margin?

Margin? What is it? I think I remember having it…

The extra buffer we set up to keep us from running out
In school it kept us from writing right to the very edge of the paper
In life, it should work the same
We need margin to keep us from living right to the very edge of our:
TIME
MONEY
EMOTIONS
STRENGTH
PATIENCE
RESOURCES
CREATIVITY
RELATIONSHIPS
DAY

We must have that space, that breathing room
breathing room so we can; breathe

I need it
I crave it
I long for it
I miss it

things we love…

Ok, I am using the word quite loosely. I am not talking about the real deep stuff that makes us stay up all night. Or the kind of love that sacrifices and receives undying devotion. No, today I am talking about the stuff that makes us tick; our earthly joys and likes. The things that make us say, “oh wow, I just love that!” Here’s a brief list of the things I just “love”. Please feel free to add on…

I just “love”:

Red Cup

fuzzy socks
NPR
silver nail polish
rainy Saturdays
snow
books with language so rich and touching that it becomes a part of your family’s vocabulary

sitting on my back porch
holding hands
a great conversation

laughing
art books

cookbooks
cool atmospheres

funky places
tea shops
coffee

all things earthy and granola (and I don’t mean the food)
homeschooling
buying clothes in smaller sizes
picnics

creating
directing

bookstores
over night dates
and
friends that feel like family

more to come, now it’s your turn. What are the things you just “love”?

Buy Books – Eat Bologna

I love days like today!  We are so excited to be bringing our son home from his surgery.  Everything went really well and I think we are finally at the end of this 7 month ordeal.  I just have so much to be thankful for.  It is one of those days where I feel like I can’t help but smile.  I even enjoyed going into Walmart and buying stuff to make lunch in the car.  We have done this before but somehow going in there today with the man I love felt almost like a date.  I know, I know I need to get out more.  But seriously, sometimes it is the really simple things that make life special.  I began to think about all of the previous times we have done something similar in order to save money.

One time we were at the end of our vacation and only had a certain amount of cash left in our budget.  We decided to stop at a Barnes and Noble.  Wouldn’t you know it, they were having a sale.  We found our selves in a dilemma – buy books or go out to eat one last time.  We realized that we could stop in a grocery store buy some bologna, bread, chips and fruit, and still have plenty left in our budget to buy the books we wanted.  It was great – it was memorable – it became our family motto, “buy books – eat bologna”.  Now we could have ended our vacation with one more meal out, but would I be writing about that meal 8 years later?  I don’t think so.  I also think I would have missed an important lesson.  It is fun to be different, to go against the grain, to place priorities on things that last.  So slow down, pack a picnic, take the road that goes through the pretty part of town, and for sure – buy the books and eat bologna!