Four days after I turned my book in, we left for Sanibel for Stevie’s annual medical meeting. It was wonderful to get away and such a treat to spend time with his brother Jeff and Jeff’s wife, Vicki. I’d love to say I read voraciously and did lots of walking and running on the beach. The truth is, I think I took about 5 naps a day (mostly by the pool) and really that’s about it. The weather was beautiful and the shelling was fun, as evidenced by the display I set up on the outdoor table. I was forbidden to bring most of mine home because they were a little stinky but I did enjoy looking at them.
I have to say that I’ve had a hard time getting back to normal life, whatever that was before I was writing a book for nearly a year. I hope to find my groove but I’m being very patient with myself. I think it’ll take a little re-entry period but hopefully I’ll adjust and start doing regular things more regularly, like laundry and showering and blogging. My family hopes so too. I did make dinner twice in a row this week! And I was so glad that the fall colors were still sort of hanging on when we got back.
I did want to let you know that I’m speaking this Saturday at Arrowhead Church here in Morristown for a ladies brunch. I’d love to see you there and all you need to do is call the church if you’d like to attend (423-254-3710). It’s 9-12 ish and I’ll be speaking on Finding God’s Calling in the Midst of Your Messy Life.
Also, I wanted to introduce you to a super talented friend that I’ve reconnected with over the past year, Amy. She blogs at DrawnbyGrace and was the talent behind our last newsletter printable. Amy’s family is in the process of adopting a child from Haiti and I thought it would be so wonderful to support their adoption during this Thanksgiving season. I’m committing to match your donations, up to $1,000. They’ve raised 18,000 so far and need $11,000 more to bring him home in May. Bless you for whatever you’re able to give as help walk this sweet baby home to his forever family. Visit their adoption blog and click the paypal button in the sidebar to donate.
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And last but not least, I wrote a guest post for our school’s blog on Redeeming the Morning Commute. Here’s the first paragraph with a link to the whole post….
It started before we ever got in the car. She couldn’t find her jacket or her permission slip and her socks were all dirty. I never made it to the grocery store and the breakfast choices were slim to none. It was Monday and we were running late, to make matters worse. I was irritated with her shortcomings and she was irritated with mine. So there we sat silent, each avoiding eye contact with the other, each wishing the ride to school were shorter. I wheeled through the fog into the convenience store so she could get a nice healthy breakfast like pop-tarts or powdered donuts and she balked, saying she didn’t have time to stop. Great. Now, I would have to feel guilty that she didn’t eat. I made an angry u-turn and an equally angry sigh. Read the rest here.
Swedish Meatball Soup and all things Thanksgiving!