March Lessons Learned and Relearned

lessonslearnedLessons Learned and Relearned in March

1. I learned in March that our first grandchild will be a grandson! Pedro has already talked about tiny motorcycles and gear, not to mention mountain bikes for tykes. The ultrasounds always make me ponder that the Creator of the universe knows ME and every step I take. He cares about every aspect of my life.

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2. I learned how to hitch up a 24-foot travel trailer (including things like sway bars), pull it to my destination, back it up and make sure it’s level before unhitching it and enjoying my ‘home away from home.’ Did I mention that learning how to back up is a big deal?

3. God repays us for the years the locusts have eaten. It might not happen all at once—in fact, it might not happen until heaven—but he gives us glimpses of restoration while we live on earth. Sarah chose to spend her spring vacation with us, and we had so much fun talking, running, and hanging out together. She baked up a storm and helped around the house and I felt like I’d had a vacation by the time she left at the end of the week.lessons learned

4. I re-learned the lesson that when I set a goal for my exercise, I have focus to my workouts and fewer excuses for skipping them. Sarah and I will run in Spokane, Washington’s Bloomsday Run (12K) on May 1st. Exercising in January and February has always challenged me due to the cold and the short days. Usually, I let the challenge (um, excuses) bleed over into March. I even managed to keep running the week we spent camping with Laura and her husband (the grandson-to-be’s parents).

5. Podcasts make great companions for my training sessions. I only subscribe to two podcasts, Michael Hyatt’s “This is Your Life” and Kirsten Oliphant’s “Create if Writing” both keep me informed, inspired and energized while I run.

6. I read seven books this month. Holley Gerth’s You’re Already Amazing LifeGuide and Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy impacted my life the most. I struggle with self-awareness, and Holley’s book really helped me clarify some things about myself and the purpose God has for my life. I also struggle with drift, and Living Forward provided a framework for evaluating my life in the context of my relationships with God, family and others. My favorite new-to-me author this month is Mary Jane Hathaway. Her book Pepper in the Gumbo sparkled with good dialogue and a great plot. I also got to read the galley copy of Karen Whitemeyer’s newest book No Other Will Do. I think this book tops all of her previous books (quite a feat, because they are all good). It explores overcoming what we believe about ourselves in a gentle way through a fast-moving plot and witty dialogue.

What about you? What cool things did you learn in March? If you’re a blogger and want to join the fun, you can drop over to Emily P. Freeman’s and link up your post.

Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a ‘recovering cancer caregiver’ who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • A grandchild – how exciting! Thank you for the reminder that God will indeed repay us for the locusts – a needed encouragement to share with a family member today.

  • This is a great way to reflect on the month that has just passed- i need to think about doing this. It’s great to read about the lessons you learned and the things you enjoyed- and exciting news about your grandson. I agree, ultrasounds always amaze me and remind us of how well God knows us even before we were born.
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  • Wow! What a busy March! I think the most important lesson I learned in March is that I am brave. For years, I have been telling myself that I’m not brave. Well, after a week in Nicaragua I can successfully use the word brave next to my name. It was the hardest week I have ever experienced but God was more present than I could have ever imagined.

    Congrats on your grandson to be! Can’t wait till it’s my turn to be a grandma! 🙂
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  • Anita,
    Congrats on your grandson coming soon! And training for a 12K is very impressive…as is backing up a 24 foot trailer! And I’m so happy to read you had a wonderful time with Sarah.

    What a wonderful month of learning 🙂
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  • You’ve had a busy month. Congrats on your grandson coming the year. I need to check out some of those books and authors you mentioned. Love that you got to spend time with Sarah.
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  • I’m so glad that you visit Jennifer’s place so faithfully, because I often find posts there that I haven’t seen elsewhere. You’re example is helping me with my own resolve to get fitter and stronger.
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  • You have really learned a lot in a month, Anita. Congratulations on your new grandson! I hope all things go well with mother and baby. Each grandchild is so unique and precious. I’m sure you can’t wait to cuddle. 🙂 It is an encouraging reminder to me that God restores the years that the locust has eaten. I searched through a couple of posts, and it sounds like Sarah and you have been through a lot. I’m so glad things are going better. Visiting you from Holley’s.

  • Congrats on the grandson! That is so cool! 🙂
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