Saturday November 26, 2011

I needed a change of tune from my usual mellow singer/songwriter vibe, so today on the iPod it's Mumford & Sons. While the music is alt rock mixed with bluegrass, the lyrics are still poetry. Songs about fear and grace and love and time ...

Time. It's ever present on our minds right now. How much do we have? How should we spend it? How do we get more of it? The goal is to not waste it worrying about it.

Yesterday, Shannon spent her time watching hockey. That meant she and Dan made a trip to St. Paul for a second day in a row, this time to watch the Minnesota Wild game. After that, they headed to watch her cousin Teddie play a tournament game over in Minnetonka. While taking in Teddie's game made for a really long day, Shannon wanted to see him play. Watching Teddie play 5 years ago at a tournament here in Rochester is what inspired Shannon to give hockey a try, so there's always been a connection there.

While Shannon and Dan were on the go, Erin and I had a mellow day. Erin's friend came over to spend the day with her and then Erin and I finished off our night by watching the movie Elf. Erin got some down time in her own home, just what she has been craving.

We have two more days here at home on this holiday weekend. Usually we spend this time getting out the Christmas decorations and getting a tree. The holidays are always a time of reflection on the past year and thoughts towards the new one. That will be a struggle this year. Our goal right now is to fill our time doing the things we want, the things that make us happy, the things that fill us up. It's a strange way to live, not looking back, not looking forward. But, we will try to continue to enjoy the moment we are in as best we can, making the most of our time...

"Well I'm scared of what's behind and what's before ... There will come a time, you'll see, with no more tears, and love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears ..." After the Storm by Mumford & Sons