Love It or List It is one of those TV shows that we all watch together. The premise is that a family is no longer happy in their home and a designer competes with a realtor to see who can make them happy again. Both experts are given a list of must haves and a budget. Like everybody my life has its moments when I'm not sure whether I love it or whether I want to list it. I think I've made up my mind to love it, and here's why.
My kids--The ultimate reason for breathing is to see what they'll do next. I can't imagine my life without that dramatic tension.
Kurt--We took all this on together and we work through it together. I couldn't ask for a better partner. Between us we are getting it done.
St. Mary's--I have a standing date with Jesus Christ every Saturday night. After all those revivals and worship services where we begged Jesus to show, it's nice to know he's guaranteed.
Harriet--I've produced a viable outline of my novel, now it's time to flesh it out and cut it up. It's a reason to keep breathing when the kids have gone.
Homeschooling--This is going to be the best year ever! I've got everything figured out and lots of great stuff planned. Last year was great, but I think this year might be even better.
My Desk--Maybe it's silly, but I needed a desk. My childhood desk was damaged. My substitutes were too small, or lacked storage or whatever. I needed a place to do my non-homeschool work. My parent's are moving in with my sister. They don't have room for all their furniture, so they were happy to give me a huge oak desk with excellent storage. It's in my bedroom and changing my life.
Exercise--I enjoy exercise, but it's been difficult to figure out the where and how. My recent diet adventures have pushed me back to the treadmill, but this time we've put a TV in there. I can watch Teaching Company lectures while I jog. Perfect combination for me.
My larger family--I only have one sister, a scarcity I feel so keenly that I gave my kids lots of siblings. Every year that goes by my original family becomes more precious. I want to hold everyone close while I can.
Medieval Monasticism Class--I'm teaching this for our Homeschooling Co-op. I've learned so much and had so much fun imagining games and activites for this fascinating subject. It's a chance to keep my toe in the world of education a little.
Friends--Facebook keeps me up on the news I care the most about--how my friends are doing. It's so nice to keep up with those friends I'm separated from as well as making time for the friends who are here now.
Maturity--Most people would consider this a mixed bag, and some would say I'm a long way from achieving it. All I know is that the knowledge that I'll accomplish more by slowing down and focusing on now, doing my best to be present in this moment, is far more valuable than all the tony perts of youth.
So, I'm loving it, and plan to continue doing so for a long time to come.