There is something about baseball. And when you throw in a great human story behind baseball, then it feels transcendent. Such is the case with the new movie about Jackie Robinson. It chronicles how the owner, Branch Rickey, played by Harrison Ford, decides to bring the first black baseball player into the major leagues. Jackie had to squelch his angry reactions to the prejudice that was constantly thrown in his face or thrown at his head. That wasn’t easy for him to do, but he showed dignity in the face of many harsh moments. 42 is the only number that is retired in all of major league baseball. In April, each of the teams has all the players wear 42 on a certain day to honor Jackie Robinson.


So sick!

The nausea just hit in the middle of the morning, followed by extreme fatigue. I had five piano lessons to do in the afternoon. I had Erik and another friend pray for me to have the strength to make it through the lessons. I felt waves of strength helping me power through the lessons, and then I headed upstairs and slept for four hours. Sleep can be healing. Prayer can be answered in powerful, strengthening ways.

Emails empty

One of the favorite things I figured out last year with the help of Mind Organization for Moms, was how to manage the many emails I receive every day. When I have my email inbox empty, it makes me happier about the flow of email. I highly recommend it.


Taking a break

Sometimes it is good to take a break from worrying and thinking. It was fun to go to a movie with my friend, Heidi, tonight. It took my mind off home for a couple of hours, and then we had a great chat afterward. I don’t get a chance to do this enough, plus there aren’t that many movies that are worth spending the time or money on. It was just what I needed.

Running out of gas

I ran out of gas on the way home from picking the kids up from school. I was literally a half block from my house. I had the kids and their friends jump out of the car and walk home. My neighbor drove by and helped me out. We asked some construction workers to come and push me to the side of the road. I then went home, got a gas can that had less than a gallon of gas and put that in the tank. Not enough. So my neighbor and dear friend drove me to the gas station to get some gas in the can. She filled up her car too. I came back and filled the tank, and it started! I headed directly back to the gas station in my car and filled it to the top.

So what did I learn. I shouldn’t have postponed going to the gas station the three times earlier in the day when I had talked myself out of the trip to fill up the tank. Friends often come right in the nick of time to bail us out of our troubles. It is good to have a sense of humor about these things. I am glad I was close to home and no one was hurt. I need to fill up my tank before it is too late. I was glad I had a gas can! Sometimes we do silly things. The list could go on. We are all safe and sound at home. I am happy the weekend is here.