Monday, January 28, 2013

Regroup, Reload, Reboot

Ahh, life. You deal me such wild cards.

My brain is full of things I'd like to write, discuss and blog... but I'm having a hard time thinking of one thing long enough to write an entire post. So, here's my brain in bullet points.

  • The last two weeks have been NOTHING like I expected. But they are improving daily and I am moving forward with life.
  • I went to IKEA and bought the kids Each a desk and a chair. I found a desk top for $5.99 and legs for $3.50 each. I sprung for the special $25 chair and they were thrilled! They think it's a nice gift from Mom but really it's so I can send them to their rooms and still expect them to complete their homework. (Hannah's desk is white with pink legs and a pink chair. Chris' desk is black with silver legs and a green chair.)
  • I've been working hard on my StrengthsFinder trainings and really enjoying myself. In a couple of weeks I'm hosting a Strengths and Spirituality discussion in the hopes that I can draw some links between how we are created and how we find energy in our relationship with God. I'm really excited to talk Strengths with people who get Strengths.
  • I've been thinking a lot about addiction. I know that people say they are addicted to food but am I addicted to food? It makes me happy, really happy. Sometimes I hide in the bathroom to eat a piece of candy and then rinse my mouth out so my kids don't know I ate it. I have very little self control about food and can eat an entire bowl of M&Ms... or an entire bowl of raw veggies if I'm on a diet. I think about food in between meals and eat when I'm not hungry, just because food tastes so good. I still am not convinced that I'm addicted to food. But, I've been thinking a lot about the concept.
  • I've been trying to get into a stable routine for the last six months and something derails my attempts every single time. Maybe a lack of routine is my new normal. If I accept that am I being strong or weak?
  • I read a My Utmost devotion the other day and have been thinking a lot about this: "Paul was not given a message or a doctrine to proclaim. He was brought into a vivid, personal, overpowering relationship with Jesus Christ. Paul was devoted to a Person, not to a cause." This is such a freeing concept for me. I don't have to be devoted to a message, doctrine or cause... or even a church. I only have to be in relationship with the Lord. That's it. Acts 26:16 - I have appeared to you to appoint you as servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of Christ.
  • My son Christopher has been a crazy beast these last few weeks, a boy but a boyX10 - non stop potty talk, burping, farting, spitting, motion-motion-motion, hitting, lying, throwing things, ignoring me, teasing his sister.  The other morning I said, "It seems like you want me to pay attention to you." And he said yes. I said, "How about if I play cards with you and pay attention to you that way so you don't have to be a crazy person to get my attention." And he said ok. And then he calmed down and we played cards. I really hope that line works for a couple more weeks.
  • I made a low carb dessert and took pictures of it. I will post them soon.
  • I'm rebooting my New Year's Goals and trying again... especially the eating healthy and blogging often parts.

So, that's about it. Well... it's never "it" with me, but that's what I can think of right now. Hopefully I'll be back on a blogging schedule now.


  1. thanks for sharing all of this! :)

  2. That IS a lot going on in your brain! You are very good at communicating it though... that is not my strength, and I admire that in you.

  3. "•I made a low carb dessert and took pictures of it. I will post them soon."

    This is much different from "I made a low carb dessert and ate it because it was delicious!" Ummm, did it taste good or did it just look pretty for the pictures? ;-)

  4. 1. Smart idea to do the desks in their rooms. ikea is a fabulous invention for cheap furniture-so glad we live near one!

    2.Can I come to the Strengths and Spirituality discussion?

    3.I think accepting a lack of "normal" is a strength not a weakness. It's being humble enough to live like God is in control and let Him determine each step, one at a time, instead of trying to impose routine to feel control that you don't actually have anyway. I'm working on this too.

    4.Food addiction thoughts are musings on that have always led me to think I have a spiritual problem more than a psychological or physical one. God can bring comfort that lasts but i choose the quick fix of food too often. Too bad you can't just quit food all together ;-)

    5. Will be praying for you and Christopher, I've been thinking lately that I don't think I'd handle your life anywhere near as well as you do. God's smart to give us our own challanges.

    6.Love you.

    1. 1. I got the idea from YOU!!

      2. Absolutely. I really hope you can make it.

      3. I like the way you think.

      4. The idea of quitting food all together is one of the reasons why I have a hard time thinking of food as an addiction. You can't get away from it!! My spiritual problem tends to be more along the lines of lack of self control. A little food is good so a lot of food is better, right? It's more like once I start I can't stop :-)

      5. Thanks, friend. God IS smart to give us our own challenges.

      6. I LOVE YOU TOO!!


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