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On Wednesday a friend asked me to think of a positive intention for my life. My response was “finding balance.” You all know what I mean – when you give enough of your time and self to feel like you are making a positive difference, without giving so much of yourself that you get depleted and your physical body and soul suffers. And then the very next day, I had two very literal examples of balance slap me into attention.
The first was falling down the stairs. Well, more like slipped down. I was carrying two (empty) laundry baskets in one hand and a suitcase (also empty) in my right hand to bring downstairs. I was wearing slippers, and with about 3 or 4 steps left, my feet slipped in front of me and I fell hard on my behind, pounding down one, two, three steps before I got to the bottom. I was a bit stunned and ended up with a both a bruise and pain that I needed to use both ice packs and ibuprofen later. I remember thinking to myself, “Why was I carrying all these things at once?” but of course I knew the answer, it was because it was more efficient and I could be done faster. Heck, I could have just let the laundry baskets slide down the steps on their own and follow with just the suitcase.
Have you heard about the new butterfly exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota? We couldn’t wait to check it out and are grateful we were invited as guests on a media pass. We love the Science Museum of Minnesota and we are big butterfly lovers in this house (see how we raised a butterfly a couple of years ago)!
It did not disappoint! Jason and I brought all four kids to the museum – the butterfly exhibit includes both a butterfly house where you can interact with live butterflies and an Omnitheater film: “Flight of the Butterflies.” We had the opportunity to experience both and had a wonderful time!
Today is #unboundselfie day, a special awareness campaign for Unbound, the organization I’ve been involved with for more than 12 years now. Here Alex and Avery are holding pictures of the two finish line students we are sponsoring to help them through college.
On the left is Reena, who we started sponsoring about 4 months ago. She is from India and is 22 years old. She lives at home with her parents and is studying Information Technology. On the right is Mary from Kenya. She is 24 years old and in college. We’ve been sponsoring her for nearly 5 years.
We write letters and draw pictures to them and keep their photos on our refrigerator and talk about them often.
Organic Valley family farms across the Midwest are hosting public tours of their Midwest farms this weekend on Saturday, September 20 and all are welcome. We visited the Zweber Farm a couple of years ago and I’m so excited to head back this weekend, as so are my kids!
Each farm is a bit different so I expect the tours will be a bit different from farm to farm. Organic Valley calls the tours interactive and says visitors will “engage with their food source through hands-on activities, butter making and hayrides, enjoy delicious Organic Valley food samples, and experience cows, calves, hens and other farm animals at pasture.”
Suddenly the temperatures dropped in Minnesota this past week. We’ve barely experienced summer, with only a handful of days at 80 degrees or higher. And now we’re back to 60 degree weather again. I’m enjoying adding a layer of clothing each morning – there’s something so comforting about sweaters. But I am not giving up my open-toed shoes yet. I gave my toes a fresh coat of a deep orange polish last night, so at least they’ll match the season.
We’ve made it through the first two weeks of school; my kiddos have transitioned even better than I expected. They seem genuinely excited to see their friends each day. I was worried the homework might trip them up, but it hasn’t been too bad. Although their teachers aren’t requiring massive amounts of reading yet at the beginning of the year, I’m keeping up our 30-minute a day reading requirement from summer and they aren’t revolting yet. If anything, the more we read, the more they fall in love with books. Continue Reading