Sunday Matters: Can We Stop Time For A Moment?

Sunday Matters

It doesn’t seem possible that July is coming to an end. Yesterday was my son’s 23rd birthday. In just a few weeks, my daughter and I will be in Missouri. This is crazy to me.

Right Now:

With us going to church on Thursday evenings and me not having youth group on Sunday morning, my Sundays are pretty laid back. I will be headed back to student ministry come August, just not in the same role I had before. I hope to focus more on students wanting to take the next step.

Today, I hope to go through my daughter’s room to see what needs to go, what stays, what can be donated because she will not be able to take much with her on the plane. I am hoping she can do this with me but she is also trying to fit “friend” time in before she leaves since she works all week long. Her closet still has tea sets in it, if you can believe it.

This Week:

Probably more of what I said above. It’s a daunting task to take a childhood bedroom apart. It will take some time, I think.

Meal planning. What’s that? I haven’t done it in so long but I am not a big fan of eating out all the time. I will be doing some planning this week. Simple meals. Maybe some sheet pan dinners but then the house gets so hot.


My review of Count The Ways will be up this week. I need to read and review Damnation Spring but I also want to read The Paper Palace so I may read both at the same time. Can you read more than one book at a time? I can if they are different enough.

Damnation Spring


My church did an At The Movies series which shared clips of movies and TV shows and used them for teaching a message. One of those nights we saw bits of The Queen’s Gambit. I had ZERO desire to see that show until we saw clips of it. Both my husband and I agreed that it looked really good so we may dive into that one.

Grateful for:

  • Naps. I’ve been a little tired lately and I’ve been taking short naps after reading and it’s been great getting some extra sleep hours in.
  • Clean floors. I am always so happy after mopping the floors. The pup doesn’t like it. She plays “hot lava” when I mop the floors by going to the highest point she can.

Tell me how you are! What are you reading, doing, watching, eating?

Whatnot – 07/21/21

The skyline.If anyone has been following my son’s challenging move to Kansas then you will be happy to know that he is finally IN Kansas. His car stayed at the dealership in Albuquerque and will hopefully be delivered to him soon. We were all so grateful that my friends were able to help him out while there. 

The pup and I are partial to morning walks but lately it’s been a little warm and she has been fussy. Honestly, I have been too. You wake up, get dressed, do the hair and then as soon as I step outside my hair turns into a frizzy disaster. It’s been a little humid for us. Anyway, so now and then we do an evening walk and if we are lucky, we are rewarded with a skyline like the one you see above. 

I am nearly through with Count the Ways by Joyce Maynard. It’s very good. Even with all the stress from my son’s move, I’ve managed to sit down with it and it’s been a treat to take my mind off of real life even if only for a little while. What Comes After is next on my list officially but my library hold for The Paper Palace came in and I am much more in the mood to read that. 

The Paper Palace

I have to say something about vaccinations. Here, in California it seems like we are headed for another lockdown. For ten days in a row, LA County has had more than 1000 positive cases of the Delta variant and according to the article I read, 99% of those are unvaccinated people. If you don’t want to vaccinate, that is your choice. But do not blame the new mask mandate, or the looming shutdowns on the recall election coming up for our governor, or the government trying to control us by injecting chips into us. It’s nonsense. If you don’t want to vaccinate, don’t but leave it at that. Don’t call the vaccinated “sheep” just move on and it would be great if you waived medical services once you come down with it. 

I received a travel advisory about quarantine for my upcoming flight. Restaurants, who just removed their outdoor dining spaces are now adding them back. We are going backward and it’s super frustrating. 

Chatting with friends about books and life…