as explained earlier in my blog, when I was growing up we went to Shetek Lutheran Ministries for summer camp. one of my favorite sharing activities took place at Candlepower, a time for reflection at the end of the day. sometimes your very cool counselor hosted the special time out under the stars, other times in the coziness of our log cabins. one candle was lit, and suddenly everyone became the same, focusing inward and staying still. the counselor would begin with prayer, bringing our day to a peaceful close, and we were then invited to share, one by one, our roses and thorns for the day. a rose was a good thing, a thorn a challenge. I have since learned that you can have buds as well, things you are working on that could possibly go either way. please, I invite you to join me for Candlepower this evening and lend me your roses, buds and thorns.
--today I made a woman, a struggling and tired woman, laugh. it wasn't much, but this poor overworked mom needed a giggle, and I was happy to oblige with a sassy joke about angry and nipples being two words you never hear in the same sentence...unless you're a breastfeeding counselor [this woman does indeed have angry nipples, and is finally at the point where it's honestly just funny--too tired to do anything but laugh].
--today was a very positive work day for the "boob lady". so much to accomplish in my day, but I went home today feeling capable, happy, and affirmed that I am doing a good job for an agency near and dear to my heart.
--today I found out that there are more possibilities in my career opening up than I ever thought possible; God provides and we are prepared to take some small risks to discover more about these opportunities. I am so lucky to have places of employment that I love and that help to support our little family...time to work on a more family-friendly schedule, now.
--today I made the fatal mistake of texting my husband a picture of a dog that is up for adoption, and now I have to follow up and surprise him with a visit to see the little guy.
--today I found out that we have so much work to do. hospitals handing out FALSE information and misleading verbage to pregnant mothers about breastfeeding. it's not even a challenge, it is a life commitment to fighting the awful, awful people who dare to lead women down that dark road of losing their goals of breastfeeding their babies. telling mothers blatant lies to make a buck, sending formula samples to grandparents, publishing breastfeeding books with every intention to sell mothers formula in the long run. building a breastfeeding coalition will not make the offending American Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology give way in their pursuits of refusal to help moms breastfeed, but it's a start. a start that is small, and woefully insignificant in a national scope now, but a start nonetheless.
--today I forgot/didn't know/lost somehow that my husband and I had plans tonight after work, so now we're 45 miles apart and we don't get as much family time tonight. I hate losing out on time with him and Lydia, I love them so.
thanks for sharing today!