City Sonnet: Goodbye July, 2020

July was a mellow month with hours upon hours staying at home and trying to enjoy each other’s company. It’s been a mixture of squabbles, boredom, decluttering, spontaneous fun, too much video games/Lego, and growing.
This particular day he continued complaining that sister gets more of my attention on a regular basis and is “too connected” with me. A piggyback ride like old times greatly improved his mood.
This selfie is a reminder of our favorite pastime when I would carry/ hold him in the Ergo baby carrier. My back was not happy however.

Thank you Citysonnet for hosting this challenge! Have a great start to August 2020. Stay safe and well.

What a week…rambling post. Had a point, then got off track.

It seems like there isn’t enough hours in the day to finish what needs to be done. For me, it’s the fear that I’m not making good use of my time; I should be doing more but I’m not. It’s some arbitrary scale I use to evaluate my usefulness. Very self-defeating. But when I pause to appreciate nature, mull over beautifully written words, or see the usual in a fresh perspective, I feel inspired to tackle my own craft.

I hope you take the time to refresh yourselves with the works of art, in whichever form, around you. God has given each of us unique talents and gifts that are all special. Some may be more visible while some are less noticeable. Nonetheless, they can all be used to glorify God!

Creativity is not only for the arts but for living one’s life well. It’s hard to feel creative as a homeschooling mom, but when I feel daunted by the day’s task ahead of me, I ask God for wisdom, energy charge, and enthusiasm. The effect is so subtle but I feel God bringing order into our chaos. I wish it were like this all the time, and it has a lot to do with my heart state.

This week has been unusually tough with more to do at home, pain management for my ongoing knee issue that is acting similar to sciatica, and with kids testing my patience.

Happy place. Remembering how peaceful and convenient it was to wake up at the hotel and take a short walk to Monterey Bay Aquarium. This was our yearly outing (the aquarium offers a free day for homeschooling families and members), but kids have developed a deathly fear of the gigantic whale sculpture there. Gonna take a few years before we make a return visit.

I wonder what in the world I’m doing and if any of it serves a purpose. They argue over trivial matters, want me to see everything they’re doing, or ask what else is there to eat for the umpteenth time (both have different preferences). All I want to do is curl up on the couch facing the wall. For the sake of everyone’s happiness and my sanity, the best thing would be for me to take a long nap and stop obsessing over irrelevant things.

This blog post was supposed to be about using our creativity to glorify God, but in writing it, I felt the need to share my thoughts. Tomorrow will be a better day and Advil hopefully will alleviate this body pain. Never realized how physical pain mars everything I do. More empathy for people living with chronic pain.

Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday!

Photo a Day: Start with the letter G/ Gorillas

Gorillas have a pensive and curious look. It doesn’t seem like they would randonly attack unless provoked to anger or felt themselves in danger.

These are only my observations, and I’ll probably never find out from personal experience. The closest I’ll ever get is seeing them at a zoo, which I did last June at San Diego Safari Park.

When we reached the enclosure, gorillas, of various sizes, were eating frozen fruit treats. Just seeing their eating behavior told a lot about their temperaments, especially the largest gorilla covering his or her face with a tall leaf branch. Love the attitude!

Thank you City Sonnet for hosting this challenge!