There are less than 100 days until Christmas.
The reason why I bring that up….that means the stress level in my family is about to be turned up several notches.
It was 10 years ago when Christmas morning in the Myers family was changed forever. To help us save money, my mom suggested that we start making our Christmas gifts.
We’ve received a recipe book from my mom, filled with all of our favorite dishes and how to make them ourselves. She has also made blankets, pillows, and journals.
My oldest sister, Susan, is practical and thoughtful each year. She has given time capsules, ornaments, and Family Charades, packed full of our favorite movies, books, songs, and TV shows to act out.
Even the “outsiders” have embraced the tradition.
My wife has sewed pajama pants and painted coffee mugs, while my brother-in-law made a very practical size chart (right) with everyone’s “vitals.” (I guess to help us shop if we ever do start buying gifts again.)
Personally, I’ve tried to stretch myself in Santa’s Workshop.
written personal columns about each member of my family, and put together 5K running and walking programs for them as well.
Last year, I let my spiritual guard down and created a daily devotional and inspirational journal. It was a unique collection of letters, photos, journal writings, quotes, and scripture.
I wrote: “In every excerpt that I have included, I truly feel like God is alive and speaking directly to us – whether it’s a letter from Mom telling me to clean my room or a note from Dad telling me that he his proud of me.”
I have created a completely different blog entitled“Hear My Whisper” where I will start posting excerpts from this devotional. I have already posted my introduction letter to kick things off. (THE FOUNDATION: My Letter)
In the letter, it says: “I’m proud of my relationship with Jesus Christ, and I want YOU to know that if something happens to me, and I’m taken from this earth, that I’m going to spend eternity in heaven.”
That’s why I’m sharing it with you.
After going to the driving range with my little brother Anthony (BBBS), we stopped in at Cold Stone Creamery for a little ice cream.
No. 43 (Participate in Yoga Flow in the Japanese Garden)
Here are some of the highlights from my
• The Japanese Garden is absolutely beautiful. I had NO IDEA that was tucked back there. (Click here to see the photo gallery, which will continue to grow as my class progresses.)
• It’s offered through TCU’s Extended Education Program
• I’m the ONLY male in the class. It’s me and approximately 25 women.
• We meet every Thursday for a little over an hour.
• I’m doing it to enhance my running. (Really helps with my flexibility.)
IN THE PLANNING STAGES
• No. 41 (Break the 4-hour mark in a marathon)
– the recommended distance you should be running consistently when you start training for a marathon. (I should reach that in about a month – increasing mileage every other week.)
I’m eyeing the Nashville Country Music Marathon on April 25, 2009. That means I will start my 14-week training program on January 18th.
• No. 80 (Eat a hot dog & drink a beer in every AL ballpark)
The 2009 Major League Baseball schedule is already out, and I’ve already started planning how I can be the most efficient with my time and energy – combine these trips with business trips AND other list-oriented trips.
I have started a photo gallery of all my completed tasks. (Click here to see)
‘WHO IS PAYING ATTENTION?’
I would be interested to find out who is keeping up with my 101 List.
Blogger offers a new feature entitled, “Who is Paying Attention?” It is located on the left side of my 101 List. If you are keeping up with my progress, I would love to hear about it.