No, not starting a business…not closing a business or minding my business….just I’m BUSY!
Moving, Disney, kids, summer, work, etc etc etc have kept me from stopping and trying to remember any of it…that makes me sad. However it makes me MADcrazyHAPPY that I have been too busy to notice. Lately the only thing I even WRITE is my prayer list (which seems to get longer by the day – sadly) so sitting down to type is unthinkable one some days!
Moving has definitely been the time suck of the year! Hmm, I guess technically “moving” itself wasn’t the time consuming activity….that was over in a day. Filling a house has been the thing….buying new things, repurposing old ones, shopping for bargains, creating new memories in a new space. It’s been EXHAUSTING…but most of all…it’s been FUN!!! It’s one of those things that makes it so apparent to me that crazy times bring out the MOST of what you have the most of. If you have love and fun and happiness, you will get more of THAT. My sweet husband has been so awesome throughout this transitional phase of having a new space to live in…..he’s dealt with my shopping habits, my chevron obsessions and my need to decorate every nook and cranny with some form of turquoise, aqua or gray! My kids have totally enjoyed finding their own new things and old things alike and have been such troopers about keeping things clean and organized. My Mom has been….an angel! She has loved shopping for me and crafting and lending a hand or elbow or whatever was needed. My niece helped unpack like a madwoman and it was a great time to have my entire family…inlaws, parents, niece and her boyfriend, sissy and her hubby and my baby niece….my kids…our friend Zoe…it was just awesome. I have had more visitors in a month than I believe I had at my former house in the seven years we lived there! It’s just fun getting opinions on decor and organization sometimes, right? ((OH AND THERE IS THAT POOL PROJECT THAT I HAVE NIGHTMARES ABOUT!!! SO MANY DECISIONS…….EEEEEK.)
Getting the kids ready for back to school…fun times. My kids will all be at the same school and I’m thrilled about that. MJ is starting K5 and I can’t even believe it. The speed at which time has flown is amazing. I’d like to say I’m dealing with my baby going to school very well but I’m not a liar. She’s so ready and I want to show her how excited I am for her and I do…and then I fall apart alone!! WHEW! It will be all fine and well next Friday after it’s been a day and we’ve had “that” day and she did fine and was happy and didn’t hold onto my leg for dear life. (Dear God, please don’t let that happen. Amen.) The boys are kinda “meh” about school starting back….but that’s to be expected at 12 and 15. Happy for them to get in there and get it going though!
Mike’s promotion + school = CRAZY! Many nights when we first moved in (he had finals then), I didn’t see him after dinner because I couldn’t stay up until he got in bed! Work has been busy for him as well….he hasn’t even played much golf lately!
TO BE CONTINUED…………I can’t even stay awake!!!
I am so so so so so excited to move on Friday!
**Ha! I wrote this on 6/8…intended to post pics and didn’t!**
I was thinking of making a point to blog about the progress of our move. I missed out on that though. We are here, unpacked and all decorated – NOT! We are here….we are 92% unpacked I’d say…and the decorating is a work in progress and of course the most fun part! I have enjoyed dreaming (pinning on Pinterest) and shopping (very little) and seeing a room come together (okay, one bathroom) more than I realized I would.
Let’s sum up the last few weeks….
June 14th – Friday
8:30 am – movers arrived at old house, started loading
9 am – walk through of new house
9:30 – close on new house
10:30 am – keys in hand, met movers at new house
12:30 pm – movers done, we started unpacking (with help and moral support from lots of family….my fave part)
1:00 pm – new furniture arrived followed by Windstream, Dish Network…Mike hung blinds….
June 15 – 16 – Saturday & Sunday
Unpacked, cleaned, more family came over….Dad hung ceiling fan in living room…assembled a few things….
June 17 – 18 – Monday & Tuesday
Both of us worked and came home to pack…again…for vacation. Yes, we did that.
June 19 – Wednesday
4 am – Departed for Disney World, we drove (ok, Mike did)….stayed until Monday, June 24th….FAST FORWARD
June 24 – Monday
Christian’s 15th birthday….
4 pm – Returned home from Disney
6 pm – party for Christian at our house (FUN!)
June 25 – Tuesday
Both Mike and myself took vacation for this day as well to recover a bit. We ended up spending it shopping, picking up the last of the TVs, finishing a bathroom decor….and enjoying the company of my sweet Zoe (family friend that we are blessed enough to live so so so close to now!)….great day!
June 26 – Wednesday
Back to reality. Worked today and came home to cook my first meal. HA! Hot dogs and french fries – nothing but the best! 🙂
I really feel like the last few weeks have been a blur…an absolute blur…but it’s been so awesome and all for the best. I’ve enjoyed seeing more of my family, starting a new chapter as we make this house a home and celebrating my baby boy’s birthday….life is so awesome! God has blessed us so so so much and I’m ever so grateful for these blessings…
A couple of weeks ago, one of our pastors preached on FORGIVENESS. I walked away with many thoughts about this topic. I find it interesting that so many people throw around the request to be forgiven as well as the words “I forgive you.”….funny how it becomes easy to SAY. How good are we at actually DOING it? Pastor Murr talked about how when we are presented an opportunity to forgive, we should remember how WE WERE FORGIVEN. And we were. And are. Over and over. Because we sin. Daily. Our Lord forgives us. He already has. He paid the debt for all of our sins and we are FORGIVEN. Who are we to not forgive someone for hurting us, for lying to us, for letting us down. How many times have you done that to Jesus? Jesus isn’t bitter. He doesn’t love us less or treat us differently. He forgives and forgets it. Try it.
I love those times when I think I don’t have a life…things to do…much going on. HA! Enter June. We have a few things going on, like: selling current home/buying new home/moving into new home/packing up the rest of current home/vacation (shhh)/Mike has like 5 Dr appts/I have two weeks of vendor/customer meetings. Add to that an already full platter of things to do…my oldest son is turning 15….what??…..Father’s Day……ACCCKKKKKK!!!!
So, that’s not the excuse that I haven’t posted. I have just been living life instead of writing about it. It’s a catch 22 though. I love reading back over what I was thinking/feeling at a certain time. Maybe with all this change in my life I will be sure to capture it somehow in word. It is absolutely crazy all that we have going on….but I am so incredibly excited and happy. And…BLESSED.
I don’t like resolutions. I shy away from predictions. I am more of a “goals and objectives” kinda gal. In – SHOCKER – a list form! Here are some of my goals for the coming year:
- Read the Bible AT LEAST daily.
- Become more active in my church. Also, if I’m uncomfortable with that, find a church that I am comfortable with doing that in.
- Keep blogging. I love to journal and I love the feedback that I get. It’s not usually in comments, but rather in emails or direct messages that are from close friends. I appreciate that so much.
- Do more random acts of kindness. How about making them NORMAL and not RANDOM?
- Disney. Again.
- Make sure my teenagers know how very special they are…and then keep telling them. Every day. I see so much hurt in teens all over the place and I need to be SURE I don’t have that under my roof. Ever.
- Be more expressive of my feelings in person. I have a pretty hefty problem of expressing myself if you’re in the same room with me. Over blogs, texts, emails – I can rock out words a plenty. I need to get over it.
My heart is really heavy tonight. I’ve prayed, I’ve cried, I’ve read, I’ve watched…I’ve tried to comprehend the details and then shut my computer in dismay. I have hugged my children, absorbed in their scents, and thanked the Lord for my blessings. I feel so incredibly sad for the families of the little angels that lost their lives today. I feel so raw with emotion that I can’t even put into words exactly how it makes me feel. I am looking to my Lord. I am not asking for answers or understanding or even peace. What I ask is for more people to trust Him. More people to have the kind of faith that moves mountains. That heals hearts. That forgives. Those children were so innocent, so unfinished. Surely so loved by a parent or two….grandparents…great-grandparents..aunts..uncles…brothers…sisters. Those small little hands and fingers and toes….so small and yet so missed this evening. I cannot even imagine the hurt and loss that their families must be feeling. But, even so, I pray that they have faith. I pray that they look to Him. I pray that they would draw closer and nearer to the only one who can deliver them. I pray that they would know Him, love Him, trust Him. Only through Him will they once again see those small eyes and be reunited among streets of gold!!! I pray for comfort for these people, this town, our country. We surely need many things…but most of all, Him.