Today I am continuing my series of Friday Thanksgivings I began earlier this month as a way of celebrating Thanksgiving all month. I am not sure if these will continue weekly next week, or if I will leave them as a practice for November. What do you think?
In the mean time, with Thanksgiving being this past Thursday, here are some more things I am thankful for:
1) I am thankful for family. For those gathered together with us this weekend and those far away. For those still living and serving, and those who are dearly departed. I am thankful for grandparents, great aunts and great uncles. I am thankful for aunts, uncles and cousins. I am thankful for in-laws. I am thankful for my brother, sister, mom and dad. I am thankful for my partner, co-conspiritor and collaborator in life, love, ministry and all of the adventures that all of these bring.
2) I am thankful for a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration (that continues today) among family gathered with lots of beautiful snow outside on the ground. The meals have been wonderful, the fellowship and conversation a joy. And, the warmth of hearts and home un-matchable.
3) I am thankful for some of my family’s favorite recipes that we have used this year- especially my mom’s creamed corn, and my Grandma S.’ Pumpkin Chiffon pie.
4) I am thankful for each one of you who read, share, and are part of the conversation. I love hearing from you and thinking, imagining and wondering together with you.
5) I am thankful that I have so many wonderful co-workers and collaborators in ministry. I am thankful for my co-workers, including: Allison, Beth, Chris, Chris, Cindi, Diane, Fred, Julia, Julie, Kris, Lynn, Marcia, Neil, Peggy, Tisa, and Vonda.
6) I am thankful for the gift of life each day, and for God who creates that gift. I am not always sure what the day is going to bring, but I am glad to have it and to feel like I have something to do and to help others and work alongside others in doing work that matters and positively contributes to the needs of the world in some way.
What are you thankful for? What do you feel like lifting up in thanksgiving today? And, what do you think about me continuing this series weekly on Fridays all year long?
Tuesday on the blog means that I get to share some of what I have found interesting and thought provoking from the past week with all of you. To help do that, I have put the different articles and pieces I have seen into different categories. This week’s topic categories: Church and Ministry Thought & Practice; Cross-Sector Collaboration; Leadership Thought & Practice; Millennials; Neighbor Love; Social Media & Blogging; Stewardship and Vocation. I hope you enjoy these links!
Church and Ministry Thought & Practice
#ChSocM (Church Social Media) shared highlights from their weekly Twitter Chat last week in “Lo and behold, another Advent!” This chat featured thoughts and tips about observing and celebrating Advent. Check this out for great ideas and resources!
Jan also offered some important reflections in “So Many Consultants.” I love her closing paragraph where she writes and asks, “Partnerships are the way to go in the 21st Century Church: partnering between congregations, between churches and denominations, between congregations and consultants who help us lead impactful change. As we move into both a new liturgical years and a new calendar year in the days and weeks to come, how can we be the church for a new day?” What do you think?
Lynn Willis shared a post on the LEAD blog, “Spirituality 101: God in Every Step.” Within this, Lynn includes “ten tiny steps to be aware of God every day and in every place.” The steps include ways to be aware of God when you: breathe; email; shower/brush your teeth; recycle; pray grace; pick up something that fell; hit red lights; play video or computer games; using your car keys; and when going to the restroom.
Brian Dodd shared “6 Reasons Leaders Fail.” The reasons include that leaders fail when: they are not positioned for success; they do not receive consistent support from their teammates; they make unnecessary mistakes; due to lack of leadership; when they miss opportunities and sometimes because they are simply human. What other reasons might you add to this list?
Lolly Daskal wrote that “The Best Leaders are Critical Thinkers.” She includes a number of habits that critical thinkers use or do, including: leading with questions; embracing different points of view; leading with agility; and keeping an open mind.
Rhett Power shared “3 Reasons Why Helping Others is Great for Business.” I particularly appreciate the article’s sub-heading which seems very Drucker like to me, “Frame your mission around how the business will serve others.” The reasons that Rhett includes for helping others are: serving others; visualization and goal setting.
Jon Mertz raised an important question for leadership but also millennials this past week, asking “What Does Giving Trust Mean?” Reflection is given to: work, purpose; relationships; and conversations. How do you lead through giving trust or entrusting others? How have you been entrusted to lead by others?
Heidi Oran shared a wonderful reflection about “The Trouble with Distractions.” Heidi highlights three benefits of getting to know one’s self better: we become better listeners; we make decisions for the right reasons; and we cultivate more empathy. As Heidi asked allow me to repeat, “How do you lead through distractions? What benefits have you realized?”
In what was probably the post that most did not sit with me well of the past week, among things I regularly read, Russel Lackey asked in The Lutheran, “Has the Spirit forgotten how to call young people?” It’s this sort of post that demonstrates how the church and faith communities need to provide space to seriously engage different generations and perspectives together instead of just talking about each other in a form of “othering.”
In a follow-up to the story about #Pointergate that was covered in great detail last week, friend and blogger Erik Bergs shared some “Reflections on ‘Pointergate.'” What do you think of Erik’s reflections and ideas?
Sarah Bessey reflected about “Radical Inclusion.” I found this reflection powerful and moving. One passage that particularly stands out is where Sarah writes, “The work of goodness is a creative work, a beautiful work. Being someone who creates good transcends arguments and moral persuasions, facts and figures of dry doctrine. Goodness disarms the skeptic and the cynic. Our way of creating good is a prophetic act, sometimes even a humble act of resistance and danger. We embody the dream of God for humanity in our right-now lives. We create good by choosing the paths of Christ. Truth is good, justice is good, beauty is good. Wherever we find ourselves in our vocation or our calling, whether we feel like we have achieved our dreams or simply achieved another day of trying, we have the precious opportunity to create good, to be a purveyor of goodness, to anoint our communities with goodness.” Go and read the whole post, you will be glad you did.
Last week I shared some more reflections on what I am thankful and grateful for in “Friday Thanksgivings.”
Young Adult Money shared, “8 Ways to Save Money Shopping at Target.” The ways offered include: Target REDcard; pharmacy rewards; Target coupons; manufacturer coupons; the cartwheel app; sales & clearance; gift card promotions and free shipping.
That will conclude this week’s edition of the links. I hope you have enjoyed them. As always if there are particular topics you would like me to include, please let me know. Also, if there are particular questions or ideas you would like me to blog about please let me know that as well. Thanks for reading, and until next time, blessings on your week and for all of you celebrating, Happy Thanksgiving! I for one give thanks for all of your continued support, collaboration and readership! -TS
Yesterday the congregation where I am currently serving as interim on staff held it’s annual meeting. I was expecting a relatively quick meeting as long as we didn’t get bogged down too much with constitution wording changes and the annual presentation of the budget. I also figured people in attendance would be motivated to think and decide quickly in part because they would want to get home from the meeting to watch the Vikings and Packers.
Well, needless to say, the unexpected happened. The meeting went for nearly two hours. However, I was not mad or disappointed about that. Actually I was quite in awe of this. Not only were those in attendance participating and active, you could see how much they thought the conversation and discussion was important.
They were motivated and invested. This speaks highly of the congregation, but more importantly of their grasp of lay leadership and what they perceive as the redevelopment the congregation is in the midst of.
What particularly strikes me today was the way the people gathered decided they did not want to take all of the suggested budget changes as is. From the floor congregant after congregant expressed a desire to not cut staff hours and compensation. Now, to be fair, the plan in place from the congregation’s leadership board wasn’t to cut staff hours, but to rather change the staffing model. I believe the congregation understands the need for the staffing model changes. However, I was floored by the way they stood up and actively offered a bit more financially with each other in pledges and checks in order to try and make it apparent that they believe investing in ministry, involves investing in staff.
It was mentioned that staff salaries and income levels have not increased in a number of years. The noticeable reaction from those gathered struck me. There is a level of deep care and compassion among this congregation. I am not sure the financial decisions from yesterday were little more than a band-aid, but to me they say something about the heart and mind of this congregation.
Whether it has been named or not, they understand themselves as stewards. They don’t see themselves as owners of what God has given, but stewards of resources entrusted to them. The mysterious and unexpected actions from yesterday’s meeting confirm my suspicion that even though some decisions in this congregation (like all faith communities) are made out of fear and scarcity, deep down there is a large heart of abundance and growth. God is clearly up to something with and through this faith community. I’m excited to see what that is, and to be part of that as I continue to serve in my interim capacities there.
For those of you who are active in faith communities, what are your usual congregational meeting experiences like? What’s one memory from a meeting that stands out to you and why?
Today I’m continuing my weekly practice during November of sharing some of what I am grateful and thankful for from the past week, as a way of celebrating Thanksgiving all month.
This week, I’m thankful for so much:
1) I’m thankful for amazing conversation partners on Facebook. Earlier this week I shared an article that I had read which really did not sit well with me. That article led to a conversation (that continues today) on my Facebook page about the church, faith, millennials, cross-generations and how to be in community together. The article itself, it’s safe to say, was not well received. But the conversation that has happened on my Facebook page has given me great hope about a healthy response and a way forward.
2) In the midst of a couple weeks of bitter cold, and in most peoples’ opinions too early of a start of winter, I am thankful for the warmth of home and heat. I hope that all those who aren’t as well off, are being cared for, invited in and helped to find warmth this cold November.
3) I am thankful for a wonderful conversation and interview with friend, classy frugalist, stewardship leader and millennial Grace Duddy Pomroy. The interview I conducted with her will be appearing on the COMPASS blog early next week just in time for Thanksgiving.
4) I am grateful and thankful for meaningful work. Between the fun with LEAD and the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, and the congregational role I am currently serving, every day is a fun adventure but also provides opportunities to see growth and helping other people and leaders grow. That’s quite the reward and meaningful.
5) I am thankful for being a part of my alma mater’s regional alumni council, the Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) Midwest Connections Council. As part of this, I get to help to share the story about a wonderful community and school, but also to help create meaningful gatherings and connections between other alumni as well as friends of the community and prospective students. This past week we had a wonderful gathering with PLU’s president Dr. Thomas Krise, his wife Patty and Vice-President for Advancement Daniel Lee. It was an evening of wonderful conversation, as well as connection and collaboration building. I look forward to many more such gatherings and connections.
6) Finally, I am thankful for family. Every week I have said I am thankful for my wife Allison, and particularly this week for her patience in planning holidays with extended family as well as for putting up with my pesky cough. I am also thankful for our larger families, and for the excitement that Thanksgiving week brings with some of them coming to spend time with us and other family.
What are your plans for Thanksgiving? What are you thankful for this week?
Tuesday on the blog means that it is time to share some of what I have found interesting and thought provoking over the past week with all of you. (This week’s edition actually covers the last two weeks, so I hope you enjoy this expanded version.) This week’s topic categories are: Church and Ministry Thought & Practice; Cross-Sector Collaboration; Leadership Thought & Practice; Millennials; Neighbor Love; Social Media & Blogging; Stewardship; Vocation; Worship and Miscellaneous. I hope you enjoy these links!
Nisha Ahluwalia wrote about “The 5 Qualities Teams Look for in Their Leaders.” The qualities include: work with founders that will broaden your business horizons, not stunt your growth; look for a generous spirit and avoid the know-it-alls or credit seekers; and question how they will support you, not only how you need to support them.
Steve Keating reflected on what he sees as “The Illusion of Leadership.” Within this Steve explains about what he sees as a distinction between management and leadership where he writes, “Never forget, if you’re doing it for the business it’s managing, if you’re doing it for your people it’s leading.” What do you think?
Dan Forbes reflected on, “Infected Leadership,” writing that “some leaders today are infected, sick, and leading in the wrong direction.” In thinking about this Dan included a few leadership lessons that he has learned: everyone and every organization is susceptible to catching a virus; leaders and organizations can be sidetracked to go off in the wrong direction; infected organizations grind to a halt; a negative issue not totally eradicated will later reoccur and continue to harm an organization; crisis management costs energy, time and money; and leaders can become better leaders by learning how to deal with negative issues.
Ted Coine asked, “Is Your Leadership Style More David? Or Goliath?” Good question. What do you think? Ted writes that in the social age, “all that matters is the willingness to: listen actively for opportunities to serve; meet the customer where they are, which is increasingly on social; engage person to person; and delight them so much they bring their friends (or maybe their parents).”
Jon Mertz reflects and writes, “Not Work-Life Balance, Work-Life Tempo.” Jon writes that, “balancing will not suffice in today’s fast paced world.” I have found that to be true personally in the nature of my work. Have you? Helpfully Jon shares some thoughts about how to find the right tempo. Thoughts include: discern moments; say “no”; and be healthy.
Jeremy Chandler shares, “One Thing Every Millennial Should Learn from Our Mentors.” The thing to learn, is to learn how your mentor thinks. You can do this by: learning how they approach situations; identify the questions they ask when faced with problems; use the resources that helped them gain the wisdom and knowledge they have today; and identify the principles behind the decisions that made them successful.
XY Planning shared, “5 Options for Millennials and Cash Savings.” Options offered include: save with an online bank; create targeted savings accounts; start investing with a Roth IRA; max out a 401 (K); and get the help you need.
From the past couple weeks one of the local stories in Minnesota that has quickly become a major neighbor love concern is what is now being called “Pointergate.” Involved in the story, was the report followed by KSTP, the local ABC station in the Twin Cities; the local police; Mayor Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis and the young man she is standing next to, Navell. At that first link in this paragraph, if you feel compelled to ask for an apology, I urge you to join me in clicking on it and then signing a petition calling for an overdue apology.
Much has been written about this story, and I’m not going to link to everything I have seen. In these links I am offering a sampling of perspectives and responses to this story that I have found interesting, convincing and effective in calls for change. Kristopher Tigue provides some context in, “KSTP reports Mayor Hodges flashing gang sign; Social Media erupts in anger.”
The sad thing is, what makes the story worse is that the local news station which reported this story has continued to defend it. That continued defense has also been widely (and rightfully) panned locally and nationally. Jason Linkins and Ryan Grim write, “Even KSTP’s Response to its racist ‘gang signs’ story is racist.”
That’s more than enough links on that story for now. If KSTP continues the nonsense or finally apologizes, I will be sure to let you know in the upcoming editions of the links. As for this week’s version, let’s turn now to other neighbor love stories from the past couple of weeks.
Friend and pastor Aaron Fuller shared his sermon for November 9th grounded in Micah 3, 5 and 6, “Elections, Politics and a Third Way.” In explaining this “third way,” Aaron writes, “This third way, this invitation to relationship leads somewhere. It leads to God’s vision of God’s inclusive family where security and peace isn’t just an empty promise – but it becomes a reality. Real change that makes a difference. Real change….that changes us, and changes how we live.” Go and read the whole sermon.
Peter Crutchley wrote and asked, “Did a prayer meeting really bring down the Berlin Wall and end the Cold War?” If you are unfamiliar with this story, check it out. It’s a very helpful reflection and one that makes for a good way to think about the common Isaiah Advent text theme of “turning swords into plowshares.” I know this is so, because it was the passage for the Narrative Lectionary this past weekend and friend and pastor Diane Roth made this very connection powerfully.
In preparing and thinking about Christmas, famous travel guide (and Lutheran from Washington State), “Rick Steves Has a Christmas Challenge for You,” in thinking about supporting Bread for the World. This is a great challenge with some wonderful gift incentives. What do you think?
Friend and seminarian Beth Wartick shared some good “thoughts on loving evildoers and sinners.” Within this Beth writes and summarizes the depth of neighbor love well writing, “If these are our two choices, it seems clear to me that we are obliged to take the choice that leaves the other person with hope and the possibility of reconciliation. We are obliged to hate evil and sin, yes, but we are also obliged to love other people, whatever their sin might be, and see them as our neighbors, as fellow children of God.”
In response to this story, friend and pastor Erik Gronberg offered good neighbor love reflections in “Help vs. Hype.” Within this Erik profoundly writes, “to help people, to accompany our sisters and brothers in need, requires much more than setting up a table with some food in a park. It takes engagement, relationships, case-management, knowledge, and connections to services and spiritual care. There is work to be done year round. So I applaud Mr. Abbot’s desire and take a challenge from him. If a 90 year old can do it, so can you. Let go of the hype and get to work with help.”
On my blog during November I am sharing a weekly post on Fridays to share some self things about what I’m thankful for. I am calling these posts “Friday Thanksgivings.” Here are the first and second such posts.
Friend and blogger Julia Nelson shared a number of vocationally rich pieces as always over the past couple of weeks. A couple weeks ago share shared some Sunday Snippits. She also shared some “Tuesday Tea Time” as well.
Nate Pyle explained, “Why I’m Becoming a Mentor.” I love his conclusion in explaining why it is so important for people to have the courage to risk and share their gifts. He writes, “You have something to offer. You have stories to share. You have wisdom learned. Your presence can comfort and heal. Don’t keep it from us.”
Friend and pastor Diane Roth shared some great life reflections in “Sunday Afternoon.” I’m guessing that many people can relate to this. I know I can.
That will conclude this week’s edition of the links. With Thanksgiving being next week, the next couple Tuesday editions may be a bit shorter than usual. I hope you don’t mind though. Until then, if there are things you would like to see included in future editions of these, please let me know. Also, if there are particular topics you would like me to think about in future blog posts, please let me know that as well. Thanks for reading and blessings on your week! -TS
Continuing the series I started last Friday, I want to share some thanksgivings weekly this month as a sort of month long celebration of Thanksgiving.
So, this Friday I give thanks for:
1) My wife, Allison. Without her I would not have stayed sane the past couple weeks as I have dealt with a pesky cold in the midst of the return of the polar vortex. The snow is beautiful on the ground, but it does seem like it’s here to stay a bit earlier than past years. Allison also kept me calm and sane when coming to terms that water had fallen on my laptop sending it down for the count. Thankfully Allison has graciously shared her laptop. This week we have proved that it is possible for a couple to get most of their work done with two cell phones and just one computer between two people. Who knew that was the case for two people doing work like us?
2) Regarding the laptop, I give thanks for the good people at Best Buy who quickly shipped the computer off and who are going to be able to repair it and keep me from spending on a new computer. I am hopeful to have my laptop back soon. But considering what I feared was the case, this news was great news indeed.
3) I give thanks for great conversations. Yesterday I had the pleasure of having lunch with Steve Oelschlager and Keith Mundy from the Stewardship office at the churchwide offices of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). I’m glad to have met them in person, and Allison and I are both looking forward to future conversations and possibilities collaboratively working in some way with them.
4) I give thanks for a great conversation this morning with Sara Vanderpan regarding baptismal promises, calling and other vocational type questions. Add this sort of conversation in with the shaping of a process to become a rostered leader in the ELCA, and I have much to give thanks for.
5) I give thanks for a great weekend last weekend, in spite of being sick. It was a joy to share music and be present as friend Rebecca Sullivan was ordained as a pastor in the ELCA. It was fun to provide music with Allison and Ray Makeever. It was also great to have Carrie Gubsch back in town for the weekend, even though I was sick.
6) Finally, I am thankful for Starbucks. Now, I don’t drink coffee, and most of you know that. But through Sunday they have an afternoon special on their holiday themed drinks where you buy one, you get one free. It’s the perfect recipe for a “work date” with my wife on a sunny but chilly Friday afternoon. Yay for Peppermint Hot Chocolate!
What are you thankful for this week? What do you lift up in thanksgiving today?
It’s Tuesday! You might expect my husband, Timothy, to share his favorite links from the past week today, but I asked him kindly (mandated him) to take a day of rest since he has a cold and coughs so much our cat meows at him constantly.
I offered to write up his links if he agreed to rest, including skipping the six hours he spends weekly on his links (six hours! He’s a dedicated guy). But instead of sharing his favorite links of the week I’ve decided to share mine, in no particular order. His version of the links will return next week. Until then, enjoy these posts that I, Allison, have curated. Guest links: here we go!
1. Feelings Are Hard
As soon as I dreamed the impossible dream and decided (yesterday afternoon) to share my top links this week, I had just clicked on a link titled “Taylor Swift Gets Crazy Murdery With Knives And Axes in ‘Blank Space’ Video.” If you haven’t heard, Taylor Swift is taking over the pop world and is making late-twentysomethings extremely uncomfortable with their sudden, uncontrollable love of her new sans-country-sound CD “1989” (IT’S JUST SO CATCHY). Her new video for ‘Blank Space’ depicts love gained and love lost, which for men and women, of any sexual identities, is a reality. This article is paints Taylor as an insane person who dates people only to hurt them. This stereotype MTV paints of a woman dating in a purely irrational state is in poor taste and dehumanizes women. In the video Taylor is courageously putting herself and her emotions out there to empathize anyone who has had love gained and love lost, which I’m guessing, is a lot of people.
So, kudos, Taylor, for looking a little crazy, and a lot emotional, which, newsflash, we all are.
2. Adults Matter (More Than Kids?)
The most influential factor in a kid being religious to growing up to be an adult who is religious is… (drum roll please) parents! Not pastors, not teaches, not a particular style of worship. It’s parents. Take a look here, from the Huffington Post, David Briggs, and Association of Religion Data Archives. So why do we pump so much money into children, youth and family ministries and not adult/life-long learning ministries? Hypothetical question – well, actually, a real question. Really real.
3. Blatant Plug
What if we created a financial workshop that is not about money? Prime question that we talk about in the Better Halves workshop I’m facilitating at brightpeak. I started working there last month, and it’s a great place to be. Good people wrestling with how do we talk about faith and finances with young people and young families that makes sense, doesn’t intimidate, and makes us all grateful and confident in the end. Check it out if you and your significant other want to join December 1st in Minneapolis! Spots are filling up!
This is Buddy. Someday I won’t wake him up for snuggles, but today is not that day.
5. Is she/he nice to your waitress?
So I spend far too much time on Buzzfeed quizzes than I’d like to admit, but this page came by and I couldn’t resist. A fun take on “What to look for in lifelong partner” kind of list. Laugh along and read with your person. Included: baby wombat doing laundry. Also, here’s another article that lit up my Facebook feed about two key traits in a lifelong partner.
6. Dogs love dogs too
In other animal news, back home in Seattle there are two special dogs up for adoption. They are inseparable (adorably and practically) as one is blind and the other his, well, seeing-eye dog. I immediately tagged my mom hoping that she’ll finally get a dog, well, in this case, two. But how can you not get these two!! I’m sure someone else has adopted them already, I hope they find their forever home.
7. Oh my gosh this is so cute
Searching for a cute but practical wallpaper for your laptop background? Look no further, Oana Befort is here! She creates adorable wallpapers, and other things, here. Currently I have “November” up, but I kind of want to replace it with “July” because who doesn’t want to think about watermelon in November (especially after it snowed 4 inches yesterday)?
8. #pointergate and why KOMO4 is better
Timothy and I were watching the evening news last week and witnessed some extremely poor journalism that has swelled into what is now called #pointergate all over social media. The reporter shared that the Minneapolis mayor shared a “gang sign” with a “known criminal” (for midterm elections last week), even though it’s pretty clear she is pointing, and not endorsing gang activity, violence, etc. I just saw this today – if you want to sign a petition that is asking for an on-air apology, sign here.
For more on this story, see Shaun King’s report, this story from Minnesota Public Radio, and Nekima Levy-Pounds’ perspective. For more on this story, simply search #pointergate on Twitter.
9. Parents and kids and kids and parents
I don’t know whether to call this heart-warming or heart-breaking, but this is a commentary piece from Chester Wenger, an older man who serves the Mennonite church (link to friend Hannah Heinzekehr, thank you!). He shares his story of parenting a gay son, and other children who are allys, and other children who struggle with loving their gay brother. Get the tissues. Thankfully there were tissues nearby when I read it because Timothy has a cold, and thank you Timothy for sending me this link (see I got one of yours in!).
10. Just you, just me
Since Timothy and I have one car and more than two jobs between us, we spend a lot of time in the car together. Sometimes I play Pandora, and this song came on which made me happy. Listen:
11. I didn’t burn dinner
It’s the small victories in life. Like, a mexican cassarole that I found on Pinterest and Timothy liked it. Get one of those head of lettuce balls and use leaves instead of little tortilla shells. TASTEY. Check it out. One pound ground beef (or turkey), salsa, sour cream, can of tomatos, onion (or powder), black beans, corn, YUM. Freeze the rest in a flat zip lock bag because it makes LOTS more than for two people.
2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped or 1 (15 ounce) can diced canned tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can kernel corn (drained)
1 (15 ounce) can black beans (rinsed and drained)
1 (1 1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
8 corn tortillas
3/4 cup nonfat sour cream
1/3 cup reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend, shredded
1/3 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped, to taste
12. Sitting all day is bad for you
Here’s a seven minute practice that helps with your posture and being nice to your back, shoulders, and lungs – check it out here. Quick and doesn’t require super bend-y-ness.
13. Happy dance
This is so wonderful. Babies dance. Adults somehow learn to stop dancing – but this son and mom duo prove this wrong; a professional dancer shows that he gets his moves (and energy) from his mom! Prepare to smile and note the last word they sign is “love”:
I hope you enjoyed this my links from the past week. Even as I wrote this I had to remind Timothy that he was still sick and he should stop organizing hymnals. Hope your week is off to a good start and I added to your que of fun/inspiring/thoughtful links to visit. Timothy’s version of the links will return to normal next Tuesday. Until then, thank you to all Veterans for serving, and blessings on your week! -Allison (for Timothy)