I feel like a big ol’ grizzly bear, climbing out of my cave of hibernation today.
Not because I’m SO pregnant, groaning, stretching, and dragging my feet along all day–although that is a good guess. But because I haven’t blogged since JULY, and it is DECEMBER people! Almost half a year! Why the silence?
2 main reasons:
1) I’ve unplugged in general: deleted my Facebook app, let days go by without checking email, and spent my free time cooking new meals, crashing cars with my son, and treading on the bike at the gym. Just enjoying and experiencing life away from a screen, technology, and anything that isn’t represented in my physical vicinity.
I mean, remember when we were young and went out to dinner with our family… only to come back to an answering machine and a blinking light, letting us now someone had called and left a message? No vibrating phones to follow us everywhere we go, zero expectations of a returned call back within seconds, and no interruptions or distractions in the middle of conversation around the dinner table. I miss those glory days! At the risk of sounding like my beloved grandma, I think our generation has gone overboard with all this technology at our fingertips, and I don’t want to miss life, real life, the big and small moments happening right in front of me, because of it. Thus, I’ve unplugged.
2) I’m working on new projects with different groups of people, and really, the only way to actually enjoy an unplugged life mentioned in point 1 is to cut out other time-consumers. Like blogging. But I’ve resolved it’s only temporary, until life balances back out again, and for now, it’s all about enjoying the unique opportunities I’ve been given. Like —> In The Wait study!
My husband and I like to do everything together. Not in a clingy, annoying kind of way (or so we think), but in a we’re-lucky-quality-time-is-both-of-our-love-language kind of a way. Togetherness is just our jam, and time is of the essence.
So having a third wheel (AKA a child) has been bonus fun — another person who forcedly has to spend all their time with us. Ha! Triple the love, triple the bonding.
But speaking to reality, the demands of our sweet one-year-old has also made our inseparableness… I guess, not so inseparable.
Take dinner time. You clean Oscar and his highchair, and I’ll go upstairs to start his bath and pull out his pajamas. Or nap time. I’ll mow the lawn, you clean the bathroom, and we’ll meet at the crib when he wakes up. Even bedtime. Quick run to Target for groceries, wanna come with? Oh, wait. Someone has to stay home – or child services. Okay, see you in an hour! [Read More…]
Our man Oscar L-O-V-E-S all things wheels. And I mean, all things. Trucks, cars, and tractors of course. But our vacuum, lawn mower, and mobile fan are not excluded either. The other day, he even pointed at a sweet grandma rolling down the street in her motorized wheelchair. Because anything that turns? He’s obsessed.
So for his 1st birthday, it only seemed right to celebrate in a wheely-fun way (HA). You get it. Wheels galore, man.
Oscar’s 1st birthday is in T-H-R-E-E, short, gasping for breath, days. And I’m just beside myself with sentiment and party-planning and a whirl of flour to make his special cake! How am I a mom of a TODDLER? Cue the waterworks.
Do you believe nothing is impossible?
Not just the negative things; although it’s easy to believe all bad things are possible. A friend is struggling with infertility, a 4-year-old diagnosed with leukemia while a 50-year-old battles his third cancer, a grandpa divorcing his long-time love, a teacher violating her student, a once-trusted colleague turns against you. We’ve seen bad things happen to good people, experienced them ourselves, so believing all negative things? Easy, possible, even probable.
But what about all the good things? Are we expecting a positive pregnancy test, a good health report when the doctor walks in, or justice to be served? Or have the bad things become too prevalent, too frequent, too overwhelming, that we’ve quit the optimism? We’ve knocked down our confidence to a more “reasonable” level? We’ve ditched the faith?
I was going to write about something else today, but I’m disheartened and anxious about so many things in my life, my friends’ lives, and my family’s lives, that there’s a truth that’s just screaming inside my soul.
ALL things are possible. This isn’t just a nice Christian cliche, an inspirational quote to make you happy, or some fabricated marketing ploy to get our money. It’s absolute truth, totally attainable, and exactly what God wants us to claim today.