Upward and Onward
Can you see the way this plant is growing? I have caged and staked and tied it up multiple times. But, it has become so heavy with the tomatoes and length that gravity has worked upon it and pulled it in a downward direction. But then, it curves back upward to grow towards the sun again.
I'm learning a lot from my garden this year. And I'm thinking I definitely need to be more like my tomato plants. Even when life pulls me down, I need to overcome and continue to grow towards the Son.
What about you? How are you growing right now?
Screen Time Hiatus
Anyone else's world look a lot like the one above? Usually more than one screen in front of us at a time. I can't think of the last time our family spent an evening without something in the background -- a baseball game, one last cartoon, and after the kids go to bed, a television show we'd rather they not watch yet. And all the while, my husband and I are sneaking peeks at our phones as different apps light up telling us someone did something on them. In reality, we should be focused more on our children than anyone doing something online. Isn't that what every fifth post on Facebook tells us? As I can see us falling more and more into this trend, I issued a challenge to my husband. For this week, we're keeping track of our screen time (work doesn't count since he uses a screen in his classes to do power point, etc. and I have to have one to do my work, too). Whoever ends the week with the least amount of screen time logged gets to choose where we eat next time we get to go on a date. I'm already thinking about Tex-Mex. Yes, please! The hard part? We haven't completely cut ourselves off so the temptation is very present. And my husband uses the television as background noise when he works on class prep in the evenings so he doesn't count it as screen time since he's not actually watching it, but the screen is still on. So, we're still tweaking details. But still, it's a little eye-opening to see just how long some of the things I do online actually take. For instance, just checking email and Facebook and a few couponing apps this morning took almost an hour. An HOUR! Is couponing really worth it? I don't know. But I do know, I have gotten quite a bit of other things done without the temptation to just sit and scroll through pinterest or refresh Facebook a few more times to see if anyone else has posted since I last checked. What about you? Do you sometimes feel your family is looking at screens too much? Would you love to join us in a challenge like this? If so, I'd love to hear about it! Maybe you'll even do better than we are. ;-)
This is a place for me to share thoughts and ideas not just related to writing. Thoughts about what's going on in my life, about an idea I got that I thought shareworthy, or just a funny anecdote.