Living the Life

June 5, 2010 at 9:27 am 3 comments

Well, so lately I’ve been doing a lot of living.  Not a lot of journaling.  Not a lot of writing.  Just living.  Something about the fresh air of just moving and not taking photos or writing or thinking has been a fresh wind, a change of pace.

Working on a huge house de-cluttering project, finishing up another season of Upward Soccer, and watching my kids grow.  I find myself looking around my home saying, “Wow, where DID these big people come from?”  Since I started blogging, “Boy Wonder” is now a good foot taller than me, “Goldilocks” is eye to eye, and little “Flash”, well, he’s entering the world of big-people stuff on occasion, too.  His big brother and Dad initiated him into wearing deodorant last week.  Mercy, time is FLYING all of a sudden.

This week, Flash has an ear infection of gigantic proportion.  He has an impacted ear, is in a lot of pain, and bless his heart, is going to sleep reading his Bible, and even slept with it cradled in his arms.  I wonder if he thinks he might die, making sure he has all his loose ends tied up.  I’ve slept with him the last few nights, watching high temps, and soothing him.  I’m quite tired today, missing his last soccer game and possibly closing ceremonies.  Very sad.

We planned a family vacation to the beach this summer, but are unsure of the conditions of the gulf…we may have to relocate or postphone.

I’m doing a lot of card-making for friends, and am enjoying time just piddling in between enormous amounts of laundry and cooking and cleaning of the kitchen.

It’s funny, today I was trying to remember where my dishwasher was location in my former house.  I finally did remember.  I struck me as odd that such a dread, redundant task, seven years later, I have to think hard where the appliance was even located.  Goes to show that it’s not the mundane you remember long term, it’s the fun, special moments you made.  So true.  Makes me try to no think about those tasks quite so much and focus on making memories and fun times in this house in the years we have left together.

We figured up the other day, we will have four graduations in a row from elementary and middle schools, then if all three kids finish up a four year program in college, 10 out of the next 14 years, we will have graduations.  God bless our hearts!  Oh, mercy.  You’d think someone was pulling all my teeth out one by one this year when my daughter finished elementary school.  Their growth and birthdays usually don’t hit me until the week of the birthday, then, WHAM, it’s there like a ton of bricks…another year gone!

Well, all for now, I am cataloging books for the church library that are currently creating a mountain in my dining room that needs moving!  Great to touch base.  Sorry I’m not doing much blog reading lately.  I’ve focused on local friendships and facebook and have enjoyed those little connections and the small amount of time it takes (comparatively).  And…that’s okay!



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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. gchyayles  |  June 6, 2010 at 10:45 am

    It’s good to hear how things are going with you. You are always an encouragement to me and I admire how well you balance all your motherly, wifey, woman of God responsibilities! I hadn’t been blogging much recently either; was consumed by Facebook in the internet realm and then being a wife and mother on the other side but then God told me to take a break from Fb and I’ve been able to blog a little more as a result. Lots and love and blessings to you always XO

  • 2. Johnnie Ruth Hamill  |  June 17, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Just dropping by to say, “Hi!” Life is still good. Just wanted to say I’m praying for you and thinking about you. In Him, Johnnie

  • 3. The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife  |  August 13, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Great post to the lady with cats today. You said it splendidly. Let’s hope it got through to a few people. Keep up the good work!

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