husband looking through the paper came upon a study that said women use more words than men.

It read, "Men use about 15,000 words per day, but women use 30,000."

Excited to prove to his wife that he had been right all along when he accused her of talking too much, he showed her the study results.

The wife thought for a while, then finally she said to her husband, "It's because we have to repeat everything we say."

The husband said, "What?"

Received from Docs Daily Chuckle, via the Good Clean Funnies List.

2007-11-06

Why a Spiritual Director

I can't remember when I first heard the term spiritual director, and to be honest, mine grew out of an already existing friendship and mentoring relationship. I got to know Elizabeth while we lived in Holland, doing an internship with our mission organization in between our time in Barcelona and Madrid. She came along at a very opportune time, took me under wing and began to mentor me in the area of worship.

Over time, our friendship deepened and the mentoring was really in a whole-life sort of way. Awhile back, she began seminary and training in actual spiritual directing. She herself began meeting with a spiritual director and the thought of it intrigued and appealed to me. So we made the arrangement a bit more official.

We talk once a month, for at least an hour. While spiritual directors are normally someone you meet with in person, it has worked well because of our prior relationship.

So why have a spiritual director? For me, I think it's a very good source of accountability and discipline. If left to my own devices, I know that I would not tend to my spiritual life in the same way. Inviting Elizabeth into my life in a deep and deliberate way helps me make sure that I am doing the work I need to do.

In all honestly, it doesn't always feel easy or natural, much like meeting with a counselor can be uncomfortable at times. I find there are many obstacles that get thrown up. But no matter what goes on before, I always come away from our conversations deeply grateful for them.

I would be interested in hearing your own experiences with the concept of a spiritual director, so leave me a comment!

2007-11-05

I'm back...sort of

Last week kind of got away from me with our friend Heide visiting and the kids being off school the whole week. The weekend was also really busy without our usual time to veg and be slugs. That wasn't the smartest move because Mondays are pretty intense days. Office hours hours and staff meeting meld into kids being home and often Troy plays tennis. Anyway, I'm wiped out today, but I hope to get back to more regular posting this week.