Friday Musings

prego

I really didn’t think I was going to do this. But, it’s Friday and just for kicks… this is me and Baby C in the midst of the third trimester. We’re both smiling because as of today, we are officially on vacation. The hubs and I are taking our last trip together as a family of two and I am more than ready to read three novels, sit by a pool, and sleep in!

I thought I would just share some random answers to questions I’ve been receiving lately in person and over e-mail/comments/social media.

How are you feeling? Great! Bigger every day, but other than that – just thankful!

What are you craving? Mac and Cheese – the processed blue box kind. I’ve been buying the organic in hopes of curbing the cravings and it’s working thus far.

Do you have a name picked out? We currently have four names that we love and it is going to be quite the “discussion” to get that down to just one! We are keeping the final choice a secret until after she is born. So much more fun to walk into the hospital lobby and tell our families “This is Spackle Trinton Ciminello” and see the shock and joy on their faces than saying anything ahead of time. (No offense if you love Spackle or Trinton. You have my blessing to use them!)

Is the room ready? We are about halfway there! It’s painted light blue and we have the furniture, but nothing is up on the walls or washed and in drawers yet. The drapes need to be hung and lots of items found or purchased. But I’m not worried at all. All in good time!

Anything unique going on during this pregnancy? I like to play a Bach sonata on the piano from time to time. She seems to really like it and start kicking. I think we have a musician in our midst. :)

That’s enough from me for now. I hope you have a FABULOUS weekend and I will look forward to catching up after some much-needed R&R.

Happy Friday!

Ginger

Shaking Knees

faith

As I lay in bed last night I turned to my husband and said, “We are really doing this. We are having a kid. Whether we are ready or not, life is about to change at light-speed. How do we get ready for this?”

This question could be applied to any life transition you like: graduation, new jobs, travel, dating, marriage, risks… change. I spent the morning with a friend and mentor who in the past year married off a daughter, became an empty nester, and is currently packing up her house to move to Colorado. Light-speed change. We both voiced our fears over the fact there is so much that we cannot see in our futures. It’s a cocktail of excitement, trepidation, anticipation, and random worries. I love the loop-da-loop on a good roller coaster when my stomach ends up in my throat, but I also hate the slow approach up the very first hill. Even though I know I’m going to love a majority of the coming experience, I still dread that initial dropoff!

In the face of all the newness and uncertainty of life, how do we step forward without our knees shaking?

I don’t know that we have to fake fearless living. The more I experience the more I realize that fear is a valid feeling and emotion. But I’ve also learned that I don’t want fear to make decisions for me. The first time I jumped off a high dive I screamed the whole way down and even continued to scream below the surface of the water. Did that make my jump any less authentic?

It is okay to acknowledge that I am afraid of the changes coming my way. I don’t know what it’s like to parent a child 24-7. Part of me wonders if I’m up to the task. I know I’m selfish. Do I really need to have a child to figure this out? Do I need sleepless nights to affirm the strength of my marriage?

I may scream the whole way off of this diving board, my knees may shake as I climb the ladder, but either way… July will come and my life will transition for the thousandth time.

We walk forward even when our knees are shaking.

“Feelings are indicators, not dictators. They can indicate where your heart is in the moment, but that doesn’t mean they have the right to dictate your behavior and boss you around. You are more than the sum total of your feelings and perfectly capable of that little gift . . . called self-control.” – Lysa TerKeurst, Unglued

I’m just sharing in case you needed a pep talk today. I know I did. Clinging to this… the answer to our fear is faith.

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Ginger

Melodramatic

I’ve always had a flair for the dramatic.  My journals are covered with sketches, photos, and attempts at prose and poetry.  I recognize it’s not very good, but I keep at it.  I started consistently writing in my journal after reading Anne Frank in the 5th grade.  I was sure that if I ever died at a young age my journal would also be placed in paperback and shipped out to school children the world over.  Although not as important to history and literature as the Diary of Anne Frank, I was sure that my entries combined with sketches, photos, and poetry would make for a thrilling read.

My first entry dated 6/23/94 is an original poem entitled “Life” – I was 12 years old at the time.

Through storms of unkind words
We live without a light.
Past memories full of swords,
We balance with all our might.
Though society binds us down,
And values make us sick,
We set aside our frowns,
For together we must stick,
Or apart we will drown.

Apparently life was very hard in the suburbia of North Dallas.  I fittingly entitled my first journal as “My Link to the Past.”  Here’s a link to the 18th of July that same year.

Dearest Sonnet, (Don’t ask, I have no idea.)
Today we traveled from Trinidad to Euray, Colorado.  Euray is beautiful.  The mountain air is refreshing!  We saw a lot of beautiful scenery.  Tomorrow we aren’t going jeeping.  Instead, I have no clue as to what we are doing.  The town is so small and quaint. Last night I was burning hot.  Tonight I will be hot. Well, gotta get some sleep.  I’m extra tired.  By for now my sonnet, Ginger.  9:25pm

As I read through the many journals I have filled in the past 18 years, I can’t help but wonder why I continue to fill them, and why, even now, I am transposing them for others to read.  But perhaps the dream to be a part of a 5th grade reading list still remains.  Publish them now and one day children in classrooms will take tests on the trip I took to Colorado or my plight as Anne of Green Gables in love with the young man playing the role of Gilbert Blythe in the school play.

Maybe the world will never know… then again… maybe so.

Anyone else have some ridiculous fabulous entries written by their pre-teen selves? ;)

Happy Wednesday, Friends.

-Ginger

It is Good

I’m gushing this morning. I just can’t contain how high, how deep, how rich, how personal the Father’s love is for me… for you… for us. I feel like I took a deep breath and then swam the length of the pool twice and am now internally gasping. I can’t fit in any more air, but I know I need more.

Francis Chan in Crazy Love writes, If my mind is the size of a soda can and God is the size of all the oceans, it would be stupid for me to say He is only the small amount of water I can scoop into my little can.

Foolish indeed.

For my can is full and I am brimming not just from feeding on the Word, but brimming from the fragments of His light that seem to pour into my life through the presence of His people. It’s been everything this week. It’s in opportunities bigger and greater than I could imagine. It’s found in the kindness of strangers, and the love of friends.

As I learn to check fear at the door I find that there is nothing, nothing that can keep us from realizing and seizing those works that He prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10) That power, that freedom, that belief is energizing to every aspect of life. As I drink my coffee and read a book, or speak to my grandmother on the phone, or sit in quietness as someone waits to hear about their mother in the hospital – there is seasoning to be found in it all.

“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16, The Message)

I can’t even put in words all that is stirring within me, but I know that He has gifted you. He has called and is calling to you. Shine on church. Let them taste and see. Open up.

I have tasted and it is good.

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Ginger

Thursday Tips: Advice

It seems rather redundant to say that the Thursday Tip is advice.  But here’s the thing, you are going to help provide said advice.  Thank you for contributing to the discussion all week long.  We’re not done yet.

DAY 4 Question: What’s a piece of advice that someone has given you that you now recite or remember frequently?

My answer came to me pretty quickly.  “Comparison is the thief of joy.”  I first heard that saying in 2001 and I probably think about it at least once a week if not more.  I don’t know who the quote is originally attributed to, but I know that it has changed the way that I think about comparing myself to others.

What about you?  What’s a piece of advice that has made it’s way into your everyday life?

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Ginger

Tears

You know you’ve reached a whole new level of friendship when someone is willing to cry in front of you.  Most of us don’t enjoy being that vulnerable with ANYONE, much less someone we’ve just met.  So my “get to know you” question for today is going deeper.

Don’t worry, it’s not going to be as bad as you think.

Day #3 Question: What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up?

Throw commercial on that list too.  I have cried at my fair share of commercials.

Two weeks ago I spoke at a girl’s retreat in Texas.  To close out the weekend we watched “Ramona and Beezus” as we chowed down on pizza.  I wasn’t expecting to use my napkins to soak up my TEARS!  I bawled.  Like 8 different times.  I’m usually not embarrassed when I cry during movies – it happens too often.  But twice I even said aloud, “Really, Ginger?!”  There you go.  There’s my confession.

So what about you?  Come on.  It’s gotta be better than Ramona!

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Ginger

Jamming

I’m taking a break from running my mouth and hoping that you, dear bloggies, will provide the fodder for our conversation. I so enjoy getting to know you.  Today I’m interested in your ear candy.  (Again with the awkward phrasing.)

DAY 2 Question: What are the five most frequently played songs on your iPod or music player?

I tend to let playlists do my choosing for me, so I’m pretty sure my getting ready in the morning mix has been WAY overplayed. That’s where these songs come into play. (Get it? Into PLAY?)

#5. We are Loved by the David Crowder Band from “Church Music”
#4. Grace Flows Down from the Passion Album “One Day Live”
#3. No Not One by Christy Nockels from “Life Light Up”
#2. Psalm 139 by Justin Barnard from “Welcome to Love”

And the number one played song on my iTunes list is…
#1. Hey, Soul Sister by Train from “Save Me, San Francisco”

What can I say? I’m a creature of habit.

Alright, check your iTunes library and spill! What are your top most-played songs?

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Ginger

Getting to Know You

Well this is awkward. I feel like I’ve been doing all the talking. I’d love to hear more about you!

If REALLY wanted to get to know you I would invite you to go to Zumba with me next week or see if you could join me for coffee one morning. But since (for the most part) that’s not possible, I figured this might be the next best thing. What is THIS?

It’s speed dating. Only it’s not dating. It’s blog friend-making. But I thought speed friendship sounded weird. (Probably not as weird as me suggesting speed dating.)  Moving on…

1 week.
5 posts.
5 questions.

Here we go.

DAY 1 Question: If you could spend an afternoon with three fictional literary characters, whom would you choose?

My go to characters are usually:
Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables
Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice
Jo Marsh from Little Women

But I really worry that Anne might monopolize the conversation… but I’m pretty sure Jo could take her.

Believe me, this wasn’t an easy choice. I might just change my mind tomorrow and throw Professor Snape in for fun. Oooh, or Aslan!

What about you? Who makes your list?

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Ginger

Roll Call

1-2-3-4-5, My name’s Ginger and I say “HI.”

6-7-8-9-10, back it up and meet my friends!

Hello blog friends.  I’m doing some spring cleaning and I was hoping you could help!  I’m wanting to get a feel for the readers that continue to join me here and to see if I can’t do an even better job of connecting.

So if you’re willing will you try out the following, puh-lease?!

Will you leave your name (or initials) and the answer to ONE of the following questions (your choice!) in the comment section?

1.  What book are you currently reading?

2.  What’s the first website you check out every morning?

3.  Did you or will you attend your senior prom?

4.  What makes you smile?

5.  What’s a go-to fix for when you have a really bad day?

That’s it!  Pretty painless right?

One more thing… at 9pm West Coast time TONIGHT I’m going to randomly select one participant from the comment section to win a free iTunes download of the song of your choice!! (Only one entry per person.)

I thought I was finished!  Are you on Facebook or Twitter?  If so, I would love to connect!  Find me!

FACEBOOK (facebook.com/gingercim)                      TWITTER (@gingercim)

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Ginger