So our church has a tradition where new kindergarten students are given a ‘God Rock’. It is a polished stone with a cross carved into it. They are encouraged to place the rock in their pack or lunchbox so a reminder that he is with them is always there.
I spoke to one of the long time members of the church and she said when the seniors are recognized in a separate service, it is not uncommon that they will have their rock that was given to them.
Yesterday our little guy received his rock. It was a very nice moment. He has started kindergarten and I am pleased to know he will have that reminder with him as he continues through school. It doesn’t hurt to have a little something to remind us even as adults that he is watching over us and loves us.
This is another milestone to write about. I am including a couple pics from the service and a picture of him with a couple of his friends, who lso received their rocks as they start their school careers.
I know I’m not going in order, there are other milestones to discuss before this, but I wanted to share this one.
When you have an infant it’s such a joy to see them discover their voice. Then they start to form words. Then they move from single words (more, milk, ball, mama, dada) to short sentences.
Observing this has been a great joy in my short stint as a dad (yes, five years isn’t exactly short, but it will be by the time it will be my time to go). Now his vocabulary is expanding at an exponential rate. He never ceases to amaze me with the words he is either learning or has learned, and it is not going to slow down, now that he is in school.
I will never tire of hearing his sweet little voice.
With that being said, we still struggle at times with him, trying to teach him to not interrupt us when we are trying to have a conversation. He has so much to say it sometimes feels like he will never stop. I know that sometime in the future he will stop speaking with us as much, and that will be a very sad day, so I will do my best to enjoy every conversation with him as well as not get too upset when he won’t let new mom and I have a simple conversation.
So I started listening to a podcast series by Jill Schlesinger. She has guests on to discuss various things financially. She had a guest on who talked about something he does every morning. He writes three things that bring him joy. He talked for a moment about how it really just improves his mood and gives him a positive start to his day.
I decided to give it a shot. I have a small notepad that I scribble notes in that I have dubbed my joy-book. This is new to me, so I will report back later how consistent I stay and any trends I discover.
It should come as no surprise that both my boy and wife have made the list every day.
Please comment with three things that bring you Joy today. I’d like to see your response.
So it appears my favorite form of exercise these days is on two wheels. I have to say I am REALLY enjoying the biking. I am not really riding with a group, as the matter of fact, only one ride I have been on all year has been with anyone. So it is just me, the bike and the paths that crawl throughout Orange County.
I do miss running though. One of the reasons I have not really been getting out there has been that it has been so freaking hot! Now I realize I live in southern California, so the heat is really relative, but it has been more humid this year than it has been in the recent past. Another is something that I noticed recently, and that is my friend Heather moved to Texas. I have just not been motivated to run. I have on the other hand, been inspired to get out on the trails and see if I can set PRs on courses I have rode recently.
Now as I mentioned above, I do 99% of my riding solo. My running I did a majority of it solo as well, but a lot of runs with a groups or just a couple of select friends. There was definitely a more social aspect to it. I really enjoyed the comradery and I miss my friend (that is another post for another time). I would like to hear what other people’s experience with this has been. I know there are a LOT of people who really don’t care for running at all, so this is a question for people who have done both.
I know I need to get back out on the trails (and on my feet, not two wheels) and will try to do just that over the next few days and weeks.
But I won’t give up the bike.
Time passes, it’s inevitable. We measure it in hours, days, weeks and years. We also measure it with milestones. I have done a poor job of keeping up with the many milestones our little guy has achieved and experienced.
I think I will spend the next few days and weeks writing about some of the ones I have missed. The first one is Pre-school.
There was an awful lot going on at this time, as I had been laid off from my job of 13 plus years. We weren’t even sure he’d be able to go. But we were blessed with a generous gift that allowed him to go.
There is a program called first 5 that focus on the development of a child in it’s first five years. I can’t agree more how important it really is. I believe that new mom and I have done a pretty good job reading to, encouraging and stimulating his senses and mind. I also saw the remarkable changes he went through while he was in Pre-school. It didn’t hurt that the school he went to is very high rated and has an excellent program.
Here are a couple pics from his first day. Something I will never forget. New mom thought she would lose it when we dropped him off, but it was actually me. I couldn’t believe our little guy was actually going to school!
Another milestone soon!