Welcome back to our series —Â Pray, Work, Rest & PlayÂ — where we share a bit about how we’re striving to incorporate an order, a rule of sorts, to our daily routine here at Das Schmidt Haus. A routine that organically involves prayer, work, rest, and play. How are you incorporating these into your daily routine?
Dubya has me praying. Give me a moment to explain. And I could use your input here.
Did you happen to catch President George W. Bush on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno a couple of weeks back? I was particularly struck by the former presidentâ€™s revelation that he loves to paint and has taken it up as a hobby. And a serious hobby at that. Take a look at the portrait of Jay that I think the former president knocked outta the park.
Here’s what Bush said that I can’t stop thinking about.Â â€œI do take painting seriously. Itâ€™s changed my life.â€
Is there a hobby that has changed my life? I’ve been thinking about this question since watching the interview, and while I’m not ready to dish I am curious to hear yourÂ thoughts.Â Do you have a hobby, gift,Â or talent that has changed your life. If so, what about that gift has been transformative? How has it made a difference in your life?
*** In other prayer notes, we are storming heaven for Dr. Scott Hurd, a parishioner at our former parish in Ames, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Some of you may know his lovely bride Susan who has been instrumental with Pure Fashion Des Moines. A CaringBridge site has been created to keep in touch with the family.
Lots of fun “work” planned this week. The man of the house will celebrate his birthday on Wednesday, and we’re planning some fun things for him. Wish him a happy 44th?
Ahh, the tree is up. Bare naked. Hopefully we’ll get around to trimming it one of these days?!
And we’re also scheming up ideas for the feast of St. Lucy. The name Lucy means bringer of light and I read somewhere that her feast day is a good opportunity to drive around looking at Christmas lights. Sure, why not?!
Someone’s really excited to celebrate … and his name isn’t Lucy. Just don’t tell his sister!
Gosh it’s been cold here. Really not complaining, though. Winter is as winter does, and the cold and snow have given us a reason to stay indoor. The challenge in hunkering down though, for me, is to not allow screens to overwhelm our days. During this postpartum phase it’s especially been tempting to turn on the TV, push play on the DVD player, or search and search and search for that perfect something to stream via Netflix on the iPad.
And then I’m reminded by some wise words from a mom I admire greatly:Â if that child is in front of a screen, Mom is missing a golden opportunity almost every time.Â
Message received. And each time the screens get the boot and the kids receive my attention, I see immediate fruits from simply putting down the electronics.
Someone lost her first tooth! How can this be? She’s just five. Slow down, sugar plum.
Joel’s response? “We may need to get serious about setting a Das Schmidt Haus Tooth Fairy policy. Any saints we can invoke?”
So then this happened.
Turns out Saint Apollonia isÂ the patron of all things teeth, and she just happened to hear that Lucy lost her first tooth. It appears Apollonia wants to introduce Lucy to her saintly friends, because along with a couple of quarters, there was a prayer card and medal of St. Cecilia left under Lucy’s pillow. Rumor has it Apollonia is anxiously waiting for Lucy to lose more teeth. She has more cards and medals of powerhouse female saints to give to Lucy!
St. Nick also paid a visit. Stockings were stuffed withÂ Christmas jammies, chocolate coins, oranges and peanuts. Oh, and he left a sweet treat for me from my favorite coffee shop. How did he know?
All in all, it’s been a fun week and we look forward to celebrating some special days this week.Â How are you incorporatingÂ Pray, Work, Rest & Play into your daily routine?