This and That

Happy New Years Eve Eve!
I am happy to report that last night’s yoga class went very well.
I did not fall over, and I did not get lost finding my way downtown.
Although I had to scramble to find a parking spot before class once I realized I had pulled into a 30 minute parking space. Oh life in a city. I was starting to feel like I blended in until that moment.
The only time I almost lost my cool was at the beginning of the class when we all had to say/sing/hum “ommmmmmmmm” at a pitch higher than I prefer, while exhaling…three times. And it just tickled me.
I closed my eyes and kept my jaw muscles in a tight hold around my “om” shaped lips so that I wouldn’t let out a laugh.
I was definitely that kid who laughed during Family Life Education class while we learned about puberty. Puberty. What a terrible word.
I also laughed in my college Geology class while learning about “cleavages” in minerals and rocks. Haha… It’s still funny.
Pretty much any word used in a serious context that doubles with an inappropriate meaning will always make me laugh. I’m immature and happy with it.
Anyway, I was pleased to find that other than “ommming” and ending in “namaste” (I leave out the bow) there wasn’t any other chanting, meditation, or encouragement to seek the “spiritual” side of yoga. You’ve got to be careful about that with some studios/practices of yoga. This girl just wants a good stretch. (If you’re interested in yoga I would recommend doing some research first and learning about the theory and practice behind the terminology and type of yoga that is taught).
2011 has been a good year. I’m sad to say good-bye to it, but I’m also excited for…

1. Continued growth with our community group and deepened friendships.

2. Michelle and Jansen’s wedding (and planning!)
3. This little bug. How cute is she?
4. The wonderful things that will come out of this skillet.
5. The delicious things that will come out of this French Oven.

6. The convenience and power this baby holds.

Merry Christmas to my kitchen right?
Lastly, when I think of the future and the endless possibilities of where God will take us, I am comforted by this verse:
“Be strong and courageous. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:7a-8