Friday, August 31, 2012

See my family blog for an update.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

you never know

A few of my friends came over to my house last night.  I wish I could say that it was just a friendly visit.  The truth is, they were here to support me through a very difficult time.  Although it is NEVER appropriate to share all of my personal information with my online readers, I will just ask you to pray for my family.

And I will leave it at that.

My parent's live across the street and have a pool in their back yard.  That is where we sat for a few hours talking to one another.  Under different circumstances, it would have been such a beautiful night.  (Despite the mosquitoes!)  Anyway, when they stood to leave, we made sure we pushed all of the pool furniture up against the house.  This is what prompted my dear friend to make the following statement.

'We just really want to make sure these chairs don't blow into the pool.  I know they are not calling for rain, but you just never know when a storm might roll in."

And I began to cry.

How painfully true that is.  We, as Christians, have no way of knowing when the wind around us is going to pick up speed and turn our hearts and our world completely upside down.  Take it from me.... find the Anchor and secure yourself  against Him.

Otherwise, you are likely to drown.

Monday, August 13, 2012

soon to be back to normal

I go back to work this week.  While I am sad, it's going to be a positive thing in the long run.  Not only have I not written ANYTHING all summer like I had planned, JP and I have been so lazy.  And it's not good. 

  • I really do have lots to write about.  My family is stuck between two churches right now and I need to get those thoughts/feelings off of my chest and onto paper. 
  • Although it's sad, God has used the trials of others over the summer to remind me of the blessings in my life.  I'd like to devote a blog post to that as well.
  • Ialso think it will be fun to do a "Question/Answer" post. 

These are only a FEW of the ideas I've had over the past few weeks.  Once school begins for JP, (a week from Wednesday), I'll be back to writing every day.

And I am REALLY looking forward to it!  Thanks for hanging in there with me.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

I need a routine

If nothing else, I have learned a few things about myself this summer.  One of the biggest things I found out is that I NEED ROUTINE AND STRUCTURE!  And it's funny because I've always thought of myself as someone who didn't need it.

But I definitely do.

You see, during the school year I work all day, come home, make dinner and do homework with my son.  Afterwards, I watch a little television with my husband while JP showers or takes a bath.  We read a book and they both go to sleep around eight o'clock (my husband gets up super early for work).  Once both my boys are down for the night, I sit at the computer and write, write, write.  I go to sleep and begin all over again the following day.  It works.  I feel productive.

However, the only word I can use to describe myself during the summer is L.A.Z.Y.  I am a total mess!  We stay up late at night and sleep in late every morning.  I have not written the first word of a devotion ( to be published anyway, I have a couple saved on my computer) AND I have done absolutely NOTHING to either of my manuscripts.  Awful, I know.  I thought it would be nice to offer an explanation as to why this blog has been so pitiful.

Oh well, I guess that's how life goes, right?!  I made all sorts of plans for myself and set several writing goals.  Yet here I sit having done NOTHING.  But you know what?  I do not feel the least bit guilty about that.  Mainly because I have done the following:

  • Snuggled in the bed every morning with my son
  • Watched Disney movies and Nickelodeon
  • I've gone swimming almost every day with my son
  • I've gone out on several "date nights" with my husband
  • We've hiked/picnicked and gone to free movies
  • I've gone to the lake with friends more than once
  • I took my son to the beach for a week.
And the list goes on.  Thank God.  So while I have been less than productive as far a my writing career goes, if you were to ask my son, he would say that our summer has been a TOTAL success!

And in the end, that is all that matters.