Monday, January 18, 2010

2/3 and a Surprise!

Guess who has hit 2/3 of their gym goal and it's only Monday! I might have to up my goal for February... We shall see. After yoga yesterday afternoon and a class (albeit a "gentle yoga" class) late this morning, I am 2/3 of the way through my goal. We are having friends for dinner tonight so I'll be missing Pilates, but since Peter was home for the holiday, I was able to hit a class I dont normally (and I was, by about 4 decades, the youngest person in said class!). Woo Hoo! If all goes well, I will hit the gym between 5-6 times this week! I cant believe it! (The scale cant either; instead of going down, it decided to boycott and go up by 1/2 a pound! Scandal!)

As for the surprise... Maya has rolled over, completely unassisted, from back to front! When I got home from the gym, Peter shared this exciting news. I am so sad that I missed it!! But, at the same time, because I get so many moments with them, I am glad that it was something saved special for Daddy. I cant believe it! She rolled over! By herself! And Peter said that you could see her thinking about it and purposely doing it.


Yesterday, Bobby and I were looking at different pictures in the house and we came across the calendar (because it is from our church, it has pretty religious art pictures on it, and he was mesmerized by the "Wedding of Cana" portrait). Standing at the calendar, I began to read off the things on it. And, when I got to today, I gave him a primer about Martin Luther King, Jr. From the south myself, MLKjr has been one of my heroes since I learned his "I Have a Dream" speech in the 5th grade. And so, in his memory and honor today, I will leave you with his dream. It's mine, too.

"And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!

"I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today!

"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together." This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day. And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning: My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!

"And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

"And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that: Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

"And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

(click here to see Martin Luther King, Jr deliver his speech in its entirety)


Ms. J said...

Way to go, Maya - how special that Daddy got to see, too!

Yes, MLK, Jr. is so important, to all of our children, regardless of their race - thank you for highlighting it.

Stace said...

How great is that!! Back to front, that's amazing! Colby's doing front to back but he's not too keen to go the other way! Yay for milestones!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

This is a wonderful post and I love his words. I was raised in a home were my parents believed in everyone being equal, one nation under God.

Your doing a great job, way to go girl with your workouts. How sweet that she rolled over for Daddy!

Michelle said...

wow! go Michele! How is it you can stick to your goals and still have time to look after your babies?! that's insane~do you not sleep?! Just joking. Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

great news that Maya saved something special for Daddy!

Michele, 5-6 times a week...that is fantastic!!

Thank you for sharing excerpts from MLK's speech today. :)

Fran said...

The speech is still so incredibly powerful. It gave me shivers. Today has not been a good day for me but I had to stop by and say a big thak you for the gift you sent me. I'll write a post about it tomorrow. Much love, Fran

ps: guess the "word verification"!!! It's "FERTS"!

Once A Mother said...

that is wonderful about how well you are doing at the gym, i need to get my motivation back and reading this here is helping. congrats to maya on rolling over, what a big girl! and of course, thank you for posting Dr. King's amazing speech

Christmas with Kasey said...

You go girl!!! Don't you feel wonderful now that you have been hitting the gym regularly!?! Remember muscle weighs more than fat, how are your clothes fitting? I bet looser! How fun that Maya rolled over, she is getting so big so fast!


Donna said...

Yeah Maya!!!!

Heather said...

Good job, Michele! I just started back to the gym last week. I want to lose at least 10 more pounds before attempting another pregnancy. Part of me doesn't mind the weight because I know why it's there, but I know for health purposes I should let it go.

This is definitely one of the greatest speeches of all time.

Mother Knows Best Reviews said...

Hooray, Maya - that's so awesome! And congrats on the gym goals - and what a sweet thing to share with Bobby! What a sweet post!