Month: September 2010

Change is hard

Fall is here and we are in our fourth week of homeschooling. Wishing I could say it’s been an easy transition from summer, but the truth of the matter is – it has not.

Some of the things we have learned:

  1. 3rd grade math is much more difficult than 2nd grade math.
  2. When the curriculum states you must do a book report, guess what? You must actually read the book first.
  3. Rambling sentences with lots of dashes and ampersands do not a story make.

Something just feels a bit off this year for me. Perhaps it is in part because of the hectic and emotional summer we just came through. Or maybe it is because I am getting old.  It could just be that my heart is not in the right place…I seem to be too focused on myself and how I feel lately…what I need versus what I can and should be doing for those around me who are hurting.

I am always joking that “I don’t have time to fall apart, there are too many people depending on me”. But honestly? I think I long for solitude more than anything right now. The ability to get away from everyone and everything and just be with God. I don’t have that luxury for a while, however – we are about to uproot our family and move in with my mom in order to take care of her while she rehabilitates from her latest injury (she recently fell and crushed her knee – consequently had knee surgery and is in rehab for another week or so).

While I consider it a true privilege and blessing to be able to minister to my mom, there is a small part of me that wants to cry out, “When is it MY turn? When do I get to rest?”

I am moody and irritable, easily “set off” by small things that shouldn’t affect me in this way. I am at what feels a bit like an impasse  – wedged firmly in between wanting to minister to those around me and a continual desire to just be left alone by everyone. Makes so much sense, I know.

It’s an odd place I find myself. I am certain I am not being a very willing vessel for the Lord of late.

I have been reading in the Psalms for my early morning quiet time  and this morning came across the familiar verse from Psalm 141:3 – “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.”.  Like gentle hug from God, this verse really spoke to me this morning. We must quiet our own hearts and mouths if we are to be able to listen to the voice of God.

Even though I may feel discouraged, overwhelmed and stressed out, it is important that I remember that God is more than able to see me through it. I must not allow my feelings to dictate how I respond to my husband or my children. I pray that one day, change will be easier. Right now, it is just so hard.

Some people are so creative…

WordPress Code Cloud by Jackie Ann Patterson

Lately, I’ve been having problems of the creative kind. It could be stress. It could be burn out. It could be homeschooling.

It could be all of the above.

Whenever I find myself in this situation, I surf the internet for inspiration. Contrary to what you may be thinking, I don’t always look at other websites. Inspiration can come from so many places. Here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order:

  1. Mila’s Daydreams – you have to stop reading this right now and go to this woman’s blog. Oh my word – the cuteness. It’s positively indescribable.
  2. Shop 24 – full of some of the cutest stuff to fill your home with – I love the homey goodness and earth tones.
  3. How About Orange – Jessica is a talented graphic and textile designer who is always finding the coolest stuff on the internet. One guess what her favorite color is. 🙂
  4. – Holly’s blog is a fab place to go for inspiration – lots of curated content to choose from.
  5. – Not my favorite name, but some uber-talent in this pool. Love looking through some of the art they have created.

Hoping I get my creative spark back soon. I have more than one client that will be really happy.

What do you do when you’ve hit a wall?

What You Should Know About Moving from Blogger to WordPress

I’ve touted WordPress for the last two years to my clients. Yet my own personal blog remains on Blogger.

Hypocrisy? Not really. It’s more like the lady that was married to the plumber…her home’s plumbing was always messed up because her husband was always fixing everyone else’s and neglected hers! I’m the plumber’s wife. Or the plumber, some might say. But without the crack, okay?

So this is a note to let you know I’ve FINALLY moved my blog to WordPress. I’ve imported all 880 posts and 5432 comments and haven’t designed one whit of anything for it. I’ll be changing the theme and design around as I have time and will be adding some additional fun things for anyone who decides to stop by.

If you’re subscribed via google reader or mail, nothing should really change. I’ve moved the feed to the new blog and should you click over, you should see the new blog.

So what is it you should know about moving from Blogger to WordPress?

  1. You need a domain name
  2. You need a host to host the free WordPress platform
  3. You need to talk to us about moving you!
  4. Or, if you’re budget conscious, you can follow one of the excellent tutorials here:

So there ya have it. Welcome to the new digs. Pardon me for showing up in my underwear.