What I learned in April

(Picture taken at my sister-in-law's house - so cute!)

This month I learned:  

Our insurance company works with another to administer parts of our insurance plan.  The company they work with is Premera Blue Cross who was the target of "a sophisticated cyber-attack".  In other words, both my husband's and my social security numbers and birth dates could be floating around who knows where.  Boo.  I love many aspects of technology but unfortunately this is not one of them.

It is quite possible to miss shaving large portions of your legs on more than one occasion (which is always discovered AFTER showering) due to the many thoughts swirling in my head during said showering sessions.  Am I the only one who does some of their deepest thinking inside the shower?  

Seeing the  little seedlings emerge once again in the greenhouse and garden make me want to do a happy dance.  No matter how many times I plant seeds I always have some doubts about them actually coming up and when they do - well, it feels like a little miracle all over again.

There is no shortage of hurting and broken people affected by disaster (natural and man-made) to bring us to our knees in prayer for.  (Earthquake in Nepal, tornadoes in the south, volcano eruption in Chile, as well as pain, fear and unrest in Baltimore and beyond.)

I have not outgrown my ability to become car sick.  My mom, my daughter and I made a trip up to see my sister's new house and have lunch out.  It is about an hour and a half away with beautiful scenery along the canal that winds along a very winding road.  I sat in the back on the way home and it wasn't pretty.    

Apparently I have been missing out on the health benefits of pink Himalayan salt by using regular table salt and or sea salt.  I have read several articles that say as much.  We do, however, have a Himalayan salt lamp in the bedroom.  It is supposed to help with air quality (it is left on low even during the day) and gives a really soft glow at night.  I am wondering if I should give it a little lick as I pass by...

No matter how crazy life is, and it can get really crazy, God is right there beside me in the midst of it all.  He has a plan and a purpose for my life and holding fast to his promises makes it possible to navigate the rough waters.  

I read (Robyn, is this true?!)  that in French you don't say, "I miss you" when you are telling someone they are missed.  You say, "Tu me manques", the literal translation meaning "you are missing from me".  Sigh...yet another reason to adore the French language.

Linking up today with Emily at Chatting at the Sky for What I learned in April.



  1. Love your list. So sorry about your social security numbers.
    Happy Weekend,

  2. That is the cutest little tractor and wagon planter in your photo, Mindy! Man, I am sorry to hear about your personal info possibly getting out. It seems like this keeps happening more and more the "smarter" people get...these hackers are evil folks. It's unbelievable that May is here....wasn't it just Christmas?? :) Have a good weekend!

  3. I'd like to see you licking the salt lamp as you walk by

  4. Hello friend! How I love reading your posts - I feel like I am right there next to you while you share what's going on in life. The shaving....yes, I have done that too :) And the car sick thing....you definitely don't outgrow it. When I was younger I could read and do all kinds of things in the car, but now if I look down for only a minute I start feeling the sickness.

    Happy weekend, sweet friend. Love and hugs!

  5. Wow, your social security numbers floating around is quite scary. Seeing new seedlings is exciting. Spring has sprung. Sorry to hear you get car sick. That is no fun at all. Happy weekend to you Mindy,

  6. Love your beautiful thoughts expressed here, Mindy. It is a joy to read your posts!

  7. Hi Mindy! Welcome to the cyber-hack family. When I was in the ER with my fractured leg, apparently hackers were helping themselves to my information. I had to sign up for all kinds of protection/stops on my credit. Sigh...what a pain.
    Sorry about your car-sickness, that stinks. Especially when it should have been such a lovely ride. Does Dramamine help?
    You are so right about prayers needed. Our own country rocks with police problems, not to mention that natural disasters. May we both keep praying.
    Always fun to be here! I learned about Himalayan salt!

  8. Hello Mindy. So good to be visiting you today. I do love these What I Learned posts. They are fun and I usually end up learning many new things through what others share. So with you on gratefulness for this . . . "No matter how crazy life is, and it can get really crazy, God is right there beside me in the midst of it all." Amen!!
    Many blessings to you, friend.

  9. Mindy, you always have such a fun collection in what you learn each month. Not good news about the social security numbers though. I think there are things you can do to protect yourself once that happens but I have no idea what they are.
    I spend so long in shower because I lose all track of time while my mind is wandering. Don't waste time shaving in there - go get them waxed, lol. It's so great for the summer and then you have more time to daydream in the shower.
    Yes, that is true about the French language - isn't it beautiful! Every time I find out little things about other languages like Italian, Spanish and Urdu, I wonder why ours is so darn plain and why did they make the spelling so complicated? So difficult for people learning it as a second language.
    So much fun visiting you, as always, Mindy. I'm such a huge fan of your writing!

  10. So sorry about your info being out there. It's a pain and hopefully nothing will come of it. I understand completely about missing the hair on your legs. I do it all the time, without fail, my mind wanders in the shower. Have a blessed week!