I am not sure WHY I chose to title this post FULL, but I did ... and so, I will go with it!
I do feel FULL. My blessings are abundant and overwhelming most days. I am one grateful girl! A.L.W.A.Y.S.
And thank you to everyone who commented on the whole Southern post! I appreciate and love your support and advice! It was very fun to read about all the variation on Sundays in the South!
February is my beginning "resolution" month. I guess most people begin on January 1. ("the resolution people") I have always procrastinated until Feb. 3rd! Don't know why, but that's the truth. SO ... tomorrow is my day to begin. (Tomorrow also marks a year since our Christian took ill last year, so it seems appropriate, and then some, to begin a gratitude fast, as I actually missed it last year). I begin with a cleansing fast that lasts the entire month. I usually dedicate my "fast" to my daughter in honor of her kidneys. Jenn went through a lot of ugly medical treatment once upon a time and some of it attacked and damaged her right kidney pretty intensely. Most of my February "fast" is in honor of my sweet daughter's kidney(s). This year the honor will be split, some to Jenn's kidney, some to Christian's life. So, tomorrow I begin with mostly fruits and vegetables, a lot of water and very minimal well, any thing else. Please exercise patience with my "air headed" brain power while I get acclimated to very little blood sugar! HA! I also grow in my spirituality in a very whole way during this fasting time. It's exhilarating, challenging, life changing and HARD WORK. A FULL plate. It's always worth every single second. If you are eating chocolate cake tomorrow night for dessert, please have a bite for me!
I also seem to always read Rosamunde Pilcher's "Shell Seakers". A wonderful and delightful novel for February! If you have never read it, treat yourself!
Today my sweet Paul was able to transport a treadmill home for us, which is on loan from a friend who is a saint, had a spare one and was willing to share it. I can now walk myself silly whilst solving the problems of the world and dreaming up new art to create!
A sweet and dear artist friend of mine brought a ton (well, not quite, but a couple of hundred pounds worth) of all kinds of slate, granite, stone, etc. I CANNOT wait to dream up projects for every single piece of that beautiful stone!!
I was able to get some WONDERFUL soap from my friend at Hen's Tooth Acres, Abi, on Monday. It has turned my bathroom into a wonderfully aromatic health food store "smell alike"! I also got to read to her 13 month old precious son. *HEAVEN*. And she re-inspired me to do some glass quilt work. Wish there were more hours in a day for art, don't you?
There is grace and love in everything that comes our way. FULL, I tell you. Our platter is FULL of blessings. And I so hope yours is too!