Monday, August 25, 2008

Well, it is official! The Summer Olympics are over. I must admit I have spent entirely too much time in front of the television these past 17 days. I just love watching and hearing all of the stories behind the athletes. Routing for the underdog. Seeing an athlete win a medal for his/her country for the first time. Agonizing when they do their best and find it isn't quite good enough yet seeing the joy in their eyes as they finishing the race. It is inspirational!

I have been on a quest in my own life to achieve some goals. As I approach my 50th birthday I have challenged myself to become adventurous. To go places I have never been. To do things I have only dreamed about. To look at each new day as an opportunity to do something new.

Some things are very small others are giant leaps of faith.

This past weekend as I was reading Genny's blog,I read that she did a cannon-ball and her kids loved it. I realized that I have never done a cannon-ball in our pool. I don't like to get my hair wet or my face and I don't like to be splashed. But I wrote on her comments that my granddaughter was coming that afternoon and I was going to do a cannon-ball.

Kori arrived. We went straight to the pool. I went to the edge ~ chicken ~ I had to do it! Yes, no, yes, no, YES ~ I did it~! Kori was so excited. She was clapping and dancing. I did it again and again and the fourth time I even went off the back edge which is 1 1/2 feet higher than the front. I did it! I got my hair wet and face!! I loved it!

The greatest part was that Kori had just learned to swim and didn't want to jump off the side of the pool. All of a sudden she wanted to jump. First to me with two hands, then I caught her with one hand and then she went under water. What a wonderful time we had in the pool Saturday.

Now, when my boys came home and I told them, well, lets just say their first words were: "Yea, right mom, you really got your hair wet. I don't think so".

Thanks to my hubby, I was able to show them this:

The suprised look on their faces was a treasure I will cherish.

I'm learning from my precious Lord to not take life so seriously. To enjoy the little things and to let my hair get wet.

I'll let you know some of the other adventurous things I attempt in the next '60' days before I turn 50.

Oh, and don't worry, I have a list for things 'after' 50.

Blessings, Cindy


  1. Hey Cindy. We live in Springdale, AR--right beside Fayetteville, AR, where the university is located. I hope you never get these nasty creatures where you live! You may not be as squeamish as me, though. I'm just not equipped to handle it.

  2. That's fabulous! What fun and how great you were able to connect with your granddaughter like that. I'm sure she thinks you're so cool!

    Thank you for your comments on my blog. You always have such kind an inspirational words!

  3. Hi Cindy! Thanks for stopping by! And for your sweet congrats, too. Glad to meet you, bloggy buddy!

  4. That's so awesome. :) I bet it was a lot of fun!

  5. I love this! WAHOO!!! Just last night after dinner my family was having this very discussion. We were talking about 'flying' (not literally), but doing something that would involve 'jumping off the edge of the pool and getting our hair wet'!

    Thanks for this encouragement. Can't wait to read about your other adventures!

  6. Hi Cindy,

    Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing encouragment with me today. I'm happy to "meet" you via your blog. What a precious family you have! Can I just say any Grandma that would do a cannonball is someone I want to know!


  7. Cindy this is an awesome post! I love the picture and your heart. Way to live in the moment and enjoy it!!!

  8. Good for you! You go, girl!

    I am also one who does not like to swim nor get wet. Our last trip to the beach, however, was H - O - T !!! So, what's a girl to do (besides melt)? I got in the pool with my boys and they were SHOCKED. I think they thought I couldn't swim! No cannon balls, though, this time, anyway...


Hi Friend, I read and cherish every single comment you leave! You bring Joy to my heart! Blessings, Cindy