Friday, October 25, 2013

C is for Change

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Some people love it.  They relish it.  They grab it up, shake it and toss it over their shoulder, pushing it behind them with not much more than a ripple of disruption.  But most people hate change.  They fear it, rage against it, fight it with all of their strength, then stumble forward, soul stripped and dripping with defeat.

The truth is...change is inevitable. 

How often have you heard that?  Let me guess. All of your life, right?  To live life to the fullest, we have to not only accept change, but embrace it. Embrace change and live!  I'm sounding preachy this morning, I know.  I'm preaching to myself, I think.  I need to hear this and to truly embrace this, and maybe....just maybe....so do you.

Change is the tide of life, ebbing and flowing, crashing against the higher, more vulnerable outer parts of our souls. Just when we think we can't take it any longer, we surrender and accept it.  We lie on the higher ground of our battered minds, drenched and spent and better than we were before.  

The process can be messy and painful.  Change can really hurt.  Change can cause anger. Change can bring grief.  But always, always, change brings growth, even when we think we are already good enough, smart enough.  And that makes it worth the effort.

Life has a way of throwing a few loops.  Just when you think you have a plan, everything changes and you are tumbling head-over-heels, gasping for air.  When that happens....hang on tight! It won't be long before the tide subsides.

Despite the mess, the anger, the fear, and the pain...

Change is good.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

B is for BREAK...

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Fall Break, that is.  The kids were home this week for their Fall Break and it. was. GLORIOUS.  So nice.  We have done a whole lot of nothing and we've all enjoyed it immensely.  

Have I ever said how much I like having my kids at home?

I really do.  

I like letting them stay up late and sleep in.  I like sleeping in, too.  

Yes, it's loud and crazy, but that's okay.  

I had a list of things I planned to do (Remember last week when I posted about writing lists?  Well, I've been doing just that!)  My Fall Break list included deep cleaning the boys' bathroom (YUCK.  Wish I had a Haz-Mat suit.  Seriously.  If you have boys, you understand.  If you don't have boys....you don't even want to know.)  

I also started working on my chest of drawers.  It is old and the finish is looking bad.  I decided to paint it sky blue with a umber wash.  I'm painting the bedroom seafoam.  Oh, and I made a headboard out of an old door.  It looks pretty good.  I can't wait to finish installing everything. I will share photos when I'm done!  

I cleaned out the little boys' bedroom and split their bunk beds apart.  Even though it takes up more room, they are very happy with it and have been keeping it clean all week.  (Score!)

I took one boy to the local children's hospital for cardiac testing to follow up on our genetic testing.  No answers yet, but we don't expect any surprises.  Feel free to say a prayer that his heart is free of defects.  

Now it's Saturday.  Already.  

Fall Break is winding down.  

The countdown to Thanksgiving Break begins....tomorrow.  

Monday, October 7, 2013

Blogging the Alphabet--The Letter A Stands for...

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It has been a very long time! I really did not intend to take the summer off, but that is exactly what happened.  It was a wild, hard, crazy summer (what else could it be?) and I will blog about that another time.  I will tell you all about our beach trip, our money woes, the weight I gained while my daughter was pregnant--well, maybe I wont blog about the negative stuff.    I admit it; I've been mopey...

But, remember I posted about the twins?  Well....they are here!  What an adventure!

Anyway....more about that another day.  Today I am joining a blog buddy in an attempt to blog through the alphabet.  (You can click on the photo at the top of this blog post to meet Marcy and learn more about #abcblogging.) This week is "A" week and for me, the letter "A" stands for...


Surprise, again!

I bet you thought I was going to say...Autism.  Truthfully, I could blog something new about Autism every week for a year, but that's not the word that came to me this morning.  So, ACTION, it is, possibly because of my lack thereof this summer.  I mean, seriously.  I've been as active as a fungus-coated sloth and boy, do I feel it.

There are many areas of my life that are begging for ACTION:  health, wealth, spirituality, relationships....   I tend to let everything slide if  I can't control these areas.  And in this economy, with five kids at home and now, three grand kids, well....it has been tough.  In the midst of the chaos it is easy to forget just how blessed we are and how much we truly have.  I need to rewind and repeat,  and give thanks to the One in control.  Life worth living is sometimes messy and hard and packed with lessons full of strength and meaning.  We must embrace it all-the good and the bad-and learn the lessons we are meant to learn.

 Ah...but it isn't easy, is it?  Free will and all that...

With those words etched on this digital journal, I hope to make some mental and physical changes-to take ACTION-today.

I know this sounds overly simple, but the first two things I plan to do (not counting this post, of course) are to-do lists and gratitude lists.  I am a list person.  I make lists for everything, or, I should say I used to make lists.  I've even been known to add items to my list after-the-fact just so I can cross them off again!  When life overwhelms, I quit making lists.  Weird, huh?

Starting today I am taking ACTION.  I've already added several items to my to-do list and I'm amazed at what I have been able to add to my gratitude list just from today.  (Wow!)

And guess what!  I can cross one item off my to-do list....

this blog post. :)

If you want to learn more about blogging the alphabet, visit Marcy by clicking her button at the top of this post and watch for the hash tag #ABCblogging on social media sites.

For those of you "old timers" reading this, thank you for hanging around during my silence.  I truly appreciate the support. 

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