*Teaching a very intelligent child who has great difficulty learning. My wonderful husband spent over an hour today re-teaching our wonderful 3rd grader, who we love very much but are a little exasperated with, the city that she lives in and the difference between city, state, country, and continent. Yes, we've had her tested with child find and no learning disability was found, but she still has major difficulty with basic definitions. (Before, after, etc...)
*Walking in the morning. It is my lifeline to not hurting, but it is too cold outside to do anymore. What are some of the best indoor workouts or should I just give in and buy some serious winter-wear?
*Dealing with another teacher who doesn't take the time to include us as parents even though we have made ourselves completely available. My child wastes an entire day not doing work because you can't find a way to entice her to get to it and are afraid to make her accountable and I'm not even notified? Bursting into the school swearing doesn't seem like the best way to handle said situation.
One thing I did learn a trick to that has NOTHING to do with the above (Let me emphasize nothing at all, and some could say it's on the superficial side of things. Of course, this blog isn't just about a spiritual journey...) - if you can't ever make your long hair stay un-tangled, try using shampoo just on the scalp, conditioner just on the length below the neck, and end with a cool rinse. Brush at night and don't wash every day. Found this little trick recently and wish I would have known about it during high school. Loved having long hair, hated that it was a pain in the tuckus.
Highlight to my day was, of course, scripture reading. Major focus is still seeking to have a better relationship with my Savior. This is what establishes my hope and my sanity. I'm so grateful for faith in a being so much more powerful than I, one that is merciful and loving. I'm grateful for faith in a perspective so far beyond my own that gives reason and order to a sometimes chaotic life. Emily Freeman said of hope: "There is a moment of epiphany after the soul has doubted all it knows, when it begins to reach out for solid answers and firm ground. This moment is defined by one emotion that sustains and creates a desire for change. Before faith or knowledge is found, before joy or happiness is experienced, before the healing begins, one emotion starts to stir from deep within the depths of despair. It is hope." (21 Days Closer to Christ) Hope is a definite worthwhile.