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January 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm 2 comments

Well, so blogging and I have diverged paths for a bit.  I have two teens and one almost there in my house now!  TIME and the passing of it has become something I’m very aware of.  How do I spend it?  Am I pouring all into these kids that I need to be for their next step?  What things get in the way of that?  What things lend me to be a good listener, and what things tune me “out” to the world around me?  There is a time to “tune it all out” and there is a time to “tune it all in”.  I’m at a stage in the game where I need to “tune it all in”.

I spend a lot of time making sure the house and food are ready for them, I’m ready for them, and the schedule is flowing.  Some days, I get all the ‘stuff’ in order and realize I’m still not showing the love I feel.  It’s a tough job some days, just to keep going, keep being there, keep doing the mundane.  But, I want them to be free to pursue their dreams, just as I was.  My parents were so good to me!

This December was brutal schedule-wise.  Our oldest played high school ball and we loved traveling and the games, but there were some things I had to drop and give myself grace with…I didn’t get my Christmas cards finished, for instance.  I know…not the world’s worst problem, but something we enjoy each year, to write an annual letter with our happenings.  It makes a good record for us as well.  I hope to write a “winter letter” and hopefully even get it mailed!

My son is wanting to quit playing ball today…right now.  Praying a lot for him and how to walk through it.   Lord, give us wisdom.

I’ve been needing to replace my point and shoot camera and chose a Nikon s9100.  It has some glowing reviews, and some mixed reviews.  I am finding that with every point and shoot.  Basically, pick what you need, realize it’s just a point and shoot, not a miracle worker, and love it or leave it.  I opted out of manual modes and RAW for now, but wonder if I made a mistake sometimes.  Reading a lot on cameras in my spare time.

I got an iPod touch for Christmas.  I’m enjoying that.

We are trying to have WiFi in the house again this winter…we’ll see how that goes.  It’s very hard to keep tabs of the household with so much muck at arm’s length.  Praying for good levels of accountability and wisdom for my family with a changing world.

Needing to ‘rest’ on my physical goals.  December burned me out so I ate whatever was at hand and didn’t run at all.  Now, I’m feeling a bit better and have time, but am recovering from burn out from the holidays.  Hopefully, I can hit a few good spells in between winter viruses!  I’ll regret it if I don’t!

Spiritually, I’m resting.  Coming off a holiday marathon was not a great time for me to deal with goal setting.  The goal was to get through the holidays.  I do hope to set some goals soon!  I am keeping up with GMO to spread the gospel to the world.

I crave peace and quiet.  Time to pray, time to connect with family, and that’s about all there is time for these days, and I’m happy with that.  I connect with friends here and there digitally, miss them, but also am focused on this season of life.  It’s all good!

Love all my readers and subscribers!  Hope you are well, though I am not doing a lot of blog reading these days due to time constraints.   I hope to get some pics with my camera up, just because there seems to be little blogging going on about point and shoots for comparison.










Entry filed under: Daily Magnanimity.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ayla  |  January 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I haven’t been around blogworld a whole lot this past month as I just gave birth to our daughter on December 21st (praise God!). I have missed you though and you were on my heart today so thought I would stop by. Was thinking of sending you an email but wasn’t sure where to send it. Lots of love and blessings to you XO

  • 2. Maggie  |  March 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    That’s wonderful! I celebrate with you. I have not been giving out my email as much as I don’t use it for personal correspondence and things get lost and backlogged there for me. So good to hear from you. I am not blogging much either, but hope to get opportunity to stop by and read your blogging sometime! Jot a note here and there! Love, Maggie

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Magnanimity (derived from the Latin roots magn- great, and anima, soul) is the virtue of being great of mind and heart. It encompasses, usually, a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes. Its antithesis is pusillanimity. Both terms were coined by Aristotle, who called magnanimity "the crowning virtue."

Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:

MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.[1] (Source: Wikipedia)



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