Weekly Ramble 4/20/24

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I’m going to be 52 next month. Wild. How did I get here?

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One of the things I’ve been thinking about for the last year or two is this: enough is good.

So often we hear, “good enough”, implying that the thing is kinda lacking in some way. Last year I started putting that concept on its head.

Enough is good.

  • Enough money to pay the bills is good.
  • Enough food to feed my family is good.
  • Enough energy to complete a task is good.

I know in my heart that enough is good. Scripture even tells me so.

… give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.

Proverbs‬ ‭30‬:‭8‬-‭9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

It’s only in the last 18 months or so that I’ve contemplated this truth, but for years, I haven’t really operated that way. I need more money just in case, more food just in case, more energy to keep going beyond my limits.

I am challenging myself to rethink this. Do I really believe the enough is good? I wasn’t aware how much wanting more invades my every day life, but I’m catching myself at it.

Recently Bryan and I enjoyed a really wonderful dessert. Before we’d even finished, I was already scheming how to have it more often.

Why couldn’t I enjoy the moment? I’m not sure, but I’m glad to be aware of this tendency of mine and am strategizing how to change how I think about my life, my days, my resources and trust God with having enough.

The Mom Notebook Goes Digital

Years ago a friend told me about creating a shared notebook with your teen to communicate back and forth with. For kids who are writers and/or process through writing this can be a good communication tool.

Two of my kids currently use the GoodNotes app on iPad, so we’ve taken the concept digital. I have a shared notebook in the app with each child. We take turns writing in it and it updates digitally. The app lets me know when there’s been an update.

It’s been very handy!

two people walking on a path in the countryside.

Summer is coming.

In other news my girls (the last in our homeschool) are winding down their school year. We use a classical online school for several of their classes so I no longer set the calendar.

However, this year I can’t really complain. They’ll be done with class by the first of May, then my summer game is on!

Actually, summer will be really busy…

  • The girls and I have 3-day passes to Disneyland to use in May.
  • I’m taking a nutrition coaching course from my friend Andrea in May.
  • I’m getting a fatty lipoma/ganglion (which is it?) removed.
  • I’m getting another interesting lump on my hand analyzed.
  • FishBoy19 is turning 20.
  • We celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.
  • I turn 52.
  • The girls spend 2 weeks volunteering for a local church day camp.
  • FishBoy21 turns 22.
  • FishBoy26 turns 27!

What a full couple months are ahead of me! Enough is good, am I right?

I hope you are well. Drop a comment and let’s chat.

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  1. I like the application of that Scripture! I’m trying to let so much go. I find the hard part is knowing the difference between letting go and trusting God or just being lazy. 🙂 Or self care and self interest/selfishness. But I’m practicing.
    I’m in a season of new to me experiences. My oldest son is getting serious about a girl; my middle daughter is practicing driving (first time with a neurodivergent kid) and my youngest just got his first job. Their schedules are all so different that instead of trying to plan one family trip I told each one they could pick a location to go to within a short driving distance for an overnight Mom trip. 2 are excited, the oldest just wants a day trip, but I get it.
    I like the “Deep Thoughts with Jessica” heading.

  2. I like how you laid out your summer plans in advance. I’m going to do the same! Then I can make sure to plan some fun things in there that I want to get done, and some work, too, before summer is over and I fritter it away getting nothing accomplished.

  3. Best wishes on your upcoming trifecta and all the other goodies that follow in May. I had an interesting bump in my hand last year and had surgery. Turns out the biopsy appeared to be rheumatoid arthritis. Thankful God knows I need my hand for many things and he has kept if relatively pain free. Prayers and good vibes to you are headed your way.