I love Monday mornings. I don’t have to work until 9 am, which means I start my work week off without rushing and with time under a blanket on the couch with coffee in hand. These are the mornings and moments that I don’t take for granted, and I’m so grateful for our little home and the luxury and having things like pumpkins, good music, strong coffee and cozy atmosphere around; I’m just so aware that I am living the 1% life compared to most of the the people around the world.
I am listening to Fernando Ortega’s recording of a classic song, “Give Me Jesus,” and I’m reminded that the only thing I truly desire – and want to desire – is Jesus. I’m not here to build a career, grow a family, accumulate savings or travel the world; I’m here to glorify God, and that begins with loving him and desiring him! I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, and while of course all those things I listed aren’t bad in and of themselves, and are actually important parts of our lives, they aren’t my purpose. It’s in the still, slow moments when I sit and read my Bible or listen to words like this that I’m reminded of this truth that holds so much freedom and grace for us!
So Monday morning? I welcome you – with another cup of coffee – with arms wide open.
Here’s a glimpse of the last few days – full of fall fun and good moments with people!
Saturday morning we had our board members over for our AGM with Survive & Thrive Cancer Programs. It was a very productive meeting and we all left with a clear vision of 2017, mine and Mikey’s roles, and action items for everyone. We appreciate this group of volunteers who all have great gifts and abilities that we do not; they round out our weaknesses and on top of that are just such quality people! Isn’t it cool when you actually love your own board members? 😀 We also love donuts, and enjoyed these mini guys together with strong coffee in our home!
(thanks to Modern Jelly for this little box of happiness!)
We then headed to the mall to take some photos for my sister-in-law and her family’s next newsletter – nothing professional just nicer than a self-timer. They looked so good all together! It was fun to walk around with them and then be able to take my niece Annelise on the “scary go-round!”
(blurry, but you can see that we were having fun!)
Then, it was off to the annual Slater Ping Pong Tournament! We always have fun with our friends at this once-a-year event, and it was good to reconnect with those there – all my documentation of the night is on Snapchat, and is now gone forever (those 24 hours snaps, though!). 😉 [Follow me over there at: Bonnie Lang or buff bon for little glimpses into my days.] Thanks for the fun once again, Craig & Mandi!
Sunday was all about getting out of the city, and we headed out for a quick hike up Heart Mountain with Vicky & Craig – an amazing couple we don’t see often enough! It was great to reconnect with these guys and we chatted the entire way up and down. We forgot how much exposure this ridge hike has – it’s a true scramble and a fun one with views almost from the moment you start climbing until the top.
There was snow but not enough to hinder us that much, but crazy whipping winds that made it feel much more intense! All in all we had a great time with these guys and came home with enough daylight for the three of them (banker, med school student, PhD. student) to get some studying in (while I made applesauce in the crockpot and lounged around). 😉
This is my second batch, cooking now, in the crockpot! All I did was add some apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and chopped apples up. I put it on high for a bit and then let is stay warm and stir it occasionally. No real recipe but no sugar added and it’s great in oatmeal, with Greek yogurt, or on ice cream – I know because I’ve tried all three!
I also chatted with my mom while munching on sweet potato chip sandwiches from the oven with guacamole and pineapple salsa! DELISH! You gotta try this little creation:
…how do hand models make their hands NOT appear wrinkly and just odd-looking? Not sure how they do it, but I’m okay accepting that this is not one of my strengths. 😉
And that about sums up our weekend! I’m off to work now for a string of 5 clients + a workout of my own + my business networking group meeting tonight and looking forward to the day. Tell me a bit about your weekend – a food highlight, a workout or outdoor adventure, some family fun!
Have a great start to your week, you guys. Be grateful, thankful humans today and live well!