Saturday, October 25, 2008

A Mother's Day Spa Day in October???

I've just returned from Glen Ivy Day Spa and I wish I was there again already. Back in May, for Mother's Day, Tim surprised me with a spa gift certificate. It just sat on my desk for the last 5 months. I guess I was trying to carve out a few hours to go and I just didn't make enough of an effort to do so. Well, I finally went and it was a very nice way to spend a Saturday morning. I even strolled through the mall (by myself, in peace, without having to chase after the girls), took a deep breath, and just enjoyed myself. I don't take advantage of these mini-getaways as much as I should. Everytime I go to the spa, I feel like I just don't do enough to take care of my skin...not that the aesthetician made me feel this way...but I really should spend a few extra minutes taking care of my skin every day. Do I dare say....at the age of 36, signs of aging are showing more than I'd like. I can't stop time but I can certainly do my best to age gracefully and healthfully, inside and out.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Ruth Graham

Sorry, I haven't posted in a while. Raising our two tots becomes all-consuming sometimes. But, I'm happy to report that I've been consistent with working out. I definitely feel stronger and lighter on my feet. I generally have more stamina. I've become more prudent about what I eat. Going to the gym gives me alone-time that I desperately need. All in all, I'm really seeing the benefits of exercise.

After church this past Sunday, our pastor opened up his home to church members for a fellowship gathering. It was a very relaxing time for all of us. Faith and Erin had a great time playing in the backyard. They were thoroughly exhausted when it was time for them to sleep. After they went to sleep, I was drawn to listening to some music, particularly Fernando Ortega...he's a classically-trained pianist who is a christian singer. Our dear friend Debi, dedicated "Jesus, King of Angels" to our family at Faith and Erin's birthday party. I need to buy the CD. But, in the mean time, I went searching on youtube to hear the song. You can listen to the song here. I just continued down the list of Fernando Ortega videos. I came to "Give me Jesus" [Ruth Graham Tribute]. It's a very meditative song. Lately, I've been preferring quiet meditative songs with minimal instrumental accompaniment. Click here to hear the song. The video is a tribute to Ruth Graham, wife and confidante to Billy Graham. After many years of illnesses, she passed last year. I heard recently that Billy Graham was hospitalized but I had not idea that his wife had already left his side. Well, after watching the video, I wanted to read more about her life. I came across this website dedicated to her. It plays beautiful hymns that we all know as you view her photos through the years. She was born in China to medical missionaries. She went to a boarding school in modern-day North Korea. She met her challenges with such awesome courage leaning on strength from the Lord. You can read more about her life on the website as you listen to the wonderful hymns. As a wife and mother, I am inspired and challenged by Ruth Graham's example. I hope you are too. And as I think about Elyse, I wonder if they're acquainted with each other in heaven.