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Category: Mental Wellness

For the last few years, God started the year with a word and a Bible verse for the year.   2017 was Anticipation, and the verse was Hosea 12:6: “But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.” To me this meant to keep going on the road God put before me even if I wasn’t clear on the directions. It was about faithfulness.  God answered my prayers, and, as it usually happens, in ways that I could not grasp at the beginning of the year.  The year ain’t been all peachy.  Just more peaceful.  We made a big leap of faith by changing schools for my younger two children.  Their first semesters ended last week, and they are where they need to be.  There is much evidence of growth.  My oldest continued to bloom where landed last academic year.  It wasn’t easy year for her or for us as parents but we see tender shoots pushing their way through the dense ground.   Today as I was driving around on my last minute Christmas shopping, I got my word, well phrase, and verse for…

The Indian Summer of Discernment

It has been a while since I posted.  Not because I have nothing to say or that I am on an extended vacation.  This blog has been silent as I have taken some time to process what has been going on in my life and that of my family for some time.   My therapist called it the Summer of Discernment.  Taking some time to process the changes I have had this year:  the school transitions to high school and upper middle and elementary school, the spectrum diagnosis for my kiddos, the struggle they have had in school, etc.    Well, looks like it will be an Indian Summer.   Or perhaps just the typical Second Spring of Central Texas. First, today is my birthday, and it seemed appropriate to mark it as such on this blog.  I identify as a writer or author when people ask me what I do for a living.  Trophy Wife or Stay At Home Mom isn’t that glamorous to most people.  And Domestic Engineer is so 1990s. I read this great article about 9/11 on social media today. The article was about people in direct connection to President Bush when he was on Air…

If You Don’t Make Yourself a Priority, Then You Become A Liability

Wow!  Sometimes when a friend makes a statement, you really take notice.  The title of this blog comes from a conversations with one of my dearest friends. You may note the long stretch of time between posts on this blog.  That was never my purpose.  Like a lot of moms, I got especially busy with the Annual Event known as the END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.  Plus my family planned a vacation to leave the day school released.   It was glorious, but came at a price.  As I write this, I am sitting on my couch recovering from a very nasty stomach bug and migraine.  I think my body just shut down. I overextended myself with projects beyond my normal busy routine.  There were end of year parties, teacher gifts, end of year programs,  term papers, and for the first time for our family, middle school finals.  It was a blur.  I did some good things, but I let some great and important things slide – like devotions times and praying.  Oops.  I am not proud of that, but it is changing. So when my friend called to check on me and we were talking about how our lives were…

A Gentle Spirit Wanted

I love music of the 70s and 80s – all types.  That music speaks to me.  My children disagree and often are embarrassed as I sing along to a favorite song in the car.  Much eye rolling has happened as I stroll down memory lane. This week I heard an old favorite: Sentimental Lady by Bob Welch.  Such a sweet and soothing song.  I love these lyrics: Sentimental gentle wind Blowing through my life again Sentimental lady Gentle one It reminds me of one of my favorite verses: Phillipians 4:5.   “Let your gentleness be evident to all.”  Another version of the verse replaces “gentleness” to “graciousness”. Gentleness.  Graciousness.   Two words that seem to be in short supply in my life at the moment.  One of my daily challenges is feeling like there is not enough time to do everything that I NEED to do  and WANT to do.   My counselor calls it busyness.  The opposite way of living is called intentional.  Another way to look at this is called mindfulness.   That is the perfect way to describe how I want to live. To go through life at a simple pace with a lack…