March 4, 2013

Goodness Me, It's Been a While!

Hey all!  I wanted to debunk the rumors that I gave up blogging for Lent!  But if you've wondered, I don't blame you; last time I wrote was Ash Wednesday.  That was the middle of last month.  Goodness!  In that time baby girl turned one, we traveled to Omaha for my grandmother's 90th birthday (she and Katherine have the same birthday!), and February turned in to March all of a sudden.

I've been trying lately, to stay on top of things better.  Now that we're out of the first year of Katherine's life and I feel more like myself, I have the energy to be about my business here at home with the family and to get some regular exercise.  In addition, the husband has had a busy season at work, adding a little to my responsibilities.  The funny thing about actually devoting myself to my work, is that there doesn't seem to be much time left over.  Oh, how finite we are!  Each of us gets 24 hours a day and we need to sleep some of that time.  So where have I been? I've been wanting write, but needing to use my time other places.  I'm sure you know the drill.

The difficult thing is making peace with it.  Am I right?  Once one does, life is so much happier!  If we dwell in a grumpy place, cursing our responsibilities or (as I'm prone to) ignoring them, we're quickly embittered and/or consumed by them.  But if we look at life and say, Hey, this is the life I have right now, I'm gonna embrace it and learn to love it, well, life is a whole lot brighter.  At least that's been my experience.  I have done my share of cursing the darkness and refusing to light a candle, so to speak.  :)

This coming Wednesday I have a day mostly to myself; the husband has an all-day job interview and my (super cool) in-laws are watching the kids so I can tag along and check out the area.  I think I'll use some of that time to assess my weekly schedule and see if I can't plan better so I can write here with some consistency.  I miss it and have many I-want-to-write-about-that moments, but have to choose.  You know?

Okay, now that I've filled you in a little on what's been going on around here.  How are you?  Do you find yourself needing to choose these days?  How so?

And finally, some verses for your encouragement, because God's Word is where it's at.

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.
Psalm 62:5-8


  1. Last summer I went through an exercise to see if scheduling my day more intentionally allowed me to get more done. Turns out I didn't have enough time in the day for all the things I was trying to accomplish. That was really eye-opening. Since Lucy was born, I've tried to keep the expectations low, but I keep managing to add things to my list. Not sure how to keep that in check, but that verse you shared sure is a good start!

    1. I hear you, there really is not enough time to "do it all." I do find having realistic expectations helps me a lot (ie I get a lot lest angry, frustrated, depressed, etc., if I have expectations that are realistic for a given day.) There were a lot of really difficult days this past year, when I thought I could live life like a person who did not have an infant. But I did. So, there was that. :) Fortunately, our worth is not in what we accomplish. (Boy, I have to remind myself of that so often!) But our worth comes from the One who is Most Worthy to be praised. Press on, Rachel, and keep your eye on our Lord.

      Thanks for popping in and for commenting!