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Yesterday I received a copy of “Transformed” magazine in my mailbox.  It is a publication by Pine Cove camp and goes out to about 10,000 homes.  They asked me to write an article for them and so it was exciting to see it right there in print.

At the end of the article it said … “follow Darla at” which is the new host name for this blog (either blog address works but this one will be easier to remember).  Anyway … I kind of panicked because there hasn’t been ANYTHING to follow in ten months.  As in zero posts.  Nothing, nada.

I have no idea why.

One reason is because I RARELY sit down at my computer anymore.  When I am on the Internet I am usually scrolling through facebook on my phone in a carpool line somewhere or on my ipad playing candy crush.  :)  I am a terrible at keeping up with email and currently have over 20,000 unread messages.  My voicemail box is also full.

When I can’t keep up I shut down … and only keep up with the most important things to keep up with …. which means my family.

But …. seeing something I’ve written in print is kind of inspiring to do more of that.  And it’s going to take some pretty big doings … as in I have to get a LOT of things done …. but my goal is to write more.

Hopefully a lot more.

Because I like to put words on paper.  Or a screen as is the case…  :)

And since the article is about my “get tos” …. I’ve made a short list of some I’ve been reminding myself of lately:

1.  Two weekends ago it was FREEZING.  I mean really, really cold.  And I was cozy and warm inside my house and really, really didn’t want to leave.   The problem was …. Bill’s fancy office party at a swanky hotel in the Galleria was that night.  And I was so cuddly and warm in my yoga pants and sweatshirt that I didn’t really want to go.

Then I remembered that my husband has a job (for which I am thankful) and so I “got to” go to his party.   Ended up having a good time and making a new friend.

2.  I sometimes get overwhelmed with carpools.  So many carpools for so many kids so many days of the week.  But carpooling allows me to visit with my children and their friends.  I can’t wait until I “get to” visit with them again.  Gives me some sense of what’s going on in their world….and some of those kids are REALLY funny.

3.  I signed up to make Christmas cookies for a fundraiser for a mission trip for Brittany next summer.  Dreaded going because hello, it’s December and there is so much to do.  Ended up having a total blast “getting to” decorate cookies.  I dubbed myself “sprinkle person extraordinaire” as I sprinkled all kinds of sugary things on those cookies.  It was so fun working with some people I don’t get to see very often and I was reminded that doing things like that really bonds you with people.

4.  Was lamenting the other day that we had something every single night.  School play, basketball game, volleyball banquet, church choir performance, etc.  Then I remembered we “get to” do those things because we have healthy children who can live very full lives.  For that I am very grateful.

5.  Had lots and lots of poinsettias to deliver the other day for  Brittany’s swim team fundraiser.  Knew it was going to take a significant portion of my day to do it.  Was wishing maybe I didn’t have quite so many to deliver.  Dropped one off at a friends house who has cancer and told her there was “no charge”.  She then told me that she had prayed that very day on the way home from chemo for something, anything Christmassy in her house to cheer her mood.   And so when she pulled up at her house and saw the poinsettia she was thrilled to have an answer to her prayer.  It reminded me that “have tos” can become “get tos” in a very quick second.  That item on my “to do” list became a blessing to her. It was my joy to “get to” deliver that poinsettia on that day.  And guess what?!  Others came and added lights on the outside of her house and another helped with her tree.  And my friend is celebrating Christmas!

The list could go on for me … but I’ll stop here and ask you … what are your “get to’s” this holiday season?

Come on, I know you have some.