#reverb10 :: Days 4-7

So, I was rolling right along with Reverb10. And then my website, this website, got hacked. I don’t understand it at all. Frankly, I was insulted. And it threw me off. Thankfully my new web host had me back up & running in no time. Time to catch back up…

Day 4 :: Wonder
How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year? (Author, Jeffrey Davis)

I think yesterday’s post addresses this somewhat. I cultivate wonder in my life when I get myself out into nature. These are the types of vacations we usually take.

Another way to cultivate wonder is to see things through the eyes of someone a little or a lot younger than you. Jump into their world for a while. Rafe Henry, at age 8, is great for this. The other day I went outside looking for him, wanting to take a picture of him out on his cross country skis for the first time this winter. I found him on his back in the snow, giggling away. Ah, the wonder of the first snowfall.

Day 5 :: Let Go
What (or whom) did you let go of this year? (Author, Alice Bradley)

And this one I addressed a bit on Day 1. I let go of some expectations of myself, some expectations of others, some of my hobbies. I let go of striving. Don’t know if that makes sense, but for so long my life has felt like a constant striving for… I’m not even sure at this point. Something different, something more. But this year I let that go, and just layed low.

Day 6 :: Make
What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it? (Author, Gretchen Rubin)

I’ve made a few things lately. My annual calendar for family & friends. That’s all done on the computer and printed at Lulu. Saturday night Rafe helped me decorate some canning jars with fake snow, pinecones and bits of greenery, topped off with candles. Then I finally did a craft I’ve had the materials for for years now & it’s just been sitting in the closet. I had an old pair of ice skates I picked up at a garage sale. I filled each one with greeney and various bits of bling, tied them together, sprayed silver glitter on everything, and hung them outside by the porch.

The thing I’m really wanting to make is Madeline’s scrapbook. I think I’m only thru about 2nd or 3rd grade with her. Yes, she’s a sophomore in high school now. So I’m starting to have little panic attacks about having this done before she graduates. But carving out some regular time for it seems to be problematic. I hope to work on that in 2011.

Day 7 :: Community
Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011? (Author, Cali Harris)

The community that was new to me this year was small, but in a good way. I did a Lenten book study with my pastor and a handful of other church members, and I’m currently doing an Advent book study with some of the same group. I’ve enjoyed getting to know these people “out of the pew”, so to speak. Which makes me wonder about joining (or starting, if there aren’t any to join) a book club in my area.

I do crave community. Even though I love working from home, one of the downsides is that I don’t get out much. I miss the social interaction. The kids’ events are my main “adult time” these days, and I enjoy that. I do have my monthly Bunco group (which I think is going on our 17th year, wow!) A book club could be a way of getting to know new people (or to know people I’m acquainted with better), and give me an excuse to read.

How about you? Even if you’re not doing #reverb10, feel free to share your answers to any of the prompts right here in the comments! I’d love to hear your take on them! And if you are doing #reverb10, feel free to leave a link to your posts in the comments.

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One Response to #reverb10 :: Days 4-7

  1. Kris Bair says:

    Hi there! Popping in to catch up – life seems super busy lately, doesn’t it? Anyhoo…it’s funny – Jessie and I did the same craft with ice skates this winter – although my skates are black and her’s are white (mine from when I was little, in fact). And I’ve been trying to get motivated to work on the kids’ scrapbooks. I think I have Jessie’s somewhat done until she turned 5. Tylers is done through maybe 1 or 2 pages. Although she wants to take scrapbooking as a 4-h project again this year – maybe i should let her do them….lol…..have a great day!

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