Sunday, September 18, 2011

Super Fast

This isn't a proper blog, but just a super fast update. Forgive me!

The swing dance lessons?  They rock! So much fun the first night. I can't wait to go again. If you're local, friends and I are going out swing dancing this coming Saturday. Come!

Autumn? Came with a vengeance! Temps dropped like crazy the last few days and I'm sitting here with socks on and hugging a cup of hot tea since I'm sort of freezing to death. Dramatic, yes, but I'm from Florida and I'm not sure I'll ever cease freaking out the first time the temp dips below 70 each year. Thankfully we get some more warm in a few days before I have to hunker down for real.

Pumpkins? Really, that last post didn't actually talk about pumpkins at all. It was a deceptive title. But I did buy pumpkin butter this past week, so that should count for something.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Pumpkins and leaves and dancing, oh my!

Autumn is here! Kinda. Not really. But I'm feelin' it. The calendar tells me there are two full weeks of summer left, but, being a Florida girl, I've always defined my seasons however I pleased. Growing up, Autumn was that amazing week where you didn't sweat, you might require a jacket, but could still wear flip-flips. Once you couldn't wear the flip-flops, THAT was winter. Crazy cold stuff if was when it dropped below 65. brrrr  But I digress.

The local schools have started, the mall is full of sweaters and my summer-loving-self is excited for a new wardrobe. THIS is how I define Autumn currently. Summer is free and fun and light, but there isn't a lot of consistency to it. Everyone is on vacation and running about and things are canceled. Once September starts, routines start again. I love routines as much as I love sundresses. And what I'm currently VERY excited about is SWING DANCING lessons!

If you read my old blog, you know I tried a beginner ballet class a couple years ago. That was a big fat failure. There is a reason adults don't do that. Ouch. This though, this will work.. I took swing dance classes 12 years ago and I had a BLAST! Partners were required, so I made my brother go with me. I'm not sure how in the world I talked him into it. Locally there is a great place that holds weekly dances that I've attended once or twice a year over the time I've lived here. They always include a short lesson before the dance, so I've tried out the instructors and now I can't WAIT to dance my socks off every week!

What are you most looking forward to this Autumn? Do you prefer Autumn or Fall? Why do we have two words for this? I like saying Fall and writing Autumn. I'm not sure why.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Remind Me

(Yes, it's been too long since the last post. I think the earthquake scrambled my brain. And the hurricane was distracting. And there are always excuses. And natural "disasters" are my favorite ones to use. So hard to argue with for the most part!)

In the last few years, I've forgotten so much. My zeal, faith and hope have slipped away. This year, God has been restoring me. Remind Me Who I Am by Jason Gray has been my prayer since I first heard it.

When I lose my way,
And I forget my name
Remind me who I am
In the mirror all I see
Is who I don't wanna be
Remind me who I am

If I'm Your beloved can You help me believe it

Tell me, once again
Who I am to you, who I am to You
Tell me, lest I forget
Who I am to you, that I belong to You
To You 

The truth can be so simple and so easy to forget. We go looking for something more complex. Who are you? You are the beloved of God. It's WHO YOU ARE.

As well as having lyrics that touch my soul, Jason's music sounds great. Give him a listen. If the song pricks your heart, try to find quiet time later today to listen again and make it your prayer as well.

Jason also recorded a three minute video talking about the song and why he wrote it. It's well worth the listen.

RMWIA (what, you don't make acronyms out of song titles?) is the first single off of an album releasing a week from today. This week you can listen to the WHOLE THING streaming as a preview right HERE. (yes, you have to register, but it's worth it) I very much enjoyed his last album and I'm looking forward to downloading this one.